The New York Mets have reached an agreement to purchase the Syracuse Chiefs, the Washington Nationals' Triple-A affiliate, leaving the Nationals to find a new home for their top minor league club. Gov. Andrew Cuomo confirmed the deal. Cuomo is scheduled to appear in Syracuse today at NBT Bank Stadium, the team's home, for a formal announcement. The Mets will make Syracuse their top minor league affiliate beginning in 2019. The International League franchise has been community-owned since 1961 and has been affiliated with the Nationals for nine years. Washington's player-development contract with the Community Baseball Club of Central New York Inc. team was through the 2018 season.
Maryland defensive back Alex Woods, who was suspended indefinitely before the start of the season for unspecified violations of the school's student-athlete code of conduct, announced Monday that he will be leaving the program after this semester. "I will like to thank Coach [DJ] Durkin and the Maryland staff for this opportunity but I will be leaving maryland after this semester," Woods tweeted Monday. The 6-foot-2, 190-pound Woods, a redshirt junior, was a three-star recruit for Lackawanna College, a two-year school in Scranton, Pa., and the No. 12 junior-college cornerback prospect. His arrival was expected to add depth to the team's cornerback position. But a week before the Terps' season opener against Texas, Woods and highly touted freshman safety Markquese Bell were suspended. Durkin said both would be held out of practice and games until their issue is "resolved." Neither has played this season.
More: Maryland junior running back Ty Johnson was named Big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week. ... BTN Tailgate, the Big Ten Network's Saturday morning pregame show, is set to stop in College Park before the Maryland-Northwestern game. The show, featuring Dave Revsine, Gerry DiNardo, Anthony "Spice" Adams, Stanley Jackson and Michelle McMahon, will air live from the Maryland football practice fields starting at 10 a.m. and ending at noon. Gates will open at 9 a.m., and free food will be provided for the first 400 fans. The first 500 fans will also receive Maryland's "Bring the Night" black T-shirts.
Calvert Hall senior guard Brendan Adams, a three-star recruit and an All-Metro second-team selection last season, committed to Rhode Island on Sunday. He chose the Rams over George Mason, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Princeton, Saint Joseph's (Pa.) and Wyoming. Adams, 6 feet 4, is rated the No. 239 overall prospect in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings for the Class of 2018. He's the fifth member of a solid Rhode Island recruiting class that features four recruits rated a three-star prospect and above. He's also one of three Maryland players in the class. Adams is the brother of St. Bonaventure guard Jaylen Adams (Mount Saint Joseph), who recently was named the Atlantic 10 Conference preseason Player of the Year by the Blue Ribbon College Basketball Yearbook.
The Towson boys soccer program will host its second annual men's cancer awareness games Thursday when the Generals' varsity and junior varsity teams play Hereford. The JV game is set for 2:45 p.m. followed by the varsity game at 4:15. Proceeds from the concession stand, as well as any donations made, will be given to the Brady Urological Institute at Johns Hopkins Hospital for research. The event is in honor of the team's 30-year varsity coach Randy Dase, who made a successful recovery from prostate cancer last fall.
NBA: The season for second-year Washington Wizards swingman Sheldon Mac appears to be over before it has started. Today, Mac will undergo surgery to repair a torn Achilles tendon in his left leg. The recovery timeline is six to eight months. Mac's contract protects his salary if he is out for the season and the Wizards would be on the hook to pay him a guaranteed $1.3 million. In light of Mac's injury and his salary still counting against the cap, Washington made a roster move and waived center Daniel Ochefu, whose contract was nonguaranteed. Ochefu, a Baltimore native, averaged 1.3 points and 1.2 rebounds in 19 games for the Wizards last season after being signed as an undrafted rookie out of Villanova.
—Candace Buckner, The Washington Post
NHL: Washington Capitals wing Alex Ovechkin was named the league's First Star of the Week.