Digest: Blast to hold four open tryouts in September

Cal Ripken World Series begins Friday in Aberdeen

August 07, 2012|Sports Digest

Major Indoor Soccer League

Blast to hold four open tryouts in September

The Blast of the Major Indoor Soccer League will hold open tryouts in September at the team's training facility, Du Burns Arena. The tryouts will be Sept. 8 and 9 and Sept. 15 and 16 from 9 a.m. to noon and are open to male soccer players ages 18 years and older. College players with remaining eligibility are not permitted in the tryout as per NCAA rules and regulations. Current professional players must have a letter of release from their current club in order to participate. Players will be assessed by members of the Blast coaching and management staffs, including head coach Danny Kelly, assistant coach David Bascome and general manager Kevin Healey. Players who make it through the open tryouts will be invited to attend a three-day minicamp Oct. 10-12. The Blast will open training camp the following week. The registration fee for each player who attends open tryouts is $100. Space will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; walk-in players will not be granted a tryout. All players must submit a tryout application to the Blast office by 5p.m. Sept. 4. Applications are available at baltimoreblast.com.

Youth baseball

Cal Ripken World Series begins Friday in Aberdeen

The 13th annual Cal Ripken World Series will be held Friday through Aug. 19 at the Ripken Academy in Aberdeen featuring 11- and 12-year-old youth baseball players from around the world. The opening ceremonies and skills competition take place Friday at 5 p.m., followed by Middle Atlantic champion Bronx, N.Y., versus Harford County champ Forest Hill, the host team, at 8 p.m. Pool play competition will take place Saturday to Aug. 15 with up to seven games each day starting at noon. New this year are two consolation games and an All-Star Game. On Aug. 17, there will be four games of single-elimination competition beginning at noon to determine the participants for the International Division championship and U.S. championship. The International championship and U.S. championship games will be played in Cal Sr.'s Yard on Aug. 18. The World championship will be Aug. 19 in Cal Sr.'s Yard beginning at 2 p.m. The championship games Aug. 20 and Aug. 21 will be televised live on CBS Sports Network and include commentary by Cal Ripken Jr. and Bill Ripken. All tournament games are free to the public. Tickets are available online at worldseries.ripkenbaseball.com/free-tickets.

Et cetera

Nationals claim former Oriole Izturis off waivers

The Nationals acquired former Orioles infielder Cesar Izturis from the Milwaukee Brewers in a waiver wire pickup. The Nationals added the slick-fielding Izturis as insurance because Mark DeRosa, their current backup, is fighting a groin injury that landed him on the disabled list Monday. Izturis made 18 errors in 280 games as a fielder with the Orioles from 2009 to 2011. The Nationals lacked depth in the middle infield with all-star shortstop Ian Desmond sidelined for roughly five weeks with an oblique strain. Izturis hit .235 with a .582 on-base-plus-slugging in 169 plate appearances for the Brewers this season. The Nationals also designated Atahualpa Severino for assignment and signed right-handed pitcher Ramses Rosario and outfielder Aldrem Corredor from Venezuela, and outfielders Darryl Florentino and Luis Guzman from the Dominican Republic. As part of the new collective bargaining agreement, teams are allowed to spend only $2.9million on international free agents per year, starting today through June 15, 2013.

Adam Kilgore and James Wagner, The Washington Post

Golf: John Howson made seven birdies in an eight-hole span en route to a 6-under-par 65 at Forest Park Golf Course that, coupled with a par-71 at Clifton Park earlier, gave the Sparks resident a 36-hole total of 136 and the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corp. Seniors championship. Hoswon finished with a 10-stroke margin over Jeff Rhyne (76-70). Jordan Sweet of Bowie shot 71-68—139 to win the second Young Amateurs (ages 18-24) championship at Hobbit's Glen Golf Club in Columbia. Andre Stein of Rockville was second with 70-70—140 in the Washington Metropolitan Golf Association event.

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