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65-footer by Overlea's Smith at buzzer lifts Widener, 71-70
Junior BJ Smith (Overlea) banked in a 65-foot shot at the buzzer, completing Widener's rally from a 16-point second-half deficit for a 71-70 Commonwealth Conference victory over visiting Lebanon Valley. Smith made a 3-pointer from the left corner with 2.3 seconds to bring the Pride (9-6, 4-1) to within two, then Sam Diaz missed the front end of a one-and-one that could have iced the game for the Dutchmen (9-6, 1-4). Senior Jarrell Nelson grabbed the rebound and gave the ball on the right side to Smith, who made the buzzer-beater, giving Widener its first lead since 8-7 with 14:24 left in the first half. The finish was similar to the one in a game between the teams last season; in that one, Diaz missed the front end of a late one-and-one, Nelson got the rebound and Smith hit a 35-foot runner at the buzzer for a 66-65 win.
DuPaix leaves Navy for BYU; ECAC honors 4 Terps, 2 Mids
Joe DuPaix, the slotbacks coach the past three seasons at Navy, was hired by Brigham Young as an offensive assistant coach. DuPaix, a Salt Lake City native, was offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal Poly from 2004 to 2007.
Honors: Maryland junior wide receiver Torrey Smith, senior linebacker Alex Wujciak and junior defensive back Kenny Tate and Navy senior quarterback Ricky Dobbs and senior wide receiver Greg Jones were named to the Eastern College Athletic Conference All-East first team. Maryland freshman quarterback Danny O'Brien was named Rookie of the Year. The All-East team is voted on by the head coaches at Army, Boston College, Cincinnati, Connecticut, East Carolina, Louisville, Maryland, Navy, Penn State, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia. … Wesley junior quarterback Justin Sottilare (Oakland Mills) was named the ECAC South Player of the Year. Also named to the ECAC South team were Johns Hopkins junior wide receiver Sam Wernick, junior linebacker Ryan Piatek and senior kicker Alex Lachman.
Aspenglow wins What A Summer by 41/4 lengths
Aspenglow earned her sixth straight victory when she beat six other fillies and mares in the $75,000 What A Summer Stakes at Laurel Park. Travis Dunkelberger was aboard the 5-year-old as she covered the six-furlong distance over the fast main track in 1 minute, 10.21 seconds. Five Diamonds ranged up to engage the winner and long shot Don'tgetsuspicious after the two had dueled for the lead, but her rally sputtered and she finished second, 41/4 lengths behind the winner. Sweet Goodbye rallied to take third. Fascinatin' Rhythm finished fourth. Aspenglow paid $3.20 as the 3-5 betting favorite. The West Virginia-bred is trained by Gary Capuano. "She's really running well. She always has," Capuano said, "but this race she was just phenomenal today. Her last two races here were just great. I don't know how much better she can get but she's doing well. She's a little older now and she's maturing. She's a strong filly and seems to be getting better each time." The daughter of Lion Hearted is 14 of 19 lifetime, which includes four stakes victories, with earnings of $429,017. She is expected to run next in the Grade II Barbara Fritchie Handicap at Laurel on Feb. 19. With the win Dunkelberger is now 14 shy of 3,500 career victories.
Anthony on pursuit of title: 'I have no time to waste'
Carmelo Anthony insists he cares more about chasing a crown than cash. That's why the Denver Nuggets' All-Star from Towson Catholic has held off on signing the three-year, $65 million contract extension that has been on the table since last summer. He's still weighing his options, even as trade talks intensify with the New Jersey Nets, a deal that could very well go down sometime this week — provided, of course, he signs the extension. Anthony said Saturday before a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers — one that could very well be his last at the Pepsi Center in a Nuggets jersey — that his motivation isn't so much about moving to a big market or making big money, but capturing a title. He said he will put his name to a contract extension only with a team that gives him the best shot at a championship. "I'm going into my ninth season. I have no time to waste right now," Anthony said. "I want to see the light at the end of the tunnel in my future. That light is a championship." The most recent trade talks have Chauncey Billups and former Detroit teammate Richard Hamilton reuniting in New Jersey along with Anthony in a megadeal that includes three teams and more than a dozen players.
Scouting cross-checker hired; Mahoney '100 percent'
The Orioles have hired former Texas Rangers scouting director Ron Hopkins to serve as a cross-checker on director of scouting Joe Jordan's staff. Hopkins was the Rangers' scouting director from 2003 to 2009 and spent this past season as a special assistant to general manager Jon Daniels. Before his time with the Rangers, Hopkins was a national cross-checker with the Oakland Athletics for eight seasons and a special assistant to general manager Billy Beane in 2002. The Hopkins' addition has been part of a busy offseason for Jordan, who has hired five new full-time scouts and another part-time scout in Larry Chase, a former employee of the New York Mets who signed Mike Pelfrey and A.J. Burnett, among others.
Minor leagues: First base prospect Joe Mahoney is "100 percent ready to go" according to director of player development John Stockstill. Mahoney, the winner of the organization's Brooks Robinson Minor League Player of the Year award this past season, had surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his right knee in late October. Mahoney has also been dealing with a sprained right wrist, which forced him to leave the Venezuelan Winter League after one game. Mahoney has dealt with periodic discomfort in the wrist, but team officials don't expect it to be a problem by the start of spring training next month.
For more of Jeff Zrebiec's blog post and another on the team's efforts to add pitching, go to baltimoresun.com/orioles.
Right wing Eric Fehr will be out three to four weeks with a right shoulder injury suffered when he collided with teammate David Steckel in the neutral zone during the Washington Capitals' 4-2 loss to the Vancouver Canucks on Friday night. Fehr has five points in the past seven games.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
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