Maryland baseball coach John Szefc will serve a two-game NCAA suspension because of his ejection from Sunday's Big Ten championship game. Szefc was thrown out during the top of the seventh inning by plate umpire Jim Schaly in the Terps' 4-3 loss to Michigan. Associate head coach Jim Belanger will assume Szefc's duties. "I apologize for my actions during Sunday's game and I regret that I won't be able to lead the team at the start of regionals." Szefc said. "I take full responsibility for my behavior and will accept the two-game suspension." Maryland, which advanced to consecutive NCAA tournaments for the second time in school history (the first was 1970-1971), will open NCAA regional play against Mississippi on Friday at 7 p.m. in Los Angeles.
Women's basketball: Maryland, coming off two straight Final Four appearances, will host Syracuse in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 2. The Orange reached the second round of the NCAA tournament this spring.
Softball: Salisbury senior pitcher Rachel Johnson was named a third-team Academic All-American by the College Sports Information Directors of America. ... CCBC-Catonsville senior infielder Olivia Ravadge (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) was named a National Junior College Athletic Association Division II All-American.
Men's outdoor track and field: Salisbury junior hurdler Luke Campbell was named Athlete of the Year by the United States Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches' Association.
Field hockey: Hood named 2014 graduate Michelle Buhrman as its coach.
Women's lacrosse: Gettysburg senior Mandy Buell (Winters Mill) won the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Community Awareness Award.
Keen Ice sharp in his last major workout for Belmont
Donegal Racing's Keen Ice turned in his final major work at his Churchill Downs base Wednesday morning for the Belmont Stakes. "He worked great," trainer Dale Romans said. "He went by himself, which he doesn't usually do but we're going for the endurance at this point." With assistant trainer and exercise rider Tammy Fox aboard, Keen Ice breezed 6 furlongs during the track's special training period for Belmont Stakes runners. The son of Curlin completed the move in 1 minute, 13.60 seconds.
Honor: Maryland Agriculture Secretary Joe Bartenfelder awarded the Thoroughbred Alliance Show Series with a secretary's citation for its contributions to Maryland agriculture. The honor, bestowed Saturday at the Fair Hill Races in Elkton, recognized a 19-show, six-month circuit that showcases the versatility of the thoroughbred breed, principally hundreds of retired racehorses who can now have useful second careers and provide years of enjoyment to their owner-riders.
Redskins release former Ravens guard Chester
The Washington Redskins released guard Chris Chester, a former Raven, and cornerback Tracy Porter. The move clears about $6.3 million in salary cap space. Chester, 32, signed with Washington in 2011. He had worked with the starters during Tuesday's first practice of organized team activities. Porter, 28, signed with Washington in 2014 but played in just three games because of shoulder and hamstring injuries.
More NFL: The Oakland Raiders signed former standout Dunbar outside linebacker Horace Miller. Miller was with the Carolina Panthers and Seattle Seahawks last season after going undrafted out of Texas-El Paso.
Major League Soccer: Maximiliano Urruti scored the lone goal in the fifth minute as the host Portland Timbers (4-5-4) earned a 1-0 victory over D.C. United (6-3-4) on Wednesday night. Gaston Fernandez jumped on a loose ball on the right wing and sent a hard, rolling cross into the box for Urruti to bang home for his second goal of the season. D.C. United's best opportunity came in the 31st minute, when a corner kick by Markus Halsti found an unguarded Steve Birnbaum in the area, but the defender's header went wide of the goal.
Golf: The United States Golf Challenge, a national two-man best ball competition begins this spring and summer at selected golf courses nationwide, including Queenstown Harbour today, Suburban Golf Club on Monday and Caroline Country Club on June 26. A substantial portion of the team registration fees will benefit Folds of Honor, which provides educational scholarships to the military families of those who have been killed or disabled while in active duty. For more information, go to usgolfchallenge.com.
WNBA: Tayler Hill scored 18 points and rookie Natasha Cloud, who started her career at Maryland before transferring to Saint Joseph's, had 10 points two rebounds and two assists as the host Washington Mystics beat the Minnesota Lynx, 89-63, in a preseason game.
Major League Lacrosse: Ohio Machine midfielder Kyle Harrison (Johns Hopkins, Friends) was named Offensive Player of the Week.