Jeremy Ricker, considered among the top high school quarterbacks in the country, made an oral commitment yesterday to attend Maryland. Ricker, who will be a senior at Bishop McDevitt High School in Harrisburg, Pa., chose the Terrapins over Oregon.

As a junior last season, the 6-foot-3, 205-pound Ricker completed 112 of 185 passes for 1,800 yards and 17 touchdowns with six interceptions. He also rushed for seven touchdowns. One of his teammates, LeSean McCoy, is considered one of the top high school running backs in the country.

NCAA regulations prohibit Maryland Coach Ralph Friedgen and his staff from commenting publicly on any recruits until they have signed national letters-of-intent.

* WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: Anna DeForge scored nine of her 15 points during a 21-2 surge in the second half as Phoenix beat visiting Seattle, 73-61, in the WNBA. Penny Taylor had 17 points and Diana Taurasi added 14. . . .

Maryland has been selected to host the first and second rounds of the NCAA tournament in 2008, the NCAA announced.

* AUTO RACING: "The Lady in Black" has apparently made it to another year.

Darlington Raceway President Chris Browning said the track got the go-ahead to send out ticket renewal letters for another Mother's Day weekend Nextel Cup race.

* PRO BASKETBALL: Scott Layden, the former president of the Knicks and an assistant coach with Utah, is coming back to the Jazz as an assistant on coach Jerry Sloan's staff. Layden and Sloan were assistants under former coach and general manager Frank Layden, Scott's father. It was Scott Layden who convinced his father in 1984 to select an unknown point guard from Gonzaga -- John Stockton. A year later, Scott Layden directed the draft again and Utah selected Karl Malone at No. 13.

* TENNIS: Lindsay Davenport withdrew from the United States' Fed Cup team for its semifinal against Russia with a back injury.

* RUNNING: Organizers of the Army Ten-Miler expect the field of 20,000 to fill up by the end of this week, the earliest the race has ever closed. Last year, the race sold out on Labor Day weekend, the previous earliest sellout. The Oct. 2 race is the largest 10-mile race in the U.S.

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