Digest: Ex-Terp Jessie Hicks named as an ACC Legend

Bullet Catcher ties for 2nd in debut at Laurel; trainer Ness honored; ex-Oriole catcher Earl Williams reportedly dead

Maryland basketball

Jessie Hicks named one of 13 ACC Legends

Former Maryland player Jessie Hicks has been selected as the Terps' Atlantic Coast Conference Legend honoree. She will be recognized at the ACC tournament in Greensboro, N.C., March 7-10. Hicks ranks in the top 10 in scoring in Maryland history with 1,601 points, averaging 14.3 points per game. She still stands among the top five in blocks with 137 and is third all-time in field-goal percentage (.588).

Men: Former Maryland coach Gary Williams will be one of 13 members of the 2013 ACC Legends class, the league announced Thursday. Williams, who led the Terps to the 2002 national championship and 14 NCAA tournament appearances in his 22 seasons, is one of two coaches in the class, joining former Wake Forest coach Carl Tracy. Making up the rest of the class are former ACC commissioner Gene Corrigan, Boston College's Gerry Ward, Clemson's Terrell McIntyre, Duke's Trajan Langdon, Georgia Tech's Mark Price, Florida State's Tharon Mayes, Miami's Mike Wittman, North Carolina's Mike O'Koren, North Carolina State's Dereck Whittenburg, Virginia's Travis Watson and Virginia Tech's Ace Custis. Williams took over the Maryland program in 1990 and built it into a national powerhouse. In all, he won 461 games in 22 seasons at his alma mater, posting a 461-252 (.647) record to become the winningest coach in Terps history.

College lacrosse

Navy women No. 1 in Patriot poll; DePompeo top player

For the third straight season, the Navy women's lacrosse team has been picked to finish first in the Patriot League preseason poll, the league office announced. Navy was the unanimous choice by the opposing league coaches and sports information directors. The Midshipmen were followed by Holy Cross and Colgate. For the second straight season, senior attacker Jasmine DePompeo was selected as the Preseason Player of the Year. The Mids lead the conference with four preseason all-league selections: DePompeo, sophomore midfielder Jess Fellows, senior defender Brijet Mall and senior goalie Michelle Verbeeck.

Men: Duke said redshirt senior defenseman Casey Carroll will miss the season after surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Carroll returned to the Blue Devils for a fifth year of eligibility after serving five years as an Army Ranger.

Laurel Park

Bullet Catcher ties for 2nd in debut; Ness honored

Bullet Catcher, who made national headlines this month after escaping from Laurel Park and taking a 11/2-mile journey, finished in a dead heat for second place at odds of 12-1 in Thursday's feature at Laurel, a $40,000 allowance race. Making his first start on his home track, the son of Strong Hope flashed early speed, pressed the pace before surging to the lead, then held on to tie for second in a four-horse blanket finish. Disco Elvis, a 23-1 shot, won the 51/2-furlong test, a neck ahead of Bullet Catcher and late-closing Pass You Bye Bye, who rallied on the outside. Field Pass was a nose behind that duo for fourth. J.D. Acosta got his first try aboard Bullet Catcher, who paid $6 to place and $7.80 to show. "He tried really hard," Acosta said. "He made a really good effort in the end. It looked like he was going to get there but it felt like he slowed down in the last 25 yards."On Jan. 11, the 4-year-old Jerry Robb trainee tossed jockey Jeremy Rose while heading back to the barn after a workout and got loose. He made his way to U.S. 1 before being caught. Jockey Abel Castellano captured part of the adventure on his mobile phone. "It was fun to ride him," added Acosta. "I went on You Tube and saw Abel's video. I am glad he is okay. He is a fighter."

Ness honored: The Maryland Jockey Club honored trainer Jamie Ness between races Thursday for finishing atop the standings at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course last year. Ness had 83 winners at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course in 2012, 16 more than Dane Kobiskie. The 38-year-old captured the Pimlico spring and Laurel fall training titles. "Maryland is kind of new to us," said Ness, who has been stabled at the Bowie Training Center since the fall of 2011. "We had a great year and like racing here. We have come a long way from 1999 when I got my license and started my career 0-for-40." Overall, he was the nation's winningest conditioner a year ago (395). In addition to his success in Maryland, he captured his sixth consecutive training title at Tampa Bay Downs and also topped the standings at Delaware Park and Penn National and was second at Presque Isle Downs.


Ex-Oriole catcher Earl Williams reportedly dead

Earl Williams, a catcher who played for the Orioles in 1973 and 1974, died this week, according to multiple reports. Williams, who won the 1971 Rookie of the Year Award while with the Atlanta Braves, was 64 and had been diagnosed with leukemia, according to the story. He was traded from Atlanta to the Orioles as part of a deal for Pat Dobson, Roric Harrison, Davey Johnson and Johnny Oates in November 1972. In his two seasons in Baltimore, he batted .245 with 36 home runs and 135 RBIs in 250 games. He was then traded back to the Braves for Jimmy Freeman.

Boys basketball

Lake Clifton's Harried on national team committee

Lake Clifton boys basketball coach Herman "Tree" Harried has been selected to USA Basketball's 2013-16 Developmental National Team Committee. The seven-member committee is charged with selecting and developing teams for the 2013 and 2015 FIBA Americas U16 Championships, 2014 and 2016 FIBA Under-17 World Championships, Developmental Minicamps each October and Nike Hoop Summit each April over the next four years. Harried, who has coached Lake Clifton for 16 years, has previously served as a USA Basketball assistant coach. He was part of gold-medal-winning teams in the first-ever FIBA Americas U-16 Championship (2009) in Mendoza, Argentina, and first-ever FIBA U-17 World Championship (2010) in Hamburg, Germany. Herman also coached teams to wins in the 2005 and 2006 Nike Hoop Summits. Harried has guided Lake Clifton to three state championships, six regional crowns and three Baltimore City titles.

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Et cetera

UMBC AD Brown to retire June 30 after 24 years

UMBC athletic director Charles Brown has announced he will retire June 30 after a 24-year tenure. Over the past 15 years, UMBC teams have won 46 conference championships and made 29 appearances in NCAA championship competition. For five consecutive years (1998-2003), UMBC was named the top overall program in the Northeast Conference, and it has consistently ranked as a top-four program in the America East Conference since joining in 2003. Brown will join the school's Division of Professional Studies, where he will work to explore opportunities related to sports management.

Capitals: The team has acquired forward Casey Wellman from Florida in exchange for center Zach Hamill.

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