Senior forward Karrington Ward scored 23 points and blocked six shots, leading Eastern Michigan to an 87-64 victory over Coppin State on Tuesday night in Ypsilanti. Sophomore guard Raven Lee came off the bench to add 21 points, six rebounds, six steals and five assists for Eastern Michigan (10-2), which remained unbeaten at home. Junior guard Sterling Smith scored 14 points to lead Coppin State (1-11), which has lost seven in a row. Sophomore guard Christian Kessee and senior forward Arnold Fripp had 13 points apiece. Coppin State held an 8-4 lead five minutes into the game and extended its lead to 18-11 on a 3-pointer by Kessee with 11:20 to play in the opening period. That's when Eastern Michigan rallied to take control. Lee made a 3-pointer to spark a 19-0 run that put Eastern Michigan up 30-18 with 3:56 to go. Coppin State went scoreless for nine minutes, going 0-for-9 from the field with six turnovers during that stretch. Eastern Michigan led 34-24 at the break and continued to build on its lead early in the second half. Lee scored to put Eastern Michigan up 46-30 with 14:46 to go. A layup by Ward gave Eastern Michigan a 55-35 lead with 10:40 remaining. Coppin State staged an 11-0 run to cut the deficit to 13 on a 3-pointer by senior guard Daquan Brickhouse with 6:53 to play. A free throw by freshman forward Blake Simpson cut the deficit to 11 with 4:35 to go, but Eastern Michigan scored the next 10 points to fend off the rally.
More men's basketball: Hood senior guard Chris Cook was named Eastern College Athletic Conference ECAC Division III South Player of the Week.
Women's basketball: Bowie State junior guard Ty-Nita Baker was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Newcomer of the Week.
Football: North Carolina Central sophomore Michael Jones (Milford Mill) was named to The Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America third team as a punt returner.
Injured left tackle Williams likely a game-time decision
The status of Washington Redskins left tackle Trent Williams remains uncertain for Sunday's season finale against the Dallas Cowboys because of a strained right shoulder that has hampered him for the past two weeks. The Redskins hope to have the services of the team's lone Pro Bowl selection, but coach Jay Gruden said Tuesday that Williams probably will be a game-time decision Sunday. Williams strained the shoulder late in the third quarter of Washington's Week 15 loss to the New York Giants. He was unable to finish the game, but did play last week against the Eagles despite an inability to fully lift his right arm. Williams briefly left the game after aggravating the injury. But he returned late in the fourth quarter and helped Washington go on a game-winning drive with time running out. In other news, the Redskins placed rookie linebacker Trent Murphy on the season-ending injured reserve list with a fractured bone in his right hand. In a corresponding move, the team signed offensive lineman Rishaw Johnson off of the New York Giants' practice squad to their 53-man roster. Washington signed wide receiver Colin Lockett to its practice squad.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Nationals give 3B Stewart minor league contract
The Washington Nationals have signed third baseman Ian Stewart to a minor league deal, according to Baseball America. Stewart was the Rockies' 10th overall pick in the 2003 draft and played for Colorado in part or all of five seasons before joining the Chicago Cubs last year. He started for the Rockies in 2009 and 2010, hitting 43 homers over those seasons, but striking out 248 times in that span. Stewart, 29, is a career .229 hitter — a less-contact, more-power bat from the left side.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
More Nationals: Doug Harris, assistant general manager and vice president of baseball operations, received the additional title of vice president of pro scouting. Steve Arnieri, formerly the Nationals' Midwest scouting supervisor, was named special assistant to the president of baseball operations and general manager. Washington promoted Bill Singer, formerly the director of pro scouting, to director of international scouting and special assistant to the president of baseball operations and general manager. Brian Cleary was named area supervisor in the scouting department.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
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Lacrosse: Three Loyola Maryland alumni — Tim Goettelmann, Gary Hanley and Tara Singleton — have been named to their respective US Lacrosse Chapter Halls of Fame. Hanley (Class of 1981) and Singleton (2004) will be honored by the Greater Baltimore Chapter on Jan. 17, and Goettelmann (2000) will be honored by the Long Island Metropolitan Chapter on Feb.7.