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UMBC women's basketball players share more than their sport

Tue, 2 Aug 2016 17:51:00 PDT

The appearance of nine Retrievers women's basketball players marked the second consecutive summer in which the team showed up at a school or center housing the Higher Achievement program.(image)

Gilman grad Brian Gaia faces one more transition

Tue, 26 Jul 2016 03:00:00 PDT

While the drives from his home in Pasadena to high school at Gilman up in Roland Park were often inconvenient, it was there Brian Gaia started forging the mentality that would make him a three-year starter on the Penn State offensive line.(image)

Record Navy baseball season ends with blowout loss to N.C. State

Sun, 5 Jun 2016 14:10:00 PDT

It was an epic journey at the Raleigh Regional for Navy but the long hours spent at the ballpark finally caught up to Midshipmen on Sunday afternoon.

N.C. State struck early and often as the Wolfpack routed Navy, 17-1, at Doak Field at Dail Park to eliminate the Midshipmen from the 2016 NCAA Baseball...


Navy avoids elimination with 13-inning victory

Sat, 4 Jun 2016 16:08:00 PDT

Blue's game-winning double propels Mids in NCAA tournament(image)

Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr to retire

Tue, 26 Apr 2016 15:41:00 PDT

Morgan State athletic director Floyd Kerr announced Tuesday his intention to retire at the end of the academic year, the university said in a written statement.(image)

Mount St. Joe grad Phil Booth shines on hoops biggest college stage

Tue, 5 Apr 2016 05:46:00 PDT

The hallways at Mount Saint Joseph are no doubt filled with chatter Tuesday morning, chests puffed out.

One of the school's own -- 2014 grad Phil Booth-- was on the grandest stage in men's college basketball last night and he owned it.

The Villanova sophomore guard came off the bench and scored...


Ten years ago today, Maryland women's basketball won its first NCAA title

Mon, 4 Apr 2016 17:46:00 PDT

Believe it or not, but once upon a time, Connecticut would go whole seasons at a time without winning the NCAA women's basketball title(image)

DJ Durkin making his mark on Maryland's special teams

Wed, 30 Mar 2016 06:51:00 PDT

If there was any doubt that special teams would be a focus for Maryland under coach DJ Durkin, that feeling was quashed immediately by the Terps’ first-year coach.

Durkin spent seven years of his career coaching special teams at Bowling Green, Stanford and Florida, and he’s made it clear that it...


Chris Christie takes in a different kind of presidential race

Mon, 28 Mar 2016 00:00:00 PDT

New Jersey governor and family come to Annapolis to see son play Navy(image)

Notre Dame joins Big Ten — for hockey

Wed, 23 Mar 2016 09:34:00 PDT

The debate has raged for decades: Will Notre Dame join the Big Ten?

The answer is yes, but there’s a catch.

Notre Dame announced its men's hockey team will join the Big Ten as a sport affiliate member, and will begin conference play in the 2017-18 season.

"While we have enjoyed our affiliation...


St. Mary's College swimming coach arrested on child pornography charges

Tue, 16 Feb 2016 14:13:00 PST

The longtime swimming coach at St. Mary's College has been arrested on child pornography charges.

Andre Barbins, 45, of Solomons was charged Friday with one count of child pornography and one count of displaying obscene matter to a minor, according to Maryland State Police. Investigators executed...


Johns Hopkins swim coach Kennedy announces retirement on President's Day

Mon, 15 Feb 2016 08:48:00 PST

Johns Hopkins men’s and women’s swim coach George Kennedy announced Monday that he intends to retire at the end of the 2015-16 season and will leave on June 30.

During his 31 years there, Kennedy’s teams won 373 dual meets and 24 conference titles and produced 29 national champions and more than...


Johns Hopkins athletic director Tom Calder to step down, take new position at school

Thu, 28 Jan 2016 10:12:00 PST

After 28 years in the Johns Hopkins athletic department, Tom Calder will leave his role as athletic director to become the school's director of alumni programs.(image)

Coppin State athletic director resigns

Wed, 18 Nov 2015 20:12:00 PST

Saying he wants to “do some other things I enjoy doing,” Coppin State athletic director Derrick Ramsey has resigned, the university announced Wednesday.

