As season opener approaches, Blast signs two players

The Blast's season opener is right around the corner, but the team isn't done making moves.

The Blast signed forward Vini Dantas and midfielder Juan Pereira. Dantas is entering his fifth season of professional soccer and his first indoor season. Last season, Dantas played for the Ottawa Fury of the North American Soccer League. Pereira is playing in his first professional season. The Blast begins the regular season at 7:35 p.m. Saturday at Royal Farms Arena against the visiting Syracuse Silver Knights.

NFL: The Washington Redskins re-signed cornerback Chase Minnifield to their practice squad two days after waiving him from the 53-man roster. The team waived him Tuesday to make room for wide receiver Leonard Hankerson.

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Women's college soccer: Duke freshman Imani Dorsey of Elkridge was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference All-Freshman team.

College field hockey: Maryland (17-2, 7-1) rolled to a 5-0 win over eighth-seeded Ohio State (6-12, 1-7) on Thursday in the Terps' first-ever Big Ten tournament game. Junior Sarah Sprink led the Terps with two goals and an assist in the quarterfinal. The top-seeded Terps will play fourth-seeded Penn State (15-4, 5-3) at 1 p.m. today in the semifinals.

Men's college golf: Loyola Maryland sophomore Matt Oshrine (Pikesville) became the first Patriot League golfer to pick up three monthly accolades in a career, as he was named the Golfer of the Month for October.

Men's college cross country: Salisbury junior Thomas Burke was named Capital Athletic Conference Runner of the Year, and Jim Jones was named CAC Coach of the Year. ... York freshman Grant Dell (North Carroll) was named first-team All-CAC.

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