Wizards owner Leonsis explains Verizon Center roof leak

NBA

Wizards owner Leonsis explains arena roof leak

Washington Wizards owner Ted Leonsis wasn't in attendance Saturday at Verizon Center for his team's fourth straight home loss, but he did address roof leaks that contributed to two delays totaling 57 minutes in a 114-107 loss to the Houston Rockets. "The big freeze this past week might have created a small fissure in roofing materials, and as the rain came on and some ice was melting, some water was able to seep in," Leonsis wrote on his personal blog, "Ted's Take." "Our staff worked very efficiently to identify where the leaks were. And we always have staff on hand that are experienced with issues such as this. We also literally had to get atop of the roof outside to see what the issues were," Leonsis wrote. "There were also staff up in the rafters and on the catwalks doing inspections and they were able to create a short term fix via some temporary tarp installation that stopped the leaks." Leonsis thanked the fans for being patient during a wacky game that lasted three hours and 18 minutes while also explaining the danger of playing under such conditions. Leonsis said his staff spent all of Sunday working on the situation "to make sure this issue doesn't occur again."

Michael Lee, The Washington Post

Women's college basketball

UM's Thomas named to U.S. national team player pool

Maryland women's basketball star Alyssa Thomas has been named to the U.S. women's national team's 33-player pool for the 2014 world championships and 2016 Olympics, announced Monday. The two-time Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year attended a U.S. minicamp in Las Vegas in October and is one of six college players chosen for the 2014-2016 pool. Thomas leads the nation in double doubles (13) and triple doubles (12) and leads the ACC in rebounding (11 per game). The other college players are Connecticut's Stefanie Dolson, Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis and Breanna Stewart; Notre Dame's Kayla McBride; and Baylor's Odyssey Sims. Thomas leads the nation in double doubles (13) and triple doubles (12) and leads the ACC in rebounding (11 per game).

More Division I: Senior Jade Geif was selected as the Patriot League Player of the Week after leading Navy to a pair of victories last week. Geif averaged 19 points and 11 rebounds, and scored a career-high 24 points as the Mids beat Army, 74-64, in a first-place showdown Saturday. … Towson senior guard Tanisha McTiller was named Colonial Athletic Association Co-Player of the Week. McTiller shared the honor with James Madison's Kirby Burkholder. McTiller averaged 23 points and eight rebounds per game in a pair of victories as the Tigers opened CAA play with wins over Hofstra and Northeastern.

Division III: St. Mary's senior Sophie Pruden earned her first career Capital Athletic Conference Women's Basketball Player of the Week award. The 6-foot forward-center averaged 18.5 points and 10.5 rebounds in a pair of victories.

Lacrosse

Ex-Mid Lewis to receive Tewaaraton Legends award

The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Navy lacrosse star James C. "Jimmy" Lewis as the recipient of the fourth annual Tewaaraton Legends Award. Lewis, a National Lacrosse Hall of Famer, was named the nation's top college attackman in 1964, 1965 and 1966. He's one of only three players ever to win the award three times. During this stretch, Navy won 22 games in a row and three straight national championships. Lewis ended his college career as Navy's leading scorer and now ranks sixth on Navy's career scoring list with 169 points (78 goals, 91 assists). Lewis will receive the Legends Award during the Tewaaraton Award ceremony May 29 at the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of the American Indian in Washington. Recipients of the Tewaaraton Legends Award are chosen on the basis that their performance would have earned them a Tewaaraton Award had it existed when they played.

Looney to be honored: The Tewaaraton Foundation has named former Navy player Brendan Looney as the recipient of the Spirit of Tewaaraton award. The Looney family will be presented with the award in his honor at the Tewaaraton Award ceremony. The Spirit of Tewaaraton award is presented to an individual who has contributed to the sport of lacrosse in a way that reflects the spirit of the values and mission of the Tewaaraton Award. Looney graduated from the Naval Academy in 2004. A member of SEAL Team Three, he was one of nine U.S. service members to lose his life in a September 2010 helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Et cetera

Trinidad and Tobago honors former UMBC star Borel

Former UMBC track and field athlete and NCAA champion Cleopatra Borel was named National Association of Athletics Administrations of Trinidad and Tobago Female Athlete of the Year on Sunday evening at the organization's annual awards ceremony. In addition, Borel earned the Women Open Field award. Borel recorded a season-best shot put of 17.84 meters (58 feet, 61/2 inches), just 0.04 of a meter short of the top 12 while attempting to earn a spot at the world championships last year. In July, the UMBC school-record holder won gold at the 2013 Central American and Caribbean Championships with a throw of 17.56 meters (57 feet, 71/2inches).

Men's college basketball: Senior captain Brendan McFall became the first St. Mary's player to be honored by the CAC this season with a Player of the Week award, as announced Monday.

College football: Navy sophomore quarterback Keenan Reynolds will be honored at the 110th annual Philadelphia Sportswriters Dinner on Jan. 27 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Cherry Hill, N.J. Reynolds will be honored for the second consecutive year as the Most Valuable Player in the Army-Navy game. Reynolds rushed for 136 yards and three touchdowns to help lead Navy to a 34-7 victory. … With the Bowl Championship Series era complete, ESPN.com's Heather Dinich and Andrea Adelson picked an All-ACC team covering those years (1998-2014). Maryland had two representatives — tight end Vernon Davis of the San Francisco 49ers and linebacker E.J. Henderson of the Minnesota Vikings.

Ravens: Although former Ravens running back Damien Berry has denied selling his Super Bowl XLVII ring, notarized documents provided to The Baltimore Sun by Goldin Auctions contradict his version of events. In a telephone interview, Ken Goldin, the founder of Goldin Auctions, said Berry and witness Brian Levine went to a Wells Fargo bank in Florida to have the sales contract notarized. Goldin said Berry displayed his driver's license to a notary before being given two cashier's checks that the NFL player then cashed at the bank. A copy of one cashier's check in the amount of $10,000 from Wells Fargo made out to Berry was emailed to The Sun. The documents show that the purchase agreement was signed and executed Aug. 30.

Aaron Wilson

NFL: The Ravens' Justin Tucker was the only kicker and the only Raven named to the Professional Football Writers of America's All-NFL Team.

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