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Digest (Jan. 4): Navy's Anderson, Loyola's Betz-White nominated for NCAA's CLASS Award

Navy guard Shawn Anderson and Loyola Maryland guard Bri Betz-White have been selected as NCAA basketball candidates for the 2017-18 Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in community, classroom, character and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the award encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. Anderson is leading the Navy men (10-5, 1-1 Patriot League) in scoring for the third straight season at 12.7 points per game. He co-founded the nonprofit Forever Red Hurricanes with a high school classmate. A two-time Preseason All-Patriot League selection, Betz-White entered this women's season as the Patriot League's top point guard but has played in only five games because of injury. The candidates — 30 men and 30 women — will be narrowed to 10 each in February, and those 10 names will be placed on the ballot. The winner swill be announced during the Final Four. Other candidates include former Maryland guard Lexie Brown, now at Duke. For more on each candidate, go to seniorCLASSaward.com.

Mid-Major rankings: Towson fell from No.12 to No. 14 in this week's Collegeinsider.com Mid-Major Top 25 poll. The Tigers are 10-5 overall after dropping a pair of road games to College of Charleston, then No. 5 and now No. 3, and Elon. Towson received 289 points to be ranked for the sixth consecutive week.

Horse racing

Live racing at Laurel Parkcanceled through Saturday

Because of extreme winter weather conditions, Laurel Park will cancel live races through Saturday. Laurel will remain open for simulcast wagering throughout the week. Laurel will also show a full card from Maronas in Latin America on Saturday. Laurel is scheduled to run its first live meet of the new year Sunday with mandatory payouts of the Rainbow 6 and Super Hi 5. The Rainbow 6 carryover is $3,998 while the Super Hi 5 carryover is $2,341. First-race post is 12:30 p.m.

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Phelps to play in pro-amtournament in Arizona

Former Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps is planning to compete in the Annexus Pro-Am golf tournament at the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Jan. 31 at TPC Scottsdale's Stadium Course. The Waste Management Phoenix Open will be held Jan. 29 to Feb. 4. Known as "The People's Open," it broke four attendance records, including a PGA Tour record 655,434 fans for the week, last year.

Indoor soccer: Blast goalkeeper William Vanzela and forward Lucas Roque were named to the Major Arena Soccer League Team of the Week for Week 10. Vanzela stopped 21 of 26 shots in victories against the Kansas City Comets and Cedar Rapids Rampage. Roque led the Blast with three goals and two assists. Blast defender Adriano Dos Santos and midfielder Jonatas Melo were named honorable mentions.

Sailing: Annapolis Yacht Club will offer ORC scoring in all of its big boat regattas this season. Regattas using the scoring system are: the Spring Race to Oxford on May 12 (dual-scored with PHRF); AYC Annual Regatta on July 21 (ORC exclusive for handicap racing); Fall Race to Solomons on Sept. 22 (dual-scored with PHRF); and AYC Fall Series (ORC exclusive for handicap racing). AYC is also hosting a seminar, "Introduction to ORC," on Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. Email

kedwards@annapolisyc.org for details.

Eden Mill fundraiser: Eden Mill Nature Center in Harford County will host a bull roast Jan. 29. Call 410-836-3050 to purchase tickets or email edenmillnaturecenter@gmail.com for information.

From Sun staff and news services

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