Ex-Towson Catholic star Greene to Celtics
Former Towson Catholic star Donte Greene was traded from the Memphis Grizzlies to the Boston Celtics in a swap of former Syracuse first-round draft picks Thursday. In exchange for Greene, who averaged 5.4 points and 2.5 rebounds per game with the Sacramento Kings two seasons ago but did not play after signing with Memphis last April, the Grizzlies acquired second-year player Fab Melo. The No. 22 overall pick in the 2012 NBA draft, Melo averaged 1.2 points and 0.3 blocks per game in limited action with the Celtics.
In its final season representing the Atlantic Coast Conference, Maryland will play at Ohio State in the 15th annual Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4, the leagues announced. The Terps are 10-4 overall, including 4-1 on the road, in the inter-conference showdown. Ohio State, a likely top-10 preseason selection, returns three of its top four scorers from last season's Elite Eight team, including first-team All-Big Ten guard Aaron Craft. Kam Williams (Mount St. Joseph), an All-Metro first-team selection, also joins the Buckeyes this season. The Dec. 4 game is set for 7 p.m. and will be shown on ESPN or ESPN2.
Women's volleyball: Michael Shearer was hired as an assistant coach. Shearer served as the interim head coach at West Alabama last season.
Former Terp Snider named Most Improved Player
Denver Outlaws midfielder Drew Snider (Maryland) was named Major League Lacrosse's Most Improved Player. Snider earned six first-place votes from the league's coaches and general managers, two more than fellow former Terp Ryan Young of the Charlotte Hounds. The Chesapeake Bayhawks' Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) also received two first-place votes. A second-year midfielder, Snider has 31 goals and 46 points this season for the record-breaking Outlaws (14-0). In 2012, Snider played in 10 games, recording 12 points on 11 goals and an assist. Snider's .344 shooting percentage is among the highest of the top 25 leading scorers, and he's 11th in the league in shots on goal (54).
Expansion: An MLL team could be in Atlanta as soon as 2014, according to the head of a group interested in bringing a team to the city. Liam Banks, a former Syracuse All-American and MLL player, said commissioner Dave Gross approached him about the possibility of a team about a year ago. No official deal has been reached, but Banks said he has been securing finances and investment and working closely with the Atlanta Sports Council. "We will see what happens. The next two to four weeks will be crucial to figure out if it will be a 2014 or a 2015 move." Banks said.
New high school boys lacrosse rules for 2014
As part of a series of rule changes in high school boys lacrosse approved last month, starting in the 2014 season, players will be able to substitute "on the fly" during stoppages of play when a ball goes out of bounds. The change was one of 19 approved by the National Federation of State High School Associations Boys Lacrosse Rules Committee at its mid-July meeting in Indianapolis and subsequently confirmed by the NFHS Board of Directors. Another new rule limits the number of players from the same team in the penalty area to three at a time. The penalty time of any additional players will not start until the penalty time of another in the penalty area expires. Also, checks involving the head or neck will be penalized with a minimum two-minute nonreleasable penalty.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United announced the signing of fullback Dennis Iapichino. The 23-year-old appeared in 16 games last season with the Montreal Impact, which United plays Saturday, and previously played in Switzerland, where he was born.
Women's college volleyball: UMBC was picked to finish third in the American East preseason poll. Albany, last year's regular-season champion and the tournament champion in eight of the past nine seasons, was voted the favorite. ... Coppin State was voted to finish fourth and Morgan State fifth in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll. Hampton was picked to finish first.