Rules changes in boys youth lacrosse stress safety, sportsmanship

US Lacrosse: "There is no justification for deliberate and violent collision by any player at any youth level.

US Lacrosse announced the 2016 US Lacrosse Boys' Youth Rules on Thursday, including points of emphasis that promote safety and sportsmanship. On the subject of violent contact, the US Lacrosse rules say "there is no justification for deliberate and violent collision by any player at any youth level, especially intentional player-to-player collisions with defenseless players (so-called blind side and buddy-pass checks), checks involving the head and/or neck, and excessive body-checks." The subcommittee also said there is a concern that slashing is too common in boys youth lacrosse. While no one-handed checks are allowed, the subcommittee also noted that the only permissible check with the crosse is on the opponent's crosse or his gloved hand on his crosse. Any blow with the crosse anywhere else on an opponent is to be deemed slashing and should be called as such by officials. Further, the 3-yard rule states that all legal checks, holds or pushes must be on a player with possession of the ball or within 3 yards of a loose ball. This rule varies from 5-yard allowance within the National Federation of State High School Associations rules.

 Major Arena Soccer League: The Blast's Feb. 11 home game against the Syracuse Silver Knights has been moved to Jan. 2. Kickoff will be at 7:35 p.m. at Royal Farms Arena.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United and midfielder Chris Rolfe have agreed to a contract extension. In his ninth season in MLS and his second with the team, Rolfe has a career-high and team-leading 10 goals and four assists in 27 regular season appearances (26 starts).

Sailing: Ten teams will race in Navy 44 sloops for the U.S. Offshore Sailing Championship this weekend on the Chesapeake Bay. Hosted by the Naval Academy Sailing Squadron in Annapolis, the competition will run today through Sunday. For information, go to ussailing.org/offshorechamps15_preview.

Laurel Park: Gregory Bentley's Lola Beaux, a daughter of Equiano who began her career in Ireland, steps into graded-stakes company Saturday when she faces 11 other 3-year-old fillies in the $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks (Grade 3). The 11/8-mile Oaks, presented by the Virginia Equine Alliance, highlights an 11-race card. First race post is 1:10 p.m.

NHL: T.J. Oshie scored the lone shootout goal in the Washington Capitals' 4-3 preseason road victory over the Montreal Canadiens. Oshie, Andre Burakovsky and Alex Ovechkin scored for the Capitals in regulation.

NBA: The Washington Wizards are expected to sign 6-foot-4 guard Jaron Johnson to a nonguaranteed contract and have him report for training camp next week at Towson University, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Johnson, 23, went undrafted out of Louisiana Tech in 2014 and played for the D-League's Rio Grande Valley Vipers last season.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

College wrestling: Cody Cleveland, a three-Time Southern Conference champion and 2008 All-American at Tennessee at Chattanooga, was named an assistant coach at Navy.

College football: The National Football Foundation named Navy senior guard E.K. Binns a Division I Football Bowl Subdivision semifinalist for the Campbell Trophy, a scholar-athlete award. Johns Hopkins senior offensive lineman Rowan Cade is a Division III semifinalist.

Women's college volleyball: Towson (13-2) rallied from a 2-0 deficit in its Colonial Athletic Association opener Wednesday night but could not complete its comeback in a 3-2 loss to host James Madison (11-3).

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