Browns to interview Kyle Shanahan for offensive coordinator
Kyle Shanahan is scheduled to interview today with the Cleveland Browns for their offensive coordinator job, according to a person familiar with the situation. It will be the third known interview for an NFL offensive coordinator position for Shanahan since he was fired by the Washington Redskins. Shanahan previously interviewed with the Miami Dolphins and the Ravens. The Dolphins hired Bill Lazor, the former quarterbacks coach of the Philadelphia Eagles, and the Ravens hired Gary Kubiak, the former head coach of the Houston Texans. The Browns hired former Ravens assistant Mike Pettine as their head coach last week. He'd been the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills. Shanahan was fired by the Redskins along with his father, Mike Shanahan, the team's head coach for four seasons, after a 3-13 season. Kyle Shanahan served as the Redskins' offensive coordinator after a stint as the Texans' offensive coordinator under Kubiak.
—Mark Maske, The Washington Post
Babe's Birthday Bash
Adam Jones to receive Community Service Award
Orioles outfielder Adam Jones will be presented with the 2014 Babe Ruth Birthplace Museum Community Service Award at the annual Babe's Birthday Bash on Feb. 6 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards. The event, which will celebrate the 119th anniversary of Ruth's birth in Baltimore, will be attended by former Colts, such as Bruce Laird, Tom Matte and Stan White, and former Orioles such as Joe Orsulak. The community service award was created to honor Ruth's memory by recognizing an active or former professional athlete or individual with ties to the Maryland sports community who has demonstrated a strong devotion to Baltimore and Maryland by giving back to the community. The evening will include unlimited ballpark-inspired food and beverages; a silent auction; appearances by local professional and amateur athletes; free parking at Camden Yards; and admission to Sports Legends Museum's galleries. Tickets are $45 each for members of the museum; $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance; and $60 each at the door. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. Tickets are available at missiontix.com/babesbash. For more information, call 410-727-1539 ext. 3033.
Pitcher A.J. Burnett a potential target
If A.J. Burnett, the 37-year-old right-hander who lives in Monkton, is interested in pitching in 2014, the Orioles definitely want to make a run at him. One Orioles source said this week that Burnett, who was 10-11 with a 3.30 ERA in 30 starts with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2013, would be at the top of the club's wish list if he were available on the open market. On Tuesday, the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported that Burnett does want to pitch again this season and is open to talking to teams besides the Pirates. Burnett is particularly intriguing to the Orioles because he likely would not command a lengthy contract — potentially only one year — and he's not tied to a first-round draft pick like other coveted free-agent starters such as Ervin Santana and Ubaldo Jimenez. Plus, the Orioles have one distinct negotiating advantage with Burnett: He lives in northern Baltimore County with his wife and two preteen sons and, therefore, would be able to spend more time with his family if he pitched for the Orioles. But he's also not far from Philadelphia, Washington and Pittsburgh, and there is a sense in the industry that Burnett's interest could include East Coast teams and not just the local Orioles or Pirates.
Radio: Fourteen Orioles spring training games will be broadcast on WBAL (1090 AM), starting with the opener at the Tampa Bay Rays from Port Charlotte, Fla., on Feb. 28 at 1:05 p.m. The schedule includes the home opener against the Toronto Blue Jays on March 1, along with seven additional home games in Sarasota, Fla. Three of the 14 broadcasts will feature 30-minute pregame and postgame shows. WBAL Radio will also broadcast all 162 regular-season games. Joe Angel and Fred Manfra will again team up to call the action.
Honor: Former Orioles third baseman Jeff Manto will be inducted into the International League Hall of Fame this year. The Orioles hired Manto, 49, in November as the organization's minor league hitting coordinator. Manto batted .256 with 17 home runs and 38 RBIs in 89 games in 1995, his only season with the team. He hit .275 with 125 home runs with seven International League teams between 1992 and 2000 and was the League's Most Valuable Player in 1994.
Towson's West named top offensive player in FCS
Towson junior running back Terrance West (Northwestern) was named the College Sports Journal's Football Championship Subdivision Offensive Player of the Year. West led the Tigers to a 13-3 record and a berth in the NCAA FCS championship game by rushing for an FCS-record 2,509 yards with an FCS record 41 rushing touchdowns. He was joined on CSJ's All-America team by four Towson teammates: senior tackle Eric Pike, sophomore fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall), senior cornerback Jordan Love and junior cornerback Tye Smith. Senior linebacker Telvion Clark earned honorable mention.
Indoor soccer: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela has been named the Major Indoor Soccer League Player of the Week for the second time this season. He allowed only three goals and made 23 saves as the Blast won two games last weekend. Blast teammate Adauto Neto, who had eight points in the two victories, joined Vanzela on the Team of the Week. The Blast's Tony Donatelli and Adriano Dos Santos received honorable mentions.
Varsity tennis: Jon Jacobson was named girls coach at Archbishop Spalding. Jacobson is the director of tennis at Forrest Hill Swim and Tennis Club and will continue as Mount Hebron's assistant coach.
College track and field: Navy senior Zack Duncavage and freshman Khaalif Wolfe were named Patriot League male and female Field Athlete and Rookie of the Week, respectively. ... Salisbury junior sprinter Thomas Burke was named the Capital Athletic Conference men's Track Athlete of the Week. Salisbury freshman high jumper Meghan McGowan (Arundel) was named the CAC women's Field Athlete of the Week.