Former Terp Merriman's run with Chargers to end on IR
The San Diego Chargers put outside linebacker Shawne Merriman, once one of the most feared players in the NFL, on the injured reserve list with a calf injury and a "minor-injury designation," meaning the former Maryland standout must be released once he's healthy. Technically, the Chargers could re-sign the controversial player. That almost certainly won't happen, though, because general manager A.J. Smith hasn't been a fan of Merriman's celebrity-leaning lifestyle. Known as "Lights Out" because of his once-ferocious hits, Merriman had 391/2 sacks in his first three seasons. Because of injuries, though, he has had only four in the three seasons since then. Smith didn't return a call seeking comment. Merriman declined to comment when contacted via e-mail. However, a publicist released a statement in which Merriman was quoted as saying: "I am approaching this situation as an opportunity to grow as a player and to bring my leadership and talents to a new organization. I am ready for the next chapter in my career and I am excited about the opportunity to continue my journey with a new team."
Top prospect Harper being sent to Arizona Fall League
First overall draft pick Bryce Harper is heading to the Arizona Fall League, where the Washington Nationals plan to tweak his batting stroke. Harper turns 18 on Saturday, and he will join the Scottsdale Scorpions on Tuesday. He'll be a member of the taxi squad, which means he is eligible to play in games twice a week. "I recognize that this kid is going into a situation that is pretty unprecedented. He's going to be an 18-year-old player in an extremely accelerated league," Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo said. "We feel the trade-off of getting this kid to work out for two months in that environment was well worth the opportunity of him struggling a little bit in such an advanced league. With this kid's ability level and this kid's attitude, it's certainly not going to retard his progress." Harper played in the Florida Instructional League in September, hitting .319 with four doubles, a triple, four homers, 12 RBIs and seven walks.
Primarily a catcher in junior college at the College of Southern Nevada, Harper is expected to be used as a right fielder for the Nationals. He'll likely start the 2011 season in Single-A.
18-minute spurt carries George Mason past Towson
Senior forward Ernesto Marquez scored a goal and added two assists as George Mason (5-5-1, 1-3-1) ended a five-game winless streak with a 3-2 Colonial Athletic Association victory over host Towson (7-3-1, 1-3-1). The Tigers took a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute when senior midfielder Joe O'Rourke scored his third goal of the season on a shot from 25 yards out. The Patriots responded with three straight goals in an 18-minute span to take a 3-1 advantage with 11:19 remaining in regulation. The Tigers narrowed the margin to 3-2 when senior midfielder Marco Mangione (Calvert Hall) scored his team-leading ninth goal of the season off assists from O'Rourke and senior defender Scott Horta.
Division III: Host St. Mary's (4-9-1, 2-3 Capital Athletic Conference) got two goals from George Gusack in the final 19:40 for a 2-1 victory over Hood (6-6, 2-3).
Terps center back Deegan receives national honor
Senior center back Colleen Deegan (Maryland) was named National Soccer Coaches Association of America Women's Player of the Week. Her header eight seconds left off a corner kick gave the Terps a 2-1 win over No. 4 Boston College. She followed that by helping set up the only goal in a 1-0 win at North Carolina State.
More women's soccer: Senior Heather Redding (North Harford) scored her team-leading sixth goal of the season, helping host Stevenson (9-5, 5-1 CAC) extend its winning streak to five with a 2-1 victory over Frostburg State (11-3, 4-2). The Mustangs moved into sole possession of first place, a half game ahead of St. Mary's. Freshman Jamie Matlock gave Stevenson a 1-0 lead in the 52nd minute. The Bobcats' Amanda Wharton (South Carroll), the leader among all three NCAA divisions in goals and points, tied the score with her 24th goal with 10:17 remaining. … Senior Allie Zazzali scored two goals in the span 19 seconds just over a minute into the second half to lead Johns Hopkins (11-2, 5-1 Centennial Conference) to a 4-1 victory over visiting Franklin & Marshall (7-4, 3-3). off an assist from Dorie Gedridge. The goal by Wharton ended a streak of 446:30 for the Mustangs defense in which it did not allow a goal, dating to the 84th minute against Elizabethtown six games ago. Sophomore goalkeeper Lauren Weitzman (Winters Mill) earned her third straight win.
Field hockey: Ursinus (11-1, 7-0), ranked fourth in Division III, scored five times in the second half of a 6-0 Centennial Conference win over host Washington College (5-7, 3-2).
Softball: Larry Hineline, an assistant coach at Coppin State the past two seasons, was named head coach. He replaces Bob Ulllman, who resigned in July, and inherits a team that was 22-22 in 2010 and qualified for the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament for the first time since 2005. Hineline, a UMBC alumnus, is as one of the top pitchers in Maryland Amateur Softball Association history, helping lead his team to Maryland ASA tournament titles in 1984, 1985 and 1988.
Wrestling: Eleventh-year Navy coach Bruce Burnett has been selected by USA Wrestling to serve on its coaching staff at the FISU University World Championship on Oct. 26-30 in Torino, Italy. Burnett has guided the Midshipmen to a 96-47 record.
Women's basketball: Hood will host a "Midnight Madness" event tonight at 10:30 p.m. in Gambrill Gymnasium to tip off the upcoming season. For more information, go to hoodathletics.com.
Men's golf: Towson senior Nyasha Mauchaza was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Golfer of the Week after tying for first place at the Joe Agee Invitational last weekend.
Women's golf: Junior Christina Hall was selected as the Northeast Conference Golfer of the Week after helping Mount St. Mary's to a third-place finish at the Holiday Inn Colonials Classic.
Water polo: Johns Hopkins sophomore Ross Schofield and freshman Stephen Kingery were named Southern Division Player of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively, by the Collegiate Water Polo Association.
—From Sun staff and news services