Digest: Ex-Terps goalkeeper Steffen called up by U.S. men's soccer team

Goalkeeper Zack Steffen (Maryland) was one of 30 players invited to the United States national team's annual January Camp. Players will report Wednesday to the National Training Center in Carson, Calif. Also invited were D.C. United midfielders Paul Arriola, Russell Canouse and Ian Harkes. The U.S. will play a friendly against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Jan. 28 at the StubHub Center in Carson.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed Danish goalkeeper David Ousted to a multiyear contract as part of a trade with the Vancouver Whitecaps, general manager Dave Kasper said. Ousted will compete with Steve Clark for the starting job, which opened when Bill Hamid signed with Danish club Midtjylland this past fall. United and Vancouver reached agreement on a trade some time ago — a second-round pick (26th overall) in the Jan. 19 draft — but the move hinged on D.C. and Ousted agreeing to a contract. Ousted, who turns 33 on Feb. 1, was Vancouver's top keeper from August 2013 until late 2017, starting 142 regular-season matches.


— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

college basketball

Ex-Towson forward Davis signs with Australian pro team

Former Towson forward John Davis has signed with the South East Australian Basketball League's Luina Geelong Supercats, less than a year after a drive-by shooting ended his college basketball career. On Feb. 11, Davis, then a senior, was shot in the knee while standing outside his home in South Philadelphia. The incident ended his Tigers career, the winningest four-year run in the program's Division I era, but he recovered and impressed at the Aussie Basketball Combine in Philadelphia this September. "I can't wait," Davis, who leaves for Victoria next month, said in a release. "It's a good feeling to be able to play again and get back on the court. It's exciting because I believe I am back to 100 percent. It's going to be fun playing with a team again." Davis was at the Tigers' 73-62 win Sunday over the College of Charleston with his son, Bryce. Davis said in the release that since graduating, he has focused on getting stronger, improving his basketball skills and spending time with family. A third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association selection in 2014-15 and second-team pick in 2016-17, Davis finished his career with 1,117 career points (20th in program history) and 713 rebounds (seventh in program history). He is one of six players in program history to have amassed at least 1,000 career points and 700 rebounds.

— Jonas Shaffer

Women: Genesis Lucas scored a game-high 24 points to lead host Coppin State (2-12, 1-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to a 62-56 win over Florida A&M (3-12, 1-1). ... Braennan Farrar and Tykyrah Williams each scored 16 points to lift host Morgan State (10-6, 3-0 MEAC) to a 73-67 win over Savannah State (2-11, 0-2). ... Jordyn Smith scored 13 points, but host UMES (3-12, 0-3 MEAC) fell, 55-48, to Bethune-Cookman (11-4, 3-0). ... Hannah Fenske scored 19 points to lead host Navy (12-3, 2-2 Patriot League) to a 70-54 win over Colgate (4-11, 0-4). ... Juliette Lawless scored 14 points to carry host Mount St. Mary's (6-9, 3-1 Northeast Conference) to a 55-52 win over Fairleigh Dickinson (9-6, 1-3). ... Stephanie Karcz had 21 points and 18 rebounds to lift host Loyola Maryland (3-12, 1-3 Patriot League) to a 77-60 win over Holy Cross (7-8, 2-2).

Et cetera

Wizards managing Porter's recurring hip problem

Washington Wizards swingman Otto Porter Jr., who missed Saturday night's game while dealing with hip pain and back tightness, participated in the team's low-activity portions of practice, offensive sets and three-on-two scrimmages Monday. Porter left the court for the five-on-five scrimmage. Coach Scott Brooks indicated that Porter's status for Wednesday's home game against the Utah Jazz would be determined by how he looks in the team's next practice today. "Hopefully [he] comes back tomorrow and feels great and practices," Brooks said. "I can't say for sure [if Porter will be ready to play against the Jazz]. He did go through half the practice today, which is a good sign." As long as Porter has played in the NBA, he's dealt with hip pain. Last year, he played through soreness in a breakout season. Meanwhile, rookie forward Devin Robinson, a two-way player who will spend the majority of the season in the G League, rejoined the Wizards. Robinson has played in 22 games for the Delaware 87ers, averaging 13.5 points and 5.0 rebounds. Robinson's call-up is not related to Porter's injury, Brooks said.

— Candace Buckner, The Washington Post

Baseball: First baseman-outfielder Matt Adams can earn $500,000 in performance bonuses as part of his one-year, $4 million , one-year contract with the Washington Nationals. Adams would get $50,000 for 375 plate appearances, $100,000 each for 400, 425 and 450, and $150,000 for 475 as part of the deal announced Dec. 22. The 29-year-old hit .274 with a career-best 20 home runs and 65 RBIs in 314 plate appearances with the St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves last year.

Horse racing: PJG Stable's multiple graded-stakes winning homebred Favorite Tale, making just his third start in 22 months, earned a 11/4-length victory over Struth in the $100,000 Dave's Friend at Laurel Park. Monday's races rescheduled from Dec.30, marked the first stakes of the winter-spring meet. A gelded 7-year-old son of Tale of the Cat, Favorite Tale ($15.20) won in 1 minute, 8.93 seconds over a fast main track. Michael Dubb, Bethlehem Stables and The Elkstone Group's Bishop's Pond, a 6-year-old mare racing for just the third time on dirt, earned a 51/4-length victory in the $100,000 Thirty Eight Go Go. Sent off at odds of 7-2 in the field of nine, Bishop's Pond ($9) completed the mile in 1:36.13 for her first stakes victory in 24 starts and the first for jockey Rosario Montanez since moving his tack from New York to Maryland last month.

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