UM Board of Regents takes step to improve oversight
The University System of Maryland's Board of Regents approved a measure to improve oversight of schools' athletic department finances and athletes' academic performances. The new policy requires that the universities periodically issue reports to the board containing expanded information on such topics as athletic department budget projections, athletes' graduation rates and numbers of special-admit athletes. The board created a new work group that will oversee the issue and meet three or four times a year. "I'm happy there's going to be a lot of oversight of intercollegiate athletics," said Tom McMillen, a board member and former Maryland basketball player who will chair the group.
Women's soccer: Emily Banes, Alex Evitts and Sofia Read scored to give host Towson (1-9-1, 1-2 Colonial Athletic Association) its first victory of the season, 3-1 against Old Dominion (2-8, 0-2). ... Thirteen former players make up Mount St. Mary's 20th anniversary team: Robin Covaleski (1996-1999), Karyn Farrar (2004-2007), Carole Fournier (1992-1994), Amanda Gilbert (1995-1998), Stephanie Gnau (1999-2002), Kim Henry (2002-2005), Anna Lebo (2004-2007), Emily Menotti (2006-2009), Alicia Miller (2008-2011), Lacey Morley (1996-2000), Keli Stevens (2000-2003), Christy Wicks (1994-1997) and Sadie Winship (2008-11). The team will be honored at halftime of the 1 p.m. home game against Navy on Sunday.
Field hockey: Fourth-ranked Maryland (7-2, 2-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) was edged, 3-2, at No. 7 Virginia (10-2, 2-0) despite earning three penalty corners in the final minute.
Ex-Terp Earl Badu, 33, jumps to his death
Earl Badu, a former Maryland basketball player and St. Frances graduate, died after jumping from a highway bridge Thursday morning. Badu, 33, jumped from the Interstate 95 overpass onto I-695 northeast of the city, where he fell about 50 feet, Baltimore County police spokeswoman Elise Armacost said Friday in an email. She said Badu was alive when paramedics arrived at the scene about 9 a.m. He was taken to Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. According to online court records, six days before his death Badu had received a five-year suspended sentence for passing a bad check in Montgomery County. A $300,000 judgment was entered against Badu in April. He had been sued by Alan Cornfield, a Silver Spring-based chiropractor, in Montgomery County Circuit Court over issues related to fraud, misrepresentation of facts, misappropriation of funds, unjust enrichment and restitution based upon unjust enrichment. Badu graduated from St. Frances in 1998 and was a walk-on at Maryland the following fall. A fan favorite in College Park, Badu played just 33 minutes during his Terps career, including 26 as a senior for Maryland's 2001-02 national championship team. Badu, who scored four points during his four years with the Terps, told The Baltimore Sun in 2002 that he planned to attend law school after he graduated.
Wizards Wall to miss start of season with knee injury
The Washington Wizards announced that point guard John Wall will miss about eight weeks after being diagnosed with the early stages of a nontraumatic stress injury in his knee. Surgery isn't required, according to a statement released by the team, but Wall, who has averaged 16.3 points, 8.2 assists and 4.6 rebounds since the Wizards drafted him No. 1 overall in 2010, will have to begin rehabilitation immediately. After experiencing discomfort in his left knee, which coach Randy Wittman initially thought was bursitis, Wall visited orthopedic specialist David Altchek in New York on Thursday and underwent an MRI that revealed the early stages of an injury that could eventually lead to a fractured patella. A.J. Price and Shelvin Mack are the only other point guards on the roster. Training camp is set to begin Tuesday. The season opens Oct. 30, but Wall isn't expected to return until close to December.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
WNBA: Kristi Toliver (Maryland), who earlier in the day was named the WNBA's Most Improved Player, tied a career high with 29 points Thursday night to lead the Los Angeles Sparks to a 93-86 victory over the San Antonio Silver Stars in Game 1 of the Western Conference semifinals. For the season, Toliver averaged a career-high 17.4 points, up from 11.2 last year, and had career-high averages in assists (4.9), rebounds (3.2) and steals (1.3). She received 24 of 41 votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters.
Laurel Park: The racing office announced that 155 pre-entries were named to the 11 races that comprise the 2012 Jim McKay Maryland Million on Saturday, Oct. 6. First post is 12:35 p.m. The 155 include 137 horses, as 17 were cross-entered, including Steady Warrior who is nominated to three races. Eleven previous Million day winners were nominated, including three defending champions: Eighttofasttocatch (Classic), Sloane Ranger (Sprint) and Ben's Cat (Turf Sprint). The post-position draw for the $1.05 million day will be Wednesday at noon.
—From Sun staff and news services