December 18, 2009|By From Sun staff reports

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City has online petition to host 2018 or 2022 World Cup

Want to see World Cup soccer played in Baltimore? Sign the city's online petition at Civic leaders are hoping a heavy cyber turnout this week will boost Baltimore's chances to host either the 2018 or 2022 games. Though a long shot, the city is one of 27 U.S. venues, from Boston to San Diego, competing for the World Cup. As of Thursday, Baltimore ranked near the bottom in petition signatures with nearly 3,200. Seattle led with more than 19,000. The USA Bid Committee said it will begin to pare that list to 18 cities this month. Next December, the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) will announce the host nations for the two events, held every four years. Besides the U.S., those countries being considered include Australia, Belgium-Netherlands, England, Indonesia, Japan, Qatar (2022), Russia, South Korea (2022) and Spain-Portugal.

College football: : When Louisville fired Steve Kragthorpe last month after his third season as the Cardinals' football coach, Sean Farr went searching for a new school. It didn't take long for the former Dunbar standout to find a new home. Farr, a 6-foot-3, 185-pound wide receiver, committed to Memphis on Wednesday. "The whole school is in the city, and I like that because I'm from Baltimore," Farr said. "The coach just came straightforward and said I need to work for my position when I get there." Farr had signed with Louisville last February but spent this fall at Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia improving his academics. He planned to enroll at Louisville next semester. Instead, he'll suit up for new Tigers coach Larry Porter, who was hired last month after serving five years as LSU's running backs coach.

- Matt Bracken

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