Morgan State men lose to Rider, 62-48

Guard Teddy Okereafor scored 21 points as host Rider continued its recent surge with a 62-48 men's basketball victory over Morgan State on Thursday night. Forward Cedric Blossom scored 13 of his 21 points in the first half for the Bears, who shot 32.7 percent from the field. Guard Blake Bozeman added 11 points. The closest Morgan State (2-9) got to tying the game in the second half was a three-point deficit early. The Bears had trouble matching up with the Broncs' 7-foot center Matt Lopez, who finished with 12 points. Rider improved to 6-6.

Women's college basketball


Towson's late surge not enough vs. Wake Forest

A late second-half push by Towson came up short as host Wake Forest won in women's basketball, 74-64. The Demon Deacons (7-4) opened the game with a 14-0 run and led 45-24 at the break, but Towson (3-7) outscored Wake Forest 40-29 in the second half. Tigers redshirt senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen scored 23 points, her second straight game with at least 20 points.

More: UMBC guards Capree Garner and Emily Russo (Glenelg) combined for 31 points, 12 rebounds and five steals, but the visiting Retrievers shot just 27.5 percent from the field and fell to Rider, 67-55. After trailing by two points at the break, UMBC (4-5) surrendered a pair of second-half runs to the Broncs (3-7).


Vick: Joining Washington would be dream come true

Despite being benched this season, New York Jets quarterback Michael Vick believes he still can be a starter anywhere; one team occupying a soft spot in his heart is the Washington Redskins. "I'm open to playing for anybody that wants to win," the Virginia native said. "But obviously, going back home, I mean, that'll be a dream come true. But I would hate to get my hopes up for something that wouldn't happen." If Vick, whose one-year contract expires after the season, signs with the Redskins, he could be reunited with wide receiver DeSean Jackson, a former teammate when the two played for the Philadelphia Eagles.

Cindy Boren, The Washington Post

More: Strong safety Brandon Meriweather was unable to practice Thursday and appears unlikely to play Saturday against the Eagles. Defensive end Jason Hatcher (inflammation in his right knee) and backup linebacker Gabe Miller (sprained left ankle) also did not practice.


Mike Jones, The Washington Post

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Major League Lacrosse releases 2015 schedule

The 2015 Major League Lacrosse season will begin April 12, the league announced. On opening day, the Boston Cannons will host the 2014 champion Denver Outlaws, the Rochester Rattlers will travel to Charlotte and the Ohio Machine will visit New York. The Chesapeake Bayhawks will have a first-week bye, then host the Florida Launch on April 19. The MLL All-Star Game will be held June 13, and full details, including venue and format, will be announced later. Playoffs will begin Aug. 1, and the championship game will be played Aug. 8.

Baseball: Author Fran Zimniuch will discuss how to write a baseball book at the regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" at 9 a.m. Jan. 3 at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.