That Brionna Jones' surgically repaired right knee is now healthy enough to take the Bridgestone Arena court in Nashville, Tenn., against the undefeated Fighting Irish is testament enough to a player who, at one point, was under consideration for a redshirt year. How a shy 18-year-old has come "out of her shell," as senior center Essence Townsend fittingly put it, is all the more remarkable.
By By Jonas Shaffer and The Baltimore Sun
Apr 04, 2014 | 8:09 PM
Maryland women's college basketball: Junior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and junior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made the late-season top-20 list for the John R. Wooden Award, which goes to the nation's best player.
College football: Maryland announced a four-game football series starting in 2026 with Virginia Tech. The former Atlantic Coast Conference opponents will meet Sept. 19, 2026, in College Park, then in Blacksburg on Sept. 18, 2027. They'll also meet Sept. 16, 2028, in College Park and Sept. 15, 2029, in Blacksburg. The 2026 game will be the first between the schools since November 2013, when the Terps won, 27-24, in overtime. Maryland leads the series 16-15.
Entering the 2014 season, the Terps had last made the NCAA tournament in 1971. They rewrote their record books two springs ago — first Atlantic Coast Conference tournament final appearance since 1976, first 40-win season in program history, first NCAA regional title in program history — only to need even more Wite-Out after last season's march: a program-record 42 wins, another super-regional appearance, a program-record eight players drafted. Now there are material improvements
College baseball: Maryland junior right-handed pitcher Mike Shawaryn and Navy senior left-hander Luke Gillingham were named to the preseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, which goes to the nation's best player. ... Maryland senior left-hander Robert Galligan and sophomore right-hander Ryan Selmer were named to the watch list for the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Stopper of the Year Award.
Men's college soccer: UMBC announced its six-player 2016-17 signing class, which includes forward Tre Pulliam Puilliam (Archbishop Curley), defender Colin Weyant (Perry Hall) and forward Jordan Dove (DeMatha Catholic) from Gambrills.
Joe Linta, the agent for Joe Flacco, will be in Indianapolis next week at the NFL's scouting combine, and he said he'd be more than willing to meet with Ravens officials if they want to discuss the quarterback's contract. To this point, though, the talks between the sides haven't started and Linta is proceeding as if nothing needs to change, a sentiment that general manager Ozzie Newsome expressed last month. Newsome said the organization would like to be strategic enough in building its roster that it won't have to renegotiate Flacco's contract, which carries a $28.55 million salary cap hit this season.
For more of Jeff Zrebiec's blog post, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
'Soul on Ice' screening set for Friday at Morgan State
Morgan State is hosting a free screening Friday of "Soul on Ice: Past, Present, and Future" a documentary that explores the contributions of blacks in ice hockey. The screening will begin at 11 a.m. at the University Student Center Theater, 1700 E. Cold Spring Lane, and director Damon Kwame Mason will hold a question-and-answer session afterward. For more information, contact Milton Kent at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jackie Jones at email@example.com.
NBA:Alan Anderson is closing in on making his season debut for the Washington Wizards and could play by the end of this week, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Anderson, 33, signed a one-year, $4 million contract in July after having surgery to remove bone fragments in his left ankle in May. He underwent a second ankle operation Oct. 13. Anderson's activity has intensified in recent weeks, but he hasn't practiced yet.
—Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post
NASCAR: AAA will be the primary sponsor of the AAA 400 Drive for Autism, a Sprint Cup race at Dover (Del.) International Speedway on May 15. The race is part of a three-year contract extension, keeping the race at the Monster Mile through 2018, when the track will celebrate its 50th anniversary.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed English midfielder Rob Vincent from the Pittsburgh Riverhounds of the United Soccer League. Vincent, 25, was the Riverhounds' leading regular-season scorer in the modern USL era (since 2011) with 24 goals. ... D.C. United and the Richmond Kickers have extended their affiliation agreement through the 2017 season. This is the fourth year of the clubs' partnership in conjunction with the 2013 agreement forged by MLS and the USL.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals agreed to minor league deals with right-handed reliever Matt Belisle and outfielder Tony Campana. ... The Schaumburg Boomers of the independent Frontier League signed infielder Kory Britton (Mount St. Mary's, Atholton).