Digest: Former O's minor leaguer, Nationals third base coach Tony Beasley declared cancer-free
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Dec 09, 2016 | 12:33 AM
Texas Rangers third base coach Tony Beasley, a former Orioles minor league infielder and Washington Nationals third base coach, has been declared cancer-free after missing much of the past season while going through extensive chemotherapy. Beasley was diagnosed with rectal cancer in January.
The Rangers said in a tweet Thursday that Beasley has officially received a clean bill of health. Beasley, who turned 50 on Monday, underwent chemotherapy treatments during spring training and again in May and June. Between those treatments, Beasley spent time with the team and was able to be in the dugout during some Rangers games.
The Orioles returned home from this week's baseball winter meetings with a pair of outfielders selected in the Rule 5 draft, an event that caps the meetings and runs at a breakneck pace. For some teams, it's an afterthought. Others treat it like the end of a busy week full of trades and free-agent signings. For the Orioles, it has become a defining aspect of their offseasons.
Taking advantage of Major League Lacrosse's new player-movement policy, the Chesapeake Bayhawks of Major League Lacrosse signed close defenseman and long-stick midfield defenseman Will Koshansky, a five-year veteran with the Rochester Rattlers. Under the policy, any player with five years or more of pro tenure is eligible to sign with the franchise of his choice. Because they added Koshansky, who was a fifth-round draft pick for the Boston Cannons in 2012 out of Penn, the Bayhawks must relinquish a fifth-round selection in the college draft. Koshansky, 6 feet 2, 195 pounds, has 96 ground balls in 61 games and has been penalized just seven times. "In evaluating my options, I was looking for a first-class organization on the cusp of winning a championship and I think Chesapeake fits both descriptions," Koshansky said. "I also wanted to go somewhere I felt welcome and wanted, and would have a chance to make an impact."
The scoreboard wasn't working at the outset, when there were thousands of empty seats and the fans that did show up were quiet as can be, so the arena announcer pierced the silence Thursday night, telling the small gathering by just how much the mediocre Denver Nuggets were beating the mediocre Washington Wizards, basket after basket.
By HOWARD FENDRICH
Dec 08, 2016 | 10:30 PM
NBA: The host Washington Wizards rallied from a double-digit deficit, thanks mainly to Bradley Beal's 26 points and Denver's season-high 29 turnovers, for a 92-85 victory over the short-handed Denver Nuggets.
Washington, which began the day 12th in the 15-team Eastern Conference, improved to 8-13. Denver lost for the fifth time in six games, dropping to 8-15.
John Wall scored only 15 points one game after a career-best 52, but nine came in the fourth quarter for the Wizards, who trailed by as many as 14 in the first half.
With starting point guard Emmanuel Mudiay inactive because of what the team said was a sprained right ankle, the Nuggets went 5 1/2 minutes without a point in the fourth quarter. In that period, they had 10 of their turnovers and shot 1-for-14 on 3-pointers — including 0-for-4 in one last-minute possession.
NHL: With defenseman Matt Niskanen not with the team in Buffalo for tonight's game because of an upper-body injury, the Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Aaron Ness from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League.
—Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
Laurel Park: There will be carryovers in the 20-cent Rainbow 6 and 50-cent Late Pick 5 greeting bettors when live racing returns to Laurel with a nine-race program today. First-race post time is 12:30 p.m.
Women's college basketball: Raven Bankston scored a game-high 24 points, but visiting Towson (6-3) lost, 76-71, to Colgate (2-6). The Raiders used a 23-10 run to take the lead in the second quarter, then held off the Tigers. ... Maryland seniors Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough were named to the Wooden Award Preseason Top 30 watch list.
College football: Johns Hopkins senior safety Jack Toner and senior center Chantz Anderson were named to the D3football.com All-South first team. Hopkins senior linebacker Jack Campbell and sophomore tackle Cameron Little made the third team. ... Stevenson's Ed Hottle was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Coach of the Year. The All-ECAC South first team included Stevenson senior defensive back Billy Lewis and senior defensive back Austin Tennessee (Atholton); Salisbury senior slotback Connor Canonico and senior offensive lineman Riley Cannon; and Frostburg State senior defensive lineman William Sewell. The second team included Stevenson junior quarterback Dan Williams, senior running back Devonte Williams, junior wide receiver Preston Addo and sophomore linebacker Ashton Leschke; Salisbury senior slotback Ryan Kolb and sophomore wideout Sean Rowland; and Frostburg State junior offensive lineman Jake Townsend and junior defensive lineman Niles Scott.
Men's college soccer: Four Maryland players made the National Soccer Coaches Association of America Division I All-Midwest first team: goalkeeper Cody Niedermeier (Broadneck), defender Alex Crognale, defender Chris Odoi-Atsem and sophomore forward Gordon Wild. The second team included Maryland sophomore midfielder Amar Sejdic. ... Loyola Maryland freshman forward Brian Saramago made the NSCAA Division I All-Northeast second team.
College field hockey: Maryland graduate forward Welma Luus was named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's All-America first team. Maryland graduate defender Grace Balsdon and junior midfielder Lein Holsboer made the third team.
Men's college lacrosse: Mount St. Mary's named graduate students Bubba Johnson and Tommy Lyons and seniors Kevin Verkler and Mike Pascali captains.
Women's college volleyball: Salisbury senior outside hitter Katie Stouffer was named to the College Sports Information Directors of America's All-America Division III second team.
Men's college cross country: Navy senior Ryan Speir was named Patriot League Men's Scholar-Athlete of the Year. He was joined on the All-Patriot academic team by Navy senior Sam Williams.
Women's college cross country: Navy sophomore Erin McDonnell made the All-Patriot academic team.