Ramsey has been athletic director at the West Baltimore school since July 1, 2008, when he was appointed by then-university president Dr. Reginald...


Owings Mills graduate Shane Gaines not playing like a freshman for Salisbury football

Fri, 20 Nov 2015 06:30:00 PST

Hardly anyone would have faulted Shane Gaines if he had chosen to celebrate graduating from Owings Mills High School in June by enjoying a leisurely summer before enrolling at Salisbury.

Instead, the Baltimore resident spent his summer on the Eastern Shore campus, working out with his future teammates...


Appeals court strikes down payments to college athletes

Wed, 30 Sep 2015 09:47:00 PDT

In another twist to the long-running Ed O'Bannon case, a federal appeals court Wednesday delivered a mixed message to the powers that be in college sports.

The U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco upheld an earlier ruling that the NCAA's version of amateurism violates antitrust laws...


UMBC soccer coach Pete Caringi Jr. looks to top last year's successful run

Wed, 12 Aug 2015 06:00:00 PDT

The blue team was up two goals on the red side as another day at Pete Caringi Jr.'s All-Maryland Soccer Camp was coming to a close earlier this summer.

It's the 33rd year the longtime UMBC coach has conducted the youth camps, but nobody could tell.

He jumped onto the field to provide some animated...


With just nine seniors on roster, youth in plentiful supply for Morgan State football

Fri, 7 Aug 2015 06:30:00 PDT

Turnover in personnel is part of the natural evolution of every college football team, and Morgan State is no different.

The Bears have just nine seniors on their roster for the upcoming season, which is five fewer than last year’s graduating class. Coach Lee Hull is leaning on the current senior...


Morgan State football gets little preseason respect after trip to FCS playoffs

Thu, 6 Aug 2015 15:36:00 PDT

The Morgan State football team's unanticipated rise to the top of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference hasn't earned the program much respect from its peers.

A season after going from being picked to finish last to capturing a share of the MEAC championship for the first time since 1979 and representing...


Construction to begin in winter for new UMBC arena

Fri, 24 Jul 2015 11:04:00 PDT

UMBC event center project draws near(image)

During riots, college coaches and ADs tried to persuade recruits to stay

Wed, 20 May 2015 04:00:00 PDT

The riots that gripped the city late last month were taking place just a few blocks away when Coppin State men's basketball player Christian Kessee received a phone call from his mother.

"She wanted to know how quickly I could get to the airport," the junior guard said.

Kessee said that he and...


Mired in last place in 2013, Towson volleyball is on brink of CAA tournament in 2014

Wed, 12 Nov 2014 16:38:00 PST

"Be remembered." That's the phrase that was printed on the back of the sheets of paper the Towson women's volleyball team was studying before its recent home match against Charleston.

Don Metil, second-year coach of the Tigers, gives the team a different motivational quote each week.

"We're always...


Candace Parker displays many sides of her game in Sparks' Game 1 win over Sky

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:05:00 PDT

There were a few different Candace Parkers at the Pyramid in Long Beach on Wednesday night. 

There was scowling Candace Parker after two first-quarter fouls. There was screaming Candace Parker after a hard-fought layup. There was smiling Candace Parker after she poured in 19 first-half points. 


Air Force QB rebounds from season-ending injury to regain starting job

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 15:55:00 PDT

Air Force quarterback Nate Romine readily admits there were some brief moments of doubt after he suffered a season-ending knee injury last September.

"That first night you face those tough questions. Can I come back? Will I be the same player?" Romine said. "I got over that mental hurdle pretty...


Big Ten says targeting call in Penn State-Michigan game should have been reversed

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 12:37:00 PDT

Penn State linebacker Brandon Smith should not have been ejected from last week's game against Michigan because of a targeting call, the Big Ten said Wednesday.

The conference issued a statement saying that replay officials should have reversed the on-field call of targeting because Smith "was...


Digest: Hopkins to hold memorial for Bob Scott on Oct. 15

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 23:11:00 PDT

Johns Hopkins will hold an on-campus memorial service to honor former men's lacrosse coach and athletic director Bob Scott, who died Sept. 15.

