Nairn scores game-winner as Spirit makes playoff push
Christine Nairn (Archbishop Spalding) scored the game-winner in the 67th minute as the host Washington Spirit defeated second-place FC Kansas City, 2-1, in the National Women's Soccer League on Wednesday night. Washington, playing without leading scorer Jodie Taylor, went down a goal in the 18th minute, but Kerstin Garefrekes tied the game in the 49th and Nairn put the team ahead to stay after that. With just three more regular-season matches, the Spirit (9-8-4) is in third place — six points behind Kansas City (11-6-4) — and in good position to qualify for the postseason. Washington next plays Saturday night against Chicago at Maryland SoccerPlex.
Men's college lacrosse
Loyola Maryland will play at Maryland next season in a rematch of the Greyhounds' 9-3 win in the 2012 national championship game. The game is scheduled for April 8 in College Park, with the time to be announced later. "In a year that we are scrimmaging Johns Hopkins and not playing them during the regular season, it was important to us to add a strong RPI and strength-of-schedule nonconference game," Loyola coach Charley Toomey said via email. "It is a game that makes sense for both universities, and we are excited about the possibility of adding it to the schedule permanently going forward." It will be the third meeting in four seasons for the teams, with Maryland holding a 20-2 lead in the all-time series.
For more of Jon Fogg's blog post on the game, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseinsider
Mount St. Joseph running back Nevone McCrimmon, who led the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference in rushing as a sophomore but was hampered by injuries last season, has committed to play football for Toledo. McCrimmon chose the Rockets, picked by their local media to win the Mid-American Conference's West Division next season, over offers from Wake Forest, Boston College and Connecticut. "I wanted to be a little bit different," he said.
Conference honor: Recently graduated Coppin State triple jumper Christina Epps was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Woman of the Year. The award celebrates the achievements of senior student-athletes who have excelled in academics, athletics, service and leadership. Epps is the first woman from Coppin State to receive the honor.
The Washington Nationals acquired infielder Asdrubal Cabrera from the Cleveland Indians for infield prospect Zach Walters, dealing a young player with potential for a veteran capable of replacing injured third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in the lineup. A shortstop in Cleveland, Cabrera can play second base in Washington, moving Danny Espinosa back to a bench role and allowing Anthony Rendon to play third. The Indians also sent cash to the Nationals in the trade, which came an hour before Thursday's 4 p.m. trade deadline. Cabrera, 29, hasn't played second base since 2009 but has played 162 games there in his career. An All-Star in 2011 and 2012, he's hitting .246/.305/.386 with nine homers this season. Walters, 24, played 60 games with Triple-A Syracuse this season but also hit .205 with a .741 OPS in 43 big league plate appearances.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Boxing: Washington native Lamont Peterson will look to defend his International Boxing Federation junior welterweight title Aug. 9 against Edgar Santana at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Peterson (36-2-1, 16 knockouts) will be fighting for the first time since Jan. 25, when he scored a unanimous 12-round decision over then-undefeated Dierry Jean at the D.C. Armory to retain his IBF belt.
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post
Boys lacrosse: The Diamondbacks Lacrosse Club will hold open tryouts starting Sunday at Archbishop Spalding. Go to diamondback-lacrosse.com to register. For questions, email email@example.com.
Football: Bel Air's Christopher Heidel, who started HerbFM and manages events and broadcasts for the station, was named director of communications for American Indoor Football.