Digest: Spirit trade Diana Matheson to Reign for rookie Arielle Ship

The Washington Spirit continued its roster overhaul, trading career scoring leader Diana Matheson to the Seattle Reign for rookie forward Arielle Ship and a third-round pick in the 2018 National Women's Soccer League draft.

Matheson, a Canadian national team midfielder, is the sixth regular to depart the NWSL finalists this offseason, joining captain Ali Krieger (traded to Orlando), 2015 Most Valuable Player Crystal Dunn (signed with Chelsea in England), midfielder Archbishop Spalding graduate Christine Nairn (traded to Seattle), 2016 top scorer Estefania Banini (signed with Valencia in Spain) and defender Megan Oyster (traded to Boston for two starters).


Matheson (23 goals, 12 assists in 67 NWSL appearances) was Washington's most decorated international player with two Olympic bronze medals and four World Cup appearances since 2003.

Ship scored 25 goals over her junior and senior years at California and earned Pac-12 Player of the Year honors in 2015.


Steven Goff, The Washington Post


Ex-Ravens VP of sales Burdett named Bayhawks president

Brendan Kelly has consistently sought to transform Major League Lacrosse since becoming owner of the Chesapeake Bayhawks. Now Kelly is taking that strategy to the upper levels of management with the hiring Severn graduate and former Maryland lacrosse player Mark Burdett as president, the team announced Monday. Burdett, an Annapolis resident, spent 12 years as vice president of sales and development for the Ravens. "The Bayhawks changed the professional game when we brought [general manager] Dave Cottle onboard in 2010," Kelly said. "Mark Burdett represents another high-level move." Burdett left the Ravens in 2012 and has spent the past five years working as president and general manager of WUSA Channel 9 Television, the CBS affiliate in Washington. Burdett resigned his position at Channel 9 on Dec. 31, 2016. "I've been grinding away for a lot of years and it was the right time in my life to step away from that part of my career," Burdett said. Burdett is a 1976 graduate of Severn, where he played basketball and lacrosse. He continued to play lacrosse at Maryland, where he was a defenseman under coach Clayton "Buddy" Beardmore.

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

More: George Boiardi was named the 11th Spirit of Tewaaraton recipient and former Virginia women's team star Cherie Greer Brown and former Army men's team star Peter Cramblet received Tewaaraton Legend Awards. After earning 11 varsity letters at Landon School in Bethesda, Boiardi became Cornell's Rookie of the Year in 2001 and a four-year starter for the Big Red. A captain of the 2004 team, Boiardi died March 17, 2004 when he was struck in the chest by a ball during a home game. The Tewaaraton Award Ceremony is June 1 in Washington. … The Towson men's team was voted as the preseason favorite to capture the 2017 Colonial Athletic Association title. The Tigers earned five of six first-place votes to collect 25 points. Fairfield was picked to finish second with 21 points and had the other first-place vote.

Et cetera

Mystics pursuing trade for former MVP Delle Donne


After missing the playoffs for the first time in four years, the Washington Mystics are in talks to upgrade their roster significantly by acquiring Elena Delle Donne, the 2015 WNBA MVP, according to multiple people familiar with the negotiations. Published reports indicated the Mystics have offered their first-round pick this year, No. 2 overall, and All-Star center Stefanie Dolson to the Chicago Sky in exchange for Delle Donne. Those familiar with the situation, who requested anonymity because the negotiations are continuing, would not confirm the specific terms being discussed. Mystics coach and general manager Mike Thibault also declined to comment. Delle Donne, a 2016 Olympian regarded as one of the best players in the world, is a restricted free agent, allowing the Sky to match any offer. The 6-foot-5 guard-forward, however, has expressed a strong desire to play closer to her home in Delaware, even saying she would be willing to sit out part of the 2017 season to facilitate a trade. WNBA free agency began Jan. 15, but deals do not become official until Feb. 1, the first day players are permitted to sign. This past season, Delle Donne averaged 21.5 points, the second-most in the league, prior to injuring her right thumb in a 118-81 loss to the Mystics on Sept. 7, 2016. Shortly thereafter she had season-ending surgery, forcing her to miss the final 10 games.

Gene Wang, The Washington Post

Major League Soccer: D.C. United officially signed former Wake Forest standout midfielder Ian Harkes as the club's ninth Homegrown Player. Harkes, who played for D.C. United Academy, was named the 2016 MAC Hermann Trophy winner as the best player in college soccer.

Men's college basketball: Morgan State overcame a 13-point deficit with just over nine minutes to play for a 77-75 win over host South Carolina State (5-13, 2-3 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference). The Bears (8-11, 5-1) received a game-high 29 points from Tiwian Kendley, who led the comeback with 14 points in the final eight minutes. Kendley, who was 13-for-14 from the free-throw line, made all 10 of his free-throw attempts in the closing minutes. … Bakari Copeland scored 25 points to lead visiting UMES (6-14, 3-2 MEAC) to an 86-79 win over Florida A&M (4-15, 2-4). Ryan Andino added 17 points for the Hawks. … Maryland's game at Penn State on Feb. 7 will begin at 6 p.m. … Terps freshman forward Justin Jackson was picked Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week.

Women's college basketball: Jordan Strode scored 21 points to lead visiting Norfolk State (10-8, 5-1 MEAC) to a 49-45 win over Coppin State. Chance Graham had eight points and a game-high 16 rebounds for the Eagles. … Bryeasha Blair scored a game-high 21 points to lead host South Carolina State (4-12, 1-5 MEAC) to a 50-46 victory over Morgan State (2-16, 0-5). Zuri White and forward Tykyrah Williams had 11 points each for the Bears. … Shalaunda Burney-Robinson scored 21 points in 20 minutes off the bench to lead host Florida A&M (4-15, 2-4 MEAC) to a 59-49 win over UMES (8-8, 2-3). Mariah McCoy scored 13 points for the Hawks. … Maryland senior center Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) was named Big Ten Co-Player of the Week and freshman guard Kaila Charles Freshman of the Week.