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Digest (Feb. 27): Midshipmen add two assistant coaches to football staff

Jerrick Hall and Jason MacDonald have joined head coach Ken Niumatalolo 's Navy football coaching staff. Hall will coach the nose guards and defensive tackles, while MacDonald will coach the fullbacks. Hall is a 15-year coaching veteran and was a standout player at North Carolina State . He comes to Navy from Elon, where he was an assistant for six years in two different stints. Hall returned to Elon in 2017 and immediately helped the Phoenix make one of the biggest turnarounds in the Football Championship Subdivision, going from 2-9 the year before to 8-4 and a berth in the FCS playoffs. In 2018, Elon finished 6-5 and made the FCS playoffs for a second-straight year. MacDonald comes to Navy from the Naval Academy Prep School where he served as the offensive coordinator for the past eight years. MacDonald was also a position coach at the prep school where he coached the slot backs for one year, the quarterbacks for four years, the wide receivers for one year, the fullbacks for one year and the offensive line for three years. The NAPS offense averaged over 300 yards per game in five seasons under MacDonald and in 2016 averaged 33.4 points per game. MacDonald also handled the budget, was the academic coordinator and the head track & field coach at the prep school. Prior to NAPS, MacDonald was a graduate assistant at Springfield College for two years where he was responsible for the offensive tackles and tight ends.

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Penn State 's Carter namedBig Ten lax player of week

Penn State senior attacker Madison Carter (South River) was named Big Ten women's lacrosse Offensive Player of the Week after she scored six goals and added an assist in No. 8 Penn State's 14-12 victory at Cornell. It is the seventh time she has won the award during her career.

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Men's college lacrosse: Maryland sophomore defensive midfielder Roman Puglise was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week and sophomore Logan Wisnuaskas (Boys' Latin) was named to the USILA Division I Team of the Week after totaling 13 points on six goals and seven assists last week. ... Stevenson junior goalie Sam Ross and senior attackman JT Thelen were each named to the USILA Division III Team of the Week after helping the Mustangs' win at No. 9 Denison on Saturday. ... Towson senior attackman Brendan Sunday was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week after producing a career-high nine points in a win over Georgetown. ... Jude Brown (John Carroll) had six goals and three assists to lead St. Mary's to a 13-6 victory over Eastern.

Men's college basketball: Iowa play-by-play announcer Gary Dolphin, who was suspended last week for likening Maryland's Bruno Fernando to "King Kong" during a game, will be reinstated after the end of the season. Coach Fran McCaffery will join Dolphin on the sidelines for two games after being suspended for berating an official. Hawkeye Sports Properties, the multimedia rights manager for the program, said Dolphin will return to cover Iowa's spring football practice. Dolphin, who has been with Iowa since 1996, will be the Hawkeyes' football and men's basketball announcer again next season.

Women's college basketball: Sophomore Olivia Coleman had a career-best 25 points and 13 rebounds as Stevenson advanced in the ECAC Division III Championship with an 80-67 win at Drew.

Major League Baseball : Former Orioles catcher Matt Wieters has agreed to a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals . If added to the 40-man roster, the 32-year-old would get a one-year contract calling for a $1.5 million salary while in the major leagues. He would have the chance to earn $500,000 in performance bonuses based on games: $100,000 each for 40, 50, 60, 70 and 80.

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National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit waived defender Whitney Church. Church spent her first four professional seasons with the Spirit since being drafted No. 30 overall in the NWSL college draft out of Penn State in 2015.

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