The service will be at 4:30 p.m. Oct. 15 at Goldfarb Gymnasium in the Newton White Athletic Center adjacent to Homewood Field. A reception will follow at...


MVP Nneka Ogwumike wants even more than that

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:40:00 PDT

The newly crowned MVP of the WNBA carefully reaches out and hands her guest a prized possession.

“Here it is,’’ the Sparks’ Nneka Ogwumike says with a big smile.

It is not the MVP trophy, which Ogwumike will receive Wednesday night at the Pyramid in Long Beach before the Sparks host the Chicago...


Navy Sports Chat: Air Force preview

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:00:00 PDT

Bill Wagner and Dave Broughton discuss the upcoming Navy-Air Force matchup while at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis.


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NCAA's effort to curtail 'targeting' practice by tacklers hasn't been 100% effective

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:55:00 PDT

It was the sort of play that college football is trying to eliminate. At least, that’s how it looked at first glance.

A Stanford receiver caught the ball over the middle and was nailed, helmet-to-helmet, by a UCLA defensive back. The force of impact sent Francis Owusu spinning through the air,...


Gonzales, Thomas continue inside linebacker tradition at Navy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 17:13:00 PDT

Mids have never enjoyed such size, speed, strength and athleticism at position(image)

Maryland and Minnesota seek to maintain momentum in Big Ten play

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 16:41:00 PDT

An undefeated non-conference slate does not a Big Ten champion make. That's understood.

But the 3-0 starts for Maryland and Minnesota are intriguing, prompting wonder if these programs could produce some surprises this conference season.

The Terrapins were selected to finish sixth in the Big Ten...


It's almost official: Orlando to host ACC football championship

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 14:50:00 PDT

In what appears to be the worst-kept secret in college football, Orlando will likely soon be announced as the host of the Atlantic Coast Conference Championship Game.

The ACC recently pulled its football game, along with other championship sporting events, out of North Carolina because of a controversial...


Rested Sparks face Chicago in WNBA semifinals

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

When the Sparks take the court Wednesday to start their playoffs, it will be 12 days since they last played a game.

The Sparks finished with the second-best regular season record in the WNBA, at 26-8, which netted them a double-bye to the semifinals of the playoffs.

Well rested, the Sparks will...


Navy begins defense of Commander-in-Chief's Trophy

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:09:00 PDT

Midshipmen travel to Colorado Springs on Saturday to take on Air Force(image)

The quirks and heart of Les Miles, the recently fired, grass-eating former LSU football coach

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:19:00 PDT

It happened quickly, but it was a long time coming.

LSU Tigers football fans were gripped by a torrent of emotions Sunday, but surprise was not one of them. Following a narrow defeat to the Auburn Tigers, LSU fired Les Miles, one of the quirkier coaches in college football.

ESPN once described...


Early letdowns lead to early shakeups, including firing of LSU's Les Miles

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:50:00 PDT

In the dazed, chaotic moments after his Louisiana State team lost to Auburn on the last play of the game, Coach Les Miles did his best to stay optimistic.

Asked about the future, he answered: “Take it one game at a time and try to work hard.”

But when the Associated Press poll came out on Sunday,...


Former Ravens offensive coordinator Cam Cameron reportedly out at LSU

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 14:55:00 PDT

Two people familiar with the decision say LSU has fired head football coach Les Miles and offensive coordinator Cam Cameron and promoted defensive line coach Ed Orgeron to interim head coach. The people spoke to the Associated Press on Sunday on condition of anonymity because no announcement has...


Notre Dame fires defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder after loss to Duke

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 12:25:00 PDT

Hours after an embarrassing 38-35 home loss to Duke, Notre Dame Coach Brian Kelly fired defensive coordinator Brian VanGorder following a 1-3 start. 

The school tweeted a new release saying VanGorder is being replaced by defensive analyst Greg Hudson. Hudson previously served as defensive coordinator...


No. 8 Wisconsin moves up, LSU moves out of AP college football poll

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 11:28:00 PDT

Wisconsin moved up to No. 8 in The Associated Press college football poll and LSU became the second preseason top-10 team to drop out of the rankings in the first month of the season.

