Digest (Jan. 26): Blast defeat Heat, 4-2, for 7th straight victory

The Blast defeated the host Harrisburg Heat, 4-2, in a Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division matchup Friday night. Tony Donatelli scored two goals for the Blast, who won their seventh straight game. Elmo Neto had two goals for Harrisburg. The Blast went 3-for-3 on the power play, while Harrisburg was 1-for-1 on the power play. Vini Dantas had one goal and one assist for the Blast and goalkeeper Joey Kapinos recorded 12 saves. Defender Pat Healey had eight blocked shots for Baltimore. Harrisburg goalkeeper Hugo Silva had nine saves. The Blast host the Syracuse Silver Knights at SECU Arena next Saturday at 6:05 p.m.

College basketball

Loyola Maryland men's basketball alum Jarred Jones (John Carroll) has signed a professional contract and will join the German team CityBasket Recklinhausen for the home stretch of the Regional League. CityBasket Recklinhausen is 9-8 this season in the league's West Division.

UMBC finale: The UMBC men's basketball team (14-8, 5-2 America East) will play the program's final game at the RAC Arena today at 1 p.m. when the Retrievers host Maine (5-17, 2-5 AE). The game will be broadcast on ESPN3. The RAC Arena, first known as Gymnasium Two and then the UMBC Fieldhouse, served as the home for Retriever basketball for 45 years, starting in 1973. Nearly 600 men's intercollegiate games have been played in the facility, ranging from local classics in the 1970's Baltimore Metro Classic to the 2008 America East Championship game. UMBC has just set a school Division I record in the building, opening the current season with 10 consecutive victories. The women's team will play the final game vs. Stony Brook on Wednesday. The men christen the new 5,000-seat UMBC Event Center on Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. against Vermont.

Women: UMES freshman forward Bairesha Gill-Miles won her fifth Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week award of the season. The 6-foot forward averaged a double double last week, going for 15.5 points and 10.0 rebounds in two games.

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MASN plans to broadcastOrioles, Nats spring games

MASN will broadcast seven Orioles and seven Nationals spring training games during the 2018 Grapefruit League season. All games will appear on MASN, beginning with the Orioles' home opener on Feb. 23 game against the Tampa Bay Rays in Sarasota, Fla., and the Nationals' Feb. 25 game against the Atlanta Braves. The MASN spring training schedule for the Orioles is as follows: Feb 23 at 1 p.m., Tampa Bay Rays (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); Feb. 28 at 1 p.m., St. Louis Cardinals (replays at 9 p.m.); March 4 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 11 at 6 p.m., Philadelphia Phillies (replay on March 12 at noon); March 14 at 1 p.m., New York Yankees (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 20 at 6 p.m., Tampa Bay Rays (replay at 11:30 p.m.); March 22 at 1 p.m., Boston Red Sox (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.). The MASN spring training schedule for the Nationals is as follows: Feb. 25 at 1 p.m., Atlanta Braves (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 6 at 1 p.m., Houston Astros (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 11 at 1 p.m., St. Louis Cardinals (replay at 11:30 p.m.); March 13 at 7 p.m., New York Mets (replay at 11:30 p.m.); March 16 at 1 p.m., St. Louis Cardinals (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 21 at 1 p.m., Houston Astros (replays at 7 p.m. and 11:30 p.m.); March 23 at 6 p.m., Houston Astros (replay at 11:30 p.m.). For more information, go to MASNsports.com.

Baseball discussion: A panel discussion on "Talking and Writing Baseball" will be held Feb. 5 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Maryland's Knight Hall, featuring Eduardo Encina of The Baltimore Sun, Tim Kurkjian of ESPN and Jorge Castillo of The Washington Post.

Bass fishing: Bryan Schmitt (Deale) brought a five-bass limit to the scale Friday weighing 23 pounds, 8 ounces, to slightly extend his lead after Day 2 of the FLW Tour at Lake Okeechobee presented by Evinrude. He'll bring a slim 14-ounce lead over General Tire pro Mark Rose of West Memphis, Ark., into Day 3 of the four-day event that featured a field of 376 of the world's best bass-fishing professionals casting for top awards of up to $125,000.

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