Best bets

BEST BETS

March 31, 2006|By PETER BLAIR

Pro Soccer

Steamers@Blast

Where -- 1st Mariner Arena

When -- Tonight, 7:35

What now? -- The Blast hosts first-place St. Louis in its final regular-season home game. But the real fun gets started after the game with the team's official Fan Appreciation Party at the Radisson Lord Baltimore (20 W. Baltimore St.) just a few blocks from the arena. The party includes chances to win prizes and meet players as well as food and drink specials. Tickets for the game start at $17 and are available at 410-73-BLAST.

Online -- baltimoreblast.com

Exhibition Baseball

Nationals @Orioles

Where -- Camden Yards

When -- Tomorrow, 4:35 p.m.

What now? -- Every seat in the ballpark is just $10, and tickets are available on the Orioles' Web site and from Ticketmaster. Best of all, 100 percent of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to emergency feeding programs in Baltimore City. This is the perfect game for fans who don't appreciate donating their regular-season admission to Peter Angelos' wallet. Tickets also remain for the first game of the exhibition home-and-home with the Nationals at 7:05 tonight at RFK Stadium.

Online -- orioles.com

Basketball

Charm City Challenge

Where -- Towson Center

When -- Sunday, 3 p.m.

What now? -- The Baltimore City All-Stars take on the Suburban All-Stars in the first game of the doubleheader, followed by Baltimore vs. the U.S. team at 5 p.m. Tickets are $10 for students and range from $15 to $55 for others. They can be purchased in advance at the Web site or by calling 410-605-9381. They can also be purchased at the door for cash only. There's no truth to the rumor that the entire Baltimore team has committed to play for George Mason in the fall, although Mount St. Joseph's Louis Birdsong will be joining the Patriots next season.

Online -- charmcitychallenge.com

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