Maryland women's basketball seniors Brionna Jones (Aberdeen) and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough will have their jerseys honored in the rafters of Xfinity Center immediately after their Senior Day game against Minnesota on Feb. 26.
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough will be the 10th and 11th Terps to be so honored, joining Marissa Coleman, Shay Doron, Laura Harper, Crystal Langhorne, Alyssa Thomas and Kristi Toliver. The jerseys of Vicky Bullett, Tara Heiss and Jasmina Perazic are all retired.
Game time and television information for the game will be announced early this month. Jones and Walker-Kimbrough will be honored before the game in the annual Senior Day ceremony. Feb. 26 will also be Shatori Walker-Kimbrough bobblehead day.
Jones and Walker-Kimbrough have earned All-Big Ten first-team honors, as well as Associated Press and WBCA Honorable Mention All-America honors. They've led the Terps to two Final Fours, two conference tournament titles and two conference regular-season crowns. They have earned a record of 114-15 (.884) overall and a record of 61-5 (.924) at home at the Xfinity Center.
"This is such a surprise and an honor," Jones said. "It's amazing to be in the same company as the other players up there. I just want to thank my family and my teammates and coaches that have helped me along the way."
Said Walker-Kimbrough: "When we found out today, I was so shocked. I can't even put into words how much this means to me and to be with the great players in the rafters. I just can't thank all of my family and teammates and people along the way that have been there for me and supported me."
Men's college basketball: Basketball Hall of Famer and former Terps coach Gary Williams was named a 2017 Naismith Outstanding Contributor to Men's Basketball, the Atlanta Tipoff Club announced. First presented in 1982 to Curt Gowdy, the honor is presented annually to individuals whose efforts have made contributions of outstanding significance and have created a long-lasting positive impact on the game. The recipients display character, integrity and dignity, and have contributed mightily to the growth, success and viability of basketball. Voted on by the Atlanta Tipoff Club's board of directors, Ann Meyers Drysdale (women's basketball) and Williams will be honored April 2 in Scottsdale, Ariz.
Brigade add ex-Ravens WR LaQuan Williams
LaQuan Williams, the former Poly and Maryland star who went on to win a Super Bowl ring with his hometown Ravens, has signed with the Baltimore Brigade of the Arena Football League. Williams, who was an undrafted free agent when he made the Ravens as a wide receiver and special teams player in 2011, was a member of the 2012 team that won Super Bowl XLVII. In 2016, Williams was on the roster of the L.A. KISS, an AFL team. Quarterback Chase Cartwright has also been added to the Brigade roster for his second season in the AFL. After spending time with the Chicago Bears in 2015, Cartwright was a member of the Orlando Predators in 2016 for his rookie season. He attended Northern Arizona.
Expansion draft: Later in the day, the Brigade selected eight players in the league's expansion draft. The Brigade were the only team to make selections since they were not included in the previous draft this offseason. Baltimore was allowed up to two minutes to make a selection in each round. In order, the team chose: Joe Goosby (previous team Philadelphia), Collin Keoshian (Cleveland), LaRico Stevenson (Philadelphia), Brandon Stephens (Cleveland), Benjamin Perry (Philadelphia), Chris Jasperse (Cleveland), Wesley Mauia (Philadelphia) and Warren Smith (Tampa Bay).
Men's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland's season opener Feb. 11 against Virginia, a matchup of top-15 ranked teams, will be the first NCAA men's lacrosse game to be streamed live on Twitter. The Greyhounds will host the Cavaliers at 1 p.m. at Ridley Athletic Complex, and the Patriot League Network stream of the game will air live on the digital platform. The game will also be streamed on the traditional network platforms, including LoyolaGreyhounds.com. Twitter and Patriot League broadcast partner Campus Insiders announced in July 2016 that more than 300 live college events will be streamed from the Patriot League, Mountain West Conference and West Coast Conference. The Feb. 11 contest will be the first college men's lacrosse game distributed to the digital platform.
Baseball: The Los Angeles Angels on Monday agreed to a minor league contract with veteran right-hander Bud Norris, general manager Billy Eppler confirmed. The contract includes an invitation to big league spring training, where Norris can compete for a spot in the club's starting rotation. Norris, 31, spent last season with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Atlanta Braves. He spent the 2015 season with the San Diego Padres and the Orioles. He began his career as a prospect with the Houston Astros and made $8.8 million as recently as 2015, but has evolved into a journeyman. Over 1,100 innings, primarily as a starter, he has a 4.51 ERA.
—Pedro Moura, Los Angeles Times
Varsity basketball: The rescheduled Power Move Winter Showcase on Saturday at Western and Poly now features 15 games with a combination of makeup games from two events postponed earlier this winter — the Power Move Showcase in December and the Public vs. Private Challenge in early January. Both events were postponed by a snow and ice, and not every game could be rescheduled, but Al Schell, tournament director of both events, said wanted to pull in as many games as he could using the gyms at both schools. One of the key games he was able to reschedule is the highly anticipated girls meeting between No. 4 Western and No. 5 Roland Park in the Western gym at 6 p.m. The event also includes two boys games — No. 6 McDonogh vs. No. 12 Woodlawn and No. 4 Poly vs. No. 13 Glenelg Country. Admission in $10 for adults for the day.
Speedskating: Thomas Hong (Maryland, Atholton), April Shin of Rockville and Gabriella Hachem of North Potomac were named to US Speedskating's roster for Short Track World Cup Dresden, the fifth stop on the ISU World Cup Short Track Circuit, which will be Monday to next Wednesday. Hong competed over the weekend at the World Junior Championships in Innsbruck, Austria, where he won a silver in the 500 meters and a bronze in the men's 3,000 relay. He finished fourth overall and had the best U.S. male performance at the Junior Championships since 2012. Shin, a 2016-17 Fall World Cup Team member, and Hachem also competed in Innsbruck.
Major Arena Soccer League: Blast defender Adriano Dos Santos was named to the MASL Team of the Week. Teammate Dos Santos had two goals and an assist in the victory over the St. Louis Ambush on Sunday. Dos Santos and the Blast defense held the Ambush to one goal off only eight shots. Vini Dantas received who recorded a hat trick with 3 goals was named as an honorable mention.
Good Counsel 45, No. 10 Archbishop Spalding 32: The Falcons won the last seven matches and beat the host Cavaliers (9-12).
Spalding's Dean Laumann (113) and Ryan Garrettson (130) each won by fall.
No. 15 Glen Burnie 64, South River 41: Troy Smoot had 17 points, including five 3-pointers, and Dayvon Cuffey scored a game-high 22 points to lead the host Gophers (14-3) past the Seahawks (4-13).
Glen Burnie coach Mike Rudd credited his bench defense in the third quarter in helping build a lead.
Meade 64, Severna Park 48: The host Mustangs (12-5) used a 22-9 run in the second quarter to pull away from the Falcons (3-14).
Mahzi Thames finished with a game-high 21 points for Meade.
Chesapeake-AA 58, Southern 32: Hallie Persell had 12 points and 19 rebounds and Mikaela Grey had 11 points to lead the host Cougars (15-2) past the Bulldogs.
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