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Digest: Heat score three straight to break tie, beat Blast, 7-4

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With the game tied at 2, the Blast allowed three straight goals and couldn't recover.

The Blast allowed three straight goals spanning the end of the third quarter and early in the fourth in a 7-4 loss to the host Harrisburg Heat on Friday night in a Major Arena Soccer League Eastern Division game.

The Blast tied the game at 2 with 2:36 left in the third quarter on Sofiane Tergou's first goal of the season, but the Heat answered with another goal in the quarter, scored just 21 seconds into the fourth quarter and extended the lead to 5-2 a few minutes later.

Dantas scored off an assist from Pat Healey (Towson University, Calvert Hall), but Harrisburg added an empty-net goal to make the score 7-3.

Tony Donatelli, who scored twice in the Blast's 6-3 win at Syracuse on Thursday night, added a late goal on an assist from Dantas.

Despite outshooting the Heat in the first quarter 4-1, the Blast were unable to score. At the 10:22 mark, midfielder Lucio Gonzaga scored to give the Heat a 1-0 lead.

After falling behind 2-0 in the second quarter, Jonatas Melo recorded his seventh goal of the season off an assist from Vini Dantas for the Blast's first goal. William Vanzela made three saves for the Blast, who host Dallas next Saturday at 7:05 p.m.

Et cetera

Report: Florida to hire ex-Terps coach Locksley

The departure of Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins could lead to a shake-up on the Gators' offensive staff, opening the door for a former Maryland coach. FootballScoop.com reported that former Terps offensive coordinator and interim coach Mike Locksley will leave his position as an analyst at Alabama after the College Football Playoff and join the Gators. After Friday's Outback Bowl practice, and shortly before the report surfaced, Florida coach Jim McElwain said he does not expect anyone else to leave the Gators' 2017 staff. McElwain still could adjust his staff to make room for Locksley, who served as Florida's running backs coach and recruiting coordinator under Ron Zook in 2003 and 2004.

Edgar Thompson, Orlando Sentinel

NFL: Washington Redskins offensive lineman Morgan Moses was named this week's NFL Players Association Community Most Valuable Player after partnering to start a tutoring program for underprivileged students in Virginia.

Varsity girls basketball: Jasmine Dickey scored five of her team's eight points in overtime to lead No. 7 Catonsville to a 59-55 victory over Anacostia (D.C.) in the Bernice Sandler Division championship of the Title IX tournament at the D.C. Armory.

The Comets improved to 7-1 and the Indians fell to 8-5.

Catonsville had trailed by as many as 16 points. Dickey, who finished with a game-high 30 points, made two free throws with 16 seconds left in regulation to tie the score at 51 and force overtime. Jameila Barrett made a 3-pointer in overtime to put Catonsville ahead.

Crossland 55, No. 14 Long Reach 53, OT: The score was tied at 25 at the half, but the Lightning (7-1) took the lead entering the fourth quarter after storming out to a 20-point lead and holding the Cavaliers (5-4) to just one basket in the third. But Crossland countered with its own 20-4 run in the final eight minutes of regulation to force overtime and won the title game in the Donnis Thompson Division of the Title IX tournament at the D.C. Armory.

“We played hard,” said Long Reach coach Kelli Cofield. “But I think overall it was a great tournament for us. It was a great exposure event against teams we don't normally see.”

Emily Joyce led Long Reach with a season-high 15 points, while junior guard Kiana Williams had 13. Lyric Swann and Devon Williams each added nine points, while Ariana Briggs-Hall added seven.

— Monica D'Ippolito, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Ursuline Academy (Dela.) 47, No. 6 Roland Park 40: The Raiders (11-7) made four free throws in the final 10 seconds to beat the Reds (8-2) in the championship of the Healthcare Cup at the Diamond State Classic in Wilmington, Del.

Jeydah Johnson scored 15 points and Mir McLean had 14 points for Roland Park, which hosts No. 1 St. Frances on Wednesday at 5:30 p.m.

Pickerington North (Ohio) 62, Archbishop Spalding 62: The Cavaliers (3-7) went 1-for-3 at the Carolina Invitational in the Harbor Division, falling to the Panthers (7-2) in Charleston, S.C.

