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Loyola's Walker, Coppin's Gallo earn conference awards

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Loyola's Walker, Coppin's Gallo earn conference awards

Loyola junior forward Shane Walker was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference men's Co-Player of the Week on Monday. Walker recorded his fourth and fifth career doubledoubles while helping the Greyhounds to a 1-1 week. He averaged 18 points and 10 rebounds while shooting 57.1 percent from the field (12-for-21), 62.5 percent from 3-point range (5-8) and 87.5 percent from the foul line (7-for-8).

More men's honors: Coppin State guard Tony Gallo was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week after leading the Eagles to victories over Navy and West Virginia Tech. Gallo averaged 17.5 points and 3.5 rebounds and shot 50 percent (7-of-14) from the 3-point line and 90.9 percent (10-for-11) from the free-throw line. …St. Mary's senior guard Alex Franz (Cardinal Gibbons) was named Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week and Pride of Maryland Player of the Week; he averaged 19.0 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals and shot 55.3 percent from the field, 41.2 percent from 3-point range and 88.9 percent from the free-throw line in two wins and a loss.

Navy men: The Naval Academy Athletic Association will honor the 1986 team during the Patriot League opener against Bucknell on Jan. 8. This season marks the 25th anniversary of the team's run to the Elite 8 of the NCAA tournament. The event will be part of the annual Alumni Game weekend. For additional information, go to navysports.com.

Women's honor: Loyola graduate student Erica DiClemente was named the MAAC Player of the Week. DiClemente scored 23 points in consecutive games last week, in a loss to then-No. 22 Maryland and a victory over Mount St. Mary's, setting career highs in points in the process.

Women's recruiting: UMBC announced today that Lauren Chase, a 5-foot-5 point guard from Bowie, and Ashley Lambert, a versatile 5-11 player from Fredericksburg, Va., signed letters of intent. Chase, who plays at Riverdale Baptist, was rated as the No.57 point guard in the nation by ESPN.

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Lasorda to speak at Terps banquet; O'Donnell honored

Former Los Angeles Dodgers manager and Hall of Famer Tom Lasorda will headline the inaugural University of Maryland baseball leadoff banquet Feb. 4 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center. Tickets are $65. For more information, go to the baseball page at umterps.com. The Terrapins, under second-year coach Erik Bakich, open the season Feb. 18 with a four-game series at Texas.

Field hockey: Senior Katie O'Donnell was given the Kate Kauffman-Beach Award at the Maryland team banquet Sunday for epitomizing a "world-class" player who demonstrates heart as well as technical and tactical skills. Four other players on the national champions were honored: senior Amanda Himmelheber (Severna Park), Sabrina Salam Award; senior Alicia Morawski, Kateri Simon Award; sophomore Harriet Tibble, Carla Tagliente Award; and sophomore Megan Frazer, Keli Smith Award.

Men's soccer: Salisbury senior defender Justin Lambert was named a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division III second-team All-American. Lambert had five assists and helped the Sea Gulls limit opponents to 0.52 goals a game.

Volleyball: UMES senior middle blocker Samantha Chukwura, junior outside hitter Zoe Bowens and freshman outside hitter Maline Vaitai and Maryland junior middle blocker Lisa Scott were named to the COBRA Magazine All-East Region team. UMBC junior middle blocker Iman Kennedy made honorable mention.

Administration: Loyola named 2009 Radford graduate Melissa Hassen assistant director for athletic sales and marketing.

Et cetera

Redskins lose safety Landry for remainder of season

Washington Redskins safety LaRon Landry, whose brother Dawan plays safety for the Ravens, is done for the year with a left Achilles' tendon injury. Redskins coach Mike Shanahan said Landry, who has missed the past four games, will be placed on injured reserve. The tendon was in danger of rupturing, so Landry's foot was placed in a walking boot about a month ago in hopes that he would heal in time to play again this year. After several attempts to get him back on the practice field, the staff has decided to end his season with the Redskins (5-8) out of the playoff race. "I thought the first half of the season he'd be MVP with the way he was playing," Shanahan said. "Hopefully he can get well and get ready to go for next season." In other news, Shanahan said he expects cornerback Carlos Rogers to play in this week's game at Dallas. Rogers has missed three of the past four games with sore hamstrings.

Wizards: Swingman Josh Howard, who is rehabilitating a left knee injury, practiced Sunday in full for the first time — without exhaustion or the need for substitution — as he nears his season debut later this month. Howard has moved fluidly on his surgically repaired left knee since being cleared for five-on-five drills last month, but said he needs a few more practices before declaring himself ready. "It's getting close," he said. "Staying in practice, not taking any subs, fighting through fatigue, that will be the first thing. Because getting used to that new tendon, it's a big thing. If I can fight through that, I know I'm going to be ready." Howard has been targeting a return against the Bobcats on Monday or the Bulls on Dec. 22 — which would be exactly eight months since he tore his anterior cruciate ligament against Chicago.

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Capitals: Washington assigned right wing Andrew Gordon to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Gordon, who is second in the AHL in goals with 16, played in his first NHL game this season and fourth in his career on Sunday.

—From Sun staff and news services

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