Digest (Feb. 8): Terps schedule basketball series against UConn women

The Maryland women's basketball team announced an upcoming two-year series with Connecticut starting in the 2020-21 season. The Terps and the Huskies will meet in back-to-back series, with the Terps making a trip to Connecticut in 2020-21 and the Huskies making a return trip to College Park in 2021-2022. Dates and times for the matchups will be determined at a later date. "This is a great series for our program's future," Terps coach Brenda Frese said. "We want to play the best and we want to give our fans the opportunity to watch the best basketball in the country. I know all of Terp Nation will be out in full force." Maryland (21-2, 10-2 B1G) and Connecticut (20-2, 9-0 AAC) have met seven times, all since 2012. In the Huskies' last trip to College Park, a sellout crowd of 17,950 came out to the XFINITY Center as Connecticut held off Maryland, 87-81, in December 2016. The Terrapins are ranked No. 10 in the latest Associated Press poll and No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll. They have won six straight games and own a half-game lead atop the Big Ten standings. The Huskies are ranked No. 5 in both polls and won two straight games this week.

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Maryland team joins prowomen's soccer league

Oni Premier Soccer Academy has joined the Women's Premier Soccer League, the league announced Thursday. The OPSA Magic have produced numerous collegiate award winners, including a state cup champion, Division I collegiate players, and some of the best talent in the Mid-Atlantic Region. OPSA Magic will be the only WPSL team based in Maryland for the 2019 season. Albert Oni and Kevin Keaton will be the managing directors for the club. Oni, owner and operator of OPSA and coach of Severn School's varsity girls soccer team, will serve as the Magic's head coach. Oni previously coached former WPSL club ASA Charge to several successful seasons. Oni coached the ASA Charge from 2010-2012 and earned WPSL East Region Coach of the Year in 2011. The Magic joins CAFC Ospreys (Frederica, Del.), EGA Omaha, Alamo City SC (San Antonio), Wake FC (Raleigh, N.C.), ASC San Diego, EPIC Sport Management (Victoria, British Columbia), Indios Denver FC, FC Arizona Women (Mesa, Ariz.), Charlotte Eagles, Philadelphia Lone Star FC, North Alabama SC, Utah Royals FC Reserves, Orlando Kicks FC, Salsa Women SC (Torrance, California), Spokane SC Shadow and NJ Wizards SC Cedar Stars as announced 2019 expansion clubs. The WPSL is in its 22nd season and the largest women's soccer league in the world with more than 100 clubs from coast-to-coast. WPSL rosters feature elite collegiate, post-collegiate, international and standout prep student-athletes.

Baseball: Former Orioles infielder Ryan Flaherty agreed to a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians and will report to big league spring training . The 32-year-old would get a one-year contract paying $800,000 in the major leagues if he is added to the 40-man roster. If he is not added to the 40-man roster by March 20, he may request his release within the next day. Flaherty hit .217 with two homers and 13 RBIs in 182 plate appearances last year for Atlanta. He played for Baltimore from 2012-17. ... Former Orioles right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have finalized a one-year, $1.3 million contract, a deal that allows him to earn $4 million in performance bonuses for starts. The 31-year-old was 5-3 with a 3.45 ERA in 19 starts for Washington last season, when he earned just over $2.9 million, including $1.1 million in bonuses.

Men's college lacrosse: Colgate upended 10th-ranked Syracuse, 12-9, on Friday night.

NFL : The Tennessee Titans signed center/guard Hroniss Grasu. Grasu has played in 17 career NFL games with 13 starts. After the Bears waived him at the end of 2018 training camp, Grasu signed with the Ravens and played in three games. He spent last December with the Miami Dolphins before getting waived.

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