Maryland senior center Malina Howard was named Tuesday as one of 30 women's basketball candidates for the Senior CLASS Award.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School , the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
Howard has been a three-year starter for the Terps, helping lead them to two straight Final Fours and the 2015 Big Ten regular-season and tournament titles.
She graduated in May in just three years, earning her degree in kinesiology. She is working on course work for medical school. Howard received the Elite 89 award last April, an award that goes to the student-athlete with the highest GPA at the Final Four.
She received the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award and the Big Ten Medal of Honor last spring as well.
Howard serves as vice president of Maryland's Student-Athlete Advisory Council, helping organize community service events for student-athletes.
The list of 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in early February, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans.
Go to seniorclassaward.com for the full list of candidates.
Despite progress, Wiley still expected to redshirt
Guard Dion Wiley will be "as good as new" by mid-March, but Maryland men's basketball coach Mark Turgeon still plans on redshirting the injured sophomore this season, he said on his radio show Monday night. The torn meniscus in his right knee, suffered about a week before the start of the regular season, was "my first time being injured," Wiley said Monday. Doctors were able to save his meniscus, Turgeon said, repairing the cartilage rather than replacing it. Wiley said he has been off crutches for about two weeks and recently was cleared to start jumping. He expects to resume running next week or the following week.
For more of Jonas Shaffer's blog post, go to baltimoresun.com/terpsinsider.
Football: Campus Insiders will stream Navy's annual banquet at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Justin Carey becomes coach at Atholton
After three years as head varsity football coach at Hammond, Justin Carey has moved to the same position at Atholton. "For me, Atholton is home," said Carey, who led the Golden Bears to a 14-17 record, including a Class 2A South region playoff berth in 2013. "It's where I started my coaching career." Carey takes over for coach Bruce Cummings, who led the Raiders to a 5-5 record in his first year at the helm. Cummings was named interim coach after Damion Cook died June 26. Carey was the linebackers coach then eventually defensive coordinator-assistant head coach at Atholton under coach Kyle Schmitt, now at Archbishop Spalding, from 2010 to 2012.
Shawn Frederick, a Wilde Lake graduate and former JV head coach at the school, is the new head coach at Hammond.
Torrey Smith's fundraiser set at Royal Farms Arena
Former Ravens wide receiver Torrey Smith announced Tuesday on Twitter that his annual charity basketball game will return to Baltimore on April 2 at Royal Farms Arena. Smith, now a member of the San Francisco 49ers, held several such games to benefit his Torrey Smith Foundation in the area when he was with the Ravens. He returned to Baltimore during his bye week to do charity work this fall, and hinted at the return of his basketball game in an interview in November with The Baltimore Sun.
For more of Jon Meoli's blog post on Smith, go to baltimoresun.com/ravensinsider.
Reservoir's Bonner picked by Dallas in MLS draft
After waiting all weekend for the MLS SuperDraft to pick up again after the opening two rounds were held Thursday, Reservoir graduate Colin Bonner got the good news he'd been hoping for almost immediately once things resumed Tuesday morning. FC Dallas selected the standout forward, who starred at UNC Wilmington the past four years, with the fourth pick of the third round (45th overall). UMBC forward Darius Madison was taken 70th by Toronto FC.
For more of Brent Kennedy's story on Bonner, go to baltimoresun.com/soccer.
Baseball: Former Orioles left-hander Wei-Yin Chen has finalized an $80 million, five-year contract with the Miami Marlins. Chen, who is expected to be the No. 2 starter behind ace Jose Fernandez, went 46-32 with a 3.72 ERA in four seasons with the Orioles. Last year he made 31 starts and went 11-8 with a 3.34 ERA, which ranked seventh in the American League. ... The Chicago White Sox hired former Orioles utility player Willie Harris as a hitting coach at Rookie-level Great Falls.
Horse racing: Triple Crown winner American Pharoah was named the world's No. 1 racehorse in 2015. The award, presented by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities, was collected at a ceremony in London by Team Pharoah, led by owner Ahmed Zayat.