College Basketball

Digest: Nelson earns 500th victory as Hopkins men's basketball coach

The Johns Hopkins men's basketball team huddles around coach Bill Nelson in March 2015.

Johns Hopkins defeated host Franklin & Marshall, 67-57, on Wednesday night to give men's basketball coach Bill Nelson his 500th win in 31 seasons at the school.

Nelson, 500-309 with the Blue Jays, earned his 600th win in 37 seasons overall on Jan. 18 at Washington College.


Assistant coach Ed Richardson has been with Nelson for all 500 wins; they are just the sixth coaching tandem in Division III men's basketball to win 500 together.

Hopkins led Wednesday for the first 33 minutes, fell behind briefly, then went back on top at 4:14 of the fourth quarter on a layup by senior Ryan Curran. That ignited a 13-2 game-ending run.


The second-place Blue Jays (15-7, 11-4) clinched a Centennial Conference playoff berth with the win.

More men's college basketball: Maryland guard Melo Trimble is among the final 20 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award Wooden Award, which is awarded by Los Angeles Athletic Club to the nation's best player. Despite a recent shooting slump — he has hit just 13 of his last 41 shots, including four of 13 in Tuesday's 70-64 loss at Penn State — Trimble is averaging a career-high 16.9 points for the No. 21 Terps. Wisconsin center Ethan Happ and Purdue forward Caleb Swanigan are the other Big Ten players on the list.

Don Markus

Women: Bri Betz-White scored a game-high 17 points, but host Loyola Maryland (9-14, 5-6 Patriot League) fell, 55-43, to Navy (17-6, 9-2). Sarita Condie and Hannah Fenske each had 11 for the Mids.


Dominican Rep. adds Castillo to WBC roster

New Orioles catcher Welington Castillo was a surprise inclusion on the Dominican Republic roster announced Wednesday for next month's World Baseball Classic, giving the team five major league players who will leave during spring training for the tournament and creating an interesting situation for the team's pitching staff. Castillo, who signed a one-year, $6million deal with a player option in 2018 in December, must now grow comfortable with the starting pitchers and relievers on a shortened timetable. Pitchers and catchers report to spring training Monday. Around the first week of March, the team's five major leaguers — Castillo, third baseman Manny Machado (Dominican Republic), center fielder Adam Jones (United States), reliever Mychal Givens (United States), and second baseman Jonathan Schoop (Netherlands) — will leave for their respective national teams.

Jon Meoli


Caribbean Series: Criollos de Caguas, a team in Puerto Rico's Liga de Béisbol Profesional Roberto Clemente managed by former Orioles outfielder Luis Matos, edged Mexico's Aguilas de Mexicali, 1-0, on Tuesday night to give the island its first tournament title since Santurce won in 2000. Caguas last won the Caribbean Series, the top tournament for professional baseball teams in Latin America, in 1987. "Being my first year as a manager in Puerto Rico and knowing that Puerto Rico has not won in 16 years brings a lot of joy," Matos, a Puerto Rico native who took over the team in September, said, via "I'm very happy and I'm very excited. We've been down in every series. We were 0-3 and we came back with three wins, and we are champions right now." Matos, an Oriole from 2000 to 2006, coaches for the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A affiliate.

Jonas Shaffer

More baseball: The Detroit Tigers agreed to a minor league contract Wednesday with former Orioles outfielder David Lough. ... The Minnesota Twins agreed to a minor league deal with former Orioles outfielder Drew Stubbs.

Et cetera

Sailing Hall lease extended with some modifications

The Maryland Board of Public Works granted the National Sailing Hall of Fame in Annapolis another three-year extension on its lease Wednesday with a condition: The organization needs to file an annual report to the board once a year, updating the members on fundraising. The extended lease grants the Sailing Hall of Fame another three years to raise $9.5 million for a redevelopment of the property. The museum had a lease with the state pledging to build a 12,000-square-foot building. But with the extension the Hall of Fame will be scaling back that project to about 7,000 square feet, said Gary Jobson, Annapolis resident and president of the National Sailing Hall of Fame's board of directors. Without this extension, the organization would have lost its lease with the state. The museum pays $1 rent annually as part of the deal. Conditions of the approval included a yearly update to the Board of Public Works as well as a historical report on the Captain Burtis house on the property. "We are very happy with the board's decision," Jobson said. "It will become a wonderful anchor to city dock."


Chase Cook, Baltimore Sun Media Group

WNBA: The Washington Mystics signed center Krystal Thomas and guard Asia Taylor.

Women's college lacrosse: Kate Weeks scored a game-high eight goals to lead No. 17 Boston College (2-0) to an 18-10 victory over host No. 15 Massachusetts (0-1). The Eagles opened a two-goal lead with a 12-6 run in the second half. Weeks had a team-high five goals in Boston College's opener, a 19-8 victory over Holy Cross on Saturday.