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Timbers wrap up busy week of roster moves

Timbers wrap up busy week of roster moves

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) The Portland Timbers made a flurry of moves this week as the team prepares for next season under new head coach Caleb Porter.

Heading into its third Major League Soccer season, Portland signed goalkeeper Jake Gleeson, defender Ryan Kawulok and midfielder Rodney Wallace to new contracts. Additionally, the team exercised contract options on eight players from last season's roster, and declined the option for defender Steven Smith.

The moves came in advance of the league's re-entry draft. As expected, Portland passed on its pick in the first stage on Friday, and will have the third pick for the second stage next Friday.

Earlier this week, the Timbers acquired defender Michael Harrington from Sporting KC and midfielder Will Johnson from Real Salt Lake in other moves.

Portland is re-tooling its roster after finishing up the season 8-16-10, ranked second-to-last in Major League Soccer's Western Conference and falling far short of the team's goal to reach the playoffs.

Porter is expected to join the team later this month and his formal introduction should come after the holidays. He has been actively involved in the team's roster moves while he wraps up his tenure at Akron.

The Zips, winner of eight straight Mid-American Conference regular season titles, finished this season 18-1-3 and went to the third round of the NCAA tournament before falling to Creighton on penalty kicks. Porter finishes his career at Akron 123-18-17. He led the Zips to the school's first team national championship in any sport in 2010.

Porter replaces John Spencer, who was fired July 9 and replaced for the remainder of the season with general manager Gavin Wilkinson.

On Thursday, the team announced it had picked up the contract options on goalkeeper Joe Bendik, defenders Futty Danso and Chris Taylor, midfielders Eric Alexander, Kalif Alhassan and Sal Zizzo, and forwards Bright Dike and Brent Richards.

Players still under contract for the 2013 season include captain Jack Jewsbury, goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts; defenders David Horst, Andrew Jean-Baptiste and Hanyer Mosquera; midfielders Diego Chara, Darlington Nagbe and Franck Songo'o; and forwards Kris Boyd and Sebastian Rincon.

Earlier this week the Timbers acquired the MLS Homegrown rights to defender Bryan Gallego from the New York Red Bulls in exchange for defender Kosuke Kimura and a 2013 draft pick.

Portland also sent defender Eric Brunner to Houston in exchange for allocation money.

The Timbers exchanged allocation money for Harrington, who spent six seasons in Kansas City and has 149 career matches, as well as Johnson, a Canadian who played five seasons in Salt Lake City and was an All-Star in 2009.

The team also declined options on midfielder Lovel Palmer and defender Steve Purdy.

The Timbers announced the team had sold out its season ticket allotment for 2013. The Timbers added 500 more season tickets for the coming season, but still have a waiting list of over 6,500 fans.

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Did Anthony Cowan deserve the technical foul that ended his night vs. Ohio State?

Anthony Cowan was handed a technical foul late in the second half of Maryland's matchup with Ohio State that resulted in his disqualification.

Cowan, with four personal fouls at the time, was hammered on a layup attempt with 3:54 left in the contest against the Buckeyes. He had cut the Buckeyes' lead to 64-59 and thought he was headed to the free-throw line for an and-1. He was not. 

After no whistle was blown, Cowan reacted, kicking his foot in the air in disbelief. He was then given the technical. which was his fifth and final foul. Maryland didn't have its star point guard for the final 3:54 of a tight game. 

Cowan had picked up his third foul with 7:08 left in the game and then No. 4 exactly two minutes later. 

Twitter lit into the officiating that played a major factor in a very important conference game between the two squads.

Maryland ended up losing the matchup to the Buckeyes 79-72, but it didn't lose ground in the conference standings.

Penn State lost Sunday afternoon, too, so Maryland (22-5, 12-4 conference) didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, the Terps still hold a two-game lead over the Nittany Lions, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. Those teams are all tied at 10-6. 

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Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland doesn't lose any ground in Big 10 standings after loss to Ohio State

Maryland suffered a frustrating loss to Ohio State on the road Sunday in a game that featured their best player fouling out thanks to a more than questionable technical foul. 

The bad news for the Terps? They missed a chance to gain ground on Baylor, Gonzaga and San Diego State, who all lost on Saturday, for a top seed in the NCAA tournament. 

The good news is that Penn State lost, too, so Maryland didn't lose any ground in its quest to win the Big 10 regular-season championship for the first time. With four games to go, it still holds a two-game lead over Penn State, Michigan State, Iowa and Wisconsin in the conference standings. 

For the Terps to lose this regular-season title, it would have to be a monumental collapse over the next few weeks.

But the schedule still features some tough games so it isn't over quite yet. Maryland must shake off this most recent loss in Columbus and refocus on a 13-13 Minnesota team. The Terp's final three opponents after that are Michigan State at home, Rutgers on the road and Michigan in College Park. 

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