Cornerback Graham given OK to transfer
Maryland announced Wednesday that cornerback Avery Graham has been given his unconditional release to transfer wherever he would like. "I'm disappointed that Avery has decided to leave us, but he didn't feel he was going to be a starter in the fall," Terps coach Randy Edsall said in a news release. "Avery was a hard worker during his time here and we wish him well." Graham, a redshirt junior listed behind Jeremiah Johnson on Maryland's spring depth chart, finished his Maryland career with 17 tackles in 13 games. The Clarksburg graduate was a backup at the STAR linebacker position in 2011 before injuring his knee against Clemson on Oct. 15 and missing the rest of the year. Graham is the 13th Terps player since the end of the 2011 season to leave the program.
Patterson's Livingston commits to Fla. Gulf Coast
Leonard Livingston, a 6-foot-10, 190-pound power forward from Patterson, has committed to Florida Gulf Coast over offers from The Citadel and Tennessee-Chattanooga. FGCU's coach is Andy Enfield, Johns Hopkins' all-time leading scorer, and the Eagles' top assistant is Lake Clifton grad and former Miami point guard Kevin Norris. Livingston helped the Clippers to the Class 3A state championship this month.
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Maryland men: Former Terps coach Gary Williams will receive a lifetime achievement award from the Washington Metropolitan Basketball Hall of Fame on May 5. Williams, who went 668-380 as a head coach, including 461-252 at Maryland, is already a member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends. The ceremony at the Capital Hilton will start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at pmi.ticketsocket.com or by emailing Ann Marie Parish at email@example.com.
Women: Maryland sophomore Alyssa Thomas was one of 10 players and three underclassmen to earn All-America honors from the U.S. Basketball Writers Association. Thomas, who averaged 17.2 points and 8.0 rebounds, is the Terps' sixth USBWA All-American.
Terps' Cooper avoids long suspension, won't face UVa.
Maryland junior midfielder Kevin Cooper avoided a lengthy suspension for his role in an on-field fight in the Terps' 11-10 loss to North Carolina on Saturday and will sit out Saturday's Atlantic Coast Conference showdown with No. 2 Virginia. Cooper was ejected after fighting with Tar Heels redshirt sophomore midfielder Greg McBride with 40 seconds remaining in the fourth quarter. Under NCAA regulations, a player ejected for fighting is suspended for his team's next game. Maryland announced Wednesday that after review, the ACC decided not to hand down further punishment. Cooper, who had three goals and six assists as a member of the second midfield, could be replaced by a teammate from a group that includes freshman Jay Carlson (10, 1), sophomore Rustin Bryant (1, 2) and freshman Joe LoCascio (1, 1).
Junior college lacrosse: The CCBC-Essex men's and women's teams are ranked third in the National Junior College Athletic Association polls. The men (6-2, 2-0 MD JUCO) dropped one spot; the women (7-1, 2-1) moved up two spots. Anne Arundel CC is second in the women's poll.
College baseball: Maryland (17-9) recorded its most lopsided victory this season by cruising, 16-4, against host St. John's (13-11), which had won nine of its previous 10 games. ... George Washington (8-16) scored three runs in the final two innings to emerge with a 6-4 win against host UMBC (7-13) ... Sam Nott went 2-for-4 with two RBIs as Mount St. Mary's (7-19) earned a 6-3 victory against host UMES (2-22). ... No. 26 Virginia (16-8-1) allowed just three hits in cruising to an 8-0 win over visiting Towson (12-11) on Tuesday night.
Men's college tennis: Johns Hopkins (6-4, 3-0), ranked fourth in Division III, won its 50th consecutive Centennial Conference match with a 9-0 win at Gettysburg (3-4, 0-2).
IronBirds: The Orioles' short-season Single-A affiliate recently unveiled a new commemorative logo that will be worn on the team's uniforms this season to commemmorate its 10-year anniversary. The IronBirds are encouraging fans to visit their Facebook page (facebook.com/AberdeenIronBirds) and vote on their favorite players for the "All-Decade Team." The contest began March 12 and allows participants to vote on a new position player or pitcher each week. The final "All-Decade Team" will be announced at IronFest on May 5 at Ripken Stadium.
Mud run: Terrapin Adventures has partnered with Playworks DC to host the Terrapin & Hare 5K Mud Run through the woods of Savage May 6 at 9 a.m. The run, which will include climbing walls, tires, webs and mud obstacles, will benefit Playworks DC and its effort to bring safe, meaningful play to Washington schools. Registration is $30 by April 15 and $35 after that date. Information: terrapinmudrun.com.
NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forward Cody Eakin from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. ... Goaltender Philipp Grubauer of the South Carolina Stingrays, a Capitals affiliate, was named to the East Coast Hockey League All-Rookie team.
—From Sun staff and news services