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Digest (Feb. 10): Blast bounce back in big way with 9-3 win against Heat

Major Arena League Soccer

The Blast broke a three-game Major Arena Soccer League losing streak by scoring the game's first eight goals and routing the Harrisburg Heat, 9-3, on Sunday before an announced 3,530 at SECU Arena in Towson. Vini Dantas recorded four points in the victory as the Blast rebounded from a 9-1 home loss to Utica City on Friday night. Adriano Dos Santos added two goals, and Mohamed Ndiaye had a goal and two assists. The Heat's Matt Perrella made 23 saves as the Blast amassed a 49-20 advantage in shots. Harrisburg fell to 3-8.

College basketball

Led by Jackson, UMBC men edge Maine, 67-66

KJ Jackson scored 22 points as visiting UMBC held on to defeat Maine, 67-66, in the America East Conference on Sunday. The Black Bears' Dennis Ashley hit a 3-pointer with five seconds left to narrow Maine's deficit to 67-64. A steal and layup by Vincent Eze cut the lead to a point with 1.4 seconds remaining, but the Retrievers were able to inbound the ball to end the game. Joe Sherburne added 21 points and nine rebounds for UMBC (15-10, 7-3), and Ricky Council II had 14 points. R.J. Eytle-Rock added six rebounds. Isaiah White had 17 points and seven rebounds for the Black Bears (5-20, 3-7). Andrew Fleming added 15 points and eight rebounds. Sergio El Darwich had 11 points and 10 assists. The Retrievers have won six of their past seven games and three straight on the road in league play. UMBC dressed only 10 players, as junior post player Sam Schwietz (ankle) joined the list of injured big men, which now totals five. Two of those players not in uniform — sophomores Dan Akin and Brandon Horvath (Southern) combined for 25 points and eight rebounds in UMBC's 61-52 win over Maine on Jan. 5. The Retrievers will play Binghamton on the road Wednesday night.

Women: Despite 20 points by junior Nukiya Mayo, Towson (13-9, 7-4) fell on the road against Northeastern (15-7, 5-6), losing 77-68. The Tigers’ Ryan Holder recorded her first double double, with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Gabby Giacone led the Huskies with 20 points and 12 rebounds. She shot 10-for-14 from the field and had two steals.

Women's college lacrosse

Hopkins starts fast in rout of Drexel in season opener

No. 23 Johns Hopkins got hat tricks from Ellie McNulty (Broadneck), Maggie Schneidereith (Towson) and Keegan Barger (Notre Dame Prep) en route to a 17-9 win over Drexel in both teams' season opener in Philadelphia. Hopkins scored the game's first three goals in an 81-second span early in the first quarter on two tallies by McNulty and one by Aurora Cordingley.

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Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest will be held in Linthicum

Lefty Kreh's Tie Fest, in its 19th year, will again feature several seminars along with numerous local guides and fly shops providing advice on hot spots in the Mid-Atlantic Region and the best approaches to catch fish in those areas. Tie Fest is scheduled for Feb. 23-24 at the BWI Marriott Hotel, 1743 West Nursery Road, Linthicum. The event, named after the world-renowned Baltimore fly-fisherman who died in March at age 93, will run from 10 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2:30p.m. Sunday. Admission will be $10 for each of the two days or $15 for both days. Anglers 16 and under and active military personnel will be admitted free. Go to tiefest.com, to view descriptions of all the seminars, registration information, photos and a complete schedule. Tie Fest can also be found on Facebook. "We have drawn some of the top fly fishing luminaries in the region this year— all ready to provide advice anglers won't be able to find elsewhere," event director Tony Friedrich said. There will be both free and for-pay seminars. The event also will have displays from numerous fly shops in the Chesapeake Bay area, local fishing guides and angling organizations. Shops include Tochterman's, District Angling, Great Feathers and Beaver Creek. Attendees will be able to purchase supplies and discuss fishing strategies with these vendors. For further information contact Friedrich at tieflies@gmail.com.

Laurel Park: Gary Barber, Wachtel Stable and Terp Racing's Still Having Fun, a Grade 2 winner of $516,653 in career purses, put in his final tuneup Sunday morning for his 4-year-old debut in the $250,000 General George on Saturday. The bay son of Old Fashioned breezed 5 furlongs in 1 minute, 1 second over a fast main track with jockey Angel Cruz in the irons, ranking second of 11 horses. Cruz also worked Still Having Fun before his most recent start, a third-place finish in the Malibu on Dec. 26 at Santa Anita Park. "After the race in California, a big effort out there, we got him back and kept him in training but let him down ever so slightly. After the Malibu, our planned target was the General George," trainer Tim Keefe said. "Today's work went well. It went according to plan with him." Sunday was the third work at Laurel for Still Having Fun since the Malibu. He returned to the tab with a half-mile in 47.40 seconds Jan. 27 and went 5 furlongs in 1:01 on Feb. 3.

Baseball: The 240th consecutive meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held on March 2 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. Speaker Don Jensen will discuss "The Ghost of the Grand Central Hotel: Murders, Suicides, Scandals and the Founding of the National League." Call 410-992-1186 for details.

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