Sports Digest (Aug. 6): Terps men's basketball tops Rome All-Stars, 89-53, to open Italy trip

In the first game of its three-game, 10-day trip to Italy, the Maryland men's basketball team beat the Rome All-Stars, 89-53, at Pala Fonte Roma Eur, about 45 minutes south of downtown Rome. Freshman Aaron Wiggins scored a team-high 17 points, sophomore Darryl Morsell (Mount Saint Joseph) had 14 and junior Anthony Cowan Jr. added 12 to lead the Terps. Maryland wasted no time getting on the board with a Cowan-to-Jalen Smith (Mount Saint Joseph) alley-oop just minutes into game. Freshman Eric Ayala kept the Terps ahead, hitting a 3-pointer and driving for a layup to give Maryland a 22-18 edge at the end of the first quarter. Wiggins scored eight points in the second quarter as Maryland maintained its lead, taking a 46-30 advantage into halftime. The Terps got hot from the 3-point line in the third quarter, as Wiggins, Cowan and freshman Serrel Smith Jr. all knocked down 3s.

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UMBC adds ex-Mount St. Mary's aide Henry to staff

Matt Henry was named an assistant men's basketball coach at UMBC, coach Ryan Odom announced. Henry just completed his fifth season at Saint Peter's (N.J.), helping guide the Peacocks to the tournament title, the program's first national postseason tournament championship. Saint Peter's became the second Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference team to win a national postseason tournament. Henry served as an assistant at Mount St. Mary's for two seasons, from 2010 to 2012, before finishing his second season as acting head coach. Before his two-year stint at the Mount, Henry was the director of basketball operations at Georgetown.



Capitals hire Arniel, Cashman as assistants

The defending Stanley Cup champion Washington Capitals filled out new coach Todd Reirden's staff Monday by hiring Scott Arniel and Reid Cashman as assistants. For all the continuity on their roster, the Capitals have undergone the most change behind the bench this summer. Coach Barry Trotz resigned after winning the Cup in his fourth season and went to the New York Islanders , taking assistant Lane Lambert and goaltending coordinator Mitch Korn with him. Reirden, who was seen as the coach-in-waiting all season, got the promotion from associate to the head job. Arniel and Cashman are replacing Reirden and Lambert as assistants. Blaine Forsythe, goaltending coach Scott Murray, video coach Brett Leonhardt and video analyst Tim Ohashi are the holdovers. The 55-year-old Arniel spent the past five seasons as associate coach for the New York Rangers under Alain Vigneault. Arniel previously spent parts of two seasons as coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets . The 35-year-old Cashman was an assistant with the American Hockey League 's Hershey Bears, the Capitals' affiliate, the past two years. Like Reirden, Cashman played defense and could be a fit to coach the Capitals' defensemen. Washington returns almost every key player from the team that won the first title in franchise history.

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Orioles: The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation will host a gala celebrating the 35th anniversary of the 1983 World Series champion Orioles, in partnership with the Sports Boosters of Maryland. The night entails a cocktail hour, dinner and silent and live auctions at 6 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel. For details, go to

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit fell, 2-0, to the host Seattle Reign (9-4-6) on Sunday night. Washington (2-13-4) forward Mallory Pugh played the final 22 minutes in her return form a torn PCL suffered May 27 against the Houston Dash.