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Former Bays soccer player 'Nana' Gyau dead at 78

Joseph "Nana" Gyau, who played for several teams in Baltimore and Washington during the dawning of U.S. pro soccer and became the patriarch of a soccer-playing family with deep local roots, died Thursday in his native Ghana. He was 78. The cause of death was colon cancer, said his son, Phillip, a former U.S. national team player and the current coach of the Howard University men's team. Gyau's grandson and namesake, Joe, plays for Borussia Dortmund in the German Bundesliga. His granddaughter, Mia, is a member of the U.S. under-18 women's national team. As a member of the Ghanaian national team, Gyau won consecutive African Nations Cup titles in 1963 and 1965 and played in the 1964 Olympics in Tokyo. In 1968, Gyau moved to the United States to play for the Washington Whips in the North American Soccer League's inaugural season. He also played for the Washington Darts, Washington Diplomats and Baltimore Bays. He earned a degree from Maryland, operated banks and businesses, and oversaw a local referees association.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

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Terps lose to Northwestern in baseball again, 3-2

Junior Anthony Papio had two hits and an RBI, but Maryland fell, 3-2, at Northwestern on Friday. Freshman Kevin Smith added two hits for the Terps (35-20, 13-10 Big Ten). The Wildcats, who also beat Maryland, 1-0, on Thursday, improved to 18-35 and 8-15.

More baseball: Visiting Towson (16-34, 8-14 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 8-2, to Delaware (22-21, 10-12) despite getting 10 hits, including three by Mark Grunberg. ... Maryland junior Kevin Martir and Mount St. Mary's senior Andrew Clow (C. Milton Wright) are among 20 semifinalists for the Johnny Bench Award, which goes to the nation's best catcher. ... UMBC freshman first baseman-pitcher Jamie Switalski was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Division I South Rookie of the Week.

Women's lacrosse: Navy senior attacker Loren Generi made the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association All-South second team.

Women's tennis: Johns Hopkins freshman Sunaina Vohra was named the Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year.

Rowing: Navy won all three Grand Final races, including the varsity eight by 0.3 of a second, to win the Patriot League championships on Cooper River in Camden, N.J., with 54 points.

Women's swimming: Johns Hopkins senior Ana Bogdanovski earned a $7,500 NCAA postgraduate scholarship.

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Nats put Fister on disabled list with forearm tightness

The Washington Nationals placed starting pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness. The Nationals wouldn't speculate on the severity of the injury, although elbow injuries sometimes present themselves with symptoms in the forearm. Fister, 31, led the Nationals rotation with a 2.41 ERA last season but has struggled to find consistency this season. The 6-foot-8 right-hander has made a career out of ground balls and limiting base runners, but his hits allowed and walks have increased as he has had difficulty with his command. His velocity is also down, averaging just 86.1 mph, nearly two mph less than last year. He has a 4.31 ERA.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

Orioles: Former Evening Sun reporter Jim Henneman will sign copies of his book, "Baltimore Orioles: 60 Years of Orioles Magic," on Sunday from 12:30p.m. to 2p.m. at the Orioles team store at Oriole Park. Fans can purchase the Orioles official legacy book at the signing for $50.

Irish sports: The Baltimore Gaelic Athletic Association will hold a ribbon-cutting and play its first match on its new field today at 9:45 a.m. at Herring Run Park. The field was constructed with the help of the Baltimore City Parks and Recreation Department. The club plays men's and women's Gaelic football, hurling and camogie.

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