The Milwaukee Brewers signed veteran free-agent first baseman-third baseman Mark Reynolds to a minor league deal Friday. Reynolds, a former Oriole, will get a $2 million salary with an additional $500,000 available in performance bonuses if he makes the Brewers' roster. "I talked with Mark, and he's not afraid to have to beat out somebody for a job," general manager Doug Melvin told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. "He's looking forward to the challenge. He's a confident guy." Reynolds, 30, a right-handed hitter, has batted .233 with a .329 on-base percentage, 202 home runs and 1,276 strikeouts in 3,418 career at-bats. He set the big league record with 223 strikeouts with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2009 and whiffed 196 times or more in three other seasons. Splitting time last season with the Cleveland Indians and the New York Yankees, Reynolds batted .220 with a .306 OBP, 21 home runs, 67 RBIs and 154 strikeouts in 445 at-bats. Reynolds' representatives had contacted the Orioles about a possible reunion, but, though there was some interest, it didn't work out. Reynolds also was considered by the Washington Nationals and Texas Rangers.
NBAC's Agnel sets pool record in 200 freestyle
Yannick Agnel of France won the men's 200-meter freestyle, setting a pool record with a time of 1 minute, 45.76 seconds, at the Arena Grand Prix on Saturday in Austin, Texas. Agnel's North Baltimore Aquatic Club teammate Matt McLean of Sterling, Va., was second in 1:48.94. Katie Ledecky of Bethesda came within five-hundredths of a second of her second win of the meet in the women's 200 freestyle but was foiled by NBAC's Allison Schmitt of Canton, Mich., who touched the wall first in 1:57.71. Schmitt, Ledecky and Simone Manuel of Sugar Land, Texas, were separated by less than a tenth of a second at the 100-meter mark, but Schmitt built some distance on the field with a great turn at the third wall and held off Ledecky down the stretch for the win. Ledecky was second in 1:57.76, while Manuel was third in 1:59.33. "I was just trying to keep good, solid dolphin [kicks] and have a fun race, and that's what I did," Schmitt said. NBAC's Conor Dwyer of Winnetka, Ill., won the men's 400m individual medley in 4:16.58, beating Tunisian Ous Mellouli (4:17.69).
NBA: The Washington Wizards will honor the legacy of Dr. the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. with an interactive panel discussion for 50 high school students on Monday at 11 a.m in the Monumental Theatre on the fourth floor at Verizon Center, shortly before the game against the Philadelphia 76ers. Broadcaster Christy Winters Scott will lead the panel, which includes Wizards forward Al Harrington, Washington teacher Julia King, former Wizards player Tony Massenburg, Washington Mystics assistant coach Eric Thibault and Children's National Medical Center's Dr. Marcee White.
Youth Soccer: Team registrations are being accepted for the Central Maryland Soccer Association's Old Line State Classic the weekend of April 12 and 13 in Harford County. The event is open to all USSFU.S. Soccer Federation-youth-affiliated school, recreation and club teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. Boys and girls competition will available in the single-age categories of Under-8 through U-15, and the dual-age high school levels of 15-18. The tournament features a round-robin format with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of three games. The first- and second-place finishers in each division will receive team and individual awards. The registration deadline is March 24. Registration forms are available at cmsasoccer.com. Contact the CMSA office at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-686-2212.
Junior Maccabi: The Baltimore JCC will host the 2014 Junior Maccabi Games on May 4. The games are an opportunity for athletes ages 10 to 12 (as of May 1) to compete against more than 500 Jewish athletes from 15 cities in the Mid-Atlantic region. Tryouts for the Baltimore delegation's boys soccer, basketball and baseball; girls soccer and basketball; and coed swimming, tennis and table tennis teams will take place March 2 and March 9 at the JCC's Owings Mills campus. Go to jcc.org/maccabi for the designated tryout times for each sport. For tryout information, contact Bradley Kerxton at 410-559-3547 or email@example.com.