Digest: Dantas, Vanzela help Blast rout Tropics, 7-0

Goalkeeper William Vanzela waves to the crowd as Blast players hold up a "Be Strong" T-shirt for defender Elton de Oliveira, whose father died earlier this week.

Vini Dantas had two goals and two assists as the Blast beat the Florida Tropics, 7-0, on Saturday night in front of an announced 7,450 at Royal Farms Arena to sweep the season series between the Major Arena Soccer League teams 3-0.

William Vanzela had his first shutout of the season for the Blast (4-1), who will play at the Kansas City Comets at 6:05 tonight. Juan Pereira opened the scoring in the first quarter on an assist from Dantas, and Jonatas Melo followed with his third goal of the season on an assist by Jamie Thomas.


In the second quarter, Dantas broke down the sideline and set up Thomas for his first Blast goal. Seconds later Dantas scored his team-leading seventh goal of the season, assisted by Melo, for a 4-0 lead.

Before the end of the quarter, Nelson Santana added a goal assisted by Sofiane Tergou. Tony Donatelli scored his fifth goal of the season in the third quarter, assisted by Andrew Hoxie, and Dantas closed the scoring at 6:04 in the fourth quarter. The Tropics fell to 2-4.


Varsity football

Walkersville wins 2A title with big second half, 33-6

Chad Gleason ran for three touchdowns, and Billy Gast threw for one and ran for another, as Walkersville scored 27 second-half points and defeated Elkton, 33-6, in the Class 2A state championship game at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium. The state title was the second for the Lions (14-0). In each of the four classes, the 2016 champions finished with perfect records, only the second time that's happened. Gleason (104 yards on 23 carries) ran for a 3-yard touchdown in the first half, a tiebreaking 1-yard score in the third quarter plus a 24-yard touchdown later. Gast completed only one pass, but it was a 12-yard touchdown throw to Jacob Wetzel with 1:06 left in the third quarter. Gast also ran for a 1-yard fourth-quarter touchdown. The Elks (12-2) did little against the tough Walkersville defense, finishing with only 104 total yards, 71 of which came on two plays. The Lions allowed just 51 points this season. Elkton took the early lead when Ray Estep ran for a 38-yard touchdown just over three minutes into the game, but Walkersville tied it in the second quarter on Gleason's 3-yard scoring run around the right corner.


Taliaferro, Gillmore only Ravens not in walk-through

The Ravens had just two players not participating in Saturday's final walk-through practice ahead of Monday night's game against the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Running back Lorenzo Taliaferro (thigh) and tight end Crockett Gillmore (thigh) were the players sidelined, and they won't play Monday. Gillmore has missed five consecutive games, and Taliaferro has been sidelined for three in a row. They'll make up two of the seven inactives Monday night. While rookie offensive guard Alex Lewis (high ankle sprain) did practice for a second straight day, it's unlikely he's active against the Patriots. Lewis has been sidelined for the past three games. Otherwise, the Ravens continue to benefit from good health heading into their final four games.

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Redskins: Center Kory Lichtensteiger has been activated by Washington from its injured reserve list. He's the one player the team will be allowed to designate for return this season. Lichtensteiger, who was the starting center when the season began, has been out since injuring his calf in Week 3. He had been replaced in the lineup by Spencer Long, who suffered a concussion last week. John Sullivan, a veteran free agent who was signed when Lichtensteiger was hurt, is expected to start today for the Redskins (6-5-1) at Philadelphia (5-7). Washington waived veteran defensive lineman A.J. Francis (Maryland), who didn't play a game for them.


Et cetera

Classic Five's winter scrambles to start Saturday

Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation, also known as Baltimore's Classic Five, will host a series of scramble golf outings this winter, beginning with the Frostbite Scramble on Saturday at Mount Pleasant Golf Course. The Frostbite Scramble will be played using the 18-hole scramble format, featuring an 8:30 a.m. shotgun start. In scramble format, all players tee off and then choose to play their next shots from the location of the team's best shot. Registration for the Frostbite Scramble outing is open. A $240 per team price includes green fees, carts, breakfast, lunch and prizes. Space is limited to the first 30 teams. A total of six scramble outings are planned this winter at BMGC courses, including five outings in the New Year. The 2017 winter outings also include the Chilly Willy Scramble, Jan. 14 at Pine Ridge Golf Course; the It's Not Summer Scramble, Feb. 4 at Forest Park Golf Course; the Summer's Over Scramble, Feb. 25 at Clifton Park Golf Course; the Jack Frost Scramble, March 11 at Mount Pleasant Golf Course; and the Superintendent's Revenge Scramble, March 25 at Forest Park Golf Course. To register online or for more information, go to

College wrestling: Maryland (2-4) split its dual matches at George Mason on Friday, taking out the Patriots, 38-3, and dropping a 22-12 decision to North Dakota State.

NHL: Washington Capitals defenseman Matt Niskanen was a full participant in practice, but his status for Sunday's game against the Vancouver Canucks is based on whether he passes the NHL's concussion protocol.

NBA: John Wall had 24 points and 11 assists, Bradley Beal added 20 points, and the Wizards used a late 11-0 run to beat the Bucks, 110-105.


Kelly Oubre Jr. scored a career-high 19 points for Washington, which has won three of four.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 28 points and 13 rebounds. His two foul shots gave the Bucks a 100-95 lead with 4:28 left, but the Wizards fought back.

Wall's driving layup gave Washington a 101-100 lead with 3:03 left. Oubre then got a steal, and his dunk at the other end made it 103-100. Beal's driving layup pushed the lead to 105-100 and Wall, who had nine fourth-quarter points, soon added a free throw.

Mirza Teletovic's 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left pulled Milwaukee to 108-105, but Beal hit two free throws to seal the win. Teletovic finished with 25 points on 8-for-12 shooting.

Marcin Gortat finished with nine points and 14 rebounds for the Wizards.

The Bucks, who committed 20 turnovers, have lost three of four.