Ravens' Brigance to receive Community Service Award
The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced that it will present former Ravens player O.J. Brigance and his wife, Chanda, with its Community Service Award at the annual "Babe's Birthday Bash" on Feb. 8 at Sports Legends Museum. The event, from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., will celebrate the 118th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895. The Community Service Award was created to honor Ruth's memory by recognizing an active or former professional athlete or individual who has demonstrated a strong devotion to Baltimore and Maryland by giving back to the community. Previous recipients include Matt Stover, Edwin Mulitalo, Brian Roberts, Melvin Mora, Nick and Christina Markakis, and the Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation. O.J. Brigance, a member of the Ravens team that won the Super Bowl in January 2001, has amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. He works for the Ravens as a senior adviser to player development. "Chanda and I are honored to be recognized as the 2013 recipients of the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation Community Service Award," said Brigance, co-founder of the Brigance Brigade Foundation. "We are so blessed to be able to help those in our community affected by the disease and hope to continue to help those throughout Maryland, and eventually, the United States." Tickets to the event are $45 each for members of the museum, $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance and $60 each at the door the night of the event. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. For more information, call Whitney Edmonds at 410-727-1539 ext.3033 or online at baberuthmuseum.org.
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Terps rescind offer to defensive tackle McGill
Demetri McGill won't sign with Maryland next month after the Terps pulled his scholarship last weekend. A three-star defensive tackle from Ocean Lakes High in Virginia Beach, Va., McGill committed to the Terps in November but was told Sunday that his offer was no longer on the table. "They said I had a previous knee injury, so that was their excuse to pull my scholarship," said McGill, who tore his posterior cruciate ligament during his sophomore year. "I had an MRI done. [Maryland] called me about it [and] told me their team doctors said I needed total reconstruction of my PCL, but my doctor said I didn't need it. He doesn't recommend that I need to have surgery." NCAA rules bar Maryland coaches from commenting on unsigned prospects. McGill said he has a 2.5 GPA and is academically qualified for Division I competition. A source close to the situation, however, said McGill likely would not have been admitted to Maryland. The university admits a handful of athletes each year who meet minimum NCAA standards but are deemed academically "at risk." According to the source, McGill's initial offer was contingent on his being able to meet the school's admissions standards. McGill said he has offers from East Carolina, North Carolina, Old Dominion and Temple.
Tryouts: Maryland will hold walk-on tryouts Jan. 30. Interested players must be full-time students enrolled at the university. Candidates should report to Gossett Team House at 8 a.m. Anyone wishing to try out for the team must bring a completed packet (available at umterps.com) as well as a physical signed by a doctor within the past six months. Potential walk-ons also need to bring the results from a completed sickle cell solubility test. For more information, contact Ryan Steinberg in the Maryland football office at 301-314-9930 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Washington Nationals, according to people with knowledge of the situation, sent slugger Michael Morse to the Seattle Mariners on Wednesday in a three-way trade that netted them right-hander A.J. Cole, the pitching prospect who last winter served as the centerpiece of the trade that brought Gio Gonzalez from the Oakland Athletics to the Nationals. The Mariners sent catcher John Jaso to the A's to complete the deal. The Nationals had been in discussions to trade Morse for weeks, talks that intensified last week once the Nationals re-signed first baseman Adam LaRoche. With LaRoche in the fold and their outfield full, Morse became expendable. Morse, who turns 31 in March, has one year remaining on his contract and will make $6.75 million this season.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Sagamore Racing is Native Dancer Stakes sponsor
Sagamore Racing, the horse racing team based at Under Armour founder Kevin Plank's Sagamore Farm in Maryland, announced Wednesday that it will sponsor the $125,000 Native Dancer Stakes on Monday at Laurel Park. Entries for the 11/16-mile test for older horses will be taken this afternoon. The race will honor the legendary career of Alfred Vanderbilt's Hall of Fame thoroughbred, Native Dancer, also known as the Galloping Grey Ghost. During a racing career from 1952 to 1954, Native Dancer went 21-for-22, winning the Preakness and the Belmont Stakes in 1953. The magnificent son of Polynesian lost just once, finishing a neck behind Dark Star in the Kentucky Derby, during which he was bumped and then had to circle the field.
Georgetown ends deal with Adidas over worker dispute
Georgetown has sent a formal letter to Adidas stating that it is ending its licensing agreement with the company over its failure to pay legally mandated severance to workers at a plant in Indonesia, according to the Georgetown blog Vox Populi. Adidas is prohibited from making any materials with the Georgetown name or logo until "the matters concerning the workers at the PT Kizone plant in Indonesia are rectified" and the university reconsiders. The decision comes after a months-long campaign by activists to persuade Georgetown to cut ties with the company. The factory closed in March 2010. According to United Students Against Sweatshops, the $1.8 million severance would equal about six months' wages for the plant's 2,800 workers, who were paid 60 cents an hour.
Women's lacrosse: Brine announced the signing of former Ohio State star Alayna Markwordt (Glenelg) to a multi-year endorsement contract. Markwordt had 314 career points, ranking first all-time in Buckeyes history and No. 18 on the NCAA all-time points list.
D.C. United: Pat Onstad is stepping down as goalkeepers coach and will join Toronto FC's coaching staff, sources said Tuesday. United officials didn't have any immediate comment. Toronto would have to compensate United for Onstad's move because he is under contract, a source said. Also, goalkeeper Diego Restrepo, a former Virginia star who has played in the Colombian and Venezuelan leagues, is scheduled to train in Charlottesville, Va., this week and, according to sources, will report to an MLS preseason camp soon. Players are scheduled to report to RFK Stadium this week, and the team will begin camp Monday in Bradenton, Fla.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Capitals: Comcast SportsNet Mid-Atlantic announced it will televise 41 games in the 2012-13 regular season, starting with the opener at the Tampa Bay Lightning on Saturday at 7 p.m. Also, the team has assigned forward Tom Wilson, its first-round pick in the 2012 draft, to the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League.
—From Sun staff and news services