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First look: Maryland freshman Michal Cekovsky takes challenge

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First look: Maryland freshman Michal Cekovsky takes challenge

We haven't seen much of Michal Cekovsky, the incoming Maryland freshman who will be tasked with carry much of the scoring load in the Terrapins front court in 2014-15. But on Tuesday we got another glimpse, thanks to his ALS Ice Bucket Challenge entry.

Maryland head coach Mark Turgeon has been high on Cekovsky since he got to College Park early this summer. At seven feet tall, he has a versatile offensive game and will be needed in a front court that is depleted and underdeveloped on that end of the floor. But Turgeon was quick to denounce the most convenient connection between the freshman and a former Maryland player.

"He's not Alex [Len]. I don't want to compare him to Alex," Turgeon told CSN in June. "They're different players."

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But Cekovsky is continuing to adjust socially Turgeon said, much like his former star who is now in the NBA.

"Like Alex, I'm sure it's going to take him a while to feel comfortable," Turgeon said.

"Doesn't know anybody. He does speak English pretty well, but I'm sure he's a little bit nervous and anxious right now and hopefully being here all summer is going to help him feel more comfortable by the time school starts in September."




"He's a talent."

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Video: Terps' football coach DJ Durkin throws out first pitch for the O's

Video: Terps' football coach DJ Durkin throws out first pitch for the O's

BY JEREMY FIALKOW (@JeremyFialkow)

One football coach threw out the ceremonial first pitch for the Orioles on Wednesday, and it wasn't John Harbaugh ... nor was it Jay Gruden.

In fact, it was the new head coach of the Terps, DJ Durkin, that impressed the not-so-packed crowd in Baltimore with a ball thrown right down the middle, albeit maybe a little high.

Just to be extra certain not to embarrass himself in front of the home crowd, Durkin was caught taking practice reps behind the scenes.

It's safe to say practice makes perfect.

Rumor has it, if either the Colorado Rockies or Orioles run out of arms late in the game, Durkin could be lurking in the bullpen ready to go.

RELATED: TERPS DISCUSS TROPHY RIVALRY GAME WITH RUTGERS

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Report: Maryland, Rutgers discussing trophy rivalry football game

Report: Maryland, Rutgers discussing trophy rivalry football game

Maryland and Rutgers have engaged in "preliminary discussions" to start an annual rivalry football game -- with a trophy on the line -- according to a report Tuesday from NJ.com. The report cites Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs and football coach Chris Ash. 

Rutgers and Maryland both joined the Big Ten East in July 2014 and have played two games against each other since becoming members of the conference. The Scarlet Knights beat the Terrapins in 2014, 41-38. The Terrapins won in 2015, 46-41, in the lone victory under interim head coach Mike Locksley.

The Big Ten is full of trophy games, including Illinois-Northwestern, Iowa-Wisconsin, and Minnesota-Wisconsin.

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Report: Former 4-star CB to enroll at Maryland after leaving Florida

Report: Former 4-star CB to enroll at Maryland after leaving Florida

Former four-star cornerback J.C. Jackson will enroll at Maryland and be immediately eligible to play for the Terrapins in 2016, according to a report from 247Sports.com.

Coming out of the high school class of 2014, Jackson as the 21st-best player in the country at his position and the No. 243 overall player in the nation according to Rivals.com.

He signed with Florida and redshirted his freshman season. In April 2015, he was charged with three felony counts of armed robbery and another felony charge of burglary stemming from an alleged home invasion in Florida. 

In Nov. 2015, Jackson was found not guilty on all four charges. He did not return to play for the Gators, instead transferring to Riverside CC (Calif.). 

Maryland head coach DJ Durkin is the former defensive coordinator at Florida. He served on the program's staff from 2010-14.

Maryland is losing three starters in its secondary from 2015, with senior Will Likely being the only featured player returning. That lack of depth figures to give Jackson an opportunity to start in 2016.