Blast defeats Wave, 5-3, for 11th straight win

In its closest victory of the season, the Blast defeated the host Milwaukee Wave, 5-3, for its 11th straight Major Arena Soccer League win. Goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 24 saves, while Adauto Neto had two goals to lead the Blast (11-0). Mike Deasel scored off an assist from Diego Zuniga to give the Blast an early 1-0 lead. After the Wave (8-6) tied the game, Neto responded with his fifth goal of the season. Milwaukee matched the Blast again in the third quarter, and the game headed to the fourth tied at 2. Putting the game away for the Blast were goal scorers Neto, Vini Dantas and Adriano Dos Santos.

Horse racing: Apprentice jockey Darius Thorpe, the son of Avon Thorpe, the longtime assistant to legendary Maryland trainer King T. Leatherbury, won his first professional race at Laurel Park. Riding the gelding Rainbowappears, Thorpe rallied to win the fifth race, a $5,000 claiming event at 6furlongs. As he returned to the jockey's quarters, the building was crowded with racing officials, employees and fans who cheered as Thorpe was doused with the traditional shower of water from fellow riders. The 19-year old won an amateur race in 2014 and started riding professionally in the fall at Laurel. "He knows how to handle a horse but he needs experience," Leatherbury said. "He's still learning and I expect him to do well."


Women's college basketball: Senior forward LaTorri Hines-Allen had 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead visiting Towson past the College of Charleston, 56-52. Freshman guard Breonn Hughey added 12 points and a game-high five assists for the Tigers, who improved to 7-10 overall and 3-2 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Cougars, who fell to 3-13, 1-4, were held to 34.9percent shooting from the field.

College softball: Morgan State senior third baseman Claudette Tanabe-Smith and senior outfielder Zina Constancia and Coppin State senior shortstop Candice Van Horn were named preseason All-Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference second-team selections. The Eagles and Bears were picked to finish fourth and fifth in the MEAC Northern Division, respectively.


Women's college tennis: Navy was picked to finish third in the Patriot League's preseason poll.

Women's college volleyball: Former Morgan State player and assistant coach Ashley Preston was named Cal State Fullerton's head coach.

College baseball: Salisbury senior outfielder Kyle Hayman was named a preseason second-team All-American, while Sea Gulls senior pitcher Brett Collacchi received honorable mention.

Gymnastics: Donnell Whittenburg of Baltimore has accepted an invitation to compete in the 2015 AT&T American Cup on March 7 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Featuring the world's best gymnasts in a one-day all-around competition, the AT&T American Cup is the United States' most prestigious international invitational and part of the International Gymnastics Federation's all-around World Cup Series. … Maryland defeated No. 11 Minnesota, 194.325-193.350, on Thursday night in the team's Big Ten Conference opener. Senior Karen Tang propelled the Terps, tying the school record and setting a personal best with a score of 9.925 on bars.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit selected defenders Megan Oyster (UCLA), Caprice Dydasco (UCLA) and Whitney Church (Penn State) in the NWSL College Draft. … Former Maryland defender Shade Pratt was drafted in the third round by Sky Blue FC.

From Sun staff and news services