Wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. was announced as the Ravens' nominee for the Salute to Service Award presented by USAA. The award honors an NFL member who demonstrates an exemplary commitment to honoring and supporting the military community. Finalists will be announced in January and the winner recognized Feb. 6. Smith has held football camps around the world for children of military members — all free of charge. Other nominees include Atlanta Falcons coach Dan Quinn (Salisbury State), former Oakland Raiders running back Napoleon McCallum (Navy) and San Francisco 49ers wideout and former Raven Torrey Smith (Maryland).
Nats make qualifying offers to Desmond, Zimmermann
The Washington Nationals extended qualifying offers to shortstop Ian Desmond and starting pitcher Jordan Zimmermann before Friday's 5 p.m. deadline. All free agents are eligible for qualifying offers, but center fielder Denard Span and starter Doug Fister, who led the team in ERA in 2014 before a disappointing 2015 season, were the only other Nationals whose salaries and track records suggested they might receive them. The 2015 qualifying offer sits at $15.8 million for one year, a number calculated using the top 125 salaries in baseball. A player has a week to accept the qualifying offer, and if he does, he is under contract at that price for the next season. If he does not and signs elsewhere, the team that extended the offer receives a draft pick as compensation.
—Chelsea Janes, The Washington Post
Orioles: Pitching prospect Dylan Bundy made his second Arizona Fall League appearance Friday, a one-inning start for the Peoria Javelinas against the Surprise Saguaros. Bundy allowed one run on two hits in the 19-pitch outing. His fastball was in the 92-94 mph range, and he added a slider, changeup and curveball. Fourteen of his 19 pitches were strikes. These are Bundy's first two games since May, after he was shelved with right shoulder inflammation. He's scheduled to pitch again Monday. Bundy, 22, had Tommy John surgery in 2013.
For more of Eduardo A. Encina's blog post on Bundy, go to baltimoresun.com/oriolesinsider.
Maryland Racing Media fete is tonight at Laurel
The Maryland Racing Media Association's Crab Feast Scholarship and Charity Auction Banquet will take place tonight at 6 in the Carriage Room at Laurel Park. The MRMA will honor Hall of Fame trainer King Leatherbury, outgoing Maryland Racing Commission chairman Bruce Quade, the connections of champion sprinter Xtra Heat, and Northview Stallion Station's Richard Golden. The MRMA will also hand out approximately $25,000 in scholarships to Maryland residents attending colleges and universities, and there will be a silent auction. Tickets to the event, which includes all-you-can-eat steamed crabs, buffet dinner, and beer and wine, cost $60 per person and $550 for a table of 10 For more information, call 301-459-4408 or go to the MTRA office at Laurel.