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Digest: Four Navy seniors invited to All-Star football games

D.C. United to open season with rematch at Dynamo; Babe's Birthday Bash to be held Feb. 8 at Sports Legends Museum

Sports Digest

12:36 AM EST, December 19, 2012

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Navy football

Four seniors invited to All-Star games

Navy seniors Brandon Turner, Gee Gee Greene, Tra'ves Bush and Keegan Wetzel have been invited to postseason All-Star games. Turner was invited to both the Casino Del Sol All-Star game on Jan. 11 in Tucson, Ariz., and the East-West Shrine Game on Jan. 19 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Turner will play in the East-West Shrine Game. Greene was invited to the Raycom All-Star Football Classic, which will be played Jan. 19 in Montgomery, Ala., and to the inaugural South Carolina College All-Star Game, which will be played March 23 in Greenville. Greene plans on playing in both games. Bush was also invited to the South Carolina College All-Star Game. Wetzel will play in the Casino Del Sol All-Star game.

More honors: Navy senior offensive linemen Josh Cabral and Ryan Paulson, sophomore punter Pablo Beltran and freshman kicker Nick Sloan were named All-East by the Football Bowl Subdivision coaches along the East Coast.

Lacrosse

Navy ranked 5th in Patriot; Bayhawks get Malphrus

The Navy men's lacrosse team is ranked fifth in the Patriot League in Inside Lacrosse's Face-Off Yearbook preseason coaches' poll. Lehigh, coming off its first league championship, is picked to finish first again in the coaches' poll, with Colgate second and Bucknell third. Long-stick midfielder-defenseman Pat Kiernan was the Midshipmen's lone representative on the Preseason All-Patriot League team. The Mids have failed to make the conference tournament each of the past two seasons, the only times that has happened.

Varsity: Regional high school lacrosse powers Calvert Hall and Gonzaga (D.C.) will play March23 at a neutral site, according to Inside Lacrosse. The Cardinals won last season's Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference championship, while the Eagles finished 20-1 and No. 2 behind Calvert Hall in the Inside Lacrosse Mid-Atlantic regional rankings.

Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks added defenseman Bray Malphrus, a Chevy Chase native and Georgetown Prep graduate, from the player pool. Malphrus played for the Bayhawks the past two seasons after being acquired before the 2011 season on the waiver wire. Last season, Malphrus left the team and flew to boot camp in Georgia after the Bayhawks defeated the Hamilton Nationals, 20-7, on May 18. ... MLL announced that CBS Sports Network will feature 20 live, nationally televised games during the 2013 season. The deal includes an increase of six games from the inaugural season of MLL on the network in 2012 as well as 18 episodes of "Inside the MLL," the league's 30-minute magazine show. The show provides fans with an inside look at teams, players and coaches, including behind-the-scenes video and analysis before each game. The 2013 MLL schedule will be announced later.

Major League Soccer

D.C. United to open season with rematch at Dynamo

D.C. United will begin the 2013 Major League Soccer regular season March 2 at Houston, a rematch of the Eastern Conference finals against the Dynamo, and play its home opener a week later against Real Salt Lake. With the league announcing the first home games for all 19 clubs Tuesday, United also learned it will serve as the first opponent for New York's season debut at Red Bull Arena on March 16. The remainder of United's 34-game schedule will be finalized in a few weeks. March 2 is the earliest start for MLS in its 18-season history. United, which had the third-most points in the league last season, will encounter a difficult first three games: Houston lost to Los Angeles in the MLS Cup final and has never lost at home to D.C. since settling in Texas from Northern California in 2006; Real Salt Lake was the sixth-best side in MLS' regular season this year; and the Red Bulls were fifth before falling to United in the Eastern semifinals.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Et cetera

Babe's Birthday Bash to be Feb. 8 at Sports Legends

The Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation announced that it will host its annual "Babe's Birthday Bash" on Feb. 8 from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Sports Legends Museum. The event will celebrate the 118th anniversary of Babe Ruth's birth in Baltimore on Feb. 6, 1895. Tickets to the event are $45 each for members of the museum; $55 apiece for the general public when purchased in advance; and $60 each at the door on the night of the event. Ten or more tickets purchased together are discounted at $40 each. The evening will include admission to the museum's galleries; unlimited ballpark-inspired food and beverages; a silent auction; appearances by local professional and amateur athletes; and free parking at Camden Yards.

Men's college basketball: Coppin State junior forward Michael Murray was selected as the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Player of the Week.

Women's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's junior guard Sydney Henderson was chosen as the Northeast Conference Player of the Week. ... Salisbury sophomore point guard Anna Hackett was named the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Goldey-Beacom senior guard Devonne Richardson (Milford Mill) received honorable mention from the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference.

College wrestling: Maryland junior Jimmy Sheptock was selected as the Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week for the second time this season.

Men's college soccer: UMBC was ranked No.28 in the final College Soccer News national poll. The ranking was the highest for the Retrievers since the website debuted in 2000.

From Sun staff and news services