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Argentina to play at FedEx Field March 28

Soccer

Argentina will play exhibition men's soccer games against ElSalvador on March 28 at FedEx Field in Landover, and against Ecuador three days later at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. The games, announced Thursday, will be played during the FIFA international match period, meaning top players should be available. Argentina's roster is likely to include Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero, Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano, if they are healthy. Argentina and Ecuador are preparing for the Copa America next June and El Salvador for the CONCACAF Gold Cup the following month.

Hall of Fame: Goalkeeper Zach Thornton (John Carroll, Loyola College) is among 13 people on the ballot for the first time for the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame. The 31-name ballot includes former Maryland forward Taylor Twellman. Players must appear on at least two-thirds of the regular ballots to be elected.

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Major League Soccer: Former UMBC All-America defender Oumar Ballo (CCBC-Essex, Archbishop Curley) has been signed by the Houston Dynamo. The Dynamo selected Ballo in the second round with the 30th overall selection of the SuperDraft. ... D.C. United has signed former New Hampshire goalkeeper Travis Worra.

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Rahman among honorees at Black Wall Street Awards

Former world heavyweight boxing champion Hasim Rahman will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award tonight at The Black Wall Street Awards Sports Edition at the Choo Smith Youth Empowerment Center in Owings Mills. Others who will be honored include former New Jersey Nets player Kurk Lee (Pride Award), former Charlotte Sting player Sonia Chase (Achievement Award), Vic Carter of WJZ-TV (Heart Award), former Towson and current Cleveland Browns player Terrance West (Hometown Award), former Buffalo Bill and Atlanta Falcon Keion Carpenter (Community Leadership Award), Troy Hackley of Urban Sports Beat (Youth Sports Broadcast Award), former Harlem Globetrotter Choo Smith (Youth Empowerment Award), Calvin Ford of Upton Boxing Center (Rise Award), coach Matt Allison Jr. of Upton Boxing Center (Community Impact Award) and Leigh Butler of Upton Boxing Center (Humanitarian Award).

Women's college lacrosse: Jacquelyn Spalding (South River) scored twice in the opening 41/2 minutes to start a 4-0 run as George Mason (2-1) won, 10-5, over host Mount St. Mary's (0-2). Spalding had a game-high five goals. Kelly Maloney led the Mount with a hat trick.

Men's college basketball: Maryland and Notre Dame will be part of a 90-minute special, "HOOPS U," which will air on Showtime on March 18 at 9 p.m. The behind-the-scenes documentary will chronicle the teams' drives to the NCAA tournament from the classroom to the locker room.

Horse racing: Live racing returns to Laurel Park this weekend with 10-race programs today, Saturday and Sunday, beginning at 12:30 p.m. Laurel canceled most of its races last weekend because of severe weather. Jockey Sheldon Russell enters the weekend with 998 career victories. The carry-over in the Pick 5 is $25,630.

NFL: The Washington Redskins named Dave Ragone offensive quality control coach.

Baseball: All American Umpires is holding classes in March. Information: 443-562-5634.

From Sun staff and news services

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