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Mount St. Joseph grad Robinson leaves Wake, signs with D.C. United

Defender Jalen Robinson (Mount St. Joseph), a member of D.C. United's youth academy for four years, has left Wake Forest after two seasons to sign a homegrown contract with the Major League Soccer club. College players with ties to an MLS club's academy are exempt from the league draft. Robinson, 19, is "one of the most athletic players in all of college soccer who can play center back or right back," general manager Dave Kasper said in a written statement. "He is very composed on the ball as he looks to play out of the back, and he also excels at one-on-one defending." At Wake, Robinson started 36 matches over two seasons and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference freshman team in 2012 and All-ACC second team this past fall. Meantime, a player high on United's list to select with the No. 1 overall pick at the Jan. 16 draft in Philadelphia — California junior center back Christian Dean — tweeted Monday that he has signed with MLS. Others under consideration include Dean's backline partner, Cal senior Steve Birnbaum, and Maryland forward Patrick Mullins, the nation's leading scorer in 2013.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Women: The National Women's Soccer League announced that it will hold an expansion draft Friday at 11 a.m. via conference call. As the lone expansion club, the Houston Dash will be able to select up to 10 players from the expansion draft list of unprotected players. The Washington Spirit will be allowed to protect 10 players.

Women's college basketball

Terps' Walker-Kimbrough is ACC's top rookie again

Freshman Shatori Walker-Kimbrough of the No. 6 Maryland women's basketball team was voted Atlantic Coast Conference Rookie of the Week for the second straight week. Walker-Kimbrough came off the bench and immediately made an impact for the Terps (13-1, 1-0 ACC) in their 79-70 win at then-No. 10 North Carolina on Sunday. The rookie scored 13 of her 16 points in the first half and finished the game with a career-high seven rebounds.

Men's college basketball

Ex-Gael Atkins repeats as ACC Player of the Week

Notre Dame senior guard Eric Atkins (Mount St.Joseph) was chosen as the ACC Player of the Week for the second week in a row. Atkins posted his first doubledouble of the season and the fifth of his career with 19 points and 11 assists in Saturday's 79-77 win over seventh-ranked Duke in the Fighting Irish's first-ever ACC game. Atkins' 11 assists were a season high for the team. Atkins recorded his 500th career assist during the game; he ranks seventh all-time at Notre Dame with 502 career assists. With 1,167 career points, he is the fifth player in program history with 1,000 career points and 500 assists.

More Division I: Mount St. Mary's senior guard Julian Norfleet was named Northeast Conference Co-Player of the Week. Norfleet averaged 23.5 points, 6.0 assists and 2.5 steals while shooting 68.2 percent from the field and 58.3 percent from 3-point range as the Mount split a pair of road games. ... For the third time this season, UMBC freshman guard Rodney Elliott (John Carroll) was selected as the America East Conference Rookie of the Week. Elliott, who is seventh in the league in scoring with 14.3 points per game, averaged 17.5 points per game in a 1-1 week for the Retrievers. He had 21 points in a 63-48 victory over Navy on Dec. 30, hitting 8 of 12 shots from the floor and a season-high four 3-pointers. Elliott led UMBC with 14 points and tied his season high with six assists in a loss at Massachusetts-Lowell on Sunday. For the week, Elliott hit 60 percent (12 of 20) from the field and 62.5 percent (5 of 8) from behind the arc. He is eighth in America East in field-goal percentage at .471.

Division III: Marymount senior forward Reed Scott (Howard) was chosen as the Capital Athletic Conference Co-Player of the Week. Scott helped the Saints to 1-1 record last week, posting averages of 23.5 points and 8.0 rebounds per game while shooting 77.3 percent from the field. Against 23rd-ranked St. Mary's, he scored a career-high 31 points to go along with eight rebounds.

More colleges

Towson football team receives Lambert Award

After finishing as the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision runner-up to North Dakota State on Saturday, the Towson football team was named the unanimous winner of the Lambert Meadowlands Award presented to the top FCS team in the East. Towson (13-3) set a school record with 13 victories and is one of only 10 schools in NCAA college football to win 13 or more games. In the other divisions, Penn State (7-5) won the Football Bowl Subdivision Lambert Meadowlands Award, while West Chester (13-2) earned the Division II honor and St. John Fisher (10-3) received Division III recognition.

Men's indoor track and field: After a dual-meet win over Princeton, Navy swept the Patriot League weekly awards. Sophomore Jordan Sartor-Francis was named Track Athlete of the Week following two first-place finishes, one in the 60-meter dash and the other in the 200-meter dash. Senior Derrick Petett was chosen as the Field Athlete of the Week after he placed first in the weight throw with a mark of 17.52 meters. Freshman Khaalif Wolfe was tabbed the Rookie of the Week after a first-place performance in the triple jump.

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