Digest: Shaffer's two-hitter keeps Maryland alive in Big Ten tournament

Brian Shaffer (North Harford) pitched a two-hitter and struck out eight as sixth-seeded Maryland ousted Indiana from the double-elimination Big Ten baseball tournament with a 3-0 victory Friday in Omaha, Neb. Marty Costes (Archbishop Curley) hit a two-run homer in the first inning. The win was the second of the tournament for the Terps (30-26) over the third-seeded Hoosiers (32-24). Maryland, which lost 4-3 earlier in the day to Michigan State (36-18), will face Iowa Saturday at 10 a.m.

Jordan Zimmerman hit a game-tying homer in the sixth inning and drove in the go-ahead run in the eighth to lead the Spartans to victory Friday morning. Nick Cieri and Anthony Papio hit home runs for the Terps. Maryland starter Taylor Bloom (6-5) of Crofton went 71/3 innings, allowing seven hits and four runs, two earned. He struck out four and walked none.


Good news has come in pairs for the Maryland basketball team.

Men's college basketball: Maryland announced the addition of four-star recruit Justin Jackson of East York, Ontario, to its 2016 signing class. The news had been reported Friday. "I felt like I immediately fit in with the student body," Jackson said in a news release. "They were all very welcoming and I just enjoyed being a part of the university. The team is filled with great and funny personalities. But when it is time to work and get serious – they can really buckle down and work hard."

Said coach Mark Turgeon: "Justin has played at the highest level of high school and grass-roots basketball and is prepared to make an immediate contribution to our program. He is a versatile player who is a skilled scorer, good passer and has the ability to create mismatches on the offensive end. Defensively, Justin can guard multiple positions and overall has a great feel for the game. He comes from a great family and we've enjoyed getting to know them. We couldn't be more excited to welcome Justin and his family to the Maryland basketball program."


The 6-foot-7 forward played in high school at Findlay Prep in Henderson, Nev., averaging 14.1 points, 7.1 rebounds and 2.2 steals per game as a junior. He spent his senior season at Hill Academy in Ontario, where he was named a first-team All-Star in the Ontario Scholastics Basketball Association in 2016. Jackson was also a member of the Canada U19 team that finished fifth at the 2015 FIBA World Championships in Greece. Jackson played AAU ball for UA Elite 24 and Canada Elite and recently competed for the World Select Team at the Nike Hoops Summit. Jackson helped lead Canada Elite team to the UA Associations Championship.

Former Maryland offensive lineman Mason Zimmerman has joined Stony Brook.

College football: Former Maryland offensive lineman Mason Zimmerman has transferred to Stony Brook, the school announced this week. The impending transfer was reported Monday.

Daniel Gallen, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Men's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland junior Chris Myers (Calvert Hall) was named recipient of the NCAA Elite 90 Award for having the highest GPA — 3.915 as a business administration major — among players at the final four.

Women's college rowing: Navy is preparing for three days of competition at the NCAA championships this weekend. Racing in the national championship for the third time in school history, the Mids will take on a 22-team field on Lake Natoma at the Sacramento State Aquatic Center beginning on May 27 and going through Sunday.

Drew Haugh, Phil Hahn named new wrestling, basketball coaches at Curley.

Varsity: Archbishop Curley named Drew Haugh wrestling coach and Phil Hahn basketball coach. Haugh, a Salisbury alumnus, most recently served as coach at Boys' Latin, his alma mater, where he spent 17 years before stepping down after the 2014-15 season. Hahn, a 2007 graduate of Towson University who has a master's degree in secondary education from UMBC, most recently served as an assistant varsity coach at Perry Hall.

Glenn Graham

Horse racing: Destin, who is being pointed to the Belmont Stakes on June 11, breezed 5 furlongs in 1 minute, 1.85 seconds on the Belmont Park training track Friday morning in Elmont, N.Y., in his penultimate workout for the third leg of the Triple Crown. Sixth in the Kentucky Derby last time out, Destin would be returning to the site of his maiden win last October in the 11/2-mile Belmont. "He had a good breeze with a solid gallop out and seems to be in good form," trainer Todd Pletcher said.

There was no unique winner of the 20-cent Rainbow 6 on Friday at Pimlico Race Course, creating a carryover jackpot of $187,196.56 for Saturday's 10-race program.

Jockey Victor Carrasco visited the winners' circle twice Friday, with Honor N Grace ($11) in the sixth race and Barrel Roll ($6.80) in the eighth.

NBA: Washington Wizards forward Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport on Thursday after marijuana was found in his party's luggage. Morris, who was with family, was released after interrogation. According to CSN Philly, an investigation is "ongoing." The website cited law enforcement officials.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post


Major League Soccer: Alhaji Kamara scored in the 86th minute for D.C. United (4-5-4) in a rain-soaked 1-0 win over host Sporting Kansas City (5-8-2). Making his MLS debut after a congenital heart condition derailed his European career this year, Kamara put away a cross from Taylor Kemp (Maryland).

Kickoff was delayed 2 1/2 hours because of weather concerns and there was a 60-minute rain delay at halftime.

Bill Hamid, making his first start of the season for United after undergoing knee surgery, saved a right-footed shot by Kevin Ellis from the center of the box in the 88th minute to preserve the win.

NHL: Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen has been selected to represent the United States at the World Cup of Hockey. Niskanen joins Capitals teammates Nicklas Backstrom (Sweden), John Carlson (United States), Braden Holtby (Canada), Evgeny Kuznetsov (Russia), Dmitry Orlov (Russia), T.J. Oshie (United States) and Alex Ovechkin (Russia) at the tournament, which will be held in Toronto from Sept. 17 through Oct. 1. In addition, Capitals head coach Barry Trotz will serve as an assistant coach for Team Canada. The eight-team tournament will feature Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Russia, Sweden, Team Europe, Team North America and the United States.

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