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Digest (Feb. 4): MEAC suspends six basketball players for roles in postgame brawl

The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference announced the suspension of six student-athletes after an altercation involving the Norfolk State and Howard men’s basketball teams Saturday. After a review of the postgame video footage by conference officials, three Norfolk State players (Jordan Butler, Kyonze Chavis and Nic Thomas) and three players from Howard (Princewill Anosike, Jalen Jones and Andre Toure) were determined to have violated conference policy, Chapter 3, Section 5, Article 5 of the MEAC Constitution & By-Laws, concerning the role of student-athletes and sportsmanship, which reads, in part, “Student-athletes are expected to treat opponents with respect. They must be aware significant penalties will be applied for fighting, taunting an opponent, or other unethical conduct.” Butler, Chavis and Thomas will miss the Spartans’ next game, Saturday at Bethune-Cookman, while Anosike, Jones and Toure are suspended for Saturday’s game at Florida A&M.

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Maryland JUCO to hold final hoops tourneys

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The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference (Maryland JUCO) will hold its 2019 men’s and women’s conference basketball tournaments Feb. 14 through Feb. 17. This marks the final year for the tournaments, which will be hosted by Hagerstown Community College. Seeding will be announced Feb. 8, and will be made available on the conference website at mdjuco.org. The Maryland Juco Tournament began in 1974. Before that year, the conference was known as the Tri-State Athletic Conference, which ran from 1958 until 1973. Hagerstown won the first conference tournament in 1958. Tournament games will be live streamed on the conference website.

Minor league baseball: The Bowie Baysox will host live auditions at Prince George’s Stadium on March 16 to sing the national anthem before a 2019 Baysox home game. Stadium gates open for registration at 9 a.m. and auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. The team has a live performance of “The Star-Spangled Banner” before all 70 home games. Every participant must register in person, and auditions are conducted on a first-come, first-audition basis. The auditions are held rain or shine, and no word sheets are allowed during the audition. All auditions must be done in person, meaning that no recordings or videos are accepted for review. People who either performed or were approved to perform last season do not have to audition again this year. The auditions are open to any individual or small group that is interested, and instrumentalists are permitted. Large church or school groups interested in performing the national anthem at a game should call the Baysox at 301-464-4880.

National Women’s Soccer League: The Washington Spirit re-signed forward Cali Farquharson. Farquharson has made 31 appearances for the Spirit since being drafted 12th overall in 2016 out of Arizona State. During the 2018 season, Farquharson made one appearance before a left tibial stress injury sidelined her for three months.

Men’s water polo: Max Schlegel was promoted to head coach at Johns Hopkins. Schlegel has been an assistant coach with the Blue Jays for the past three seasons and will begin his duties Feb. 11.

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