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Terps Men's Track avoids AD cuts

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Terps Men's Track avoids AD cuts

Of the eight University of Maryland varsity sports originally slated for extinction last fall, athletics director Kevin Anderson announced today that the men's outdoor track and field department will be the only program to continue.

Maryland mens track and field will compete with 14 student-athletes during the 2012-13 outdoor season. The necessary funding raised to save the program will not allow Terps men's track to continue in perpetuity, however. Supporters, alumni, parents and Maryland Athletics staff will need to continue to meet benchmarks in order to ensure its survival.

The support and effort put toward saving these sports has been noteworthy, said Anderson. Much work needs to be done, but were fortunate that we now have a chance to preserve the long legacy of success that mens track and field has enjoyed at Maryland, including a string of 25 years of ACC team championships from 1956 to 1980.

Head coach Andrew Valmon, who will be the mens track head coach for Team USA at the London Olympics, will focus on his plans for the continuation of the Terrapin track program following the Olympic Games.

I want to thank everyone who has supported us to this point, said Valmon. We have a number of rising seniors on the team and giving them the chance to finish their collegiate careers at Maryland is important to all of us in the program. We have much work to be done in the near future, but this gives us a continued chance to be successful.

In addition to mens cross country and mens indoor track and field, the sports of acrobatics and tumbling, mens and womens swimming and diving, water polo and mens tennis have been discontinued, effective July 1.

Student-athletes and staff members have been informed of this decision. As previously announced, all scholarships to student-athletes who remain at Maryland will be continued and all coaches contracts will be honored.

I would like to personally thank the student-athletes, coaches and supporters of swimming and diving, mens tennis, mens cross country and indoor track and field, water polo, and acrobatics and tumbling for their tremendous contributions to the University of Maryland, said President Wallace D. Loh. The decision to reduce the number of varsity sports was a difficult and painful one, but I believe that our athletics department will continue its excellent work in preparing our student-athletes for success on and off the field.

We understand the pain and disappointment this has caused our student-athletes and their families, said Anderson. The deliberations of the Presidents Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics were painstaking.

No one wanted to come to this conclusion, but our fund-raising efforts in these other sports have not been successful. I personally want to thank everyone for their efforts. Our student-athletes and coaches competed this season with pride and excellence in a difficult situation.

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

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Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3 despite Robles' heroics

Donaldson's 9th-inning single lifts Braves over Nats 4-3

ATLANTA -- Josh Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Atlanta Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half.

Ronald Acuna Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases.

Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson.

Donaldson hit a 2-0 pitch over Robles to center-field warning track, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington.

Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances.

Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single.

Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957.

Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out.

Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth.

Acuna's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale.

Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett to make his major league debut Saturday. RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett.

UP NEXT

Nationals: RHP Anibal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team.

Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star.

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A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

A timeline of Tommy Sheppard's moves as interim Wizards GM

The Wizards are naming Tommy Sheppard their permanent GM after he served in the role on an interim basis since April 2. 

Let's take a look back at the moves which earned Sheppard the long-term GM job:

April 2: The Wizards fire GM Ernie Grunfeld. Tommy Sheppard takes over the role on an interim basis. 

June 20: The Wizards select Gonzaga forward Rui Hachimura with the No. 9 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft. Later in the evening, Washington acquires Jonathan Simmons and the draft rights to Tennessee forward Admiral Schofield from the Philadelphia 76ers. Simmons was placed on waivers on July 7.

July 5: The Wizards acquire Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga, and Jemerrio Jones, and a 2022 second-round draft pick as part of the deal which sent Anthony Davis to the Lakers. 

July 6: The Wizards trade Dwight Howard to the Grizzlies in exchange for C.J. Miles and acquire Davis Bertans from the Spurs in a three-team deal with Brooklyn and San Antonio, sending the draft rights of Aaron White to the Nets. 

July 7: The Wizards re-sign center Thomas Bryant on a three-year deal and trade guard Tomas Satoransky to the Bulls for a 2020 second-round pick.

July 9: The Wizards sign guard Ish Smith to a two-year deal.

July 10: The Wizards sign guard Isaiah Thomas to a one-year deal. 

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