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Digest: Former Terps wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo named AP All-American

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Etta-Tawo finished his only season with Syracuse fourth in the country in receiving yards.

Syracuse wide receiver Amba Etta-Tawo, a graduate transfer from Maryland, was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He becomes the Orange's first AP All-America honoree since Dwight Freeney in 2001.

Etta-Tawo, who caught 61 passes in three seasons with the Terps, finished his only season with Syracuse fourth in the country in receiving yards (1,482) and seventh in touchdowns (14). Both marks are school records in addition to his 94 receptions.

Oklahoma's Dede Westbrook and Western Michigan's Corey Davis were first-team wide receivers. The second-team group was East Carolina's Zay Jones and Washington's John Ross.

Etta-Tawo is scheduled to participate in the Senior Bowl, held Jan. 28 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Ala. Kickoff is set for 2:30 p.m. and will be televised on NFL Network.

More college football: Navy senior wide receiver Jamir Tillman will play in the NFL Players Association All-Star game Jan. 21 in Los Angeles. … Saturday's Army-Navy game earned a 5.6 overnight rating on CBS, up 10 percent from last year (5.1), up 24 percent from 2014 (4.5) and the highest for the rivalry since 1994 (6.5). … Johns Hopkins senior safety Jack Toner and Stevenson senior defensive back Austin Tennessee (Atholton) were named American Football Coaches Association Division III first-team All-Americans. Frostburg State junior defensive lineman Niles Scott was picked to the second team.

Men's college lacrosse

Navy midfielder Casey Rees out for season

The Navy men's lacrosse team was dealt a significant loss recently when standout midfielder Casey Rees suffered a knee injury that will force him to miss the entire 2017 season. Rees, an honorable-mention All-American last season, suffered a knee injury during a noncontact workout and will undergo surgery in early January. While the exact ligament damage has not been determined, the rehabilitation period following surgery will prevent the Boys' Latin graduate from playing in 2017. "We feel very badly for Casey. It's a tough loss because he's a great player and an outstanding leader," coach Rick Sowell said. Sowell is hopeful Rees will resume on-field activities next fall and will be 100 percent by the time the 2018 season begins. Rees enjoyed a breakout season last season as a first-year starter on offensive midfield, scoring a team-high 34 goals. Navy begins preseason practice Jan. 5 and opens against Johns Hopkins on Feb. 7 at Homewood Field.

Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

More: Maryland released its 2017 schedule Monday, which includes a rematch of last season's national championship game against North Carolina. The Terps will meet the Tar Heels on March 25 in Chapel Hill. Maryland opens the season on the road against Navy on Feb. 11, and will face High Point in its home opener Feb. 18. Nonconference highlights include home games against Yale (Feb. 25) and Villanova (March 18) with a road matchup against Notre Dame (March 4). Maryland, which won its first Big Ten Conference Tournament title last season, will open conference play April 1 against Michigan in College Park. The Terps' Big Ten schedule also includes games at home against Penn State (April 8), at Rutgers (April 16), at Ohio State (April 22) and a regular-season finale is at home against Johns Hopkins on April 29. … Mount St. Mary's named graduate students Bubba Johnson and Tommy Lyons and seniors Kevin Verkler and Mike Pascali captains.

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Orioles re-sign right-hander Ondrusek to one-year deal

The Orioles retained right-hander Logan Ondrusek, signing the free-agent reliever Monday to a one-year deal, according to an industry source. Ondrusek signed with the Orioles in late July, plucked from the Yakult Swallows of the Japanese Central League. Ondrusek posted a 9.95 ERA in 6 1/3 relief innings before he was optioned to Double-A Bowie. Ondrusek had a club option for 2017 that the Orioles declined, making him a free agent in November. But the team re-signed him to a $650,000 deal that also includes a club option for 2018, according to FanRag Sports, which first reported the deal.

— Eduardo A. Encina

More baseball: The Tampa Bay Rays have finalized a two-year, $12.5 million contract with free-agent catcher Wilson Ramos, a National League All-Star last season with the Washington Nationals. Ramos, a 29-year-old recovering a torn ACL in his right knee, is guaranteed $4 million next year and $8.5 million in 2018.

NBA: As the Washington Wizards sought a season-high third straight win, they faced an opponent that ticked the right boxes.

Before Monday night, the Miami Heat had lost five straight games. Their home record ranked as the worst in the league. Also for yet another game, the Heat played without two starting-caliber players in Dion Waiters and Justise Winslow.

Even so, the Wizards could not exploit these weaknesses and yet again, revealed their own during a 112-101 loss inside American Airlines Arena.

"We're trying to get on a roll, we're trying to get into a groove, trying to get into a consistent flow and all Ls aren't pretty – especially to a team that doesn't have its full force," Kelly Oubre Jr. said. "So I would say this could be a little step back [for us]."

Though Washington point guard John Wall scored 30 and Bradley Beal had 29, Miami's Goran Dragic steered his team through a tight fourth quarter.

With almost three minutes to play, Dragic hit a leaning, off-the-glass floater to give Miami a seven-point lead. Then, after the two-minute mark, Dragic danced around the perimeter before knocking down another back-breaking jumper. The Wizards, who sent different defenders his way, could not corral Dragic as he finished with 34, his most as a member of the Heat.

"He's definitely a handful," coach Scott Brooks said. "He had a hot hand throughout the game. First half, he had a good game going. We tried to go small, we tried to go big and we switched a lot and he was just in attack mode and he was making his jump shots."

Overall, Washington had no defensive answer. The Wizards (9-14) have now lost twice to the Heat (8-17), each time allowing the team its highest single-game totals of the season.

— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United traded two reserve attackers, moves that helped better protect the roster ahead of today's MLS expansion draft. Midfielder Miguel Aguilar, United's first-round draft pick in 2015, was packaged with a 2019 fourth-rounder to the Los Angeles Galaxy for a fourth-round selection in 2018. Forward Kennedy Igboananike, who joined United from Chicago in late summer, went to the Portland Timbers, along with an international roster slot, for a late second-round pick in next month's draft (43rd overall). Rounding out United's protected list is goalkeeper Bill Hamid; defenders Steve Birnbaum and Taylor Kemp; defender-midfielder Nick DeLeon; midfielders Lloyd Sam and Patrick Nyarko; midfielder-forward Lamar Neagle; and forward Patrick Mullins (Maryland). The unprotected list includes captain Bobby Boswell, defenders Sean Franklin and Kofi Opare, midfielder Jared Jeffrey and goalkeeper Travis Worra.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Varsity football: Archbishop Spalding quarterback Evan Fochtman and Annapolis running back Cameron Hough are recipients of the Jim Rhodes Memorial Trophy, given annually by the Touchdown Club of Annapolis to the most outstanding player in Anne Arundel County. It is only the second time in the 58-year history of the award that there were co-winners. The first time was in 2009 when Arundel's Billy Cosh and Old Mill's Josh Furman shared the honor. … Sherwood running back Travis Levy was named the Gatorade Maryland Football Player of the Year. The 6-foot, 194-pound senior rushed for 1,805 yards and 28 touchdowns on 170 carries this season, leading the Warriors to a 10-1 record.

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