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Digest: Mount St. Mary's men beat Fairleigh Dickinson, 77-70, earn first-place tie

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Elijah Long had 14 points and a career-high 12 assists, and sparked a late 7-0 run to push the Mount St. Mary's men's basketball team to a 77-70 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson.

The win moves the host Mountaineers (6-12, 4-1) into a first-place tie with the Knights (6-10, 4-1) and LIU Brooklyn (11-7, 4-1) atop the Northeast Conference. Long put the Mount ahead to stay, 72-70, with 1:07 left.

On the ensuing possession, Long forced a turnover and assisted on Junior Robinson's layup to stretch the lead to 74-70. Robinson added a pair of free throws and Long made one more to seal the victory.

Greg Alexander scored 19 points and made five 3-pointers to lead Mount St. Mary's. Long was four of 10 from the field and had five steals, and Robinson finished with 16 points.

Darian Anderson had 24 points on nine of 19 shooting to lead the Knights. Mike Holloway added 18 points.

Et cetera

Terps, Virginia to play in football in '23, '24

Maryland football is getting back in touch with its roots. The Terps announced Thursday that they will play a home-and-home series against Virginia in 2023 and 2024. Maryland has played Virginia in football 78 times, more than any opponent in school history. The Terps are 44-32-2 in the series, including wins in their two most recent meetings as Atlantic Coast Conference schools. Maryland will host the Cavaliers on Sept. 16, 2023, before heading to Charlottesville on Sept. 14, 2024.

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Navy football: FoxSports.com reported Thursday that California has identified Justin Wilcox as the top candidate for its head coach vacancy and that the two sides are in contract negotiations. Wilcox, the defensive coordinator at Wisconsin, had previously been confirmed as a finalist to replace Sonny Dykes at Cal. Midshipmen coach Ken Niumatalolo is also reportedly a candidate and is rumored to have interviewed at the school Tuesday.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Maryland basketball: Maryland junior guard Melo Trimble was named to the John R. Wooden Award Midseason Top 25. Trimble leads the Terps in scoring (17.5 points per game) and free-throw percentage (.825). Maryland senior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and senior guard Shatori Walker-Kimbrough made the women's Midseason Top 25.

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College field hockey: Johns Hopkins named Jane Wells coach. Wells, who spent the past 12 years coaching at Rhodes, her alma mater, succeeds Megan Callahan, who stepped down in November.

Orioles: Utility player Ryan Flaherty agreed to a one-year deal for next season worth $1.8 million, avoiding arbitration Thursday night, industry sources said. The Orioles also avoided arbitration with left-hander T.J. McFarland, agreeing to a one-year, $685,000 deal, an industry source confirmed. Flaherty, who is in his last of three years of arbitration eligibility, and McFarland are the first of nine arbitration-eligible Orioles to agree to terms. The deadline for players and teams to exchange arbitration figures is 1 p.m. today, and most often, players agree to terms before that deadline to avoid a hearing. Teams and players can still negotiate after figures are exchanged and often come to agreements before arbitration cases go to trial. However, industry sources said the Orioles plan to go with a blanket "file-and-trial" approach with any arbitration-eligible players who don't agree to terms before exchanging figures today. Under that premise, players who don't agree to terms by 1 p.m. today will have an arbitration hearing. Flaherty's agreeing to terms was first reported by BaltimoreBaseball.com.

— Eduardo A. Encina

Boxing: Baltimorean Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow (25-8-3, eight knockouts), undefeated in his home state but coming off losses to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Ryota Murata, Ronald Gavril and Sergiy Derevyanchenko, will try to bounce back tonight in a scheduled eight-round super middleweight bout that headlines "Scary Night at the Fights," Jake Smith's Baltimore Pro Boxing pro-am card at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Nicklow, 29, will face Chauncey "Grimm" Fields (4-0, two knockouts). Fights start at 8:15p.m. with doors opening at 6:30. Tickets from $50 are on sale by going to Baltimoreboxing.com or calling 410-375-9175. In the co-main event, Baltimore's "Dangerous" Donald Wallace looks to go 2-0 when he faces Tahir Thomas (4-0-1, 3 KOs) of Salisbury over six rounds. Wallace turned pro last year with a first-round knockout; Thomas most recently drew with 10-0 Antowyan Aikens. The undercard includes four-round bouts featuring Roger Caruso against Lamont White, Ernest Hall vs. Cleveland Hemphill and Gary Hudson vs. Marvin Johnson. The amateur portion of the card features a heavyweight title rematch between Brian "Bam Bam" Haneschlager and Dallas Butts. Baltimore Boxing will run a 50/50 raffle and silent auction to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For details, go to baltimoreboxing.com.

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