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Diggs shows first preseason flashes as WR in win over Dallas

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Diggs shows first preseason flashes as WR in win over Dallas

Former Maryland Terrapin Stefon Diggs has been tremendous for the Minnesota Vikings on special teams so far in the 2015 preseason, including a 62-yard punt return and near-touchdown against Pittsburgh in his NFL debut.

But the Vikings depth chart is stacked at both returner spots, led by Cordarrelle Patterson, who returned a kick 107 yards for a score on Saturday night against Dallas, and Marcus Sherels fielding punts.

So Diggs has had to prove himself in a crowded wide receiver group to complement what he does on special teams and he had his best outing of the preseason in that regard against the Cowboys.

Diggs had three receptions for 49 yards on the night in a 28-14 Minnesota win.

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Things didn't start out so smoothly, with a deep ball targeting Diggs being intercepted with 5:35 to play in the second quarter. Veteran QB Shaun Hill, another former Terp, lofted the ball up for Diggs down the right sideline and the rookie met cornerback Brandon Carr in the air.

Carr won the jump ball, though don't expect smaller, more slot-oriented Diggs to be in many of those jump balls situations over the course of the season.

His first catch of the game came in that second quarter, courtesy of Hill, when he broke to the outside on the near sideline, turning his defender around and making a nice catch before going out of bounds. It was a gain of 18 yards.

Former Old Dominion quarterback Taylor Heinicke then entered the game for Minnesota, the player with which Diggs has gotten most of his in-game preseason reps. Heinicke found Diggs for two completions, one of 11 yards on a curl and one of 20 yards down the deep middle of the field.

Diggs remained solid in the return game, taking one kickoff back 22 yards and three punts back for a total of 38 yards, including a long of 23.

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

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Maryland lineman Jordan McNair dies two weeks following workout collapse

COLLEGE PARK, Md. -- Jordan McNair, a University of Maryland football player hospitalized after an organized team workout two weeks ago, has died.

Maryland executive athletic director Damon Evans said McNair was hospitalized on May 29 and died Wednesday.

McNair was a 6-foot-4, 325-pound offensive lineman preparing for his sophomore season. A graduate of McDonogh (Md.) High School, McNair played one game last season.

After leading McDonogh to an 8-3 record as a senior, McNair chose Maryland over Ohio State, Auburn, Penn State and Rutgers.

In a statement, Maryland coach DJ Durkin said, "Our team is heartbroken with the loss of Jordan McNair. Jordan was an incredible young man, and his passion and enthusiasm made him an invaluable and beloved member of our team."

He added, "Over the past few weeks, Jordan never gave up with his family, friends and team by his side. Our team will continue to be inspired by the spirit of this brave fighter."

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

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Dustin Clark to part ways with Maryland basketball

Maryland basketball head coach Mark Turgeon announced earlier today that assistant coach Dustin Clark is parting ways with the program to pursue an opportunity in Texas with a family business. 

In three seasons as a full-time assistant, Clark was responsible for recruiting Kevin Huerter and Anthony Cowan Jr., along with incoming freshman Aaron Wiggins. 

The 35-year-old also made a point to recruit overseas, spending much of his time at the Canaris Basketball Academy in the Canary Islands, where he found former Terps center Michal Cekovsky and current redshirt freshman forward Joshua Tomaic. 

Clark will become the second member of Turgeon's staff to leave the team following this past season. Nima Omidvar, who was brought on to replace Clark as director of basketball operations in 2014, walked away to become a full-time assistant coach at South Alabama in April. 

At the start of the 2018-19 season, Bino Ranson will be the only original member of Turgeon's staff. 

Matt Brady, who has had previous head coaching stints at James Madison and Marist, will replace Clark. 

In his eight years at JMU, Brady won 139 games and enjoyed four seasons with 20 wins or more. His 2012-13 team won the Colonial Athletic Association and reached the NCAA tournament. He finished with a 73-50 overall record after four seasons at Marist. 

The news comes after a season in which the team failed to make the NCAA tournament with an overall record of 19-13, including 8-10 in Big Ten play.