Crystal Dunn, a rising star with the top-ranked U.S. women's national soccer team, has left the Washington Spirit to sign with English club Chelsea, the second prominent player to depart since the National Women's Soccer League final three months ago.
With Friday's news that five-star recruit Diamond Stone of Milwaukee had picked Maryland over the home state Wisconsin Badgers, now is as good a time to start daydreaming about the lineup Mark Turgeon will put out there.
Scott Van Pelt is joking that he may have gone too far this time, that Maryland may turn on him for his pointed criticism about the droves of fans who abandoned Byrd Stadium's student section before the end of the Terps' one-point win over rival Virginia on Sept. 21.
In the days following last month's nationally televised announcement that Texas twins Andrew and Aaron Harrison had chosen Kentucky over Maryland, there was a lot of message board chatter about Mark Turgeon possibly losing out on other top recruits, including Roddy Peters of Suitland.
If the retirement of Gary Williams and the hiring of Mark Turgeon has helped reinvigorate the Terps when it comes to recruiting, it has also benefited junior forward James Padgett more than any other player.
The Maryland men's basketball team finally got some positive news when it learned that Alex Len — the promising, shot-blocking center from Antratsit, Ukraine, who has intrigued Terps fans — can practice immediately and play this season but sit out 10 games.
Mark Turgeon needs bodies — the new Maryland men's basketball coach has just eight scholarship players remaining — and he said Thursday that he isn't ruling out turning to the football team for frontcourt help.
Pe'Shon Howard isn't the only Maryland men's basketball player who has been turning some heads during the offseason. Haukur Palsson has been quietly putting up some big numbers this summer, albeit not in the U.S.
Westminster became one of the early casualties of the NFL lockout Wednesday when the Ravens canceled this year's training camp at McDaniel College. ... With Blake Davis' decisive error in the fifth inning Wednesday, the Orioles had their defining play on a disappointing road trip and an easy scapegoat in their 5-4 loss to the Pirates. ... Jake Arrieta's next start will be pushed back four days as he deals with inflammation in his right elbow. ... Reliever Jeremy Accardo has cleared waivers and accepted his assignment to Triple-A Norfolk. ... Maryland will play two more football games at M&T Bank Stadium, against West Virginia in 2013 and Virginia Tech in 2014. ... Baltimore native Josh Selby is focused on becoming a steal in the NBA draft.
Chances are Maryland forward Jordan Williams will hear his name called at some point during Thursday night¿s NBA draft, though you might already be in bed by the time it happens. The majority of NBA draft experts have Williams, who was named all-ACC first team as a sophomore, pegged as a second-round pick.
Jeremy Guthrie allowed six runs Tuesday night and the Orioles couldn't dig out of that early hole in a 9-3 loss to the Pirates. ... Second baseman Brian Roberts was not cleared to begin baseball activities during his third appointment with a concussion specialist, a development that pushes back his return until after the All-Star break. ... Orioles pitching prospect Dan Klein has been diagnosed with a shoulder injury that won't require surgery but could end his season. ... Ravens safety Ed Reed still isn't "100 percent" healthy. ... The next time NFL owners meet over labor, there is hope it will be to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement with the players.