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Digest: Nationals sign reliever Joaquín Benoit to one-year deal

Pirates relief pitcher Joaquín Benoit throws in the ninth inning against the Padres during a game in Pittsburgh on Aug. 6, 2017.
Pirates relief pitcher Joaquín Benoit throws in the ninth inning against the Padres during a game in Pittsburgh on Aug. 6, 2017. (Jared Wickerham / AP)

Suddenly in desperate need of proven bullpen depth, the Washington Nationals signed 40-year-old reliever Joaquín Benoit to a one-year major league contract worth $1 million, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Washington Post. The deal was pending a physical as of Monday afternoon. Benoit has pitched for eight teams across 16 major league seasons since making his debut in 2001. Last year, he had a 4.65 ERA in 52 relief appearances with the Philadelphia Phillies and Pittsburgh Pirates . The news comes less than a week after Koda Glover reported to spring training with soreness in his right shoulder and was shut down.

— Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

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Boys basketball

Mount Saint Joseph's Smith again named BCL's top player

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Mount Saint Joseph senior forward Jalen Smith has picked up where he left off last year, dominating at both ends of the court and being recognized for his fine play this season. Another honor came his way Monday when he was named the repeat recipient of the Baltimore Catholic League's Jerry Savage Player of the Year at the annual awards luncheon at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Pikesville. The Maryland-bound Smith, a McDonald's All American, is averaging 24 points, 14 rebounds and three blocked shots in leading No. 2 Mount Saint Joseph to a 27-4 mark through the regular season. "It's a great honor, it means a lot that people recognize my game out of all the great players in our league they chose me and it's pretty much a blessing and I thank God for allowing me to do it," Smith said. The Gaels are defending champions in the BCL and Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference, earning the second seed in both leagues. They get the postseason started tonight in the MIAA quarterfinals, set to host McDonogh at 7 p.m. St. Frances' Nick Myles, who has led the No. 1 Panthers to a 31-4 mark and the league's top seed, was named the O. Ray Mullis Coach of the Year. Loyola Blakefield's senior guard JJ Halaby was named the Cokey Robertson Most Improved Player of the Year. And St. Frances junior guard Rajeir Jones was recognized as the Mark Amatucci Defensive Player of the Year. Each team selected a player as recipient of the Dave Kropfelder "Never, Never Quit" Award: Mitch White, Archbishop Spalding; Cameron Watts, Calvert Hall; Brandon Craig, John Carroll; Chid Nnake, Loyola Blakefield; Teon Rushing, Mount Carmel; Kendall McMillan, Mount Saint Joseph; Edward Ferguson, St. Frances; and Trey Boothe, St. Maria Goretti.

First team: Jalen Smith, Mount Saint Joseph; Immanuel Quickley, John Carroll; Adrian Baldwin, St. Frances; Montez Mathis, John Carroll; Elijah Epps, St. Frances

Second team: Brendan Adams, Calvert Hall; James Bishop, Mount Saint Joseph; R.J. Blakney, St. Maria Goretti; JJ Halaby, Loyola Blakefield; Yavuz Gultekin, John Carroll; Jordon Jones, Mount Carmel

Honorable mention: Logan Curtis, Calvert Hall; Jordan Toles, St. Frances; Cameron Shaw, Loyola Blakefield; Rene Alphozo, Archbishop Spalding; Josh Mack, St. Maria Goretti; Tyree Myers, Mount Saint Joseph

— Glenn Graham

Et cetera

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit announced their 31-player preseason roster entering the first week of training camp. Washington's first preseason game will be March 10 in Leesburg, Va., against the University of North Carolina.

Washington Spirit preseason roster

Goalkeepers (3): Aubrey Bledsoe, DiDi Haracic, Kelsey Wys. Defenders (7): Brittany Basinger, Whitney Church, Caprice Dydasco, Estelle Johnson, Rebecca Quinn, Taylor Smith, Elizabeth Wenger. Midfielders (10): Estefania Banini, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Maddie Huster, Tori Huster, Rose Lavelle, Joanna Lohman, Rachel Moore, Morgan Proffitt, Havana Solaun, Andi Sullivan. Forwards (11): Yanara Aedo, Chimy Asher, Mallory Eubanks, Cali Farquharson, Ashley Hatch, Ashley Meyers, Francisca Ordega, Mallory Pugh, Arielle Ship, Marissa Sullivan, Cheyna Matthews.

Women's college lacrosse: Kylie Ohlmiller scored six goals to lead No. 2 Stony Brook (2-0) to a 15-9 win over host Stanford (0-2).

Women's college basketball: Olivia Coleman and Jonyae Curry (Westminster) each scored 13 points to lead host Stevenson (16-10) to an 80-60 win over Lebanon Valley (14-12) in the first round of the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth tournament.

Women's college volleyball: UMBC announced the hiring of Cristina Robertson as coach. Robertson will be the sixth coach in the program's 45-year history, and arrives after spending the past nine seasons as an assistant at Duke.

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College baseball: Maryland senior right-hander Taylor Bloom, a Severna Park native, was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

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