Blast beats Wave again, this time with rally

Indoor soccer

The Blast earned a weekend sweep of the Wave, beating Milwaukee, 14-10, on Saturday night at Royal Farms Arena after winning, 13-8, on Friday. This time, the Blast used a different script. On Friday, the Blast held on after leading 11-0 at halftime. On Saturday, the Blast trailed 6-2 at the half before rallying with 10 consecutive points on two-point goals by Lucas Roque and Lucio Gonzaga in the third quarter and Diego Zuniga, Roque and Gonzaga in the fourth. "It was a tale of two halves again," Blast coach Danny Kelly said. The Blast improved to 6-0 in its first season in the Major Arena Soccer League; the Wave fell to 4-4. Roque led the Blast with four points on two goals and two assists. Gonzaga and Vini Dantas also had two goals. William Vanzela made 17 saves, and the Blast blocked eight shots, with Pat Healey leading the way with two. The Blast's next game is Friday night at the Syracuse Silver Knights.



Titans place former Raven Oher on injured reserve

The Tennessee Titans placed right tackle Michael Oher on injured reserve Saturday and promoted defensive back Khalid Wooten from the practice squad. Oher, a former Raven, had missed the past two games with a toe injury. He started 11 games in the first year of a four-year, $20 million contract. Byron Stingily will remain the starter at right tackle for the Titans (2-11), who host the New York Jets today.

Laurel Park

Eighttofasttocatch honored; eventing career is next

Fans gathered around Laurel Park's winner's circle after Saturday's fourth race at Laurel Park to give a rousing send-off to Maryland-bred champion Eighttofasttocatch. The 8-year-old was retired from racing last weekend after notching his 17th career victory in the Jennings Handicap. Owned by Sylvia Heft and her late husband, Arnold, and trained by Tim Keefe, Eighttofasttocatch captured three Maryland Million Classics, four Jennings Handicaps and a slew of other stakes during his racing career. The popular runner will move from Laurel Park to his trainer's farm in Montgomery County and start a second career as an event horse for the Keefe family. "We'll point him as a three-day eventer," Keefe said. "If he doesn't take to that, maybe a show jumper, maybe a dressage horse. He's got a great mind, he's sound, he's very athletic and he loves challenges. I think he'll take to it and enjoy it. "His stall is open and there are some possibilities [to replace him], but they're going to have some very big shoes to fill."


Nationals 'disappointed' by Harper's no-show

The Washington Nationals are disappointed that outfielder Bryce Harper was a no-show for the team's NatsFest fan event Saturday. The Major League Baseball Players Association filed a grievance on Harper's behalf over whether he can void the terms of the final season of his five-year, $9.9 million contract he signed when he was drafted in 2011. "We're disappointed he's not here, but he chose not to be here because of the grievance," general manager and president of baseball operations Mike Rizzo said. If the case is not settled, an arbitrator hearing could occur this week. Outfielder Jayson Werth, who was recently convicted of reckless driving and sentenced to 10 days in jail, met with fans Saturday but did not speak to reporters. "That was my decision," Rizzo said.

More Nationals: The Toronto Blue Jays have interest in Rizzo as a candidate to replace Paul Beeston as team president and CEO, according to an ESPN report. But Rizzo told The Washington Post: "I have not been contacted by the Toronto Blue Jays. My sole focus is on the Washington Nationals and bringing a World Series championship to the District." He would need permission from ownership to talk to another team.

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