Digest (March 6): Baltimore City Community College winsregion championship, advances to district title game

Baltimore City Community College will compete this weekend for a district championship in men's basketball. The Panthers (20-1) won the National Junior College Athletic Association Region 20 Division I championship with an 84-68 semifinal victory over Harford CC on Saturday and an 80-78 championship-game win over Allegany College on Sunday. BCCC will travel to New York City this weekend to face ASA College for the district championship at a time and place to be determined. The winner advances to Hutchinson, Kan., to compete for the NJCAA Division I national title. Freshman Ed Oliver-Hampton led the way against Harford with 26 points and 16 rebounds, while Kevin Holston added 14 points and Malik Marrow (12) and De'Ante Robinson (11) also scored in double figures. In the championship game, Marrow had 29 points and Robinson added 12. This is the third region championship in the past five seasons for coach Terry Maczko's team.

Indoor soccer

Blast open MASL playoffswith first game at Syracuse

The Blast open the Major Arena Soccer League playoffs on Thursday at Syracuse at 7:05 p.m. in the first game of the Eastern Divisional playoffs. The second game will be in Baltimore on Sunday at 5:05 p.m. at SECU Arena. Game 3, which is a 15-minute mini game, would immediately follow Game 2 on Sunday evening, if necessary. Should the Blast defeat Syracuse and advance in the playoffs, the conference championship game would be in Baltimore on March 16 at 7:35 p.m. at SECU Arena against the winner of the series between the Milwaukee Wave and Cedar Rapids Rampage. Tickets are available at 410-732-5278 or ticketmaster.com.

Pro football

Bears put transition tagon Mt. St. Joe grad Fuller

The Chicago Bears have placed the transition tag on veteran defensive back Kyle Fuller (Mount Saint Joseph), giving them a chance to match any offer he might receive in free agency. Fuller, 26, is considered a key player for Chicago's defense. The tag, announced Tuesday, guarantees Fuller $12.9 million next season. Fuller can sign an offer sheet with another team, but the Bears get a chance to match it and they are expected to seek a multiyear deal. The team gets no compensation if they choose not to match. Chicago hasn't used a transition tag since 2001, when it was applied to defensive lineman Bryan Robinson.

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J. Hopkins sending recordnumber to swimming finals

Johns Hopkins will send a program-record 14 women's swimmers to the NCAA championships in two weeks. The championships will be held March 21-24 at the Indiana University Natatorium. Leading the way for the Blue Jays are five seniors who are making their fourth appearance at the NCAA championships: Lena Bless, Courtney Cowan, Kaitlin Jones, Gwynnie LaMastra and Anna Wisniewski. Junior Natalia Rincon is making her third trip to NCAAs while sophomores Sonia Lin, Kristen Petersen and Alison Shapiro are making their second trip. Making their first appearance at the championships are senior Sara Wujciak, sophomore Michelle Wang and freshmen Mikayla Bisignani, Emma McElrath and Amy Pearson. ... The Johns Hopkins men's swim team will send 13 to the finals. Leading the way for the Blue Jays men are seniors Davis Knox, Emile Kuyl, Kyle Otazu and Mark Wilson, who are making their fourth appearance at the NCAA championships. Seniors Michael Ashmead and Jan Hagemeister and juniors Emile Kuyl, Peter Lazorchak and Michael Wohl are making their third trip to NCAAs. Senior Peter Conzola is making his second appearance, while junior Alex Carson, sophomore Brandon Fabian and freshmen Nat Davenport and Marcelo Lauzurique are all making their first trip.

Men's college lacrosse: Loyola Maryland freshman Kevin Lindley was named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Team of the Week after scoring 11 goals in two Greyhounds victories last week. Lindley's week was capped by a record-setting eight goals and an assist against Holy Cross on Sunday. ... Maryland senior midfielder Connor Kelly is the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, and Terps faceoff specialist Justin Shockey is the Freshman of the Week.

Women's college lacrosse: Maryland senior attacker Megan Whittle was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week and Terps sophomore defender Lizzie Colson was named Defensive Player of the Week. Johns Hopkins freshman midfielder Shelby Harrison was the Freshman of the Week. ... Senior midfielder Sarah Wendt (Howard) had career highs of six goals and three assists to lead host Shepherd (2-2) to a 23-12 win over Ursuline on Tuesday. Freshman attacker Regan Brown (Manchester Valley) added four goals and five assists.

College baseball: Mount St. Mary's coach Scott Thomson (Westminser) will be inducted into the Carroll County Sports Hall of Fame on April 13 at Carroll Community College. ... McDaniel allowed just one hit in a 17-0 victory at Gallaudet. Brad Thaxton threw four no-hit innings for the Green Terror (1-1) with four strikeouts.

College football: Bowie State will open its 2018 season on the road at Football Championship Subdivision opponent Wagner on Aug. 30 at 6 p.m. The Bulldogs begin Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association play Sept. 22, making a trip to Raleigh, N.C., to face Saint Augustine's at 1 p.m. and will make their home debut Sept. 29 against Winston-Salem State at 4 p.m.

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