Digest: Redskins sign cornerback Quinton Dunbar to multiyear deal
Jan 01, 2018 at 10:49 PM
The Washington Redskins signed cornerback Quinton Dunbar to a multiyear deal. The team announced the contract Monday after finishing its season at 7-9. Dunbar was set to be a restricted free agent. Dunbar, 25, was a receiver at Florida and converted to cornerback during his first NFL training camp in 2015. He reached career highs with 15 games, four starts, 28 tackles and eight passes defended this season. The Miami native is a candidate along with 2017 third-round pick Fabian Moreau to replace Bashaud Breeland as Washington's second cornerback behind Josh Norman. Breeland is an unrestricted free agent, and Baltimore native Kendall Fuller is expected to continue his role as the Redskins' slot cornerback. In three pro seasons, Dunbar has 65 tackles, three interceptions, one sack and one fumble recovery in 40 games.
Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse adds seven to Hall of Fame
The Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse made a strong comeback last year when it conducted a Hall of Fame ceremony for the first time in almost a decade. A pair of legendary head coaches — Jim Moorhead and Dave Cottle — joined the shrine that was established in 2004. Now the organization is recognizing seven individuals for its 2018 class. Craig Bubier (Johns Hopkins, St. Mary's High), Brian Burlace (Maryland, St. Mary's High) and Crista Samaras (Princeton, Annapolis High) reached the pinnacle of lacrosse as players, earning some of the highest accolades available. Clint Gosnell was a standout high school coach during a three decade tenure at Arundel. Sue Chittim (Annapolis High, St. Mary's High) also achieved excellence as a prep coach while also growing the game on the grassroots level. Nancy Murphy (Severna Park) was a pioneer, organizing girls lacrosse on the recreation level at a time when no one else was doing so. Jim Shuck (Arnold) was a passionate advocate for the stick sport while serving as a coach, official and supportive parent. Those seven will be inducted into the Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse Hall of Fame during a banquet Jan. 25 at the Annapolis Elks Lodge. "We have a very diverse class of deserving individuals and look forward to honoring them during this year's induction ceremony," said Mark Mozier, president of the Chesapeake Chapter of US Lacrosse, which was founded in 2004 and held its inaugural Hall of Fame induction ceremony the following year.
Capitals' Niskanen unlikely to play tonight vs. Carolina
Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen is unlikely to play in tonight's game at the Carolina Hurricanes after he missed a second straight practice with an undisclosed "upper-body" injury that he "tweaked" in Washington's last game. The Capitals announced Niskanen is "day-to-day," and coach Barry Trotz said the top-four blueliner is not going to travel to Raleigh. Tonight's road game is the only game Washington plays all week, so if Niskanen doesn't play, he would have roughly a week off between games. That's something the Capitals are considering. "We're going to make sure," Trotz said. "If there's any doubt, we've got a break here and we're not going to risk Matt Niskanen for one game. We're not going to do that. That's why I say there's a chance, but it's probably very slim." Niskanen missed 13 games with a thumb injury, and in the 22 games since he's returned to the lineup, he has three goals and seven assists while averaging 22:47 a game. The Capitals are 17-7-3 with Niskanen in the lineup this season, and they're 7-6-0 when he's not.
— Isabelle Khushudyan, The Washington Post
Men's college basketball: Maryland has yet to play a Top 25 team this season. That will change Thursday, when the Terps play No. 1 Michigan State in East Lansing. The Spartans moved to the top of the Associated Press rankings Monday after Villanova lost at Butler on Saturday. Michigan State (14-1) has won 13 straight since losing to then-No. 1 Duke. It will mark the first time the Terps have played the No. 1 team in the country during the regular season since losing to the Blue Devils at Cameron Indoor Stadium during the 2012-13 season. Later that season, Maryland defeated then-No. 2 Duke at Comcast Center. It remains the highest-ranked team the Terps have beaten under Mark Turgeon.