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Digest: Father of ex-Raven Konrad Reuland to throw first pitch at Angels game

In this March 2, 2017, photo provided by the American Heart Association, posing from left are Ralf Reuland, Rhonda Carew, Rod Carew, Mary Reuland and the Reulands' son Austin at the Reuland home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Konrad Reuland, brother of Austin, was a former NFL football player who died of a brain aneurism at the age of 29 in December 2016. Reuland's heart and a kidney were anonymously transplanted into Rod Carew.
In this March 2, 2017, photo provided by the American Heart Association, posing from left are Ralf Reuland, Rhonda Carew, Rod Carew, Mary Reuland and the Reulands' son Austin at the Reuland home in San Juan Capistrano, Calif. Konrad Reuland, brother of Austin, was a former NFL football player who died of a brain aneurism at the age of 29 in December 2016. Reuland's heart and a kidney were anonymously transplanted into Rod Carew.

Baseball Hall of Famer Rod Carew, who underwent heart and kidney transplants in December after receiving organ donations from former Ravens tight end Konrad Reuland, will participate in a first-pitch ceremony before the Los Angeles Angels' game tonight against the Oakland Athletics as part of Donate Life Month. Joining Carew for the ceremony and throwing out the first pitch will be Ralf Reuland, the father of Konrad Reuland.

Konrad Reuland died of a brain aneurysm in December, and his heart and kidney went to Carew, who had been on a waiting list since his massive 2015 heart attack.

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Loyola's Spencer again wins Patriot League's top offensive honor

A year after becoming the first player in Patriot League history to sweep the conference's Offensive Player and Rookie of the Year awards, Loyola Maryland attackman Pat Spencer became the first player in conference history to earn Offensive Player of the Year honors in both his freshman and sophomore season. Navy senior defenseman Chris Fennell was named Defensive Player of the Year for the third consecutive season. Spencer and Fennell were joined on the All-Patriot League first team by Loyola Maryland senior midfielder Brian Sherlock and Navy sophomore midfielder Greyson Torain and senior long-stick midfielder Matt Rees. Other members of the first team with area ties include Army West Point sophomore defenseman Johnny Surdick (Odenton resident) and Colgate sophomore long-stick midfielder Craig Chick (South River). The second team included four Loyola Maryland players in junior short-stick defensive midfielder Brian Begley, senior defenseman Jack Carrigan, senior midfielder Romar Dennis and sophomore attackman Alex McGovern (St. Paul's) and one Navy representative in senior faceoff specialist Brady Dove. The other major award winners were Army senior faceoff specialist Dan Grabher (Faceoff Specialist of the Year), Boston University senior goalie Christian Carson-Banister (Goalkeeper of the Year), Colgate freshman midfielder Griffin Brown (Rookie of the Year), and Boston University coach Ryan Polley (Coach of the Year).

More: Maryland remained at No. 3 in the latest RPI rankings. Johns Hopkins stayed at No. 4, setting up Saturday's showdown between the Big Ten rivals in the Blue Jays (8-4) and the Terps (9-3) at Maryland Stadium in College Park. After moving up to No. 10 from No. 16 a week ago, Towson (7-4) slipped to No. 13 after Saturday's 9-8 loss at Fairfield. Syracuse (11-1) overtook Notre Dame (7-3) for the top spot. Among area programs, Loyola Maryland (8-5) moved from No. 28 to No. 20, UMBC (5-7) slid from No. 20 to No. 32, Navy (6-7) dropped from No. 38 to No. 40, and Mount St. Mary's (4-9) slipped from No. 52 to No. 58.

—Edward Lee

NFL: Washington Redskins inside linebacker Will Compton has signed his low-round tender and will return for the 2017 season. Compton will rejoin Washington for his fifth NFL season after serving as a starter and defensive captain last year. He had a career-high 106 tackles and five passes defended in 15 games. Compton also had an interception and a forced fumble. Compton is slated to make $1.797 million in 2017 as a low round tendered restricted free agent this offseason.

—Master Tesfatsion, The Washington Post

Men's COLLEGE GOLF: Maryland junior David Kocher was named Big Ten Golfer of the Week last week. ... Goldey-Beacom senior Garrett Brown (Glen Burnie) was named Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Player of the Week last week.

Women's college track and field: George Mason sprinter Taylor Williams (Long Reach) was named Atlantic 10 Rookie of the Week last week.

Media: Former Evening Sun sports reporter Philip Hersh, a longtime writer for the Chicago Tribune, has received a Distinguished Service Award from the United States Sports Academy for his commitment to reporting on the global world of sport, including his notable coverage of the Olympic Games.

College volleyball: Towson raised $1,769.75 through its "Aces for Autism" program in 2016. The money raised by the Tigers throughout the fall season was donated to Autism Speaks, Autism Service Dogs of America, Center for Autism and Related Disorders at Kennedy Krieger Institute, Generation Rescue, the Hussman Center and Surfers Healing.

Honor: Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, was recognized by his peers in the Sport Tourism Industry as Sports Tourism Executive of the Year during the NASC Sports Event Symposium Annual Awards Ceremony in Sacramento, Calif. The National Association of Sports Commissions consists of more than 750 member organizations that promote sport tourism.

Baseball: Fran Zimniuch will discuss his book "Philadelphia Phillies: Where Have You Gone?" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on May 6 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Details: Call 410-992-1186.

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