There were few changes in the Top 25 as the only four ranked teams that lost did so to other ranked teams.



No. 7 Stanford beats UCLA, 22-13, with last-minute heroics from Ryan Burns

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 03:44:00 PDT

No. 7 Stanford beats UCLA, 22-13, with last-minute heroics from Ryan Burns Sept. 25, 2016, 3:44 a.m. The Bruins (2-2, 0-1 in Pac-12 play) give up a last-minute touchdown pass before the Cardinal (3-0, 2-0) capitalize on a last-play fumble for a defensive score to provide the final margin. Sept....(image)

Wisconsin routs Michigan State; Ole Miss, Tennessee and Auburn get key SEC wins

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 22:10:00 PDT

Leo Musso returned a fumble 66 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter and No. 11 Wisconsin turned its early-season showdown with No. 8 Michigan State into a rout, beating the Spartans, 30-6, on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. 

Redshirt freshman Alex Hornibrook threw for 195 yards and a touchdown...


Northwestern coach decries mistakes after 24-13 loss to Nebraska

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:34:00 PDT

How many ginormous breaks would Northwestern have needed to beat Nebraska on Saturday night?

Twice Nebraska fumbled at the 1-yard-line — and yet the Cornhuskers still had an easy 24-13 victory.

"Any time you recover fumbles (that deep), you feel good, don't you?" Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald...


State football roundup: Toner's two interceptions preserve Johns Hopkins' win over Muhlenberg, 30-24

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 21:30:00 PDT

Jack Toner made two interceptions, both in the end zone, on the last two possessions by host Muhlenberg (3-1, 2-1 Centennial Conference) to preserve a 30-24 win for Johns Hopkins (4-0, 3-0) on Saturday.

Toner intercepted a tipped ball with 42.5 seconds left and the game-ending throw as time expired.


Morgan State scores late touchdown to beat Howard, 28-24

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:14:00 PDT

Say this for the Morgan State Bears; it may not have been pretty, but it sure was exciting.

The Bears (1-2, 1-0) got a touchdown with 34.8 seconds remaining by sophomore Eric Harrell, the first of his college career, to defeat visiting Howard (0-4, 0-2), 28-24, in a Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference...


Brian Kelly blasts Notre Dame for lacking fire in 38-35 loss to Duke

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 20:06:00 PDT

A walk-on kicker for the 21-point underdog split the uprights — and many hearts — at a suddenly sullen Notre Dame Stadium on Saturday.

The Irish were upset 38-35. Duke was happy about upsetting Notre Dame.

No, AJ Reed's first career field goal wasn't overly dramatic with 1 minute, 24 seconds left...


Tennessee rallies to beat Florida to snap 11-game series losing streak

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 18:33:00 PDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. —While Rocky Top played at a fever pitch and a crowd of 102,455 sang along, UF coach Jim McElwain and his shellshocked Gators entered the south end zone tunnel at Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium.

The Gators’ dominance of the Vols had ended moments earlier during an epic collapse —...


College Football: Wiersberg’s field goal ends Green Terror’s losing skid

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:43:00 PDT

Junior kicker's 43-yarder, a career long, leads McDaniel past Ursinus as time expires(image)

No. 4 Michigan dominates Penn State 49-10

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:42:00 PDT

De'Veon Smith led an overwhelming ground game with 107 yards rushing and a touchdown and Karan Higdon ran for two scores and No. 4 Michigan routed Penn State 49-10 on Saturday in both teams' Big Ten opener.

The Wolverines scored six touchdowns on the ground as they finished with 326 yards rushing....


'Coaching's in his blood': Navy assistant follows in dad's coaching footsteps

Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:26:00 PDT

Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo was faced with a crisis in August of last year. Niumatalolo had determined that assistant coach Buddy Green's health would not allow him to coach the 2015 season and suddenly the Midshipmen were in need of both a defensive coordinator and secondary coach.



