The Blast are inviting fans to help them celebrate their third straight Major Arena Soccer League championship with a gathering set for 7 p.m. Friday at Towson University's SECU Arena. Blast players, coaches and staff will be on hand along with the 2018 Ron Newman Cup, which was awarded to the team after its 4-3 win over the Monterrey Flash on Sunday. It was Baltimore's 10th professional indoor soccer championship. The event and parking are free. Fans are asked to park in Lot 21 and enter the arena at Gate 2. Concessions and Blast merchandise will be on sale, and orders will be taken for championship merchandise. Coach Danny Kelly and goalkeeper William Vanzela , the championship game's Most Valuable Player, will be among the team members to speak. The Blast will announce when the auction for game-worn home jerseys will take place.


— Glenn Graham


Tiafoe upsets Berdych, then loses to Anderson in Miami

Unseeded Frances Tiafoe, a resident of Riverdale in Prince George's County, finished with mixed results in the Miami Open on Tuesday. Tiafoe completed a suspended Monday match, upsetting 10th-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, 6-7 (2), 6-2, 7-6 (1). The match earned the College Park-trained player a spot in the Round of 16, where he was beaten by No. 6 seed Kevin Anderson of South Africa, 7-6 (3), 6-4. Also Tuesday, American John Isner upset second-seeded Marin Cilic of Croatia, 7-6 (0), 6-3, to reach the quarterfinals.


Maryland 's Confroy enteredin 3-point shooting contest

Maryland senior Kristen Confroy will compete in the State Farm College Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships on Thursday. The 30th annual event, which will show case the dunking and long-range shooting talents of 24 of the country's premier college basketball players, will air live on ESPN2 at 9 p.m. Thursday from Greehey Arena at St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Fans can also watch through WatchESPN.com and the Watch ESPN app. Confroy led the Big Ten and was No. 8 in the NCAA in 3-point field-goal percentage (.450). She averaged 9.5 points with 5.1 rebounds per game as she helped the Terps to a 26-8 record.

Paralympics: Noah Grove, 18, of Frederick, who had his left leg amputated below the knee when he was 5 years old, won a gold medal this month as part of the U.S. men's sled hockey team at the Winter Games in Gangneung, South Korea. Grove is the son of Chris Grove, who won more than 680 races as a horse trainer based in Maryland. Grove, a forward, played in all five games, totaling three goals and three assists.

Pro hockey: The Capitals recalled goaltender Pheonix Copley from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Copley, 26, has a 14-16-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.86 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage in 38 games with Hershey.

Arena Football League : Baltimore Brigade coach Omarr Smith named Walt Housman, Cedric Walker, James Roe and Scott Bailey his assistant coaches. The Brigade open their season April 13 at 7 p.m. against the Washington Valor at Royal Farms Arena. ... The AFL announced the appointment of Randall Boe as its commissioner and Ron Jaworski as chairman of the AFL executive committee.

Men's college basketball: Mount St. Mary's guard Junior Robinson was named an Associated Press honorable mention All-American.

Men's college football: Towson's Rob Ambrose announced the additions of Matt Applebaum, Collin Bauer and Justin Lima to his coaching staff.

Men's college lacrosse: Navy sophomore Ryan Kern was named the Patriot League Goalkeeper of the Week and named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association National Team of the Week. Kern made 18 saves to help hold league-leader Lehigh to a season-low seven goals. ... Johns Hopkins freshman Connor DeSimone was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week and senior Joel Tinney ws named to USILA Team of the Week. ... McDaniel sophomore Jakob Katzen was named the USILA Team of the Week. ...Maryland senior Bryce Young was named Big Ten Defender of the Week and freshman Justin Shockey was named Specialist of the Week. Young was also named to the USILA Team of the Week. ... Colton Rupp, Clarke Petterson and Jeff Teat each scored three goals to lead No. 13 Cornell (5-3) to a 23-5 rout over visiting Air Force (3-7). ... Host Stevenson (2-5, 1-0 Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth) scored a school-record number of goals in a 32-7 victory over Alvernia (0-7, 0-1). Jacob Tatum led the Mustangs with four goals.

Women's college lacrosse: Maryland attacker Megan Whittle (McDonogh) was named Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week, goalie Megan Taylor (Glenelg) was Defensive Player of the Week and midfielder Grace Griffin (Liberty) was Freshman of the Week. ... Third-ranked Salisbury (9-0) defeated Wesley, 20-4, as Lydia McNulty (Broadneck), Emma Skoglund and Taylor Poore each had a hat trick.


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