Blast's Ferdinand is Player of the Week
Blast midfielder Max Ferdinand was named the Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week after recording seven goals and 16 points over two games in a home-and-home sweep of the Pennsylvania Roar. Ferdinand entered the weekend with just two goals and six points, but was in fine form against the Roar. Returning to Reading, where he starred in high school, Ferdinand had a hat trick, including a 3-pointer, on Friday night, then followed that with a nine-point night on four goals and one assist Saturday at Baltimore Arena. The points surge moved Ferdinand into third place in the MISL's individual point leaders. Ferdinand was joined on the MISL Team of the Week by Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela, who earned a berth for the second consecutive week after recording an eight-save shutout against the Roar on Saturday night. Blast defender Pat Healey (Towson, Calvert Hall) was an honorable mention.
Junior wideout Young suspended for bowl game
Maryland wide receiver Ricardo Young violated team rules and has been suspended for Friday's Military Bowl, a team official said Tuesday. Young, who began the season as a reserve quarterback for the Terps, moved to receiver in October after injuries to Deon Long and Stefon Diggs left Maryland thin there. The junior transfer student carried the ball twice this season for 7 yards.
Terps' Hull has interviewed with Morgan, report says
Maryland wide receivers coach Lee Hull has interviewed with Morgan State for its vacant head coaching position, according to a report by CoachingSearch.com. In six seasons coaching Terps wide receivers, Hull has seen several of his pupils go to the NFL, including Torrey Smith (Ravens) and Darrius Heyward-Bey (Indianapolis Colts). Hull was a wide receiver at Holy Cross from 1984 to 1987. Maryland officials declined to comment on the report. Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr did not immediately respond to telephone messages seeking comment. Morgan State announced in November that Donald Hill-Eley would not return as coach. The university allowed Hill-Eley's contract to expire after the 44-year-old coach went 59-76 in 12 years leading the Bears.
Football honors: Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds, junior guard Jake Zuzek, junior tackle Bradyn Heap, senior linebacker Cody Peterson, freshman cornerback Brendon Clements and senior kick returner Marcus Thomas have been named All-East by the Eastern College Athletic Conference. Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs also made the team.
Johns Hopkins: A national championship in women's cross country and four other teams participating in NCAA championship competition helped the school rank third in the final Learfield Sports Directors' Cup Standings for the fall. The five Blue Jays teams accumulated 289 points to earn the third-place showing. Williams College was first with 376 points, followed by Middlebury with 310. The third-place showing matches the highest in Hopkins history; the school was ranked third at the end of the fall rankings last year, too.
Men's basketball: Chowan forward Warren Powers (Glenelg Country) was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Rookie of the Week after scoring 16 points in a 72-68 loss to Mount Olive.
Former Mid Kettani added to Chiefs' practice squad
The Kansas City Chiefs added former Navy fullback Eric Kettani to their practice squad. Kettani, 26, who never has played in an NFL game, entered the league as an undrafted free agent with the New England Patriots in May 2009. He left the NFL for military service during training camp that year, then returned to the Patriots in July 2011. Kettani was on and off New England's practice squad roster for the 2011 and 2012 seasons before joining the Washington Redskins practice squad roster in September 2012. He was released by the Redskins in August. At Navy, Kettani carried 395 times for 2,091 yards (5.3 yards per carry) with 15 touchdowns.
Travel soccer: The Central Maryland Soccer Association will accept team registrations for the Spring Sunday League between Jan. 2 and Feb. 17. The spring season will consist of six games in March, April and May, with optional participation in the Old Line State Classic the weekend of April 12-13. Male and female team competition is being offered in the single age level groupings of Under-8 through U-14, with dual age competition for high school-level teams. Additional information and registration forms are available at cmsasoccer.com. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 443-900-2130 with any spring league or tournament questions.
Museum: The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards announced that children will be admitted to the museum for free when they say the phrase "I Love the Ravens" at the ticket booth from Thursday until Dec. 31. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth, in advance by phone at 410-727-1539, or online at missiontix.com/page/sportslegends.
—From Sun staff and news services
Cleveland: Outrighted RHP Trey Haley to Columbus (IL).
Houston: Outrighted RHP Rhiner Cruz to Oklahoma City (PCL).
Seattle: Outrighted RHP Chance Ruffin to Tacoma (PCL).
Tampa Bay: Claimed OF Jerry Sands off waivers from Pittsburgh.
Toronto: INF Munenori Kawasaki agreed to minor league deal.
Milwaukee: Outrighted RHP Michael Olmsted to Nashville (PCL).
N.Y. Mets: Claimed RHP Ryan Reid off waivers from Pittsburgh.
NBA: Fined Brooklyn F Paul Pierce $15,000 for excessive and unnecessary contact with Indiana G George Hill on Monday.
IR-injured reserve; PS-practice squad
Indianapolis: Placed DT Montori Hughes on IR. Released LB Darin Drakeford from PS and signed LB Alan Baxter.
Kansas City: Signed WR Jerrell Jackson, RB Eric Kettani and LB/DE Ridge Wilson to PS. Released WR Fred Williams.
Miami: Released WR Nathan Palmer from PS and signed WR Reggie Dunn.
Minnesota: Signed CB Robert Steeples to PS.
San Diego: Placed TE John Phillips on IR. Signed TE Jake Byrne from Kansas City's PS.
Arena Football League
Orlando: Named Rob Keefe coach.
Winnipeg: Agreed to terms with G Eric Comrie on a three-year, two-way, entry-level contract.
Seattle: Loaned M Clint Dempsey to Fulham of England Premier League
Army: Named Jeff Monken football coach.
North Dakota: Named Kyle Schweigert football coach.