Billy Burgoyne had a hat trick to lead host Stevenson (14-4) to an 8-3 victory over Widener (7-10) in a Commonwealth Conference lacrosse semifinal Wednesday. Junior Connor Skeen (Towson) made seven saves in the victory. The Mustangs will host second-seeded Messiah on Saturday in the championship game at 7 p.m.
More men's college lacrosse: Stephen Luck (Boys' Latin) scored twice in a losing effort as Washington College (6-10) fell, 23-5, to host Gettysburg (16-0) in a Centennial Conference semifinal. The Bullets scored three goals in the first 3:19 and took a 12-4 lead at halftime. Gettysburg will host second-seeded Ursinus in the championship game Saturday at 2 p.m. Ursinus defeated third-seeded Dickinson College, 8-6, in the other semifinal.
Women's college lacrosse: In its first season in the Big Ten Conference, regular-season champion Maryland dominated the all-conference women's lacrosse selections with eight players, while four others who played high school lacrosse in the Baltimore area also made the team. Taylor Cummings, the McDonogh graduate who won last season's Tewaaraton Award, leads a Terps contingent that also has Brooke Griffin (South River), Megan Douty, Alice Mercer (Century), Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge), Alex Fitzpatrick, Casey Pepperman (McDonogh) and Megan Whittle (McDonogh). Also named to the team were Penn State's Maggie McCormick (Liberty), Abby Smucker (C. Milton Wright) and Madison Cyr (Winters Mill) and Ohio State's Katie Chase (Glenelg).
For the rest of Katherine Dunn's blog post, including the full team, go to baltimore sun.com/lacrosseinsider.
More women's lacrosse: Sewanee senior attacker Ellie Murphy (Roland Park) was named Southern Athletic Association Offensive Player of the Year. ... Sophie Smith had two goals, but Goucher (11-7) lost, 17-4, to host Catholic (13-3) in a Landmark Conference semifinal. The Cardinals opened with a 7-0 run and were never threatened.
Football: The College Football Playoff management committee approved having weekly rankings again this season but put off making a decision on how to incorporate the Army-Navy game into the final rankings when the game is played a week after selection Sunday. The selection committee's first Top 25 will be released Nov. 3 after the ninth week of the season. The final rankings will be released Dec. 6.
Baseball: Because of the unrest in Baltimore, the Johns Hopkins-Haverford first-round Centennial Conference playoff game, which was scheduled to take place at Babb Field today, has been moved to McDaniel College, still at 3 p.m.
Men's college basketball: The past few seasons have been tough on Durand Johnson. Sixteen games into his redshirt sophomore season at Pittsburgh, the former Lake Clifton star tore his ACL. Then just days before the 2014-15 campaign, Johnson — fully recovered from his injury — was suspended for an undisclosed violation of school policy. After two years of turmoil, Johnson finally had something to celebrate Wednesday. The 6-foot-6, 210-pound wing committed to play for St. John's. He'll finish his bachelor's degree in social sciences at Pittsburgh and have immediate eligibility for the Red Storm as a graduate student. "Oh man, it feels great," said Johnson, who also visited West Virginia and was recruited by several other high-major schools. "It's a relief now that I can just get ready to go to work."
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Johnson, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Ravens RB Toussaint signs exclusive-rights tender
Ravens running back Fitzgerald Toussaint has signed his $510,000 exclusive-rights tender. Toussaint was the lone Raven exclusive-rights free agent still unsigned. Toussaint made the Ravens as a rookie last season after going undrafted out of Michigan. He played in four games last season and rushed for 12 yards on six carries and caught three passes for 27 yards.
NFL draft: Penn State junior tight end Jesse James worked out for the Ravens, according to sources. James is a big target at 6 feet 7, 261 pounds who declared early for the draft after three seasons for the Nittany Lions. He has been projected as a third-round to fourth-round draft target.
For more of Aaron Wilson's blog post on James, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
NBA: Single-game tickets for the Washington Wizards' second-round home playoff games go on sale today at 11 a.m. at 800-745-3000, on washingtonwizards.com and at Ticketmaster outlets, including the Verizon Center box office.
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Baseball: The Washington Nationals have signed right-handed relief pitcher Jose Valverde, 37, to a minor league deal, a person familiar with the situation told The Washington Post. The Nationals recalled left-hander Sammy Solis from Double-A Harrisburg and outfielder Michael A. Taylor from Triple-A Syracuse. They placed outfielder Reed Johnson on the 15-day disabled list and optioned right-hander A.J. Cole to Syracuse. ... The Cleveland Indians selected the contract of right-handed reliever Ryan Webb, a former Oriole, from Triple-A Columbus.
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