First baseman Dunn offered salary arbitration
The Washington Nationals offered salary arbitration to first baseman Adam Dunn, ensuring the team of receiving draft-pick compensation if he signs elsewhere as a free agent. He has until Nov. 30 to accept. Dunn, 31, finished second in the National League with 38 home runs in 2010, his seventh consecutive season with at least that many. He also led Washington with 103 RBIs, while hitting .260 and striking out 199 times. The Nationals said they did not offer salary arbitration to pitcher Miguel Batista, second baseman Adam Kennedy or utility players Willie Harris and Kevin Mench. The team also announced that second baseman Danny Espinosa will have his hook of hamate bone removed from his right hand by today at the Curtis National Hand Center.
Ex-Eagles safety Harris signed to bolster secondary
Washington added safety Macho Harris to its injury-depleted secondary. Harris, a fifth-round draft pick by the Philadelphia Eagles from Virginia Tech in 2009, played in 15 games, including eight starts, as a rookie but was released in September at the end of preseason. The Redskins are again expected to be without starting safety LaRon Landry for this week's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Landry has an injured left Achilles' tendon. The Redskins also lost backup safety Anderson Russell for the season when he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee Sunday; he has been placed on injured reserve. Washington signed running back Kestahn Moore to the practice squad.
Guard Dowd on Academic All-America first team
Navy junior guard John Dowd was named to the ESPN Division I Academic All-America first team by the College Sports Information Directors of America. Dowd is the first Midshipman named to the first team since Ted Dumbauld in 1980. Dowd, who made the second team last season, is a mechanical engineering major with a 3.92 grade-point average. On the field, Dowd has started all 11 games at right guard and has helped pave the way for the nation's fifth-best rushing offense (302.7 yards per game).
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John B. Sample fund at UMES started in ex-Colt's memory
The family of former Baltimore Colts safety Johnny Sample has donated $10,000 to start the John B. Sample Scholarship Fund at UMES to provide need-based financial aid for intercollegiate athletes. Sample, who attended Maryland State College, now UMES, played in the 1958 NFL championship game for the Colts and against them for the New York Jets in Super Bowl III. Evelyn Sample-Oates, her brother, Barkley, and sister, Sabrina, created the fund as a tribute to their father, a 1958 graduate of the university who died in 2005.
Division III: Salisbury (7-3) moved up one spot to No. 9 in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Lambert Meadowlands poll. The Sea Gulls lost, 23-12, to Delaware Valley on Saturday in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
Terps' O'Donnell named Player of the Year in field hockey
Senior attacker Katie O'Donnell, who helped Maryland to the national championship, was named the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I National Player of the Year. O'Donnell led the nation in assists per game with an average of 1.33 and in points per game with an average of 4.08. She is the only player in NCAA history to reach 100 career assists and 300 career points. O'Donnell had a goal and an assist in 17 of Maryland's 24 games and had seven games with three or more assists. She had her seventh career hat trick in the NCAA semifinals. O'Donnell and Maryland sophomore midfielder Megan Frazer were named NFHCA Division I All-Americans. Terps freshman attacker Jill Witmer made the second team, and teammate Jemma Buckley, a junior defender, was selected to the third team.
Men's basketball: Sophomore guard Micah Fraction had 27 points, six assists, four rebounds and three steals Monday night in leading Baltimore City Community College (6-1, 2-0 Maryland JuCo) to its sixth straight victory, 81-71 at Garrett College (3-2, 0-2).
Women's basketball: Raizel Benn had 20 points and 22 rebounds to lead host Garrett (2-3, 1-0) to a 64-43 rout of BCCC (0-7, 0-1) on Monday. Tierra McCormick scored 14 for the Panthers.
Women's cross country: Johns Hopkins' Bobby Van Allen (Maryland) was named the Centennial Conference Coach of the Year for the second time in the past three years.
Women's swimming: Towson senior Meredith Budner was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Swimmer of the Week. … York junior Michaela Guild (St. Vincent Pallotti) was selected as the Capital Athletic Conference Swimmer of the Week.
Women's bowling: Bowie State senior Verra Diggs was named CIAA Bowler of the Month.
Nine-race card, pie giveaway Thursday at Laurel Park
Laurel Park will have a nine-race Thanksgiving Day card with an 11:05 a.m. post time. The 23rd annual pie giveaway (pumpkin or apple) will be held after the fifth race at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course. There will be free donuts with coffee or cider from 9:30 to 11. The Laurel terrace dining room will have a Thanksgiving buffet for purchase. Racing continues Friday and Saturday; post times are at 12:30 p.m.
Women's Professional Soccer: Mark Washo resigned as president and general manager of the Washington Freedom.
—From Sun staff and news services