Digest: Maryland ranked No. 10 in AP women's basketball poll

From Sun staff and news services

The Maryland women's basketball team was ranked No. 10 in Monday's Associated Press Top 25 poll, the Terps' first appearance in the top 10 since being ranked No. 4 in last season's final AP poll March 13. Led by Kaila Charles' 25 points and 16 rebounds, Maryland beat host Nebraska , 64-57, on Sunday to move 11/2 games clear of its competition in the Big Ten. No. 13 Ohio State and No. 21 Michigan are the only other Big Ten teams in the rankings.

Men's college lacrosse

Navy faceoff specialist Varello suspended indefinitely from team

Replacing record-setting faceoff specialist Brady Dove was one of the primary challenges facing the Navy men's lacrosse team this season. That task became more difficult when coach Rick Sowell learned that Joe Varello, the only experienced faceoff specialist on the roster, is not available. Sowell confirmed Monday that Varello has been suspended indefinitely from the team by Naval Academy officials because of an undisclosed rules violation. Varello did not play in Navy's season opener Sunday at Jacksonville, and his absence played a major role in the outcome. The Midshipmen lost 19 of 22 faceoffs for the game, and that enabled the host Dolphins to dominate possession en route to a 12-7 win. Varello has been allowed to practice with the team while his situation is reviewed by Captain Robert B. Chadwick II, the Commandant of Midshipmen at the Naval Academy. Sowell said the senior has been performing remediation, but still has additional steps to take. "We were hopeful last week that Joe would be cleared to play, but obviously that did not happen so we'll have to wait and see what happens," Sowell said. "All the feedback I had received indicated Joe was progressing well, so I do think it will be sooner rather than later."

— Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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United close to acquiring Argentine attacker Asad

D.C. United has been on the hunt for a Latin American attacker for some time now, and it appears the club has found one who starred in Major League Soccer last year: Argentina's Yamil Asad, a 23-year-old midfielder who had seven goals and 13 assists for Atlanta United. The deal for Asad's rights is not done, sources told The Washington Post. With few players to spare, D.C. is likely to relinquish allocation money. Asad was on loan to Atlanta from Argentine club Velez Sarsfield last year, and the sides were unable to extend the deal. Atlanta retained his MLS rights but moved on without him, acquiring Ezequiel Barco, 18, from Argentina's Independiente for an MLS-record $15 million last week. To acquire Asad, D.C. would have to negotiate with both Sarsfield and Atlanta. Asad was eighth in the league in assists last year and appeared in 32 of 34 regular-season matches (31 starts). He was suspended for one game early in the season for elbowing D.C.'s Lloyd Sam in the face.

— Steven Goff, The Washington Post

WNBA: All-Star forward and four-year veteran Alyssa Thomas (Maryland) agreed to return to the Connecticut Sun on a multiyear deal. Thomas was selected to her first All-Star Game last season and finished the year averaging 14.8 points, 6.8 rebounds and 4.5 assists per game. ... The Washington Mystics signed forward Devereaux Peters and re-signed forward Asia Taylor.

College administration: Concluding an almost 24-year career at Goucher, athletic director Geoff Miller announced his retirement, effective March 16. The announcement marks the end of Miller's almost 38-year career in college athletics at three institutions — Guilford (1980-1987), Washington College (1987-1994) and Goucher, where he has served as athletic director and the chair of the Department of Physical Education and Athletics since 1994.

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