An Isaiah Hart steal led to a Chuck Champion fast-break layup with 4:53 left in regulation, pushing Loyola Maryland into a 65-64 lead Saturday afternoon over Memphis, but the host Tigers reeled off the next seven points and pulled away for an 83-71 victory at the FedEx Forum. The game featured a father-son coaching matchup with Loyola's Gee Gee Smith going against his father, Memphis coach Tubby Smith, a native of Southern Maryland. Champion's basket gave the Greyhounds their first lead since Hart scored 57 ticks into the second half to break a 35-35 halftime tie, but Malik Rhodes II immediately scored in transition, drew a foul and converted a free throw for a 3-point play to put the Tigers (9-3 overall) in front for good. Two Andrew Kostecka free throws with 3:21 on the clock made it a four-point game, 71-67, but Memphis scored five in a row after that. Champion led a balanced Loyola scoring effort with 16 points, 11 coming before halftime as Loyola led by as many as 12. A KaVaughn Scott layup at 11:07 in the first half gave the Greyhounds (2-8) their first double-digit lead of the game, 20-9, but Jeremiah Martin tallied three of his game-high 26 points on the Tigers' ensuing possession. Cam Gregory registered his fourth double-double of the year with 12 points and a game-best 13 rebounds for the Greyhounds. Gregory has grabbed 29 rebounds in the Greyhounds' last two games. Three other Loyola players scored 10 or more points to give it five with double-figures for the first time this season. Hart scored 12 points, and Kostecka added 11. Scott logged a season-high 10 points. Loyola returns to Reitz Arena to open Patriot League action on Friday when it hosts Navy in a 7 p.m. game.

Varsity football


St. Frances posts 41-3 winin bowl game in Arizona

St. Frances quarterback Jalon Jones threw one touchdown pass and ran for two touchdowns as the Panthers won 41-3 over Bingham (Utah) in the GEICO State Champions Bowl Series at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix, Ariz., on Saturday night.

Jones completed 6 of 11 passes for 128 yards and ran for 178 yards. The top-ranked Panthers improved to 13-0 and the Miners fell to 13-1.

St. Frances took a 10-3 lead in the first quarter before holding Bingham scoreless the rest of the way. The Panthers led 17-3 at halftime before scoring three points in the third quarter and 21 points in the fourth quarter.


Mahoney joins Navy staffas director of recruiting

Former Navy standout David Mahoney has joined the football staff as the recruiting coordinator. Mahoney will assist director of player personnel Omar Nelson with all aspects of Navy's recruiting efforts. A 2007 graduate of Naval Academy, Mahoney earned four varsity letters while helping lead Navy to four Commander-In-Chief's Trophies, four bowl games (Houston, Emerald, Poinsettia and Meineke Car Care) and two bowl victories (Emerald and Poinsettia). The Mids were 35-15 in Mahoney's four years, including a 10-2 mark in 2004. His 42 career tackles for a loss are the third most in school history, while his 21 career sacks stands second all-time. He played in the Hula Bowl All-Star Game as a senior. Mahoney resides in Arnold with his wife, Stephanie, and son, David.

Johns Hopkins football: The Blue Jays earned a No. 20 final national ranking from both the AFCA and It's the seventh straight season-ending top-20 ranking from the AFCA for JHU and fifth straight from

Women's lacrosse: Jenny Levy, the head coach for the U.S. women's national team, announced her coaching staff. Amy Altig, Alex Frank and Joe Spallina will serve as assistant coaches and Colleen Shearer will serve as the team's assistant general manager. Altig will work with the goaltenders and serve as the team's defensive coordinator. Frank will work with the defense and draw specialists while Spallina will serve as the offensive coordinator. Shearer will work with Lance Basler, the operations manager for all of the U.S. men's and women's national teams. The U.S. is coming off a summer in which it won the Federation of International Lacrosse (World Cup in Guildford, England and the International World Games championship in Wroclaw, Poland. Levy was named as the new national team head coach in November and is preparing for the next FIL World Cup in 2021.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United have acquired Costa Rican National Team midfielder Ulises Segura from Costa Rican powerhouse Deportivo Saprissa pending receipt of his P1 Visa and International Transfer Certificate. United traded $50,000 in General Allocation Money to New York City FC in exchange for the right to sign Segura.

Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held on Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian will discuss his book, "I'm fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love." Call 410-992-1186 for details.

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