Carr offered contract by pro team in China

Basketball

Carr offered contract by pro team in China

This summer saw former Patterson star Aquille Carr get his first taste of basketball overseas by taking part in the Legends Tour during the month of June. Playing alongside the likes of former NBA players Tracy McGrady and Jason Williams, Carr pulled out his usual tricks off the dribble and through the air. After one of the final games, a shocked Carr was offered a pro contract by Qingdao Double Star of the Chinese Basketball Association. The now-retired McGrady played for the team last season before joining the San Antonio Spurs. Carr has yet to accept the contract offer or sign with an international team as he continues to evaluate his options in his pursuit to play in the NBA, according to a source.

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Towson men: The Tigers announced they will play a total of 16 regular-season home games this season at brand-new SECU Arena. Fans will have a chance to get an early look at the facility when Towson hosts a pair of exhibition games to start the year; the Tigers will take on Bloomsburg on Oct. 24 and Mansfield on Oct. 30 before beginning regular-season play Nov. 8 against Navy. The Tigers will remain at home to play Morgan State on Nov. 12 and Temple two days later.

Women: Former Loyola guard Katie Sheahin has signed a professional contract with the Giro Live Panthers and will begin her post-collegiate career in Germany's Division I League. Sheahin, who graduated from Loyola in May, led the Greyhounds to their first postseason victory in program history during the 2011 Women's National Invitation Tournament. Her 3-pointer just over three seconds left in regulation lifted the Greyhounds over Old Dominion, 67-65. A two-time Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Year and three-time All-MAAC selection, Sheahin finished her career third on Loyola's all-time points list with 1,513, and first in steals with 347. Sheahin shattered the school's steals record by more than 90.

Lacrosse

ESPN ramps up coverage of FIL World Championship

US Lacrosse has announced that ESPN will broadcast about 60 games during the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship across its networks and online via ESPN3. As many as 40 nations are expected to participate in the event on July 10-19 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colo. The semifinals and championship game will be televised live on ESPNU, and all U.S. team games will be included in the package. The most recent world championships, hosted in 2010 by Manchester, England, had just one televised game in the United States; ESPNU aired Team USA's 12-10 win over Canada in the gold-medal game.

Major League Lacrosse: The league announced it will hold the 2014 All-Star Game at Harvard Stadium in Cambridge, Mass., on June 26 and switch to an "MLL vs. Team USA" format. The MLL All-Stars will face Team USA as it prepares for the FIL World Championship. ... The Ohio Machine announced the acquisition of defenseman Brian Farrell (Maryland) in a trade with the Boston Cannons. In return for Farrell, the Cannons received defenseman Diogo Godoi and the Machine's third-round pick in the 2014 college draft. Farrell played in a total of 31 games for the Cannons over the past three seasons after being selected in the 2011 MLL Collegiate Draft by Boston.

Division I college men: Sophomore long-stick midfielder-defenseman Paul Steel of Bullis School in Potomac has orally committed to Johns Hopkins. Playing club with the Baltimore Crabs, the lefty attended Legacy Cup, National High School Lacrosse Showcase, Crab Feast, Freestate Games, Jake Reed's Nike Blue Chip, National Scholastic Club Lacrosse Association and the Maryland Elite Camp in January. The 6-foot, 175-pound recruit also considered Penn State, Harvard and Notre Dame.

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Division III: The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the addition of Hood, Penn State Harrisburg, Marymount, Arcadia, Alfred State and SUNY-Maritime. They will be eligible for all postseason play and awards immediately.

Et cetera

Retired jockey Dominguez to appear at Laurel Park

Ramon Dominguez, an Eclipse Award-winning former jockey who retired in June because of the severity of injuries suffered in an accident at Aqueduct in January, will make a special appearance at Laurel Park on Sept. 21. Live racing returns to the major Maryland tracks two days earlier after a 14-week break. Dominguez, who was a regular rider at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course for five years earlier in his career, will be saluted with a winner's circle presentation after the second race. The Maryland Jockey Club will make a donation to Permanently Disabled Jockeys Fund in his name. Dominguez will conduct an autograph session in the grandstand from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. "I am doing pretty well," said Dominguez this morning from his home on Long Island. "I have come a long way and am continuing in the recovery process." The Venezuela native arrived in Maryland in 2000 and won 1,012 races at the major Maryland tracks over the next five years, including 297 victories in 2001, when he finished atop the standings at all four meets. The 36-year-old is now devoting his time in assisting the PDJF, a public charity that provides financial assistance to former jockeys who have suffered catastrophic on-track injuries.

Men's college soccer: Sophomore Larry Ndjock scored in the 83rd minute to lift visiting Loyola (3-0-1) to a 1-0 victory over Quinnipiac (0-2-2). Senior Diego McQuestion passed ahead to Ndjock, who used his speed to get by his defenders before sending a low shot at the far post for his fifth goal of the season. The goal marked the third straight game in which he has scored.

Women's college gymnastics: Maryland announced the addition of former Terps star Kesley Cofsky as the director of operations for the 2014 season. In 2013, she set career highs on vault, bars, beam, floor and all-around, and was the recipient of the East Atlantic Gymnastics League Outstanding Senior Gymnast Award.

College softball: Salisbury catcher Michelle Gravdahl (Long Reach) was announced as the Diamond Sports Catcher of the Year for Division III by the National Fastpitch Coaching Association. She is the first Sea Gull in program history to earn the award. ... UMBC announced the addition of Larry Alvis to the coaching staff. Alvis, a 1979 graduate of the school, served on Joe French's staff from 2002 to 2004.

WNBA: Tickets for the Washington Mystics' first-round playoff game are on sale at washingtonmystics.com or by calling 1-877-DC-HOOP-1. The Mystics have returned to the playoffs for the first time since the 2010 season. The date and time for the game are still to be determined. The Mystics, in fourth place in the Eastern Conference, have two games left to determine seeding for the conference semifinals. Washington will face the Connecticut Sun on Friday at 7 p.m. and will close out the regular season against the New York Liberty on Sunday at 4 p.m. Both games will take place at Verizon Center.

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