Report: UMBC aide Stephenson to be head coach at UMass Lowell
UMBC lacrosse assistant coach Ed Stephenson will be the first men's head coach at UMass Lowell, LaxMagazine.com reported Friday, citing sources. Stephenson has been at UMBC the past two seasons after resigning in protest from the head coaching job at Binghamton in 2011 after he felt Bearcats players were unjustly suspended after allegedly getting in a fight. Stephenson was Binghamton's first coach and in 2004 was America East Coach of the Year. He'll again have the reins of a start-up program in UMass Lowell, which is joining Division I in all sports this fall and adding men's and women's lacrosse for the 2014-15 academic year. UMass Lowell will compete in the America East, meaning Stephenson will annually coach against both Binghamton and UMBC, where he was also an assistant to head coach Don Zimmerman in a prior stint from 2001 to 2005.
More men: Rochester Institute of Technology coach Jake Coon has signed a four-year contract through the 2017 season. In four years at the helm, Coon has led the Tigers to a 68-13 record, four conference titles (two in the Empire 8 and the past two in the Liberty League) and four trips to the NCAA Division III tournament. Last season, they reached the national championship game, which they lost to Stevenson, 16-14.
ESPN2 to air Terps-UConn men's hoops game Nov. 8
Maryland's men's basketball game against Connecticut on Nov. 8 in Brooklyn, N.Y., will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and be aired on ESPN2. Maryland will be playing at Barclays Center for the second straight season. Last year, the Terps fell to then-No. 3 Kentucky, 72-69, in the season opener for both teams.
Football: Morgan State cornerback Joe Rankin and defensive lineman Damarco Bisbee were named to the preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference second team, and the Bears were picked 10th in the MEAC during the conference's press luncheon in Norfolk, Va. Linebacker Christopher Robinson (Dunbar), defensive back Nathan Ayers (Dunbar), offensive lineman Karim Barton and return specialist Chris Flowers received honorable mention.
Defensive end Jenkins suspended four games
The NFL has suspended Washington Redskins defensive end Jarvis Jenkins for the first four games of the season for a violation of the policy on banned performance-enhancing substances. The league announced the suspension but did not provide details about Jenkins' violation. He is eligible to participate in training camp practices and preseason games. His suspension is without pay. Jenkins took over as a starter last season after Adam Carriker's season-ending injury. He was to remain the starter this season, with Carriker sidelined after undergoing a third quadriceps surgery this week. Carriker is expected to need four to five months to recover.
—Mark Maske, The Washington Post
Injury: The Redskins have likely lost second-year inside linebacker Keenan Robinson to a torn left pectoral muscle just one day into training camp. A fourth-round pick out of Texas last season, Robinson is expected to be sidelined three to five months. NFL Network first reported the extent of Robinson's injury. The Redskins had planned for Robinson to compete for a backup spot behind starting inside linebackers London Fletcher and Perry Riley.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Sandy Point accessible piers to be named after Backe
The accessible boating piers at Sandy Point State Park in Annapolis were named Wednesday in honor of the late Donald E. Backe, a longtime disability advocate. Backe, an Annapolis resident who died in April at age 77, created Chesapeake Region Accessible Boating in 1991 to help people with physical and developmental challenges sail. He also served as a Maryland Department of Natural Resources Disability Advisory Council member for more than 20 years and as DNR Americans with Disabilities Act coordinator in the 1990s.
Varsity baseball: Because of the possibility of inclement weather, today's Big 26 Baseball Classic, scheduled for 4:35 p.m. at Metro Bank Stadium in Harrisburg, Pa., will begin at 1:35 p.m.
Field hockey: Team registrations are being accepted through Nov. 4 for the Maryland State Field Hockey Festival on Nov. 16-17 in Eldersburg in Carroll County. The festival is open to travel-level school, recreation and club teams. For information, call Gayle at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike at email@example.com. Registration forms are available at usamateursports.com/fh_summer.
Varsity tennis: Archbishop Spalding appointed Jennifer Stoker as girls coach. Stoker just completed her second season as the coach of the varsity tennis teams at River Hill and will continue her coaching duties there as well. A graduate of Centennial, Stoker was a four-time all-conference selection. At Brigham Young, she was ranked 10th in the nation her senior season.
World TeamTennis: The Washington Kastles routed the Boston Lobsters, 25-12, on Thursday night at Kastles Stadium at The Wharf to advance to Sunday's 5 p.m. finals at Kastles Stadium against the Springfield Lasers.