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LB Twine found not guilty on assault charge

A Prince George's County judge found former Maryland linebacker Alex Twine not guilty Wednesday on a charge of second-degree misdemeanor assault stemming from an incident last July in College Park. Twine and teammate Levern Jacobs were accused by two fellow students of assaulting them near campus. The charge against Jacobs was later dropped, though he was not allowed to play for the Terps during the 2014 season. After a three-hour trial in which five of the eight witnesses testified on behalf of Twine, District Court Judge Lisa Johnson found reasonable doubt and ruled in Twine's favor, according to his attorney, David Zwanetz. Twine also testified, Zwanetz said. A cellphone video of the melee was shown in court, Zwanetz said. "He always maintained his innocence and I believe this is a simple case of misidentification," Zwanetz wrote in a text message to The Baltimore Sun. Zwanetz said Twine, who played at Quince Orchard High in North Potomac, is expected to graduate in May. He will take part in the football team's Pro Day in April.

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Another basketball first for Coppin State alum Ready

Chalk up another first for Coppin State alumna Stephanie Ready, who Saturday became the first woman to do television play-by-play on a Georgia men's basketball game, according to the Grady Sports Bureau. Ready called the Bulldogs' 69-68 loss to Auburn. "It's a long time coming," Ready told Grady, which is part of the sports media program at Georgia's Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication. Ready played women's basketball and volleyball at Coppin, where men's basketball coach Fang Mitchell later added her to his staff in 2001. She then became the first female recruiter in NCAA Division I history. In August 2001, Ready became the first female assistant coach of a men's professional team, with the Greenville Groove of the NBA Developmental League.

Men's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland senior close defenseman Pat Frazier was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Defensive Player of the Week. Frazier had career highs of six ground balls and three caused turnovers Saturday in the Greyhounds' 8-6 victory over Penn State.

Men's gymnastics: Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood) will compete today through Saturday at the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas. Competition will be streamed live at WinterCupChallenge.com/live, beginning at 4 p.m. today, with the first of two preliminary sessions. Performances will help determine the 15 men who will comprise the U.S. men's senior national team through the P&G Gymnastics Championships in August in Indianapolis.

Baseball: The Bowie Baysox will host live auditions March 21 at Prince George's Stadium for national anthem singers. Stadium gates open for registration at 9 a.m., and auditions begin at 9:30 a.m. The team has a live performance of "The Star-Spangled Banner" before all 71 home games. ... The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held March 7 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way in Columbia. David Hubler will discuss his book "The Nats and the Grays." For more information, call 410-740-1145.

Major Arena Soccer League: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela was named to the MASL Team of the Week for the fifth time this season. He recorded his third shutout of the season. Tony Donatelli received honorable mention.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed rookie midfielder Miguel Aguilar, a former University of San Francisco standout who was selected in the first round (17th overall) in the SuperDraft. ... United is in talks with general manager Dave Kasper about a contract extension, The Washington Post reported. Kasper's deal expires in December 2015. He has overseen player personnel decisions since 2002, first as the technical director and then as GM.

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