Alexandra Joseph scored 11 points for Spalding. Pickerington North opened with a 12-4 run.

Men's college basketball: Andre Walker blocked the potential game-winning 3-point attempt by Sa’eed Nelson (22 points) with two seconds left as host Loyola Maryland (7-5, 1-0 Patriot League) earned a 68-66 win over American (3-9, 0-1).

Walker finished with 18 point and Jarred Jones (John Carroll) had 20 points.

- Morgan State (3-10) lost its fourth straight, falling, 82-61, to host Cal State-Northridge (4-9) on Thursday night. Kendall Smith scored 19 points for the Matadors, who ended a four-game losing streak. Phillip Carr had a career-high 25 points for the Bears.

Women's college basketball: Tamera Thorpe scored a career-high 27 points to lead host South Carolina Upstate (6-8) to a 76-63 win over UMEs (6-5).

Moengaroa Subritzky and Shauntesha Bryant led the Hawks with 14 points each.

- Host Bucknell (9-3, 1-0 Patriot League) used a 17-11 run in the third quarter to pull ahead of Navy (7-5, 0-1) in a 67-64 win.

Hannah Fenske had 17 points and three Mids had 10 points each: Sarita Condie, Justice Swett and Laurel Jaunich.

- A slow start by host Loyola Maryland (4-8, 1-0 Patriot) led to a 28-point halftime deficit in a 60-45 loss to American. Loyola scored 18 points in the first half against the Eagles (4-8, 1-0).

Women's college volleyball: Incoming Maryland freshmen Sam Burgio was named a MaxPreps second-team All-American and Samantha Drechsel earned MaxPreps first-team honors and VolleyballMag.com honorable mention.

College wrestling: Maryland redshirt sophomore Alfred Bannister took eighth in the 149-pound bracket at the Ken Kraft Midlands Championships in Evanston, Ill.

Laurel Park: After going unsolved for 14 days, the 20-cent Rainbow 6 was hit at Gulfstream Park with a single unique ticket paying $505,610.72. The winning ticket cost $900 and was played in Maryland. The Late Pick-5 was solved as well with a payout of $45,215.45, and the Super Hi-5 was hit for $11,557.20. … The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved, creating a jackpot carryover of $12,573.04 for today's nine-race program that concludes the 52-day fall meet. First race post time is 12:30 p.m. … Jockeys Trevor McCarthy and Carol Cedeno each rode back-to-back winners. McCarthy was first with Habanero Gold ($6.40) in the fifth race and Grecian Prince ($7.40) in the sixth, while Cedeno won aboard Kitty Bank ($8.60) in the second and JR's Rhythm ($16.40) in the third. Jockeys Emisael Jaramillo and Tyler Gaffalione enjoyed riding triples. Jaramillo guided Dancing Wind ($8.80) to victory in the opener; Star Contender ($15.80) in the seventh; and Derek's Smile ($10.80) in the ninth. Gaffalione won aboard Uno Dude ($5.20) in the second race; Divine Warrior ($7) in the fifth; and Sober On Sunday ($16.40) in the finale.

Boxing: Jake Smith's Baltimore Pro Boxing will assist with fundraising efforts for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society in association with their "Scary Night at the Fights" card Jan. 13 at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Baltimore Boxing is helping Dulaney junior Erin Hill's fundraising efforts for the LLS by running a 50-50 raffle and silent auction. Headlining is an eight-round super middleweight contest between Jessie "The Beast" Nicklow of Baltimore and unbeaten Virginia native Chauncey "Grimm" Fields. Joey "Bazooka Joe" Veazey, 18, of Baltimore, who turned pro in October with a unanimous-decision victory, will fight in the co-main event, a four round junior middleweight bout. The card also will include Baltimore middleweight "Dangerous" Donald Wallace, who won his pro debut by knockout, and Baltimore light heavyweight Michael "The Amazing" Gbenga, originally from Ghana. For tickets, go to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or call 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30; the opening bell will sound at 8:15.

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