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Mary­land placed head foot­ball coach DJ Durkin on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave Sat­ur­day while the school scru­ti­nizes al­le­ga­tions of poor be­hav­ior by the foot­ball staff, ap­par­ent mis­deeds that came to light fol­low­ing the death of a player.

In an open let­ter, ath­letic di­rec­tor Da­mon Evans wrote: “At this time, the best de­ci­sion for our foot­ball pro­gram is to place Mary­land head foot­ball coach DJ Durkin on leave so we can prop­erly re­view the cul­ture of the pro­gram.”

Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Matt Canada will serve as in­terim coach.

Ear­lier Sat­ur­day, Rick Court, the head of the foot­ball team’s strength and con­di­tion­ing staff, was placed on paid leave while the school in­ves­ti­gates claims he ver­bally abused and hu­mil­i­ated play­ers, ac­cord­ing to a per­son briefed on the sit­u­a­tion.

Mary­land has also placed two ath­letic train­ing staffers it did not iden­tify on leave as it in­ves­ti­gates the death of Jor­dan Mcnair. The 19-year-old of­fen­sive line­man was hos­pi­tal­ized May 29 af­ter a team work­out and died June 13. Dr. Rod Wal­ters, a for­mer col­lege ath­letic trainer, has been hired by Mary­land to in­ves­ti­gate the cir­cum­stances of the death. A re­port is ex­pected by Sept. 15.

Out­laws ad­vance to ti­tle game.

MD.» At­tack­man Eric Law

AN­NAPO­LIS, had two goals and four as­sists to help lead the Out­laws to a 13-12 vic­tory over the Ch­e­sa­peake Bay­hawks in the Ma­jor League Lacrosse semi­fi­nals, as Denver ad­vanced to the league cham­pi­onship game.

The Out­laws will meet the win­ner of Sat­ur­day night’s Dal­las-new York game for the ti­tle next Sat­ur­day at 5 p.m. in Charlotte, N.C.

Wade would play only for Heat.

FLA.» If Dwyane


Wade plays this sea­son, it will be in a Mi­ami Heat uni­form.

It’s still a sig­nif­i­cant “if.” Wade, speak­ing dur­ing an ap­pear­ance at the Jr. NBA World Cham­pi­onship, told re­porters that he doesn’t have a timetable for when he’ll make a de­ci­sion on whether to re­turn to the heat this sea­son.

He did make clear, how­ever, that the Heat is the only team he’s con­sid­er­ing.

Wade and Udo­nis Haslem, both of whom would be en­ter­ing their 16th sea­sons if they con­tinue, re­main un­signed with about six weeks left be­fore the start of train­ing camp. Haslem has spent his en­tire NBA ca­reer with the Heat.

Ledecky wins 400 at Pan Pa­cific. TOKYO» Katie Ledecky, the Olympic and world cham­pion and world record-holder in the 400 freestyle, won that race at the Pan Pa­cific Cham­pi­onships in 3 min­utes 58.50 sec­onds, the sixth-fastest time at the dis­tance. She has the 10 fastest times in the event.

The win made up for fin­ish­ing third on Thurs­day in the 200 freestyle, a rare loss for the reign­ing Olympic cham­pion in the 200, 400 and 800 freestyle.

Fel­low Amer­i­can Caeleb Dres­sel, who won seven gold medals last year at the world cham­pi­onships, won the 100 but­ter­fly in 50.75, just 0.25 off his sea­son’s best, which is also the best in the world this year.

Chase Kal­isz picked up another vic­tory for the United States, tak­ing the 200 in­di­vid­ual med­ley in 1:55.40.

Halep, Stephens ad­vance to fi­nal in Rogers Cup. MON­TREAL» Si­mona Halep beat Ash­leigh Barty 6-4, 6-1 to reach the fi­nal Rogers Cup fi­nal.

The top-ranked Ro­ma­nian will play for the ti­tle Sun­day against the thir­dranked Sloane Stephens, who beat fifth-seeded Elina Svi­tolina 6-3, 6-3.

Pique re­tires from Spain’s na­tional team. SPAIN» Barcelona

BARCELONA, de­fender Ger­ard Pique con­firmed he has re­tired from Spain’s na­tional team.

Pique, 31, said he has told new Spain coach Luis En­rique that the World Cup was his last tour­na­ment with “La Roja.”

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