It's heartbreak in Salt Lake when USC falls in final minute to Utah

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 23:55:00 PDT

Over the crackling of two head coaches’ headsets, two decisions began to take form late Friday evening. In the fourth quarter, USC Coach Clay Helton faced a fourth down. A drive later, Utah Coach Kyle Whittingham faced a fourth down.

The choices each made would spring No. 24 Utah to a 31-27 comeback...


College football report: Ducks, Buffaloes have injury issues

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 22:00:00 PDT

Oregon running back Royce Freeman is listed atop the depth chart for the Ducks’ game Saturday against Colorado, but there’s no certainty that he’ll play. 

His status is one of the questions on both sides heading into the Pac-12 opener for the two teams. Also unclear is the availability of Colorado...


Linebacker injuries could haunt Penn State at Michigan

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 17:51:00 PDT

Before the season, Penn State defensive coordinator raved over the team's experience and versatility at linebacker. Pry, who also coaches the position, said that such versatility would allow him to "create the depth we need" at a position that lacked it.

Three weeks in, Pry is testing his theory....


College Football: Dailey, McDaniel expect competitive game vs. Ursinus

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 16:34:00 PDT

Terror, Bears both looking for first win of 2016(image)

Morgan State's Fred Farrier coaches his football players on and off the field

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 13:07:00 PDT

He's the interim coach of a winless football team that lost its most recent game, 62-0. But know this about Fred T. Farrier: Records aside, the Morgan State coach is intent on turning out men. Team meetings are as likely to touch on character and trust as on completions and touchdowns.

"Every game,...


Morgan State and Howard both seeking their first win

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 12:32:00 PDT

Howard (0-3) at Morgan State (0-2)

When: Saturday, 7

Site: Hughes Stadium

TV: SportsFever Television Network, ESPN3

Radio: 88.9 FM

Series: Morgan State leads 40-33, with 3 ties

What's at stake: Last place in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference. Fresh off a bye, Morgan State hopes to bounce back...


Lamar Jackson continues hold over top spot in Heisman Watch

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 06:43:00 PDT

After a slew of upsets, check out major changes in this week’s Heisman Trophy watch list:

Lamar Jackson, QB, Louisville

The Buzz: Jackson is playing on at whole another level right now, with the Louisville quarterback leading the country in total touchdowns (18), more than 114 of the teams in the...


No. 5 Clemson defeats Georgia Tech, 26-7

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 21:00:00 PDT

Deshaun Watson and No. 5 Clemson finally turned in the performance everyone was expecting, totally dominating Georgia Tech in the first half on the way to a 26-7 victory Thursday night. 

After sluggish wins over Auburn and Troy, and a practice-like rout of Football Championship Subdivision school...


Under-the-radar college football games to watch this weekend

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 08:21:00 PDT

The Southeastern Conference hogs the spotlight this week with three ranked matchups, highlighted by No. 19 Florida at No. 14 Tennessee. But around the nation, there are interesting storylines and potential upsets that deserve more attention.

The Baltimore Sun will present the best under-the-radar...


Under Armour signs lacrosse star Taylor Cummings

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 06:00:00 PDT

Under Armour has signed its most accomplished lacrosse player -- Taylor Cummings, a three-time winner of the award for the most outstanding female collegian in the sport.

The Baltimore brand is announcing the signing of the former University of Maryland star today.

''It was an easy decision,''...


Digest: McCoughtry scores 37 as Dream beats Storm in first round of WNBA playoffs

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 22:38:00 PDT

Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) scored 37 points and the Atlanta Dream beat the visiting Seattle Storm, 94-85, on Wednesday night in a single-elimination WNBA playoff game.

McCoughtry scored seven straight points — on a 3-pointer, bank shot and pull-up jumper — to cap Atlanta's 19-5 run to start...


Georgetown proposes fans say 'Yes' during basketball games

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 06:34:00 PDT

Georgetown University might have found a basketball promotion more pressure packed than trying to make a shot from halfcourt.

The school is offering a marriage proposal package for its 17 home games this season that includes a money-back guarantee in the event that someone's significant other says...


After death of Army cornerback, Navy football coaches offer show of support

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 14:00:00 PDT

During the early morning hours of Sept. 11, Army cornerback Brandon Jackson was killed in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y., in a one-car accident. He was 20 years old.

