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Digest: Blast's Ferdinand is MISL Player of the Week

Major Indoor Soccer League

Blast's Ferdinand is Player of the Week

Baltimore Blast midfielder Max Ferdinand was named the Major Indoor Soccer League's Player of the Week on Tuesday. Ferdinand scored nine points in two matches as the Blast earned road victories against the Wichita Wings and Missouri Comets to improve its record to 7-0. Ferdinand has 23 points this season, trailing teammate Machel Millwood by a point for the league lead. Joining Ferdinand on the MISL Team of the Week is teammate Troy Hernandez, who made 22 saves in a 12-4 victory over the Comets. Millwood received honorable mention.

Major League Soccer

Longtime United executive Payne departs for Toronto

Kevin Payne, D.C. United's hands-on executive since the Major League Soccer club was launched in 1996, has stepped down as club president and will join Toronto FC. Payne, 59, was instrumental in the organization's gaining a foothold in the Washington sports market and supervised the team's dominance in the league's early days. For years, United's primary investors were uninvolved and deferred to Payne to run the club and speak on their behalf. He was, in essence, the team's unofficial owner and, for 10 years, led an unsuccessful effort to build a new stadium in the area. But a new investment group has taken a more active and visible role since the summer acquisition of the team's operating rights and will now spearhead talks with the city and developers on a stadium project at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post


Tim McDermott joins UVa. as volunteer lacrosse coach

Former Loyola University lacrosse player Tim McDermott has joined the Virginia men's program as a volunteer coach who will work closely with faceoff men and goalies. At Loyola, McDermott played midfield and was the primary man at the X, winning 109 of 186 draws. McDermott's younger brother Brian was a faceoff specialist on Virginia's 2010 Atlantic Coast Conference championship squad and the 2011 NCAA title team.

More men's lacrosse: Four Loyola seniors — defenseman Reid Acton, midfielder Davis Butts, long-stick midfielder Scott Ratliff and attacker Mike Sawyer — were named captains.

Women's lacrosse: Delaware announced a seven-member recruiting class that includes attacker Jamie Schwartz (Mount Hebron) and midfielder Shelby Wells (St. Paul's School for Girls). ... Senior midfielder Lindsay Menton (Glenelg Country School) will be among Gettysburg's tri-captains next season.

Football: Maryland wide receiver and return specialist Stefon Diggs finished second in the ACC Rookie of the Year balloting. He received 11 votes. Miami running back Duke Johnson won with 34. Diggs finished second to Johnson in Offensive Rookie of the Year with 10 votes to Johnson's 35.

Men's basketball: UMBC received national letters of intent from Fishburne Military guard Will Darley (Dulaney) and Mount Zion small forward Charles Taylor.

Men's golf: Loyola announced that Connor Flach (Centennial) and Matt Oshrine (Pikesville) will join the program in the fall.

Women's soccer: Frostburg State junior forward Adria Graham was named to the Capital One NCAA Division III Academic All-America team. Frostburg sophomore forward Stephanie Fazenbaker was named to the third team.

Women's volleyball: Wilmington junior middle blocker Katie Shorter (Broadneck) was named to the American Volleyball Coaches Association's Division II All-East team and NCAA Division II East Region first team. ... Washington College senior defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship team.

Women's soccer: Washington College senior defender Kim McClellan was named to the Centennial College All-Sportsmanship team.

Men's soccer: Washington College senior midfielder-defender Tim Marcin was named to the Centennial Conference All-Sportsmanship team.

Et cetera

White Sox move Baines to assistant hitting coach

The Chicago White Sox shifted first base coach Harold Baines, a former Oriole from St. Michaels, to the newly created position of assistant hitting coach. Baines, 54, has been first base coach the past seven years; he spent the 2004 and 2005 seasons as bench coach. Baines will work with hitting coach Jeff Manto, another former Oriole. Baines ranks third among the White Sox's all-time leaders in home runs, fourth in RBIs, fifth in doubles and sixth in hits.

Orioles: The club signed 23-year-old outfielder Buddy Sosnoskie, a former Virginia Tech player who transferred and starred at Division II Francis Marion in South Carolina. This summer, the left-handed hitter batted .339 in 53 games with Fargo-Moorhead of the independent American Association. He was the 25th-round pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2010, but never signed. ... Pitcher Jim Palmer will receive the Player Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Baseball Scouts Foundation on Jan. 12 in Los Angeles. His former teammate, Frank Robinson, won the award last year, and Brooks Robinson and Cal Ripken Jr. have been honored by the foundation in previous years.

Dan Connolly

NFL: The Houston Texans cut running back Davin Meggett (Maryland).

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