Swimmer Becca Meyers of Timonium and wheelchair marathoner Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville are among five finalists for Female Paralympic Athlete of the Year, the United States Olympic Committee announced. Meyers won three medals — including two golds — and set three world records at the IPC Swimming World Championships, in which she also set world-leading records in five events. McFadden captured her third straight marathon grand slam, won her first marathon world title and set three T54 world records. In July, Meyers beat out McFadden and three others for the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability. Swimmer Katie Ledecky of Bethesda is among the finalists for the USOC's Female Olympic Athlete of the Year. Fans can vote at TeamUSA.org/Awards through Nov. 20. Winners will be announced Dec. 10 at the University of Pennsylvania's Houston Hall in Philadelphia. The awards show will be televised on NBC Sports Network on Dec. 27 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Men's college basketball: Jordan Jones didn't plan on keeping the Charleston Southern basketball coaches waiting. Before his official visit last weekend to the Big South Conference school, the Poly senior told the staff that he'd "give it two days to wait or commit" after his trip. "I didn't wait two days," said Jones, who committed to the Buccaneers on Sunday. "I wasn't going to wait because I knew I wanted to go there." Jones, a 6-foot-8, 205-power forward, was also recruited by Loyola Maryland, Quinnipiac, UNC Greensboro and Wright State.
For more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Jones, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Baseball: The Pittsburgh Pirates declined a $2.25 million club option on Radhames Liz, who received a $250,000 buyout and his release. Liz, 32, was 1-4 with a 4.24 ERA in 14 games as a reliever this season, his first in the majors since appearing in two games for the Orioles in 2009. ... The Washington Nationals named Davey Lopes their first base coach, replacing former Oriole Tony Tarasco. Lopes has coached for six teams in the major leagues since 1992, when he started a three-year stint with the Orioles. He was a Nationals coach in 2006 and spent the past five seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers.
College field hockey: Sarah Sprink and Welma Luus scored the tying and go-ahead goals in the second half as No. 7 Maryland (17-3) earned a 3-2 victory over Michigan State (5-14) in the Big Ten quarterfinals in Bloomington, Ind. The top-seeded Terps, who outshot the eighth-seeded Spartans 20-3 in the half and have won 15 straight games, will play fourth-seeded Northwestern (13-7) in the semifinals today at 1:30 p.m.
College football: Former NFL standout Shawne Merriman (Maryland) will hold his annual Coat Drive on Saturday before the Terps' 3:30 p.m. game against Wisconsin at Byrd Stadium. Collection will begin 90 minutes before the game at the South Gate entrance and continue through the end of the first quarter.
Men's college soccer: Maryland freshman forward Eryk Williamson was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week after he scored twice in a 3-1 victory Wednesday night against No. 16 Rutgers. ... Johns Hopkins got two goals from senior Kenny DeStefano in a 5-0 win over visiting Swarthmore in the first round of the Centennial Conference tournament Wednesday night. Hopkins (11-4-3) advanced to the semifinals at top-seeded Haverford on Saturday at 11 a.m.
Women's college soccer: Towson defender Vasthy Delgado was named to the All-Colonial Athletic Association second team. Forward Natalia Pinkney made the third team. Hollie Garber made the academic team.
Women's college volleyball: Senior outside hitter Adreené Elliott paced the Maryland volleyball team with 16 kills, but the host Terps (12-15, 2-11 Big Ten) lost, 25-21, 17-25, 12-25, 22-25, to No. 1 Penn State (22-2, 11-2) on Thursday night on the Xfinity Center main court. Freshman opposite hitter Angel Gaskin had 11 kills, and freshman outside hitter Liz Twilley had 10. Freshman libero Kelsey Wicinski led the match with 13 digs while leading Maryland with two service aces.
Men's college basketball: Loyola Maryland went on a 16-0 run after McGill scored the game's first two points, and the host Greyhounds eased to a 72-48 victory Thursday night in exhibition play. The Greyhounds' Jarred Jones (John Carroll) scored 15 points in 18 minutes and Tyler Hubbard added 14 in 10 minutes.