Digest: Billick, Harbaugh, Tomlin to attend 'A Night of Heroes'

Ravens coach John Harbaugh, left, and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin greet each other after a game in November 2014 in Pittsburgh.
Ravens coach John Harbaugh, left, and Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin greet each other after a game in November 2014 in Pittsburgh.(Don Wright / Associated Press)

Three Super Bowl-champion coaches — former Ravens coach Brian Billick, current Ravens coach John Harbaugh and current Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin — will be among the special guests at "A Night of Heroes: Champions and Survivors," a fundraising reception for the There Goes My Hero Foundation next Thursday at Baltimore Harbor Hotel.

Former Ravens coach Brian Billick, in town for a day of live coverage on the NFL Network, assumed a familiar role Wednesday when he stood in the middle of the huddle in Owings Mills and addressed the team.

Other guests will include former Ravens special teams captain James Trapp, former Ravens defensive lineman Ma'ake Kemoeatu and former Steelers offensive lineman Chris Kemoeatu.


Former Ravens starting nose tackle Ma'ake Kemoeatu successfully donated a kidney to his younger brother, former Pittsburgh Steelers offensive guard Chris Kemoeatu during a surgical procedure in August.

Honorees include local business leaders who have either survived or greatly helped others to survive serious health problems.

There Goes My Hero Foundation restores hope to leukemia patients and their families by increasing registered bone marrow donors, providing nutritious meals to patients undergoing treatment, and supporting blood cancer research.


For more information about the event, go to theregoesmyhero.org/events/heroes/.


Longtime scout Weidl leaving to join Eagles

Longtime Ravens scout Andy Weidl will leave the organization and join the Philadelphia Eagles' front office. Weidl, who joined the Ravens' scouting department in 2005, was hired as Philadelphia's assistant director of player personnel, the Eagles announced Wednesday. Weidl will reunite with another former Ravens scout, Joe Douglas, who left the Chicago Bears to become the Eagles vice president of player personnel. Weidl, who played college football at Villanova, joined the Ravens as a West area scout in 2005. He spent four years in that role before he started scouting for the team in the Northeast. Weidl was promoted to the Ravens East regional scout after the 2013 draft.

Jeff Zrebiec

Mount Saint Joseph sophomore Jalen Smith, a five-star prospect already ranked as the No. 1 player in the state and No. 17 overall by ESPN, was offered a scholarship on what was his third unofficial visit to College Park.

Et cetera

Gaels' Jalen Smith invited to USA Basketball tryout

Mount Saint Joseph basketball player Jalen Smith, a 6-foot-9 sophomore center, has been invited to try out for the U.S. Under-17 junior national team June 10-12 in Colorado Springs, Colo. Smith will compete for an opportunity to represent the United States at the FIBA World Championship June 23-July 3 in Zaragoza, Spain. In his second varsity season with the Gaels, Smith averaged 12 points, seven rebounds and two blocks per game. Smith also has been invited to attend the National Basketball Players Association Top 100 High School Basketball Camp, also scheduled this summer.

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National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit has named World Cup and Olympic champion goalkeeper Briana Scurry its honorary captain.

Minor league baseball: The Schaumburg Boomers of the independent Frontier League released infielder Kory Britton (Mount St. Mary's Atholton).

Track and field: The University States Sports Academy has presented its 2016 Distinguished Service Award to Al Cantello, a world-record javelin thrower who has coached at Navy for 53 years. In 1959, he set a world mark in the javelin of 282 feet, 3 inches (86.04 meters) and competed for the U.S. Olympic team the following year in the 1960 Olympics.


College softball: Mount St. Mary's junior catcher-outfielder Rachel Heinze was named the Northeast Conference's Most Improved Player. ... Hood's Terry Burdette was named the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Coach of Year.

College baseball: Hunter Parsons allowed just three hits in six innings, but visiting Maryland (25-22) lost, 4-1, to West Virginia (28-19) on Tuesday night. Terps freshman Nick Dunn had two hits and sophomore Kevin Biondic had the lone RBI. ... The Maryland JUCO Region XX (Division II) tournament will be this weekend at Cecil College. First-round games are set for Friday, with Frederick Community College facing Cecil at 10 a.m. followed by CCBC-Essex against CCBC-Catonsville at 1 p.m. Semifinals will be Saturday and the championship game Sunday. Details: mdjuco.org.

Men's college golf: Loyola Maryland junior Connor Flach (Centennial) was named the Patriot League Scholar-Athlete of the Year.

Women's college lacrosse: North Carolina coach Jenny Levy (Roland Park) was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year. ... Maryland freshman goalie Megan Taylor (Maryland) was named Inside Lacrosse's National Rookie of the Week.

Men's college soccer: Sophomore forward Brad McKim (Calvert Hall) was named Arcadia's Athlete of the Year.

Women's college volleyball: Maryland named Aubrey Pfau director of operations and Christian Hartford strength and conditioning coach.

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