Digest: Boldin, Fitzgerald to visit Africa with Oxfam

Spring training move to Fort Myers in the works for Nationals

March 21, 2012|Sports Digest

NFL

Boldin, Fitzgerald to visit Africa with Oxfam

Ravens wide receiver Anquan Boldin and Arizona Cardinals wide-out Larry Fitzgerald, a former teammate of Boldin's with the Cardinals, are again teaming up with the international relief and development organization Oxfam to raise awareness of the food crisis in East Africa. They will travel to Ethiopia with Oxfam for a firsthand account of the drought and famine affecting more than 13 million people in the region. Boldin and Fitzgerald will embark on a four-day trip across Ethiopia beginning Tuesday. The duo will meet with villagers affected by the crisis, local Oxfam partner organizations and internationally known Ethiopian athletes to bring attention to the region. They will also visit Oxfam programs in the field, such as an irrigation project that brings water to areas where it is much-needed.

Nationals

Spring training move to Fort Myers in the works

The Washington Nationals' plans to flee their spring training home in Viera for Florida's west coast are gaining traction, with a move to Fort Myers growing more likely. At a Board of Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning, Lee County unanimously approved the commencement of negotiations with the Nationals. The Minnesota Twins are already at Hammond Stadium in the Lee County Sports Complex, and county officials were cautious in Tuesday's meeting in ensuring that they wouldn't alienate them as they discuss upgrades to their current facility while beginning negotiations with the Nationals. County officials said the Nationals are interested in modern upgrades of the facility. According to a county document, Nationals ownership, staff and "design professionals" met with the county in October and December 2011 and February 2012 about the City of Palms Park complex. The Nationals have been open about their intention to leave Viera because of the exhaustive travel the location requires. The shortest bus trips the Nationals take during Grapefruit League, to Kissimmee and Lake Buena Vista, last at least an hour and 15 minutes. No other team is so far from its opponents. Last year, principal owner Mark Lerner called the situation in Viera untenable, saying the Nationals could no longer put up with the long trips Viera requires. The Nationals will remain in Viera through at least 2013, Lerner said last year. The Nationals have used Viera and Space Coast Stadium as the team's spring training base since baseball returned to Washington in 2005.

Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

Colleges

Farr, Goines rally BCCC to win in NJCAA hoops opener

Sean Farr (Dunbar) scored 15 of his 20 points after halftime and Karrell Goines (Patterson) had 10 of his 12 after the break, helping Baltimore City Community College (24-10) rally to an 89-84 victory over sixth-seeded Erie (N.Y.) CC (24-5) in its first game at the double-elimination National Junior College Athletic Association Division II men's basketball tournament in Danville, Ill. The RegionXX champion Panthers will play tonight at 8 against third-seeded CC of Rhode Island (29-4), a 91-79 victor over Penn Valley (Mo.) (16-17). Carlos Smith (Forest Park) led BCCC with 21 points. Theodore West added 15 and Zafir Williams had 14. The Panthers, who trailed 47-36 at halftime, finished with a 68-44 advantage in points in the paint.

Women's lacrosse: Maryland senior attacker Karri Ellen Johnson (Broadneck) was named Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week. ... Johnson had six goals, eight draw controls and an assist in the Terps' two victories on the week. With a pair of goals against Richmond on Tuesday, Johnson became only the third player in Maryland women's lacrosse history to record 200 career goals. Virginia goalie Kim Kolarik (Riva) was chosen as the ACC Defensive Player of the Week. ... Johns Hopkins freshman goalie KC Emerson was tabbed as the American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Week for the second straight week.

Men's lacrosse: Maryland sophomore goaltender Niko Amato was named the ACC Defensive Player of the Week for the second time this season. Amato, a native of Philadelphia suburb Conshohocken, Pa., beat his hometown team by limiting then-No. 10 Villanova to a season-low five goals, two of which came on extra-man opportunities, in an 11-5 win. He made seven saves in the second half, including four on point-blank shots from the crease, as the Terrapins held the Wildcats well short of their 10.6-goal average. ... Loyola junior Scott Ratliff was named Eastern College Athletic Conference Co-Specialist of the Week.

softball: Junior Aurelia Gamch hit a walk-off three-run home run in the seventh to lift Bethune-Cookman over Towson, 3-2, in the first game of a doubleheader. Bethune-Cookman (12-20) won the second game over the Tigers (13-13) as well, 1-0. Towson entered having won its previous three games.

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