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Second-degree rape charge against Melvin Scott dropped

Melvin Scott poses for a photo in Durham, N.C.
Melvin Scott poses for a photo in Durham, N.C. (Photo provided to Associated Press by Dan Sullivan)

Durham, N.C., County District Attorney Roger Echols said Wednesday that his office dismissed a second-degree rape charge against former North Carolina player Melvin Scott (Southern-Baltimore) this week. Scott, 33, was arrested in November. A Durham police spokeswoman said at the time that the case involved "a female acquaintance" and was connected to an incident in August. Butch Williams, an attorney representing Scott, said the dismissal would help Scott "get his life back together and get on with life." Scott played for the Tar Heels from 2001 to 2005 and was a reserve on the school's 2005 national championship team.

Men's basketball jurisprudence: Former Maryland men's center Trayvon Reed, whose brief career in College Park ended abruptly in July when he was arrested on theft and assault charges, was sentenced Tuesday to 15 days in jail. According to al.com, a Maryland judge ordered Reed, now a freshman center at Auburn, to begin his sentence May 11. Reed pleaded guilty to second-degree misdemeanor assault in December.

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For more of Don Markus' blog post about Reed, go to baltimoresun.com/trackingterps.

Men's basketball commitment: Two years removed from starring at Poly, 6-foot-8 forward Chas Brown has committed to play at Albany, the reigning America East champion. "It's a mind-blowing experience. Everything is paid for," said Brown, who also was recruited by Coppin State, Lamar, Louisiana Tech, Murray State, Robert Morris and Wright State.

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For Matt Bracken's blog post about Brown, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.

Women's basketball coaching: Maryland hired Bett Shelby and Bryce McKey as assistant coaches. In two seasons at Virginia Tech, Shelby helped the Hokies bring in a top-20 recruiting class and win two Atlantic Coast Conference tournament games for the first time in school history. She oversaw all recruiting operations and assisted with on-court preparation, scouting and guard training. McKey has been an assistant at Xavier for the past four seasons. He oversaw recruiting operations, on-court preparations, scouting and worked with post training. ... CCBC-Dundalk named Alexis Washington head coach. She was an assistant with the program last season and previously spent three seasons as girls coach at Pikesville.

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Notre Dame first in NCAA's new men's lacrosse ranking

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The selection committee for the NCAA Division I tournament announced for the first time a top-10 ranking, and using the criteria that the panel refers to for forming the 18-team field, Notre Dame heads the list with a 9-1 record. North Carolina (12-2) ranks second, Syracuse (9-2) third, Maryland (12-1) fourth and Denver (10-2) fifth.

For more of Edward Lee's blog post on the rankings, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseinsider.

More men's lacrosse: St. Mary's fell, 8-6, to York in a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal. Tim Perugini had a hat trick for the Seahawks (5-8). The Spartans (10-8)will face top-seed Salisbury on Saturday.

Women's lacrosse: Dene' DiMartino and Emily Kenul scored three goals each to power No. 18 Johns Hopkins (12-3) to a 14-6 victory over visiting Rutgers (1-15). ... Loyola Maryland senior Kara Burke (Dulaney) was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year for her sport.

Men's tennis: UMBC juniors Justin Carter of Randallstown and Jaan Kononov were named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team.

Baseball: Anthony Gingerelli doubled home the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning, giving Bucknell (21-21) a 7-6 victory over visiting Towson (11-27-2).

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First Tee, BMGC team up to push life skills via golf

The First Tee of Baltimore and the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. announced the expansion of their partnership as part of a push to teach life skills through golf to more Baltimore-area children. The partnership integrates youth golfers from BMGC's junior programs into The First Tee of Baltimore's junior golfer program. BMGC's junior program has taught golf skills to thousands of Baltimore-area children for the past 30 years. The new partnership will continue teaching golf skills and incorporate The First Tee of Baltimore's life-skills curriculum. BMGC manages and operates five courses in Baltimore: Carroll Park, Clifton Park, Forest Park, Mount Pleasant and Pine Ridge.

Pro football: The Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League signed linebacker Kenny Tate (Maryland).

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