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Digest (Feb. 16): Blast's win streak halted, but team clinches division

The Blast had their nine-game win streak halted Friday night by host Cedar Rapids, 6-5. But the Blast still managed to secure the Eastern Division title of the Major Arena Soccer League because Florida lost to San Diego. Vini Dantas had one goal and two assists for Baltimore. Blast goalkeeper Joey Kapinos had six saves. The Blast play tonight at 8:05 in Milwaukee against the Wave .

Women's college basketball: Danielle Durjan scored 20 points, but Towson (9-16, 4-10 Colonial Athletic Associaiton) lost 79-71 to host Northeastern (13-12, 8-6).

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Men's college lacrosse: No. 1 Duke (4-0) went on a 7-0 run in the fourth quarter to win 15-12 over No. 3 Denver (1-1). Justin Guterding had three goals and three assists and Joe Robertson had four goals for the host Blue Devils.

Women's college lacrosse: Marie McCool and Jamie Ortega each had a hat trick to lead No. 7 North Carolina (1-1) to a 14-10 victory over host High Point (1-1). ... Olivia Jenner (McDonogh) had 12 draw controls and freshman Charlotte North scored six goals to lead No. 18 Duke (2-0) to an 18-8 victory over visiting Campbell (0-2).

Horse racing

Six stakes highlightLaurel Park carnival

In addition to six stakes worth $950,000 in purses, Laurel Park will serve up several special events from 12:30-4:30 p.m. during today's 11-race Winter Carnival. Ice sculptures will be on display in the grandstand and clubhouse entrances and the Terrace Dining Room, with ice carving demonstration from 1-3 p.m. Fans can dig prizes valued at more than $2,500 out of an ice wall. Fans can also have their picture taken in front of a 6-foot ice horseshoe, and there will be a sweatshirt giveaway to the first 2,500 program purchasers. The Maryland Racing Media Association's 2017 award winners will be recognized during Saturday's program. Irish War Cry, from the Fair Hill barn of trainer Graham Motion , was named the Maryland-based Horse of the Year. Jim McCue, photographer at Maryland's thoroughbred tracks for nearly 50 years, will receive the Humphrey S. Finney Award for lifetime achievement; Maryland Jockey Club President and General Manager Sal Sinatra will receive the Dale Austin Newsmaker Award, which honors those who have made big news the past year; and the Nancy Alberts Breakthrough Award will be presented to trainer Lacey Gaudet.

Stakes races: Corms Racing Stable's Divine Miss Grey, who pushed her win streak to two races with her first career stakes triumph last out, will make her second foray into graded company in today's $300,000 Barbara Fritchie (G2) at Laurel Park. The Fritchie and $250,000 General George (G3) highlight the 11-race Winter Carnival program, the biggest day of the current winter-spring meet. Claimed for $16,000 out of a 6 ½-furlong victory last March at Gulfstream Park, the 4-year-old Divine Park filly has won five of eight races since joining trainer Danny Gargan.

From Sun staff and news services

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