Digest: Jones helps Loyola rally past Lafayette in opener of Patriot League men's basketball tournament

Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 21 points and Cam Gregory added 11 points and 11 rebounds as host Loyola Maryland earned a 67-64 come-from-behind victory over Lafayette in a Patriot League men's basketball opening-round game Tuesday night.

James Fives hit two free throws with 2:48 left to give the Greyhounds the lead for good, 65-64, and Chuck Champion hit two more with nine seconds remaining.


The Greyhounds advance to play No. 2 seed Boston University in a quarterfinal Thursday in Boston.

Jones hit 10 of 18 shots from the field and grabbed nine rebounds to lead Loyola.


Andre Walker added 11 points and had six assists.

Loyola (15-15) trailed 32-27 at halftime and took its first lead of the second half on a 3-pointer by Andrew Kostecka with 4:08 left.

Matt Klinewski finished with 15 points to lead Lafayette (9-21), with Paulius Zalys adding 13 points.

More men's college basketball: Stevenson freshman guard-forward Cameron Hayes was named All-MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year. Hood senior guard Scott Bolen was named to the All-MAC Commonwealth second team. ... Salisbury earned one of 21 at-large bids into the Division III tournament. The Sea Gulls (20-7) will head to a four-team site at Neumann and will face Endicott College in the opening round Friday.

Et cetera

Redskins put exclusive franchise tag on Cousins

For the second consecutive offseason, the Washington Redskins have applied the franchise tag on quarterback Kirk Cousins, according to Cousins' agent, Mike McCartney. The Redskins applied the exclusive variant of the tag before today's 4p.m. deadline, meaning its Pro Bowl quarterback will not hit free agency as an unrestricted free agent March 9. Cousins becomes the first quarterback in NFL history to receive the franchise tag in consecutive seasons since it was implemented in 1993. The two sides can now try to reach a long-term deal once again before the July15 deadline. By using the exclusive tag on Cousins, the Redskins maintain a small bit of control. Under the rules of this tag, Cousins is not allowed to shop himself to other teams in hopes of receiving an offer sheet to facilitate a trade. The door still remains open for Washington to trade the quarterback, but the Redskins control any potential negotiations on a deal. Had Cousins received the nonexclusive tag, he could have signed an offer sheet from another team and forced the Redskins to either match the offer or execute a trade. If the Redskins chose not to match that deal, they would've received two first-round picks as compensation. Washington used the nonexclusive tag on Cousins last season, but he promptly signed that deal and didn't draw interest from other teams.

NFL honor: Sylvia Mackey will receive the Proxmire Award, which each year is given to a national figure who has demonstrated leadership and positively affected public awareness around Alzheimer's disease. Mackey will be honored at the fourth annual Great Minds Gala on March 20 at 6p.m. at the Marriott Wardman Park in Washington. Mackey cared for her husband, John — who played in the NFL for 10 years, nine with the Colts – after he was diagnosed with frontotemporal dementia in 2006, and influenced the league's decision to provide additional benefits to former players with dementia. Named the "88 Plan," the agreement provides $88,000 annually for care at an assisted living community and $50,000 per year for adult day care. Tickets to the Great Minds Gala are $300 each and can be purchased online at GreatMindsGala.org.

Ravens tight end and former Georgia star Benjamin Watson is helping to build a "Dawg House."

Ravens: Ravens tight end and former Georgia star Benjamin Watson has donated $10,000 to the construction of a home for Devon Gales, who suffered a spinal cord fracture against his alma mater in 2015 while playing for Southern. The resulting surgery left him paralyzed from the waist down. Georgia, where Watson played from 2001 to 2003, is hoping to raise $500,000 for an accessible home for Gales through its "Build a Dawg House" fundraiser. ... The Ravens will host auditions for their coed cheerleading squad this weekend at the Merritt Club Downtown at 210 E. Centre St. Registration will be 9:30 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. Saturday, and material will be taught from 10:20 a.m. to 11:30a.m. Formal auditions will begin at 12:45p.m., with callbacks Sunday. No spectators are allowed. For more information, go to BaltimoreRavens.com/Cheerleaders.

NBA: Brandon Jennings has reached an agreement to join the Washington Wizards for the remainder of the season, according to reports. The 27-year-old point guard was waived Monday by the New York Knicks. The Vertical reported that Jennings planned to travel to Washington today to sign. He still needs to clear waivers, which is expected to happen. ... The league fined Wizards forward Markieff Morris $25,000 for throwing a basketball at an official and into the seats during a game Sunday against the Utah Jazz.

NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled forwards Riley Barber and Jakub Vrana from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.

Johns Hopkins, Maryland men's lacrosse tied for second in nation with three players each on Tewaaraton Award Watch List

Men's college lacrosse: Maryland senior attackman Colin Heacock (Boys' Latin) was named Offensive Player of the Week and Johns Hopkins senior goalie Gerald Logan Specialist of the Week by the Big Ten Conference. ... Towson sophomore specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary's) was selected Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... Loyola Maryland sophomore attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) and junior defenseman Foster Huggins received Patriot League Player of the Week honorable mention. ... McDaniel senior goalkeeper Bryan Ruygrok (Centennial) was named Centennial Conference Defensive Player of the Week. ... Max Edelmann (CCBC-Essex) made seven saves and host Rutgers (4-0) won, 12-5, against Wagner (1-3). The Scarlet Knights shut out the Seahawks in the first half. Rutgers' Christian Mazzone had three goals.


Women's college lacrosse: Maryland sophomore midfielder Jen Giles (Mount Hebron) was named Offensive Player of the Week and sophomore goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) Defensive Player of the Week by the Big Ten. ...Navy junior Julia Collins (River Hill) was picked Attacker of the Week and freshman attacker Kelly Larkin Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. ... Towson junior defender Tianna Wallpher (Mount Hebron) was named CAA Defensive Player of the Week.

College baseball: Maryland's home opener against James Madison today has been moved to 3p.m. from its originally scheduled time of 4p.m.

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