His funeral Monday in New York brought together hundreds of people, including 10 busloads of U.S. Military Academy cadets who made the trip...


Chalk up bonehead mistakes in college football to youthful indiscretion

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:50:00 PDT

Think back on all the knucklehead things you did as a teenager.

Drove too fast. Stayed out too late. Tried to parachute off the roof of your parents’ house.

Young men tend to act carelessly, researchers say, because the prefrontal cortex — the part of the brain that helps us maintain control — does...


Perfect time for 3-0 Mids to catch a break

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 13:21:00 PDT

Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo summed it best during the American Athletic Conference weekly football teleconference on Monday.

Niumatalolo said it felt good to go into the first off week of the season undefeated while still having plenty of improvement to make.

Niumatalolo also used the word fortunate...


Bowie native Lonergan out as GW basketball coach

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 11:14:23 PDT

Bowie native Mike Lonergan, who coached the George Washington University men's basketball team to the National Invitation Tournament championship last season, has been fired, the school announced on Saturday.

The move to remove Lonergan came six weeks after The Washington Post reported several former...


An early look at Penn State-Michigan

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 08:37:00 PDT

Penn State is consensus 18.5-point underdog to Michigan, where it opens Big Ten play Saturday. The Lions are 3-6 at Michigan Stadium, having won their once since 1996.

A look at some of the storylines as the game approaches.


Michigan could be getting...


Under Armour has college football 'zebras' on its side

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 14:31:00 PDT

When Oregon hosted Virginia in a college football game Sept. 10, it was in the most Nike of settings.

Both teams wore Nike-designed unifiorms prominently displaying the signature swoosh. Nike's headquarters was less than two hours away.

But Under Armour, which relishes tweaking its much larger...


Big Ten football power rankings: Week 3; Terps continue to rise

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 06:27:00 PDT

Every Monday of the Big Ten Conference football season, The Baltimore Sun will present its weekly power rankings.Click the pictures above for the Week 3 rankings.


College football: A look ahead this week

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:30:00 PDT

Three thoughts for the coming week:

1) Now that a reloaded Ohio State has risen to No. 2 in the polls, the Buckeyes have a chance to cement their place near the top with matchups against Rutgers and Indiana before an Oct. 15 showdown at Wisconsin.

2) Here’s another Heisman Trophy candidate to watch...


Louisville's Lamar Jackson has been impressive, but he's not impressed

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 18:20:00 PDT

There might be only one person in the country who is not thoroughly impressed with Lamar Jackson.

And that would be Lamar Jackson.

After guiding Louisville to a leave-no-doubts 63-20 victory over Florida State, a game in which he rushed for four touchdowns and passed for another, the sophomore...


Navy football notes: Mids' secondary drops ball against Tulane

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:20:00 PDT

NEW ORLEANS – Navy secondary coach Dan O'Brien could only shake his head when asked after Saturday night's game about the potential interceptions his defensive backs dropped.

Tulane quarterback Johnathan Brantley had four passes that could easily have been picked off in the Green Wave's 21-14 loss...


Brian Kelly defensive about 'D' after Notre Dame's loss to Michigan State

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 17:01:00 PDT

Its College Football Playoff hopes on the ropes, Notre Dame went down swinging Saturday in a 36-28 loss to Michigan State.

The Irish allowed 36 unanswered points after going up 7-0, only to answer with 21 unanswered of their own before the Spartans, a College Football Playoff team last season,...


Mids add wrinkles to crack Tulane defense

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 16:21:00 PDT

Mids find some answers in second half against stout defense of Green Wave(image)

Top-heavy Big Ten flexing some muscle

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:30:00 PDT

Five things we learned from a Big Ten weekend of one-handed grabs, bummed-out Irish fans and Peppers-mania:

The Big Ten is … awesome? Not based on Iowa losing to that band from North Dakota masquerading as an FCS team — or Illinois getting outrushed 287-3 by Western Michigan. This is about muscle...


Miserable Notre Dame, Oklahoma and Ole Miss top 10 things we learned during weekend

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:15:00 PDT

Check out the top 10 things we learned after another weekend of college football action.

