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Despite keel damage, Bella Mente keeps Key West lead

Despite his boat grounding on an uncharted, underwater obstacle, Minneapolis skipper Hap Fauth and his Bella Mente crew continue to lead the IRC 1 class at the Quantum Key West sailing regatta off the Florida Keys. Tactician Terry Hutchinson of Annapolis said the grounding Wednesday damaged the keel. The boat finished last in two races, but officials gave Bella Mente a "redress," averaging points of the first four races to give the boat 1.25 points for both Wednesday races. Even though Numbers, with Gunter Buerman of Highland Beach, Fla., at the helm, won both races, Bella Mente leads by 4.5 points entering today's and Friday's final races. Shockwave, skippered by George Sakellaris of Framingham, Mass., is in third. Hutchinson said the crew will work through early today to repair the damage.

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Steve Johnson, O's agree to minor league deal, camp invitation

The Orioles have agreed to a minor league deal with right-hander Steve Johnson, according to an industry source, keeping the Baltimore-raised pitcher in the organization. Johnson will receive a major-league spring training invitation. The St. Paul's alumnus went through an injury-riddled 2014 season that ended with surgery to remove a bone spur from the back of his right shoulder. Johnson, who began the season with Triple-A Norfolk, was shut down in mid-May for three weeks after recurring shoulder discomfort. He made four rehabilitation appearances in July before rejoining Norfolk at the end of the month. In 13 appearances with Norfolk last season, he was 0-2 with a 7.11 ERA. The Orioles outrighted him in late October. Johnson, 27, has resumed throwing and is expected to go into spring training with no restrictions. MASNSports.com first reported Johnson's agreeing to terms.

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Orioles spring training: Individual tickets for all 16 of the team's exhibition games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., will go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. Tickets may be purchased online at orioles.com/spring or by phone at 877-222-2802 for individual tickets; 941-893-6300 for season, five-game flex-plans, group tickets and suites; or 800-892-7687 for travel packages.

Brewers: 2003 National League Rookie of the Year Dontrelle Willis, 33, who pitched in the Orioles minor league system in 2012, signed a minor league contract with Milwaukee with an invitation to major league camp. He hasn't pitched in the majors since 2011, when he was 1-6 in 13 starts with the Cincinnati Reds.

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Redskins part ways with outside linebackers coach Baker

A day after Washington Redskins head coach Jay Gruden said he and defensive coordinator Joe Barry would evaluate his holdover assistants next week, the team decided to part ways with outside linebackers coach Brian Baker, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. ESPN 980 first reported the move. Baker joined the staff last season and developed Ryan Kerrigan, who had a career-high 13.5 sacks. Kerrigan had credited Baker for his success this season. It wasn't immediately clear whether other assistants had been let go yet as well. Inside linebackers coach Kirk Olivadotti, secondary coach Raheem Morris and defensive line coach Jacob Burney remain under contract.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Youth soccer: The Maryland Knights 3v3 team of Devesh Bhandari, Tristan Brannock, Kobe Keomany, Frankie Mattucci, Josh Petty and Cole Schultz won the 68-team boys under-9 tournament at Disney's 3v3 Soccer World Championship at ESPN's Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The team is coached by Darren Petty and Carl Brannock.

Women's college soccer: UMBC senior midfielder Jessy Brown was named as one of 24 semifinalists for the Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, as announced by the board of directors of Athletes for a Better World. The Coach Wooden Citizenship Cup, named after the late John Wooden, is presented to two distinguished athletes from any sport — one intercollegiate and one professional — who best display character, teamwork, and citizenship.

College baseball: Towson was predicted to finish last among nine teams in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason poll. Shortstop Peter Bowles received honorable mention on the All-CAA preseason team.

Men's swimming: Stevenson freshman Zachery Cather (Calvert Hall) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Rookie of the Week.

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