Digest: Blast win in OT, clinch regular-season division championship

Juan Pereira scored his sixth goal of the season 22 seconds into overtime Friday night to lift the visiting Blast over the Syracuse Silver Knights, 5-4, and clinch the regular-season Eastern Division championship of the Major Arena Soccer League. Pat Healey (Towson University, Calvert Hall) assisted on the game-winner. Syracuse had tied the score at 4 at the fourth-quarter buzzer on a goal by Joey Tavernese after Andrew Hoxie had put the Blast up 4-3 on his second goal of the game. William Vanzela made 18 saves in the win. The Blast will play at 4:05 p.m. Sunday at St. Louis.

Et cetera


Ravens' compensatory pick in draft comes at No. 99

When Kelechi Osemele signed a five-year, $58.5 million free-agent deal with the Oakland Raiders last March, the Ravens lost an ascending Pro Bowl performer and one of their top offensive linemen. They learned Friday that what they gained from Osemele's departure was an extra third-round pick in April's draft. The NFL awarded compensatory draft selections Friday and the Ravens received the 99th overall pick because of their free-agent losses last offseason. The Ravens now have eight total picks in the April draft, one each in rounds one, two, four, five, six and seven and two in the third. Per league rules, a team losing more, or better, free agents than it acquires in the previous year is eligible to receive compensatory picks. The Ravens signed tight end Benjamin Watson and safety Eric Weddle, and lost backup quarterback Matt Schaub, Osemele and outside linebacker Courtney Upshaw. The third-round pick they received for the loss of Osemele was the third-highest compensatory selection awarded. The Miami Dolphins, who lost pass rusher Olivier Vernon, garnered the highest pick at No. 97 overall, and the Carolina Panthers received the 98th overall selection after losing star cornerback Josh Norman.


Women's college lacrosse: Mollie Stevens scored five goals and No. 4 Florida (2-1) earned a 15-10 win against No. 3 Southern California (2-2). The visiting Trojans pulled within 8-7 with 23 minutes left in the game, but the Gators went on a 4-0 run to stretch the lead. ... Julia Feiss (Bryn Mawr) had three goals and three assists to lead No. 14 Denver (5-0) to a 16-6 victory over visiting UC Davis (1-2). The Pioneers went on an 8-1 run in the second half to pull away. ... Cortney Fortunato had four goals and Nikki Ortega and Casey Pearsall each had a hat trick to lead No. 11 Notre Dame (5-1) to a 16-7 victory over host Elon (4-1). The Fighting Irish broke the game open with a 6-0 run that spanned both halves.

Women's college basketball: Sianni Martin scored a 21 points and the Towson women (12-15, 5-11 Colonial Athletic Association) broke an eight-game losing streak with a 59-56 victory over host Hofstra (11-16, 4-12). The Tigers took an early lead and led by as many as 11 points.

Men's college basketball: Michael Briscoe scored a game-high 24 points and the Bowie State men (15-14) won, 71-69, over Livingstone (11-17) in a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association semifinal in Charlotte, N.C. Briscoe made a 3-pointer with 2:20 left in the game to give the Bulldogs the lead for good, 68-67. Bowie advances to tonight's championship game against Fayetteville State at 7 p.m.

Horse racing: Stewart Elliott, who rode Smarty Jones to victories in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness, has been named winner of the George Woolf Memorial Jockey Award. He was chosen in a nationwide vote of his fellow jockeys for the award that honors riders whose careers and personal character earn esteem for the individual and sport. Elliott beat out finalists Kerwin Clark, Julien Leparoux, Glen Murphy and Scott Stevens. Elliott, 51, relocated to Southern California last year after riding in the mid-Atlantic region for many years. He has won over 4,700 races. The award will be presented in the winner's circle at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif., next month.

Baseball: The Chicago Cubs and reliever Pedro Strop, a former Oriole, finalized a two-year, $11.85 million contract that includes a club option for 2019. The deal supersedes a $5.5 million, one-year agreement from earlier this month. Strop went 2-2 with a 2.85 ERA in 54 appearances last year, helping Chicago win the World Series for the first time since 1908. Strop, known for wearing his hat off to the side, and ace right-hander Jake Arrieta were acquired in the same July 2013 trade with the Orioles. Strop, 31, will make $5.5 million this season and $5.85 million next year. The club option is for $6.25 million with a $500,000 buyout.

From Sun staff and news services