Healey's late goal helps U.S. rally to Arena Soccer win

Blast defender Pat Healey (Calvert Hall, Towson University) scored a sixth-attacker goal with 2:22 left and assisted on Evan McNeley's power-play goal 38 seconds later as the United States rallied for a 5-4 win over the Czech Republic in the WMF Arena Soccer World Cup in San Diego. Healey, a first-team All-Major Arena Soccer League selection and the league's Defender of the Year, put on the goalkeeper's jersey to attack with 2:45 left, manning the point of attack before getting close enough to launch a rocket straightaway from the attacking red line, beating keeper Marek Gruber top shelf for the equalizing goal. "I'm comfortable with being the sixth attacker," Healey said. "We only had to do it a couple times this year [with the Blast], but we work on it all the time. They sagged in a little low and I had room to shoot." The Americans won Group A and advanced to the quarterfinals against Germany tonight in Tulsa, Okla., with the winner facing Romania or Canada.

Golf: UMES said Thursday that it has its first individual donor to a scholarship fund honoring the late professional golf pioneer Charlie Sifford. The donor: Tiger Woods. University officials said the PGA Tour star contributed $10,000 to help launch the Sifford Fund, which would provide need-based scholarships for student golf enthusiasts from areas "underrepresented in the golf industry." UMES executive vice president Kimberly Dumpson said that though the scholarship fund is in its early stages, school officials hope to begin distributing awards as early as next fall. Sifford led the way in desegregating the PGA in the 1960s. He died at the age of 92 last month. UMES' pro golf management program is the only such program at a historically black university that offers a bachelor's degree accredited by the PGA of America.


Joe Burris

College football: Former St. Frances linebacker Rahshaun Smith, who transferred after last fall to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., committed to play for Clemson. Smith, who committed on his 18th birthday, had more than 40 offers from Football Bowl Subdivision programs, including Florida State, Alabama, Notre Dame, Ohio State and Wisconsin. A five-star recruit and the No. 1 player in Maryland in the Class of 2016 last fall, according to Rivals.com, Smith was a first-team All-Metro selection after transferring to St. Frances from Calvert Hall.

Katherine Dunn

NFL: The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (Maryland) to another one-year contract. Heyward-Bey caught three passes for 33 yards last season in 16 games, including one start. A 2009 first-round NFL draft pick by the Oakland Raiders, Heyward-Bey has 172 receptions for 2,413 yards and a dozen touchdowns in six NFL seasons.

Aaron Wilson

Men's college basketball: UMES senior forward Mike Myers is a finalist for the Lou Henson National Player of the Year Award and received a spot on the Lou Henson All-America team. Myers also was named first-team All-Mid Major in a vote at CollegeCourtReport.com.

Women's college lacrosse: Allison LaBeau scored a career-high six goals as visiting Lehigh (5-5) won, 16-8, against Mount St. Mary's (1-7). The Mountain Hawks scored the first five goals of the game. and outscored the Mount 10-4 in the second half. Nicole Lantuh led the Mount with three goals and an assist. ... Salisbury sophomore defender Kieran Kelleher (Mount Hebron) was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Mid-Atlantic Division III Defensive Player of the Week.

Billiards: Trick-shot artist Florian "Venom" Kohler will perform a free exhibition and autograph session Saturday at 3 p.m. at The New Green Room in Dundalk.