Former Terp Howard gets OK to play at USC
Southern California has added senior point guard Pe'Shon Howard, a transfer from Maryland, to its 2013-14 men's basketball roster, coach Andy Enfield announced Monday. Howard, a Los Angeles native, was given a legislative-relief waiver to be able to return home to be closer to his ailing grandmother. "We are happy that Pe'Shon will be able to spend time with his grandmother who helped raise him here in Los Angeles," said Enfield, a former Johns Hopkins star. "On the court, Pe'Shon will provide leadership and we expect him to have a terrific senior season." Howard, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound guard, played in 83 games and made 44 starts for Maryland in three seasons. Last season while serving as a co-captain, he averaged 3.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game while helping lead the Terps to the National Invitation Tournament semifinals. He was a member of the Dec. 20 watch list for the Bob Cousy Collegiate Point Guard of the Year Award. Howard had 13 assists against LIU Brooklyn on Nov. 16, which were two short of the school single-game record. He has had 20 career games with five or more assists and has scored in double figures nine times with a career best of 15 points at Temple on Jan. 21, 2012. Howard is from Los Angeles and attended national power Oak Hill Academy in Virginia.
Women: Maryland will play two games on ESPN2's "Big Monday" package this season, facing Notre Dame on Jan. 27 at Comcast Center at 7 p.m. and at Duke on Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. in Durham, N.C.
Dunn, Doyle promoted to starters on Terps O-line
Maryland redshirt freshman Michael Dunn and redshirt sophomore Ryan Doyle moved into starters' spots at guard and offensive tackle, respectively, according to the depth chart released Monday, five days before the season opener against Florida International. Andrew Zeller and Nick Klemm are no longer starters. Klemm has had an injury problem. Tackle Mike Madaras, guard De'Onte Arnett and center Sal Conaboy are the other starters on the line. Redshirt freshman Kenneth Goins Jr. (Gilman) is listed as the fullback starter. Presumptive starter Tyler Cierski, who has been out with a calf injury, does not appear on the depth chart. Wide receiver Deon Long has had back problems, but the transfer is listed as a starter along with Stefon Diggs and Nigel King. Brad Craddock has won the kicking job despite struggling with consistency at times during camp. Sean Davis beat out A.J. Hendy for the safety position opposite Anthony Nixon.
More football: Salisbury, which has won the Empire 8 Athletic Conference title in each of its first two seasons in the league, has been selected by the conference coaches to earn a third straight title as the league announced the results of its preseason coaches' poll. Salisbury collected seven first-place votes and 49 points, six points clear of St. John Fisher. Frostburg State was picked to finish seventh.
Women's soccer: Senior Hayley Brock scored the final three goals to propel No. 17 Maryland to a 4-2 victory over visiting Villanova. The Terps (2-0-0) trailed 2-1 until the 83rd minute despite playing for much of the second half with a man advantage after Villanova's Kathryn Rayner was sent off with a red card after taking Brock down on a breakaway. But in the 83rd minute sophomore Ashley Spivey (McDonogh) settled a loose ball just outside the Villanova defensive third and lofted a pass for Brock over the back line. Keeper Jami Kranich came off of her line to get the ball, but Brock got to it first and tied the match. Less than two minutes later Brock dribbled through the defense for another goal. She capped the natural hat trick a little more than two minutes later. ... Towson senior Emily Banes was named Player of the Week by the Colonial Athletic Association. ... Navy senior goalkeeper Elizabeth Hoerner and junior defender Jade Seabrook were placed on the watch list for the Hermann Trophy, which honors the top players in Division I. Hoerner was named one of 30 women's candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
Women's volleyball: Maryland juniors Ashleigh Crutcher and Adreené Elliott were named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference preseason team. ... Navy was picked in the Patriot League preseason poll to finish fifth and Loyola Maryland sixth. ... Senior setter Lauren White was named captain of the Washington College team. She was a captain each of the previous two years.
Field hockey: Maryland seniors Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer and junior Maxine Fluharty were named preseason All-ACC, a league high for a single team. The Terps were picked to finish second in the conference behind North Carolina,which won the ACC championship and appeared in the national title game last year. Duke was picked to finish third. , followed by Syracuse, Wake Forest, Virginia and Boston College. … Washington College seniors Steph Harryman and Heather Noto were named the captains for the 2013 season. … Towson senior Kathleen Morris, junior Kelly Mattingly (Fallston) and sophomore Heather Jenney were named preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association honorable mention. ... Johns Hopkins is fifth, Washington College sixth and McDaniel 10th in the Centennial Conference preseason poll. Franklin & Marshall is picked to finish first.
Redskins release former Navy fullback Kettani
The Redskins cut back up fullback Eric Kettani, a former Navy star who spent last season on Washington's practice squad. NFL teams need to trim their rosters to 75 by 4 p.m. today. Kettani was slotted behind third-year starter Darrel Young on the depth chart, but Washington didn't need two fullbacks because tight end Logan Paulsen often is used to back up Young. Kettani, an officer in the Navy reserve, received a promotion this summer to lieutenant. The ceremony was held at Redskins Park.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Boy, 12, sets Maryland largemouth bass record
Colton Clayton, 12, caught a Maryland-record largemouth bass while fishing at a farm pond in his hometown of Huntingtown on July 31. The fish weighed 11 pounds, 6 ounces and was 26inches long and 18 inches around. Clayton caught the fish using a spinning rod loaded with an 8-pound test line and a plastic worm, rigged weedless and without a weight. Fisheries biologist Keith Lockwood verified that proper procedures were followed and identified the fish as the freshwater largemouth bass state record. He said the fish could have easily weighed more if it had been in a fattened condition. The previous record of 11 pounds, 2ounces was held for nearly 30 years by Rodney Cockrell.
Minor league basketball: Anthony Thomas (North County) has re-signed for a second season with the Bay Area Shuckers of the American Professional Basketball League. Lamarr Shorts will return to the team as well.
—From Sun staff and news services