Digest (Jan. 29): Maryland women's basketball team hosts Wisconsin, fundraiser

The 11th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (18-2, 7-2 Big Ten) will return home to host Wisconsin (11-10, 2-7) on Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Xfinity Center. The Terps will partner with Play4TheCure, a fundraising platform for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Fans can donate with proceeds going to the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Fans can show their donation receipt to the Terrapin Ticket Office on game day to receive a $4 discounted ticket to the game. A silent auction will also be available at Gate B. Thursday's game is also Testudo Bobblehead night. All fans in attendance will receive a scratch off ticket upon entry into the arena. Five hundred fans will take home a Testudo bobblehead.

More women's basketball: For the fifth time this season, Coppin State's Chance Graham has been named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. In home games with Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman last week, Graham averaged 19 rebounds, three blocks and two steals while recording her 11th and 12th double doubles.


Track and field: Navy sophomore Eric Hughey and freshman Clayton Turner were named Patriot League Track Athlete of the Week and Rookie of the Week, respectively.

Men's lacrosse: Salisbury is ranked second in the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association's coaches preseason Division III poll. The Sea Gulls , who received three first-place votes, are coming off a season in which they went 20-4 overall and 7-1 in Capital Athletic Conference play, winning 14 straight games en route to the 21st CAC championship. The Sea Gulls also advanced to the national title game and ended the year as the national runnerup. Wesleyan enters the season ranked as the top team in the nation earning 12 first-place votes. Rochester Institute of Technology, which received one first-place vote, is ranked third while Tufts enters the season ranked No. 4. Amherst, which also earned a first-place vote, rounded out the top five.



'Skins promote O'Connellto offensive coordinator

The Washington Redskins have promoted Kevin O'Connell to offensive coordinator after he previously served as passing game coordinator and quarterbacks coach. The team announced O'Connell's promotion Tuesday along with other changes to Jay Gruden's coaching staff. Former Ravens assistant Matt Cavanaugh, who had been offensive coordinator the past two seasons, is now the Redskins' senior offensive assistant. The 33-year-old O'Connell previously was an assistant in San Francisco and Cleveland and was considered a strong candidate to land an offensive coordinator job elsewhere in the NFL before Washington gave him that title. Washington also said defensive line coach Jim Tomsula will return for a third season. Earlier this month, the team hired Nate Kaczor to replace Ben Kotwica as special teams coordinator, Ray Horton to replace Torian Gray as defensive backs coach and Brian Angelichio to replace Wes Phillips as tight ends coach.

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O' groundskeeper Sherryreceives national award

The Sports Turf Managers Association has named Orioles head groundskeeper Nicole Sherry the recipient of the Dick Ericson Founders' Award. Sherry received the award at the STMA banquet on Friday in Phoenix, Ariz. The Dick Ericson Award, established in 1997, is awarded annually to a STMA member who effectively manages sports fields and their facility, exhibits the qualities of a true team leader, and who positively impacts the sports turf industry. The award was created to honor Dick Ericson, one of the four Founders of the STMA, who also served as the first President of the STMA from 1981 to 1982. Ericson has made contributions to the STMA and continues to have an impact in raising the level of professionalism within the industry. Sherry will begin her 13th season as the Orioles head groundskeeper this year and her 16th season with the Orioles organization overall. Sherry, along with Major League Baseball and Discovery Education, have worked with local schools to introduce students to a variety of science and STEM concepts related to her job as groundskeeper.

Pro basketball: Brett Bowling, who was an All-State performer in high school before playing at Marshall, has signed with the Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association. The Shuckers open training camp Feb. 17 and will tip off the CBA schedule in March.

Flag football: The Pasadena Football Club is preparing to begin practice for its flag football season. Registration is available during offseason workouts at Northeast High School. For the second straight year, the league's championship games will be held at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore. For more information, contact Northeast football coach Brian Baublitz at


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