Best bets

BEST BETS

April 28, 2006|By PETER BLAIR

Baseball

Mariners@Orioles

Where -- Camden Yards

When -- Tonight, 7:05; tomorrow, 4:35 p.m.; Sunday, 1:35 p.m.

What now? -- Plenty of tickets for all three games against Seattle are still available on the Orioles' Web site, and they start at just $8. Students of any kind can purchase $5 tickets for tonight's game at the box office. At tomorrow's game, the first 10,000 fans will receive a plush cow courtesy of Chick-fil-A. With the Orioles' recent losing streak, the team might be subliminally putting its twist on a line from Bart Simpson: It's already time to have a cow, man.

Onlineorioles.com

Pro Soccer

Steamers@Blast

Where -- 1st Mariner Arena

When -- Tonight, 7:35

What now? -- Blast goalkeeper Sagu, who was second in the league with a 5.02 goals-against average this season, is questionable for Game 1 of the finals against St. Louis with an injured calf. That leaves two questions on every Baltimore sports fan's mind: If Sagu can't play, can Sanaldo carry the Blast halfway to its third championship in four years? And ... if the Blast does win the title, does this qualify as a dynasty? Tickets cost $22 and $19 and are available at 410-547-SEAT.

Online -- baltimoreblast.com

College Lacrosse

ACC men's tournament

Where -- M&T Bank Stadium

When -- Tonight, 8; Sunday, 3:30 p.m.

What now? -- No. 2 seed Maryland plays No. 3 seed North Carolina in the only semifinal tonight. The winner advances to meet top seed Virginia in the championship Sunday. Admission - $15 for the semifinals and $10 for the final - includes the ACC women's tournament games, which begin at 3 p.m. today and 1 p.m. on Sunday. Student tickets are $12 and $8, respectively. Tickets can be purchased at the stadium box office.

Online -- theacc.com

Sailing

Volvo Ocean Race In-Port Race

Where -- Chesapeake Bay (best viewing area: Downs Park, Pasadena)

When -- Tomorrow, 1 p.m.

What now? -- The race of approximately 20-30 nautical miles will last between two and three hours, but the course won't be set until the last minute because of wind conditions. Pirates of the Caribbean and a movistar will be there, but if you're looking for Johnny Depp, perhaps you should stay home. The in-port race, which will count toward the Volvo Ocean Race overall standings, is just one of many festivities on the Chesapeake or in Baltimore this weekend. Dragon boat racing in the Inner Harbor also begins at 1 p.m. tomorrow. A full schedule of events is available on the Web site.

Online -- oceanracechesapeake.org

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