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Maryland’s Brionna Jones denied access into Turkey

This is the Maryland Minute, a short story followed by a roundup of Terps-related news.

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Following her rookie season with the Connecticut Sun, former Maryland women’s basketball star Brionna Jones was on her way into Turkey with her offseason club when diplomacy struck.

Due to the nature of WNBA contracts, many players also join teams overseas to supplement their income. Jones and the Phoenix Mercury’s Emma Cannon were heading to their first game with Russian team Nadezhda when their visas were denied due to a diplomatic issue between the United States and Turkey, the Associated Press reported Tuesday.

The two nations recently imposed dueling visa bans on each other, and some Euroleague imports are now stuck in the mix. Besides Jones and Cannon, Chelsea Gray and Jantel Lavender from the Los Angeles Sparks are stuck in the States for now, coming off a FInals loss to the Minnesota Lynx.

Kia Vaughn, Kiah Stokes and Bria Hartley, all of the New York Liberty, had valid visas and were in the country before the bans were implemented.

In other news

Maryland football added another commit last night, as three-star defensive tackle Jalen Alexander became the newest member of Maryland’s 2018 class.

The Terps have come to count on Josh Woods making plays at safety, and he’s settling in to the new role nicely.

This week’s podcast focused on if the Terps’ offense can bounce back from its disappointing showing against Ohio State.

Women’s soccer has now dropped three straight, as their scoring slump reached 300 minutes against No. 12 Ohio State.

Field hockey has a tough weekend ahead, as they invite two top-25 conference foes to College Park.

Men’s soccer plays its last road game in Wisconsin tonight in a rematch of the 2016 Big Ten championship.

Former Maryland football star Ken Schroy is not a fan of the Terps’ new uniforms, from The Baltimore Sun.

Men’s soccer coach Sasho Cirovski and other coaches say the effects of the men’s national team’s World Cup miss won’t reverberate down to the grassroots level, from The Washington Post.