The Washington Nationals had three arbitration-eligible players this winter — Anthony Rendon, Tanner Roark and Michael A. Taylor — a smaller class than they've had in recent years, but a noteworthy one. Rendon compiled an MVP-caliber season last year. Taylor was a Gold Glove finalist. Roark, who experienced some regression, is nevertheless a key part of an aging rotation. Roark settled at $6.475 million early in the day Friday, according to people familiar with the situation who confirmed a report by USA Today. Taylor settled at $2.525 million, according to a person familiar with his situation. But word of a Rendon deal did not come, and a person familiar with the situation confirmed that the Nationals did not come to terms with their MVP-caliber third baseman before the deadline. That does not mean they will not reach an agreement before a hearing. Often, the Nationals settle with their players before that deadline, choosing to find middle ground outside of league-sanctioned arbitration hearings that can often produce ill-will. If the team and the player do not settle by that deadline, they may still negotiate until a hearing, though some teams — referred to as "file-and-trial" clubs — set that filing deadline as a drop-dead moment. The Nationals have not held to that rule without exception, but do tend to go to hearings if they have not settled by the deadline. Hearings usually take place in February, and given that the team argues a player's value down, those hearings can often foster awkwardness.
— Chlesea Janes, The Washington Post
Orioles spring training: Individual tickets for all 16 of the Orioles' spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla, will go on sale today at 10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at orioles.com/spring. Call the Orioles spring training office, 941-893-6312, for information.
Blast edge Silver Knightsfor second straight OT win
The Blast won their second straight overtime game by a score of 5-4 over the Silver Knights in Syracuse on Friday night during a Major Arena Soccer League game. In front of an announced crowd of 1,747, Jon Orlando had two goals and Tony Donatelli recorded two assists for the Blast. Bo Jelovac and Kenardo Forbes each recorded a goal and an assist for Syracuse. William Vanzela had 14 saves in the game for Baltimore. The Blast are back in action with two home games at SECU Arena next weekend. They host the Kansas City Comets on Friday at 7:35 p.m. and host the Harrisburg Heat next Saturday at 6:05 p.m.
Towson women rally pastNorth Carolina Wilmington
Towson's women's basketball team erased an 11-point second-quarter deficit, built an eight-point lead in the fourth quarter and held on for a 72-71 victory over visiting North Carolina Wilmington on Friday night. Nukiya Mayo led Towson with 27 points and 17 rebounds. Mary Cuevas added 11 points for the Tigers (7-9).
Pro basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association announced three of last season's players — Jermaine Bolden (Douglas), Torey Fassett (Atholton) and Benny Iko (Laurel) — signed professional contracts with teams in the Antiguan National League.
College baseball: Washington College senior outfielder Matt Tancredi (outfield) and sophomore designated hitter Ryan Zwier were named to the NCAA Division III Players to Watch List by the Collegiate Baseball News. ... D3baseball.com named Salisbury junior Jack Barry to its Preseason Honorable Mention All-America list.
Redskins: Washington Redskins assistant offensive line coach Kevin Carberry is leaving to join Stanford's football staff, a source confirmed. Carberry, who spent the past two seasons working under veteran offensive line coach Bill Callahan, will be Stanford's run game coordinator and offensive line coach.
Basketball clinic: The Goucher College men's basketball program will host a shooting clinic inside the Decker Sports and Recreation Center on Friday from 7-9 p.m. The clinic costs $30 per participant. For more information and to sign up, contact Tom Rose at firstname.lastname@example.org.
— From Sun staff and news services