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Digest: Harry Hulmes III, former Colts GM and public relations director, dead at 88

Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas sits up in his bed at Union Memorial Hospital on Dec. 6, 1965, as Harry Hulmes, team publicity man, looks at the cast put on Unitas' leg after an operation on his knee. Hulmes died Sunday at age 88.
Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas sits up in his bed at Union Memorial Hospital on Dec. 6, 1965, as Harry Hulmes, team publicity man, looks at the cast put on Unitas' leg after an operation on his knee. Hulmes died Sunday at age 88. (William Smith / AP)

Harry Hulmes III, a former general manager and public relations director for the Baltimore Colts who spent more than 50 years in professional football, has died. He was 88.

The New York Giants said Monday that Hulmes, their onetime assistant general manager, had died Sunday. No cause of death was given by the Giants.

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Hulmes began his career in the NFL as the Baltimore Colts' business manager in 1958. He served in various positions during his 12 years with the Colts, including public relations director and general manager, as they won two NFL championships.

A football caught by Colts split end Raymond Berry from quarterback Johnny Unitas in the 1958 NFL championship game at Yankee Stadium sold Thursday night for $62,140 at Huggins & Scott Auctions.

Hulmes joined the Giants in 1984 as an assistant to then-general manager George Young. He later became a special assistant to the general manager, but left that post in 1998, becoming a player personnel scout. He retired following the 2008 season.

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Virtually all of his personnel experience was in the NFL, including 13 years with the New Orleans Saints. Hulmes also was chief operating officer of the Arizona Wranglers of the USFL. Hulmes is survived by his wife, Barbara Lockhart Hulmes, three children, six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Willie Richardson, an All-Pro receiver who helped the Colts reach their first Super Bowl, died Monday of natural causes in Jackson, Miss. He was 76.

Wizards

Morris' deal won't hamper chance at top free agent

Recently acquired forward Markieff Morris' three-year, $24 million contract won't keep the Washington Wizards from having a chance at landing a top free agent this summer. Washington has five players under contract for next season for a combined $44,258,521 and will also pay Martell Webster $833,334. Bradley Beal will become a restricted free agent, but he will remain on the roster when free agency begins on July 1 as a cap hold for $14,236,685 until Washington re-signs him. The Wizards will likely renounce their other six free agents — Nene, Jared Dudley, Ramon Sessions, Alan Anderson, Gary Neal and Garrett Temple — and waive Drew Gooden III and Jarell Eddie, who have nonguaranteed deals for next year. That leaves six vacancies because NBA rules stipulate teams must have at least 12-player rosters. The league requires teams to hold a minimum salary for players with zero years of service for each spot. That salary is projected to be $543,471 next season. That leaves Washington with $27,410,635 in cap room plus a projected $2.898 million midlevel room exception the league grants teams under the cap.

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—Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

More Wizards: The Phoenix Suns waived former Wizards forward-center DeJuan Blair. Phoenix acquired Blair, Kris Humphries and a protected 2016 first-round draft pick last Thursday in the trade that sent Morris to Washington. A seven-year NBA veteran, Blair averaged 2.1 points and two rebounds in 29 games for the Wizards this season.

Colleges

Terps baseball game moved to today because of weather

Maryland's road game against Virginia Commonwealth originally scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to today at 5 p.m. because of bad weather expected to hit Richmond, Va., on Wednesday afternoon.

More postponements: Salisbury's game against host Virginia Wesleyan today has been postponed. A new date has not been announced.

Men's lacrosse: No. 6 Loyola Maryland senior attackman Zach Herreweyers was named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week. No. 16 Navy junior Chris Fennell was named Defensive Player of the Week and Midshipmen senior John Connors was named Goalkeeper of the Week. Greyhounds sophomore defender Foster Huggins, sophomore goalkeeper Grant Limone and freshman attackman Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) received honorable mention.

Men's basketball: Bowie State senior guard Justin Beck (Calvert Hall) was named to the All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association team.

Women's basketball: UMES freshman guard Ciani Byrom was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Softball: Maryland senior infielder Lindsey Schmeiser was named a candidate for the Senior CLASS Award.

Field hockey: The Maryland coaching staff will hold the School of Goalies this spring, beginning March 8, 22 and 29 from 6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. The team will also host four 7 vs. 7 spring tournament for different ages throughout the month of April. To register and for more information, contact fieldhockey@umd.edu.

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