Bob Babb, who has been Johns Hopkins' baseball coach since 1980 and ranks as one of the winningest coaches in NCAA Division III history, has been elected to the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday. He'll be inducted with three others during the ABCA/Diamond Hall of Fame/Coach of the Year Banquet at the ABCA Convention on Jan. 8 in Nashville, Tenn. Tickets will be available beginning Sept. 1. Babb, a 1977 Hopkins graduate, has a career record with the Blue Jays of 1,042-383-13 (.729). His teams have made 19 appearances in the NCAA tournament and won 13 Centennial Conference championships, 10 Middle Atlantic Conference Southeast titles and seven University Athletic Association championships.
Men's college basketball: The Dec. 1 matchup between Maryland and North Carolina in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge will tip off at 9:30 p.m., ESPN announced. The game will be broadcast on ESPN's main channel. The Terps and Tar Heels are expected to be among those under consideration for the No. 1 ranking. Last week, ESPN chose Maryland No. 1 and North Carolina No. 2 in its No-Longer-Way-Too-Early Top 25. The other marquee games in the Challenge include Louisville at Michigan State on Dec. 2 (7:15 p.m, ESPN) and Indiana at Duke (9:15 p.m, Dec. 2).
Women's college basketball: Big Ten champion Maryland released its 2015-16 nonconference schedule, which includes a home game against Syracuse on Dec. 2 and neutral-site games against NCAA tournament teams South Dakota State, Pittsburgh and NCAA champion Connecticut. The season will begin Nov. 14 with a 2 p.m. matchup against UMass-Lowell.
Women's college soccer: Navy placed six players on the Patriot League 25th anniversary team: Nicole Aunapu (Class of 1999), Lizzie Barnes (2009), Stacy Finley (2004), Justine Fisher (2002), Shelly Moeller (2010) and Jade Seabrook (2015). ... Towson senior defender Vasthy Delgado was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association preseason team.
College football: Gavin Class, a junior lineman who has recovered from a near-fatal case of heatstroke suffered during football practice in 2013, will not be allowed to work out with Towson University's team until the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals hears arguments in the appeal filed by Towson. The court will hear that appeal Sept. 16. Class' attorneys filed motions to allow him to practice before the appeal date, but the court denied those requests during the past week. Last month, a U.S. District Court judge ruled that it was safe for Class, who attended St. Paul's, to play football. Towson countered that it hasn't the capacity to ensure his safety on the playing field.
More college football: Bowie State senior defensive end Anthony McDaniel, Bowie State redshirt senior defensive back Curtis Pumphrey (Atholton), Alcorn State senior defensive back Warren Gatewood of Baltimore and North Carolina Central defensive back-return specialist Michael Jones (Milford Mill) were named to the BOXTOROW Preseason All-America team.
2nd phase of Laurel barn construction underway
The Maryland Jockey Club has started building the second of three new barns at Laurel Park in a construction project that will cost about $10 million when finished in 2016. The new barns will each have a total of 150 stalls with laundry rooms, restrooms, locker rooms and wash pads. The first new barn was completed this year as part of a $7million renovation that included a new surveillance system on the front and backside of the track as well as 150 flat-screen televisions. The Maryland Jockey Club also invested earlier this year to broadcast at Laurel and Pimlico in high-definition.
Manor CC's Falls wins Maryland State Mid-Amateur
Dan Falls of Manor Country Club in Rockville captured the 29th Maryland State Mid-Amateur championship with a 68-68—136 in an event played on successive days at the Elkridge Club. Falls squeezed past first-round leader Andrew Rice of Baltimore Country Club and former Maryland State Amateur and Open champion Billy Wingerd of Mountain Branch Golf Club, who tied for second at 137. Wingerd and Larry Storck of Hayfields CC shared the low tournament round with closing 66s.
Varsity soccer: The McDonogh girls were ranked second to Immaculate Heart Academy (Township of Washington, N.J.) in the first USA Today/NSCAA Super 25 High School Preseason Rankings. The River Hill boys were ranked 16th.
WNBA: Tamika Catchings scored 10 of her 20 points in the fourth quarter and the visiting Indiana Fever (13-9) earned a 73-62 victory over the Mystics (13-9) and moved into a tie with Washington for third place in the Eastern Conference.