Nationals GM Rizzo gets promotion, five-year extension

Nationals

GM Rizzo gets promotion, five-year extension

Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo signed a five-year contract extension through 2015 and was promoted to executive vice president of baseball operations, giving him more control over the franchise and a direct line to the team's owners. Rizzo joined the Nationals as an assistant general manager in charge of scouting operations in July 2006, after seven seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks. When Jim Bowden resigned as Washington's GM on March 1, 2009, Rizzo took over most of the day-to-day duties, essentially as the interim GM. Rizzo became the permanent GM in August 2009. Until the end of the season, Rizzo worked under team president Stan Kasten, who served as a "bridge to the ownership," as Rizzo put it Tuesday. But Kasten resigned this month. The Nationals increased their win total from 59 to 69 this season, although they finished last in the National League East.

Colleges

Towson men's basketball team picked for 10th in CAA

Towson was predicted to finish 10th in the Colonial Athletic Association's preseason poll, voted on by the league's coaches, sports information directors and media. The Tigers finished 10-21 last season and lost their top two scorers — shooting guard Josh Thornton (11.4 points per game) and forward Calvin Lee (10.6 points) — to graduation. Towson returns junior point guard Troy Franklin (Mount Carmel) and welcomes junior Braxton Dupree (Calvert Hall) to its lineup after the center sat out last year following his transfer from Maryland. Old Dominion, which returns four starters from last year's 27-9 squad that captured the CAA title last season, is favored to repeat, followed by George Mason, Virginia Commonwealth, James Madison and Hofstra.

Women's basketball: Towson was picked to finish 11th in the CAA's preseason poll of the league's coaches. James Madison, which returns four starters from last year's 26-7 team that won the conference title, was favored to repeat, followed by Old Dominion, Delaware, Hofstra and VCU.

Men's soccer: Behind a career-high seven saves by Zac MacMath, No. 3 Maryland (10-2-1) extended its winning streak to six with a 2-0 victory over visiting Colgate. Juniors Kaoru Forbess scored in the 35th minute and Casey Townsend in the 80th. … Navy (6-3-3) allowed two goals in a two-minute span in the second half and lost, 2-1, to host Longwood (2-9-3).

Football: Salisbury quarterback Dan Griffin (North Harford) was named Atlantic Central Football Conference Offensive Player of the Week, kicker A.J. Rosenthal (Glenelg) was named Special Teams Player of the Week and defensive back Chris Everett was selected as Defensive Player of the Week.

Men's lacrosse: UMBC named senior midfielders J. D. Harkey and Jamie Kimbles captains.

Wizards

Washington falls, yields 34points to Pistons' Stuckey

Rodney Stuckey scored 34 points — the most by any player this NBA preseason until the New York Knicks' Amare Stoudemire scored 39 later in the night — to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 98-92 victory over the Washington Wizards in Toledo, Ohio. Andray Blatche and Kirk Hinrich led Washington with 17 points each; rookie John Wall finished with 13.

Swimming

Phelps, two others nominated for four Golden Goggles

Michael Phelps of Fells Point, Ryan Lochte and Natalie Coughlin earned four nominations each for the Golden Goggle awards, which honor USA Swimming's top performances. The awards will be given out Nov. 22 in New York. Phelps, Lochte and sprinter Nathan Adrian are nominated for Male Athlete of the Year. Coughlin, along with Rebecca Soni, Dana Vollmer and Elizabeth Beisel, are nominated for Female Athlete of the Year. Phelps, Lochte and Coughlin each earned two individual nominations and two relay nods. Bob Bowman, Phelps' coach, is among five nominees for Coach of the Year. Fans can vote at GoldenGoggles.com through Nov. 19.

Et cetera

Santa Cruz added to Ogden benefit, 'An Evening Ringside'

Super bantamweight prospect Leo "Teremoto" Santa Cruz has been added to the "An Evening Ringside" Jonathan Ogden Foundation Benefit card Thursday night at the Martins Valley Mansion in Cockeysville. Santa Cruz, of Lincoln Heights, Calif., will face Milwaukee's James Owens . Other bouts include a welterweight match between undefeated welterweight prospect Emmanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor of Edgewood and Puerto Rico's Laureano Laracuente. For tickets and information, go to 410-336-8889 or jonathanogdenfoundation.org.

Orioles: Double-A Bowie Baysox closer Pedro Beato was nominated by MiLB.com as one of the best relievers in Double-A this year. Fans can vote at baysox.com through Monday.

—From Sun staff and news services

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