Andrea Kraus wins WGA Greiner Cup at Caves Valley
Andrea Kraus of Hayfields Country Club, who has already qualified for the U.S. Women's Mid-Am and U.S. Women's Senior championships, shot 74 Tuesday at Caves Valley Golf Club to win the 54th Greiner Cup, a titleholders competition sponsored and conducted by the Women's Golf Association of Baltimore. In leading an elite 28-player field, Kraus won the event for a record-setting ninth time in the past 21 years.
West Virginia starting cornerback Ishmael Banks will be suspended for the Mountaineers' first three games because of an academic problem, West Virginia coach Dana Holgorsen announced Monday. That means Banks will be unavailable when the Mountaineers play Towson on Sept. 6 and Maryland on Sept. 13. Banks, 6 feet, 184 pounds, started every game for West Virginia as a redshirt junior last season and had four tackles during a loss to the Terps in September. West Virginia opens against No. 2 Alabama on Saturday.
Terps field hockey team ranked No. 1 nationally
Maryland was picked as the nation's No. 1 team in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I preseason poll released Tuesday. The Terps will start in the top spot for the sixth time in nine years. Maryland received 22 first-place votes, compared with eight for No. 2 North Carolina. Connecticut, Duke and Syracuse round out the top five.
More field hockey: Salisbury was ranked second in the NFHCA Division III preseason poll. The Sea Gulls, who advanced to the national championship game in 2013, received a pair of first-place votes and 794 points.
Women's lacrosse: Division III Salve Regina in Newport, R.I., has hired former Navy defenseman Bill Villareal (St. Mary's) as coach. The retired U.S. Navy commander spent the past two seasons as a men's assistant at Salve Regina and has more than 30 years of experience in the sport.
Men's basketball: Hood announced its incoming nine-man recruiting class, which includes guards Corey Martin (North County) and Malik Harris (Archbishop Spalding) and forward Damien Hamler (New Town).
Women's soccer: UMBC freshman forward Lisa Nanov scored two of the Retrievers' three second-half goals to help overcome a two-goal deficit and defeat visiting Loyola Maryland, 3-2, on Monday night. The win was the Retrievers' first in more than 10 seasons in which they came back from a two-goal deficit. Nanov's game-winner in the 81st minute helped the Retrievers (2-0) remain unbeaten and continue their 12-game home winning streak. Loyola falls to 1-1 on its season-opening road trip. Freshman forward Alyssa Bonnesen and sophomore defender Nicole Wahlig scored for the Greyhounds (1-1); junior defender Nikki Boretti (Archbishop Spalding) had UMBC's other goal.
Meriweather will appeal suspension
Washington Redskins safety Brandon Meriweather will appeal his two-game suspension that the NFL levied for his latest helmet-to-helmet blow, a hit his coach called a "legitimate football play." The NFL's statement on the hit Saturday night at M&T; Bank Stadium, when officials ruled Meriweather hit Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith "with forcible contact to the head and neck area ... on a pass play" cited no attempt to make a form tackle or wrap up the offensive player. Washington coach Jay Gruden is hoping that the league will reduce or revoke the penalty. "Unfortunately for Brandon, he's got a history of these types of events," Gruden said. This is the sixth time Meriweather has been cited for a violation of player safety rules. "Whether or not it was significant enough to warrant a suspension is what they decided. ... He tried to lower his target, I thought. I thought it was a legitimate football play, but the NFL didn't see it that way." Smith said via Twitter that he does not think Meriweather should be suspended. He added that his feeling might be different if he had been injured on the play.
Sky rallies to eliminate Dream, McCoughtry, 81-80
Elena Delle Donne's running basket with 8.2 seconds left enabled the Chicago Sky to complete a 17-point fourth-quarter comeback and beat the host Atlanta Dream, 81-80, to win the best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference semifinals. Angel McCoughtry's attempt at a game winning shot, a jumper from the right side, bounced on the rim several times before falling away as the horn sounded; the St. Frances alumna finished with 17 points on just 5-for-18 from the field.
Varsity boys lacrosse: St. Vincent Pallotti is looking for a coach. Anyone interested should email a resume to athletic director Rick Diggs at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 12. Resumes may also be delivered in person or mailed to the school at 113 St. Mary's Place, Laurel, MD 20707.