Wall, Beal named finalists for 2016 Olympic team
Washington Wizards guards John Wall and Bradley Beal have been selected as two of 30 finalists for the 2016 men's Olympic team. The final 12-man roster for the tournament in Rio de Janeiro this summer will be revealed later this year. Neither player has played in the Olympics, though both have extensive experience with USA Basketball at the senior and junior levels. Wall, 25, participated in the 2014 USA Basketball showcase, while Beal, 22, took part in both the 2014 and 2015 showcases.
—Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post
Guard Marshal Yanda was voted to the Pro Football Writers of America's All-NFL Team for the second straight season, the only Ravens player honored leaguewide. Punter Sam Koch, along with Yanda, was named to the All-AFC Team. The two are the Ravens' lone Pro Bowl selections. Yanda, 31, started all 16 games and was the top performer on the offensive line. He was voted the team's Most Valuable Player by media who cover the team. The Ravens signed Yanda to a four-year, $37.4 million contract extension in October.
More Wizards: Wall was named Eastern Conference Player of the Week. He averaged 25.0 points, 9.8 assists, six rebounds and three steals while shooting 46.8 percent from the field and 41.7 percent from 3-point range in leading the Wizards to a 3-1 record. The two-time All-Star was the only player in the NBA to average at least 25 points, nine assists, six rebounds and three steals during the week. Wall led all Eastern Conference players in assists and steals.
Men's college lacrosse
Towson voted preseason favorite to win conference
Towson was voted by the Colonial Athletic Association's head coaches as the preseason favorite for the 2016 title. The Tigers, who went 12-6 and added the 2015 tournament championship to the one they collected in 2013, received five of the six first-place votes and 25 points to top Hofstra, which had the other first-place vote and finished with 19 points. Towson also placed two players on the league's All-CAA team: junior attackman Joe Seider, a Sparks resident and Hereford graduate, and redshirt senior goalkeeper Tyler White. Junior attackman Ryan Drenner (Westminster), senior defenseman Mike Lowe and junior long-stick midfielder Tyler Mayes (Calvert Hall) received honorable mention.
3 future Terps women to be McDonald's All-Americans
Maryland women's basketball signings Destiny Slocum, Blair Watson and Kaila Charles were named to the McDonald's All American Game, tied with Stanford for the most in the country. On the men's side, neither Anthony Cowan Jr. nor Kevin Huerter was selected for the March 30 all-star game in Chicago. Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen), Jenna Staiti and Sarah Myers also have signed with the Terps, giving coach Brenda Frese the nation's top-ranked recruiting class, according to ESPN. "Overall this is one of the most elite classes we have signed in my time at Maryland," Frese said in November. "It is a class that has firepower in every position. Every piece, every single player fits in the overall scheme of what we want to bring here to Maryland to help us continue to win championships."
Wrestling: Former Navy wrestler Bryce Saddoris was named the U.S. Marine Corps Male Athlete of the Year. Saddoris has the most wins in Navy history and is the top-ranked wrestler in the 145.5-pound class by USA Wrestling. Saddoris, 27, is a captain and supply officer stationed at Camp Lejeune in Jacksonville, N.C. He was a silver medalist in the Pan American Games in February and hopes to make the U.S. Olympic team. The 5-foot-7 Saddoris won 147 matches, eclipsing the record of 141 set by Matt Stolpinski (2005-2008). He was also a two-time All-American and a four-time NCAA qualifier.
NHL: The Washington Capitals reassigned defenseman Aaron Ness and forward Zach Sill to the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
College track and field: Navy men's senior sprinter Jordan Sartor-Francis and freshman hurdler Kordell Williams (DeMatha) were named Patriot League Track Athlete and Rookie of the Week. … Lehigh junior Kiana Wright (John Carroll) was named Patriot League Female Field Athlete of the Week. … Navy senior Jiles Maness received Patriot League Male Track Athlete of the Week honorable mention.
College swimming and diving: Loyola Maryland junior Noel Theroux received Patriot League Male Diver of the Week honorable mention. … Greyhounds freshman Lindsey Staszewski received Patriot League Female Diver of the Week honorable mention.
College squash: No. 15 Navy (17-6) won three road matches over ranked opponents this weekend, ending a six-match losing streak to ranked opponents. The Mids topped No. 14 Williams, 5-4; No. 22 Amherst, 8-1; and No. 17 Bates, 5-4.
—From Sun staff and news services