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Lacrosse

Stevenson's Cantabene to enter Hall of Fame

Stevenson men's lacrosse coach Paul Cantabene has been named to the Class of 2012 for the Greater Baltimore Chapter of U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame. The ceremony will be held Jan. 21 at The Hillendale Country Club in Phoenix, Md. Cantabene is the third member of the Stevenson athletics department to be inducted, joining former women's lacrosse coach M.C. McFadden, now an administrative coordinator, and director of physical education Dick Watts. Joining Cantabene in the Class of 2012 will be Sheehan Stanwick Burch, Courtney Martinez Connor, Lisa Dowling Costello, Betsy Givens Economou, Kathy Altemus Franz, Tim Hormes, Jeff Jackson, Robert Francis Lindsey and Jim Wilkerson. Cantabene was inducted into the Rochester, N.Y., chapter of the U.S. Lacrosse Hall of Fame in 2003 and was honored with the President's Medal by the university in 2010. Regarded as one of the greatest faceoff specialists of all time, Cantabene has built Stevenson into one of the elite programs in Division III. In seven seasons, the Loyola College alumnus has totaled a 97-30 record while leading the Mustangs to three consecutive DivisionIII championship game appearances, the 2010 Capital Athletic Conference title and the 2006 Eastern College Athletic Conference South championship.

NFL

Towson U. alum Bushrod named to Pro Bowl roster

Offensive tackle Jermon Bushrod of the New Orleans Saints, a former Towson University standout, has been chosen as a member of the NFC Pro Bowl roster and will make his first appearance in the all-star game, scheduled for Jan.29 in Honolulu. A fifth-year member of the Saints and a third-year starter at left tackle, Bushrod said he was "pretty shocked" to learn he had been named to the Pro Bowl. "Just having the opportunity to be voted in is such an extreme blessing," said Bushrod, a fourth-round draft pick in 2007. "I never would've thought in a million years I'd have this opportunity, in the same way as winning a Super Bowl two years ago." Bushrod has allowed only three sacks this season as part of the NFL's top-rated offense, which is averaging 457.1 total yards per game.

Varsity football

Gilman's Jones a 1st-team RivalsHigh All-American

Gilman's Cyrus Jones has been named a first-team RivalsHigh All-American. Jones, the only player from Maryland selected, was chosen as a utility player. "Jones, who has elevated his game every year, was a standout player at Gilman," wrote Dallas Jackson, the senior analyst for RivalsHigh who picked the squad. "He caught 39 passes for 635 yards and six touchdowns. He rushed for 948 yards and 13 scores. He has five interceptions on defense and added four scores in the return game. There is not much more he could have accomplished as an individual while leading the team to an AConference title."

Et cetera

Nationals reach 1-year deal with versatile DeRosa

The Nationals made official their signing of veteran utility man Mark DeRosa, a versatile 36-year-old who will serve multiple roles as part of a bench the Nationals are still assembling. The Nationals and DeRosa agreed on a one-year major league contract. DeRosa is an accomplished player whose production dimmed over the past two seasons as he dealt with a wrist injury. DeRosa appeared in just 73 games between 2010 and 2011 with the San Francisco Giants, hitting .235/.313/.279 with one homer and 201 plate appearances. Over the first 12 years of his career, DeRosa had a 97 OPS+. The Nationals value DeRosa for his experience and his versatility. DeRosa has started at least 75 games at third base, second base, right field and shortstop. Importantly for the Nationals, DeRosa can also play first base, where they could give him ample playing time in a platoon of sorts with Adam LaRoche, who is returning from shoulder surgery.

Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

College football: Navy landed four players on Phil Steele's All-Independent first team. Senior center Brady DeMell was the only offensive player selected, while senior defensive end Jabaree Tuani, junior linebacker Matt Warrick and junior safety-outside linebacker Tra'ves Bush were selected from the defense. Senior fullback Alexander Teich, senior guard John Dowd, senior tackle Ryan Basford, senior safety Kwesi Mitchell, senior kicker Jon Teague and sophomore kick returner Marcus Thomas were chosen to the second team. … Navy will begin spring practices March 19 and will practice every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday for the first three weeks, and Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday the fourth and final week. The team will scrimmage at the academy on March 31 and at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on April 7. The Blue & Gold game is set for April 14 at noon, although that could change to 4:30 p.m. if CBS Sports Network opts to televise the scrimmage. Practices during the week generally run from 4p.m. 6 p.m., and the Saturday scrimmages and practices start at approximately 9 a.m.

Girls basketball: St. Mary's will hold an open practice from noon to 1:30 p.m. Saturday. Youth players are encouraged to come learn new drills and ask coaches questions. From 1:30 to 2, the varsity girls will do drills and play with anyone who wants to participate. Players should arrive wearing basketball shoes and athletic gear.

Youth soccer: The Central Maryland Soccer Association is now accepting team registrations for its spring 2012 season, scheduled to begin March 25. The league is open to all United States Soccer Federation-affiliated school, recreation and club-level travel teams. All games will take place Sunday afternoons. Separate boys and girls divisions are available in the single-age groupings of 8-and-under through 17-and-under. Ages 7 through 12 will compete eight-on-eight, with ages 12 through 17 competing 11-on-11. CMSA is an affiliate league of US Club Soccer and the Soccer Association for Youth national organizations. The registration deadline is Feb. 17. For additional information, contact scorenews@aol.com or call 410-363-8610. Registration material is available at cmsasoccer.com.

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