Ex-Terps assistant Ellis heads U.S. women's soccer team
Jill Ellis, who was an assistant coach for the Maryland women's soccer team from 1994 to 1996 and helped the Terps to the NCAA quarterfinals in 1995, was named head coach of the U.S. women's national team. Ellis has been coaching the team on an interim basis for the past six weeks after the firing of Tom Sermanni. Ellis, 47, the eighth coach in team history, was an assistant on the 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold medal-winning squads. She previously served as interim head coach after the 2012 Olympics and has a 6-0-3 record.
Track and field: Matthew Centrowitz (Broadneck) finished first in a 1,500-meter heat at the USATF High Performance Distance Classic on Thursday in Los Angeles. His time of 3 minutes, 35.44 seconds is the fastest he has ever run in his home country and before July, according to Track and Field News.
WNBA: Guard Maya Moore scored 34 points to lead the Minnesota Lynx past the Mystics, spoiling Washington's home opener. Mystics guard Ivory Latta scored 25 points.
National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit defender Toni Pressley is expected to miss much of the season after tearing the posterior cruciate ligament in her right knee Sunday night in Kansas City, Mo.
Swimming: Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Katie Ledecky committed orally Thursday to swim for Stanford . The earliest Ledecky can sign a national letter of intent is Nov. 13.
—Bryan Flaherty, The Washington Post
College softball: Towson junior pitcher-outfielder Missy McCormick was named to the All-Mid-Atlantic second team by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association. Tigers senior outfielder Maureen Hepner made the third team. Mount St. Mary's senior pitcher Nicole Pagano was named to the third team.
Towson: Director Antwaine Smith and the Total Tiger Program at Towson received the President's Diversity Award for an administrative department/program. The Total Tiger Program exists to facilitate the achievement of the athletic department's vision, mission, and core values of the holistic development of student-athletes, coaches and staff.