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Blast adds Forbess, Saunders as season nears

See which two former state college soccer players just signed with the Blast.

Indoor soccer

Blast adds Forbess, Saunders as season nears

The Blast signed defender Kaoru Forbess (Maryland), who had six points last season for the Harrisburg Heat of the Premier Arena Soccer League, and goalkeeper Phil Saunders (UMBC, Perry Hall) who played outdoor soccer in Iceland. The Blast begins the Major Arena Soccer League regular season Nov. 8 at Royal Farms Arena against the Syracuse Silver Knights.

Colleges

Loyola Md. posts highest graduation rate in state

Loyola Maryland had the highest NCAA Graduation Success Rate percentage in the state of Maryland, according to the numbers released this week by the NCAA. Loyola achieved a 95percent cumulative GSR for student-athletes who entered as freshmen from 2004 to 2007, tied for 25th in Division I. The Greyhounds have been in the top 25 in each of the report's 10 years.

Men's basketball: Stevenson will host its third annual Hoopsville National Invitational Classic, the biggest on-campus tournament in any division of the NCAA, Nov. 21-23 at Owings Mills Gymnasium. For more information, including a full schedule and team biographies, and tournament history, go to gomustangsports.com.

Men's soccer: No. 23 Navy (10-4-3, 5-1-1) and host Lehigh (8-7-1, 3-3-1) played to a 1-1 draw Wednesday night, extending Navy's unbeaten streak to eight games and allowing the Midshipmen to clinch a spot in the Patriot League tournament. Sophomore Sam Bascom scored for Navy. ... UMBC (8-5-3, 4-0-1 America East) clinched a spot in the conference tournament for the eighth consecutive year with a 1-0 win against visiting Binghamton (4-12-0, 2-3-0). Senior Mamadou Kansaye (McDonogh) scored for the Retrievers on a penalty kick.

Field hockey: No. 2 Maryland (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten) won its 10th straight game Wednesday with an 8-1 rout of visiting American (8-8).

Football: Navy quarterback Keenan Reynolds was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Player of the Week. ... Johns Hopkins left guard Fernando Concepcion is expected to return for Saturday's game against Ursinus.

Et cetera

Nationals keep Span as offseason begins

The Washington Nationals exercised Denard Span's $9 million team option for the 2015 season Thursday. In his second season in Washington, Span was among the game's best leadoff hitters, hitting .302 with a .355 on-base percentage. The Nationals declined options for first baseman Adam LaRoche and reliever Rafael Soriano.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

More player news: The Boston Red Sox re-signed former Orioles right-hander Koji Uehara to a two-year, reportedly $18 million contract. The 39-year-old closer finished the 2014 season with 26 saves and a 2.52 ERA with eight walks and 80 strikeouts in 641/3 innings. In two seasons with the Red Sox, Uehara has 47 saves.

Swimming: Bethesda resident Katie Ledecky (Bethesda), Becca Mann (North Baltimore Aquatic Club), Cierra Runge (NBAC), Conor Dwyer (NBAC), Chase Kalisz (Fallston, NBAC) and Matt McLean (NBAC) were named to Team USA for the World Championships, set for Aug. 2-9 in Kazan, Russia. Sierra Schmidt (NBAC), Meghan Small (Manchester Valley), Giles Smith (McDonogh), Gillian Ryan (NBAC) and Matt McLean (NBAC) will represent the United States at the Pan American Games on July 14-18 in Toronto. Elizabeth Pelton (Churchville Christian), Jack Conger (Good Counsel), Drew Cosgarea (McDonogh) and Bethesda resident Carsten Vissering were named to Team USA for the World University Games on July 4-11 in Gwangju, South Korea.

Fundraising: The family of former Maryland lacrosse All-American and Baltimore Bayhawk Bill McGlone is raising money after he was diagnosed with a rare condition that causes inflammation of the brain and nervous system. To donate, contact Jack McGlone at j_mcglone1233@yahoo.com.

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