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Major League Lacrosse starting 2015 schedule earlier, could change ball color

Major League Lacrosse is planning on starting the 2015 season earlier than in the past, with April 11 as the proposed start date, two weeks earlier than the 2014 season began. The final regular-season game in the National Lacrosse League is set for May 2, meaning there will be more overlap between MLL and NLL seasons if MLL starts earlier. The MLL also is experimenting with ways to make the ball more visible on TV, including changing the color or adding a stripe, after trying a smooth, orange ball last season.

Matt Kinear, Inside Lacrosse

Men's college soccer: UMBC senior defender Oumar Ballo (CCBC-Essex, Archbishop Curley) scored his first goal of the season in the Retrievers' overtime 2-1 loss to William & Mary on Wednesday night. Senior midfielder Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) assisted on Ballo's goal. The Tribe (3-5-0) scored a 75th-minute equalizer and won 6:18 into overtime. The Retrievers fell to 3-3-2.

NFL: The Washington Redskins promoted nose tackle Robert Thomas from the practice squad. Thomas, who went undrafted out of Arkansas this spring, was signed to Washington's practice squad two days after the Redskins cut him. Barry Cofield Chris Baker Kedric Golston A roster spot opened after Washington, which is thin at nose tackle, placed safety Duke Ihenacho on injured reserve Monday.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

Men's soccer: D.C. United clinched a berth in the CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals Wednesday night with a 2-0 victory over visiting Tauro of Panama. Chris Pontius and Eddie Johnson scored for United Chris PontiusEddie Johnson(3-0-0, nine points), which eliminated Tauro from contention and broke a first-place tie with Waterhouse of Jamaica (2-2-0, six) in its three-team group.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

NBA: The Washington Wizards have signed guard Vander Blue to a contract with an invitation to training camp, according to two people with knowledge of the situation. Blue went undrafted in 2013 after forgoing his senior season at Marquette. He most recently played for the San Antonio Spurs' summer league team.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

Men's college water polo: The Collegiate Water Polo Association named Johns Hopkins senior Johnny Beal and junior Erik Henrikson Southern Division Offensive Player of the Week and Defensive Player of the Week, respectively.

American Professional Basketball League: The Bay Area Shuckers announced the signing of six players with Baltimore-area ties. Ryan Hughes played for the Baltimore Pearls of the American Basketball Association in 2007.

Other Baltimore-area players who signed with the Shuckers were Marlin Parker (CCBC-Catonsville, North County), Geoffrey Stephens (Morgan State), Rodney Edwards (Coppin State), Dane Matthews (CCBC-Catonsville, Catonsville) and Maurice Stewart (St. Frances). The Shuckers open training camp Wednesday.

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