Ellicott City tennis star Capra signs letter of intent to attend Duke


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Ellicott City's Capra signs letter of intent to attend Duke

Leading junior player Beatrice Capra, who grew up in Ellicott City and attended McDonogh, has signed a letter of intent to go to Duke. Capra, 18, earned attention at last year's U.S. Open by reaching the third round. Making her Grand Slam debut while ranked 371st, Capra upset 18th-seeded Aravane Rezai and 95th-ranked Karolina Sprem in New York, before losing to three-time major champion Maria Sharapova. Duke and the U.S. Tennis Association both announced Capra's signing. Patrick McEnroe, general manager of USTA player development, said in a statement released Wednesday that the USTA supports Capra's decision and feels "strongly that collegiate tennis can be part of one's pathway to pro tennis."

College football

Morton, Mazyck won't attend Maryland; Middleton honored

The Maryland program's 2011 recruiting class will not include DeMatha running back Delonte Morton. "He's not going to go to Maryland," Stags coach Bill McGregor said. "There's not much you can do. It just is what it is." A source close to Morton said the reason he won't end up in College Park is related to academics. Whether the 6-foot-11/2, 249-pound senior spends next season at a prep school or a junior college has not been determined.

More Maryland: Fork Union Military Academy offensive tackle Larry Mazyck won't sign with Maryland next month. "They've decided to go in a different direction," Fork Union coach Micky Sullivan said. "He committed to Vanderbilt." Mazyck, a 6-foot-7, 320-pound senior, committed to the Terps last March when he was a junior at Friendship Collegiate in Washington. Commodores coach James Franklin was Mazyck's recruiter at Maryland.

For more of Matt Bracken's blog posts on Morton and Mazyck, go to baltimoresun.com/recruiting report.

Navy: Navy senior co-captain Wyatt Middleton will be honored Monday night at the annual Philadelphia Sportswriters Dinner for being named the 2010 Army-Navy Most Valuable Player. Middleton had the biggest play of the game in Navy's 31-17 victory over the Black Knights, when he caught Army quarterback Trent Steelman's fumble in midair and ran 98 yards for a touchdown. It was the longest fumble return in 129 years of Navy football and it was the longest fumble return in the 111-year history of the Army-Navy game.

Et cetera

Future with Wizards not on radar of Nuggets' Anthony

Asked why he has omitted the Washington Wizards — the team closest to his hometown of Baltimore — from his list of four desired locations to continue his NBA career, Denver Nuggets star forward Carmelo Anthony told The Washington Post: "I never really heard about the Wizards being interested in me. That's real talk. I never heard that. I never really thought about it, honestly, the Wizards." Anthony told The Denver Post that the list of places where he would sign an extension consists of New York, Chicago, Denver and New Jersey. That might be different if there were a team in Baltimore. "They not giving Baltimore no team," he told the Post. "This is D.C., though, not B-more."

NHL: The start time for the Buffalo Sabres' home game against the Washington Capitals on Feb.20 has been moved up to 12:30p.m. to accommodate television scheduling. The change was announced by the Sabres on Wednesday after NBC reached a deal to broadcast four games on that date as part of its Hockey Day in America coverage. Sabres-Capitals was originally scheduled to start at 3p.m.

Figure skating: Allison Timlen of Mount Hebron and the Columbia Figure Skating Club was 10th after Monday's junior ladies short program at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships in Greensboro, N.C. The free skate was Wednesday night. Travis Mager of Fulton and Lauri Bonacorsi of St.Louis finished second in junior dance; Lorraine McNamara of Germantown and Quinn Carpenter of Wheaton were ninth.

Men's college lacrosse: Defending champion Army (78 points, 12 first-place votes) is the favorite to repeat as Patriot League champion with Navy (58, 1) coming in second in balloting by head coaches and sports information directors. The Black Knights beat the Midshipmen in the 2010 conference title game. … Goucher players elected senior defenseman Justin Dunn, junior midfielder Matt Lynch and junior attackman Rory Averett captains.

College softball: Maryland was picked to finish fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference preseason poll. The Terps received 12 points in voting by head coaches. Georgia Tech is the favorite with 49 points, including seven first-place votes.

Men's college squash: Navy senior Allan Lutz was named the Harrow Sports National Player of the Week.

Women's college basketball: UMES senior guard Casey Morton was named Heritage Sports Radio Network's Division I National Player of the Week in fan balloting. She averaged 21.7 points and 4.3 rebounds per game in helping the Hawks to a 2-1 week.

—From Sun staff and news services

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