1. Playoff dreams turn to nightmares. Oklahoma, Notre Dame and Ole Miss were all expected to contend for a spot in the College Football Playoff semifinals, but after all three suffered their second losses of...


Louisville surges to No. 3 in the AP Top 25; Notre Dame and Iowa drop out

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 11:05:00 PDT

Louisville surged to No. 3 in The Associated Press college football poll on Sunday, matching the best ranking in school history, and Ohio State moved up to No. 2 behind Alabama.

Notre Dame, previously ranked No. 18, fell out of the poll after Saturday's 36-28 loss to Michigan State. 

The Crimson...


No. 3 Ohio State rolls over No. 14 Oklahoma; North Dakota State tops No. 13 Iowa

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 06:18:00 PDT

Noah Brown's circus catch summed up Ohio State's victory over Oklahoma in Norman, Okla.

Even when Sooners were in the right place, things went the Buckeyes' way.

In the closing seconds of the first half, Noah Brown reached around Michiah Quick and held onto Quick and a pass from J.T. Barrett while...


UCF eager to show its defense can contain prolific Maryland offense

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

For the second consecutive week, UCF's defense will be tested against a productive Big Ten offense when the Knights take on Maryland Saturday night.

The Terrapins (2-0) scored 93 points in the past two weeks against Howard and FIU. Before Maryland, the Knights (1-1) faced a Michigan team that routed...


State college football roundup: Towson falls to Villanova, 40-21, in CAA opener

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 PDT

Zack Bednarczyk threw three touchdown passes and Rob Rolle returned an interception 100 yards for a score to lead host Villanova to a 40-21 victory over Towson in the Colonial Athletic Association opener for both teams Saturday.

Bednarczyk was 20-for-26 for 230 yards. Taurus Phillips had seven...


USC can't keep pace with Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in 27-10 loss

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:25:00 PDT

Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey always seemed to be one cut away from tearing a huge chunk out of USC’s defense Saturday evening. There were exceptions: On some plays, he actually did tear huge chunks out of USC’s defense.

There was a long touchdown reception when he was inexplicably uncovered....


Pac-12 football: Nebraska takes down No. 22 Oregon

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 22:05:00 PDT

Tommy Armstrong Jr.’s legs were so cramped up that when Nebraska’s defense was on the field he would drink pickle juice, Gatorade, water and anything else he could find on the sideline. He even was given fluids intravenously early in the fourth quarter. 

It turned out he had one more run left in...


Louisville wallops No. 2 Florida State; No. 1 Alabama edges No. 19 Ole Miss

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:10:00 PDT

Lamar Jackson ran for four touchdowns and threw for another and No. 10 Louisville poured it on in a 63-20 victory over No. 2 Florida State on Saturday in what was billed as an ACC showdown game in Louisville, Ky. 

There was no showdown at all, as the Cardinals showed off their talent with Jackson...


Worth directs late TD as Mids stay unbeaten

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 19:18:00 PDT

NEW ORLEANS – Quarterback Will Worth scored the go-ahead touchdown with just under three minutes remaining as Navy overcame a tough Tulane defense and its own costly mistakes to pull out a gritty 21-14 victory in front of 21,503 fans at Yulman Stadium.

   Worth directed a clutch 10-play, 72-yard...


'I don't know how I did that.' Saquon Barkley's TD sparks Penn State over Temple

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 18:40:00 PDT

STATE COLLEGE — One thing that annoyed Saquon Barkley about last season was getting caught from behind. Teammates teased him about it, and the Penn State back pinpointed converted breakaway chances as part of his offseason training.

Even so, the sophomore from Whitehall High manages to amaze his...


