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.
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.