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Shannon turns down offer from Maryland

Wednesday, February 16, 2011; D02

Former Miami football coach Randy Shannon has turned down an offer to become Maryland's next defensive coordinator, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Shannon and Maryland had been close to an agreement late last week, but a deal could not be completed. The story was first reported by the Baltimore Sun.

Had he accepted Maryland's offer, Shannon would have stood to lose $1.5 million in a buyout payment from Miami, which fired him after the 2010 season.

Maryland Coach Randy Edsall needs to replace Don Brown, whose departure for Connecticut left the Terrapins without a defensive coordinator Feb. 4, two days after national signing day.

- Steve Yanda

The Virginia women's lacrosse program will retire the No. 1 jersey worn by former player Yeardley Love in a ceremony prior to the Cavaliers' March 6 contest against Penn State.

Love was killed last May during a confrontation in her apartment with former boyfriend George Huguely, who was a member of the Virginia men's lacrosse team. Huguely has been charged with murder and is awaiting trial.

"Yeardley's presence and influence on all of us will be forever cherished," Virginia Coach Julie Myers said.

- Steve Yanda

Georgetown sophomore guard Sugar Rodgers was one of 30 players named to the midseason watch list for the Naismith Award, given to the top player in women's college basketball. Rodgers is averaging 18.7 points and 4.8 rebounds per game.

- Matt Bonesteel

pro football

The Indianapolis Colts placed their franchise player tag on quarterback Peyton Manning.

The Philadelphia Eagles did the same with quarterback Michael Vick, the team announced.

Manning would have a salary of about $23 million next season if he remains the franchise player.

The NFL Players Association has maintained that franchise player designations are not valid once the sport's labor deal expires March 4. If valid, the Eagles' move would keep Vick off the unrestricted free agent market. The Eagles also named kicker David Akers their transition player.

The Baltimore Ravens placed their franchise player tag on defensive tackle Haloti Ngata. The New York Jets put the tag on linebacker David Harris and the San Diego Chargers tabbed wide receiver Vincent Jackson.

- Mark Maske

HIGH SCHOOLS

Ballou football coach Moe Ware has stepped down after five seasons to become an assistant at Bowie State. Ware, a 1991 Ballou graduate, coached the Knights to a 37-17 mark, which included their first D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association title in 2006. Ware said he will coach the tight ends at Bowie State.

Ware said he had rebuffed opportunities in the past because of his allegiance to Ballou. Last season, though, after defeating Dunbar, 35-31, in the DCIAA semifinals, the Knights forfeited their spot in the Turkey Bowl for using an ineligible player.

"This year took a lot out of me," Ware said. "I just worry that things in our league will never be done right for Ballou."

- Alan Goldenbach

Misc.

Venus and Serena Williams will return this summer to play for the Washington Kastles of World Team Tennis. And after some draft-day maneuvering by team owner Mark Ein, they will be joined by another top-20 player, American Sam Querrey. Ein protected the sisters in Tuesday's WTT marquee player draft. Then he acquired the Springfield Lasers' first-round pick, which he used to draft the 18th-ranked Querrey. The 2011 WTT season runs July 4-24. The Kastles' full schedule will be released March 1.

- Liz Clarke

The Boston Bruins acquired center Chris Kelly from the Ottawa Senators in exchange for their second-round pick in this year's draft. Kelly, 30, has 12 goals and 11 assists this season. . . .

A 5-year-old Scottish deerhound named Hickory won best in show at the Westminster Dog Show at Madison Square Garden in New York, bounding away with the title of America's top dog.

The 85-pound Hickory topped six other finalists.

- From news services

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