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Towson alum Neal traded to Timberwolves

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Gary Neal's new NBA home? Minnesota.

Gary Neal (Towson University, Aberdeen, Calvert Hall), a shooting guard who has been splitting time recently with Lance Stephenson at backup point guard, was traded by the Charlotte Hornets to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Tuesday for veteran point guard Mo Williams. The Hornets, who started Tuesday tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference, will also get shooting guard Troy Daniels. They will send a 2019 second-round pick to the Timberwolves. Neal, 30, is averaging 9.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 21.7 minutes per game. He was acquired last February by the Hornets in a trade with the Milwaukee Bucks. Williams, 32, is averaging 12.2 points and 6.4 assists per game in 41 games, including 19 starts for the injured Ricky Rubio. He is second on the team shooting 34.7 percent from 3-point range. He will give the Hornets a reliable replacement for Kemba Walker, who remains out at least another month while recovering from knee surgery. Brian Roberts has been filling in as the starting at point guard for the Hornets with mixed results.

College basketball

Calvert Hall alum Lee leads Drexel men past Towson

Damion Lee (Calvert Hall) scored 23 points, including two game-sealing free throws with four seconds left, as Drexel held on to beat visiting Towson, 53-49, on Tuesday to win its sixth straight. Towson's A.J. Astroth hit a 3-pointer from the corner, and after a Drexel turnover, made a fast-break layup to pull Towson within 46-44 with 3:33 left. But Drexel scored the next five points for a 51-44 lead with 25 seconds left. After Towson scored the next five, Lee sealed it at the line. Rodney Williams added 10 points for Drexel (10-14, 8-5 Colonial Athletic Association). Lee had 15 points in the first half as Drexel built a 29-17 lead. The Dragons held Towson to 7-for-33 shooting (21.2 percent). Four McGlynn led Towson (11-15, 4-9) with 14 points. John Davis grabbed 12 rebounds, as the Tigers had a 46-26 rebounding advantage, 23-6 on the offensive end.

Navy: Standout shooting guard Brandon Venturini will be out indefinitely with a right foot injury that he first noticed after the Lafayette game Jan. 31. What initially seemed like just a sprained ankle has since been diagnosed as a stress fracture that has forced the 6-foot senior to miss the past two games and could keep him out for the rest of the season. After conducting X-rays and an MRI, team doctors placed the foot in a cast to provide Venturini with the most protection possible. Venturini is second on the team in scoring (12.6 points), rebounding (3.9) and assists (3.0). He is Navy's top 3-point shooter, having shot 59-for-156 from beyond the arc.

Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Honors: Navy guard Kevin Alter was named to the Allstate NABC Good Works NCAA Division I team for his community involvement. Johns Hopkins guard Kathryn Clark made the combined NCAA Division II, III and NAIA team. ... Coppin State senior forward Arnold Fripp was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week and College Sports Madness Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Pittsburgh sophomore forward Jamel Artis of Baltimore was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I South Player of the Week. ... Bowie State junior guard Ty-Nita Baker was named Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association women's Newcomer of the Week.

Et cetera

North Carolina men top High Point, 15-9, in lacrosse

Jimmy Bitter scored four goals and Peyton Klawinski and Chad Tutton added three each to lead No. 5 North Carolina (2-0) to a 15-9 men's lacrosse win over visiting High Point (1-2). The Tar Heels scored six of the game's first seven goals, all unassisted, and led 7-2 after the first quarter.

More men's college lacrosse: Mount St. Mary's was picked to finish sixth in the Northeast Conference preseason coaches' poll. Three-time defending NEC tournament champion Bryant was picked to finish first. ... Delaware senior attackman Tom Holland (Calvert Hall) was named Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week. ... High Point attackman Michael LeClair (Mount Saint Joseph) was named the Southern Conference Offensive Player of the Week.

Baseball: Reliever Jerry Blevins and the Washington Nationals argued their salary arbitration case with a relatively small gap of $200,000 separating the sides. The 31-year-old left-hander asked the three-person panel for a raise from $1,675,000 to $2.4 million, and Washington argued for $2.2 million. A decision Dan BrentRobert Herzog Jeanne Wood is expected today. Blevins was 2-3 with a 4.87 ERA and 66 strikeouts in 571/3 innings last season.

WNBA: The Washington Mystics signed guard Armintie Herrington, who spent last season with the Los Angeles Sparks and made the All-WNBA second team in 2011 and 2012. The Mystics also signed guard Ivory Latta, an All-Star in 2013 and 2014, to a contract extension.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United acquired attacking midfielder Michael Farfan, who played three seasons with the Philadelphia Union before transferring to Mexico's Cruz Azul in early 2014. Farfan, 26, is expected to join United this week for the second stage of training camp.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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