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Sports Digest (Aug. 26): Navy, Maryland women's soccer finish in 0-0 draw

The Navy and Maryland women's soccer teams played to a 0-0 draw Sunday night in Annapolis. Though both sides produced quality chances, neither could find the net as stout defending and goalkeeping led to the first tie of the season for both teams. Sydney Fortson made three saves for Navy (2-1-1), which will play at Gardner-Webb on Friday at 4 p.m. Rachel Egyed earned her first shutout of the season for Maryland (2-1-1), which faces Temple on the road in Philadelphia on Friday. After a scoreless 90 minutes, Maryland headed into overtime looking for an offensive spark after recording only three shots in regulation. The Terps had five attempts in OT, and Sydney Staier nearly won the game as time wound down in the second overtime period after working past her defender on the left wing. Her shot had the goalie beat, but went just wide of the right post as time expired. Navy's best chance of the first half came in the 20th minute, as a corner kick from the left side made its way in front of Egyed. After she punched it away, Navy's Hannah Miler one-timed a shot headed for the left side of the net, but the shot was blocked.

Et cetera

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Dalton gets warm reception from Bills fans for K.O. of Ravens

Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton celebrated a warm reception in Buffalo by completing two touchdown passes in leading Cincinnati to a 26-13 preseason win over the Bills on Sunday. Dalton began the day by making a donation to Buffalo's Roswell Park Cancer Institute, then received two standing ovations from Bills fans before kickoff. The so-called "Buffa-love" for Dalton was a carryover from New Year's Eve, when the Bengals' starter became perhaps the most popular non-Bills player in town. That's when his 49-yard touchdown pass on fourth down to Tyler Boyd in the final minute sent the Bengals to a 31-27 win in Baltimore. The victory eliminated the Ravens from contention and nudged the Bills into the postseason for the first time since 1999 to end what had been the longest active playoff drought in North America's four major professional sports. Bills fans almost immediately began a campaign to thank the quarterback by donating to his charitable foundation. As of last week, Bills fans were directly credited for raising more than $450,000 spread over 17,000-plus donations. Once the game began, Dalton completed 11 of 16 attempts for 180 yards over five series. Dalton got off to a hot start by hitting second-year receiver John Ross for a 57-yard touchdown on Cincinnati's first play from scrimmage. Dalton then capped Cincinnati's third possession by hitting A.J. Green for a 14-yard touchdown with 4:32 left in the first quarter.

Major League Soccer: The New York Red Bulls claimed a 1-0 win over D.C. United (7-10-6) on Sunday night. Kaku scored past Bill Hamid in the 56th minute as the Red Bulls (16-6-4), who beat United, 1-0, at Audi Field last month, claimed the Atlantic Cup trophy for the second year in a row.

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit (2-17-4) fell, 1-0, to the Portland Thorns (11-6-6) before an announced club-record 7,976 at Audi Field. Portland scored the lone goal in the 15th minute after a cross from Hayley Raso found Tobin Heath in space on the left side of the box, where Heath was able to finish the chance into the top left corner.

College field hockey: No. 4 Maryland beat California, 5-0, Sunday in a match the Terps controlled from the start. Maryland (2-0) won its second of three games on their West Coast trip behind two goals apiece from junior Nike Lorenz and senior tri-captain Linnea Gonzales. Maryland will take on UC Davis in Berkeley, Calif., today at 2p.m.

Men's college basketball: The Patriot League announced that the Loyola Maryland at Navy game scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 24, has been selected to air on CBS Sports Network as part of the league's television package. The opening tip between the Greyhounds and Midshipmen is scheduled for 2 p.m. at Navy's Alumni Hall in Annapolis. John Sadak and Mo Cassara will call all the action for the CBS Sports Network.

Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held Saturday, Sept. 1 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. The speaker will be Don Jensen, who will discuss "Base Ball 10: New Research on the Early Game." Call 410-992-1186 for information.

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