College Football: Green Terror lose in home opener

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:34:00 PDT

McDaniel mauled by Muhlenberg, losing streak stretches to 22(image)

McDaniel's new stadium scoreboard dedicated to fallen grad

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 16:34:00 PDT

Mike Marks, 4-year men's lax player, receives posthumous honor(image)

Lonergan out as George Washington coach after investigation

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:50:06 PDT

George Washington says it has parted ways with men's basketball coach Mike Lonergan. University provost Forrest Maltzman announced the move in a statement Saturday, saying Lonergan was no longer coach and that the school "will not tolerate conduct that runs counter to" the principles of inclusion...(image)

Joe Paterno tribute ignites positive and negative passions

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:15:00 PDT

Penn State marked the 50th anniversary of the late Joe Paterno’s first game as head football coach Saturday, introducing former players and displaying video tributes at the Nittany Lions’ game against Temple.

When images of the coach were shown on the stadium scoreboard during one video, the crowd...


Louisville Cardinals football program honors Muhammad Ali with butterfly design

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 11:00:00 PDT

The 10th-ranked Louisville Cardinals honored native son Muhammad Ali during their nationally televised game against second-ranked Florida State on Saturday.

Cardinals players had a white butterfly decal with “Ali” printed inside it on their red helmets.

The same butterfly design was emblazoned...


'The key word is legacy.' Penn State football lettermen remember Joe Paterno

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:05:00 PDT

STATE COLLEGE — Sometimes, former Penn State football player Jimmy Cefalo said, the "dumb things" Joe Paterno taught him will pop into his mind. Walk on the street side of the road to protect your family. Wear a collared shirt to dinner. Never be late.

For Cefalo, who spoke at Paterno's 2012 memorial,...


Navy will be challenged to establish and stop the run against Tulane

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 15:59:00 PDT

Green Wave defended Mids well last year, have installed the spread option(image)

After breakout game, Towson wide receiver Christian Summers to play close to home against Villanova

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 14:58:00 PDT

Christian Summers grew up in the shadow of Villanova, played football in its back yard and has an uncle who starred there. But when recruiting time came, the Wildcats did not.

"They weren't interested in me," Summers said.

They are now. On Saturday, Villanova will try to stop Towson's mercurial...


Bob Scott: 'A true ambassador for lacrosse'

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 13:00:00 PDT

Former Johns Hopkins player, coach and athletic director Bob Scott dies at 86, "was the conscience of the university."(image)

Under-the-radar college football games to watch

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 04:00:00 PDT

In the spirit of the Central Michigan upset, The Baltimore Sun will present the best under-the-radar games each week that are worth paying attention to for the potential of offense/defense nerdery, high scores and/or exhilarating triumph and devastating heartbreak.(image)

Stanford guilty of 'major' NCAA violations for first time

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:50:00 PDT

Stanford's football and softball teams were found guilty of NCAA violations, including more than $3,000 in impermissible benefits to a football player and excessive practice time by the softball team. 

Athletic director Bernard Muir said Thursday these are the first “major” violations committed...


USC linebacker Osa Masina charged with rape in Utah case

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 21:35:00 PDT

Suspended USC linebacker Osa Masina was charged with rape and two counts of forcible sodomy by authorities in Utah on Thursday, according to charging papers obtained by the Times. The charges stem from an alleged incident involving a young woman that took place on July 26 in Utah.

Masina surrendered...


Ward, Defense Lift No. 6 Houston Past Cincinnati

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:13:19 PDT

CINCINNATI — Greg Ward Jr. returned from a one-game absence and ran for two fourth-quarter touchdowns to help No. 6 Houston — steadied by its fabulous defense — pull away to a 40-16 victory over Cincinnati on Thursday night.

The Cougars (3-0, 1-0 American Athletic) trailed 16-12 early in the fourth...


Penn State pushes ahead with Joe Paterno tribute on Saturday

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 15:10:00 PDT

Amid continued backlash from across the nation, Penn State officials have released further details about their plan to honor controversial former coach Joe Paterno.

The tribute will take place during Saturday’s game against Temple, marking 50 years since Paterno debuted as the Nittany Lions coach.


Big Ten football picks: Price is right for Michigan State at Notre Dame

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 14:13:00 PDT

Every so often, you knock in a 30-footer. Or roll three consecutive strikes.

Last week I went 8-1 against the spread. The one I missed was Wyoming plus 24.5 at Nebraska — and that was a seven-point game entering the fourth quarter.

On to Week 3. As Sammy Sosa used to say: "Let's hope to keep it...