Digest: Ball State wide receiver Damon Hazelton (Franklin) transfers to Virginia Tech

Digest: Ball State wide receiver Damon Hazelton (Franklin) transfers to Virginia Tech
(Thom Baur / Ball State Athletics)

Virginia Tech officially added wide receiver Damon Hazelton, a transfer from Ball State, on Monday. Hazelton, a Franklin graduate, began summer classes Monday. He can practice with the Hokies in 2017 and will have three years of eligibility remaining, beginning in 2018.

Hazelton, 6 feet 2, 207 pounds, played in 11 games (seven starts) for Ball State in 2016, earning the squad's John Hodge Award as the team's top freshman. He led with the Cardinals with four touchdown receptions and finished second with 51 catches for 505 yards.


Hazelton played for two years at Loyola Blakefield, then transferred to St. Frances but had to sit out his junior year. He moved on to Franklin for his senior year and was an All-Metro second-team selection after recording 31 catches for 536 yards and 12 touchdowns.


Mayweather Jr. wants Davis on undercard of possible superstar bout

The boxing world wants to see Floyd Mayweather Jr. return from his two-year retirement to oppose Ultimate Fighting Championship star Conor McGregor in the ring. Mayweather wants the same thing, too, with one accommodation. "If me and Conor McGregor do happen to make the fight happen, and I think that the fight will happen, I would love for this young kid to be on the undercard," Mayweather said Saturday night in London, where he had just watched Baltimore's Gervonta Davis, the aforementioned "young kid," make Mayweather Promotions' bet on his future look good again. Davis defended his International Boxing Federation junior-lightweight title with a third-round technical knockout of previously unbeaten Liam Walsh at Copper Box Arena. With the win, Davis, 22, moved to 19-0 in his career, with 18 knockouts. "I'm proud of 'Tank.' I want him to keep up the good work and keep working hard and he'll be back in the ring in a few months," Mayweather said, according to CBS Sports. "We just want to take one fight at a time. There's no rush." Mayweather, who last fought in September 2015, has been rumored to be in talks to fight McGregor since April 2016. "Just having him in my corner, I feel like I have a chance," Davis said recently of Mayweather. "I have that chance. I have one of the best in the sport backing me, so it means a lot."

—Jonas Shaffer

Maryland football

Three-star Georgia TE Bryant commits to Terps

Three-star Georgia tight end Maleak Bryant committed to Maryland on Sunday, the Terps' first pledge at the position in the Class of 2018. Rated the No. 921 overall prospect and No. 36 tight end in the composite rankings, Bryant also claimed offers from Pittsburgh, Tennesee, Rutgers, Iowa State and others. He's the sixth commit in the Terps' class.

More: Maryland center Brendan Moore was named to the Rimington Trophy spring watch list. The rising junior is one of 63 centers under initial consideration for the award, given to the most outstanding center in Division I football. Moore started all 13 games at center for the Terps as a sophomore last year as Maryland's rushing offense eclipsed 2,500 yards for the first time since 2003. Although Moore struggled at times last season in pass protection, he has drawn attention from NFL evaluators. The winner will be recognized in Lincoln, Neb., on Jan. 13.

— Jonas Shaffer

College baseball

Towson to search nationally for Gottlieb's replacement

An in-house search committee at Towson will conduct a national search to find a replacement for longtime baseball coach Mike Gottlieb, an athletic department spokesman said. Towson announced Sunday that the 60-year-old Gottlieb, who had been the team's head coach since 1988 after previously serving as an assistant under Billy Hunter, would not return for his 31st season. Gottlieb confirmed that athletic director Tim Leonard told him last Monday that he would not be retained. The athletic department spokesman said that a search committee has not yet been formed and that the search would not likely begin until after the men's lacrosse team played in this year's final four, beginning with Saturday's semifinal game against Ohio State in Foxborough, Mass.

—Don Markus


Et cetera

Ex-Mt. St. Joe guard Adams withdraws from NBA draft

Point guard Jaylen Adams (Mount Saint Joseph) announced that he has withdrawn from consideration for the NBA Draft and will remain with the St. Bonaventure men's basketball team for his senior season. In April, Adams placed his name into consideration for the draft but did not hire an agent. He participated in workouts for three NBA teams over the past five weeks. "I learned a lot, mentally most of all," Adams said of the workout process. "Playing in front of coaches and general managers with other top guys definitely helped me mature and understand how serious [professional basketball] is. I learned what I need to get better at." As a junior, Adams was the second-leading scorer in the Atlantic 10 Conference at 20.6 points per game. He also led the A-10 and ranked seventh nationally in assists at 6.5 per game, and his 195 assists are the second-best single season total in program history.

Horse racing: Rosecroft will host "I Want to Be a Driver" May 30, offering an opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at harness racing and jog a Standardbred. Two packages are available for the event, which begins at 3 p.m. and includes an evening of live harness racing. The package includes a jog around the five-eighths mile track on a two-seated sulky, paddock tour, barbecue on the track apron, a group winner's circle photo and a meet-and-greet with hors d'oeuvres. The package costs $90. For more information, contact Gina Maybee of Cloverleaf at 301-567-9636.

Women's college tennis: Johns Hopkins (19-6) fell, 5-1, to Middlebury (16-4) in Chattanooga, Tenn., in the NCAA Division III tournament quarterfinals.