Digest: Navy safety Ferguson a finalist for Uplifting Athletes award

Arenacross series comes to 1st Mariner this weekend; Lookingland, Millwood of Blast earn MISL honors

January 09, 2013|Sports Digest

Navy football

Ferguson a finalist for Uplifting Athletes award

Navy sophomore safety Chris Ferguson is one of seven finalists for the 2013 Uplifting Athletes Rare Disease Champion Award. Penn State's Eric Shrive, Oklahoma's Austin Woods, Humboldt State's Dillon Reagan, Florida's Neiron Ball, Southern California's Frankie Telfort and Fordham's Andrew Milmore join Ferguson as finalists. Log on to upliftingathletes.org/vote to read about each finalist's personal story and connection to the rare disease community, as well as to vote for this year's winner. Only one vote per email address is allowed. The honor is presented annually to a leader in college football who has realized his or her potential to make a positive and lasting impact on the rare-disease community. From second through fifth grade, Ferguson suffered from a rare neurological disorder known as Guillain-Barre syndrome. It took away his ability to walk — Ferguson relied on a walker for a year — and also affected his memory. "I had to relearn everything," Ferguson said. "I had to learn how to talk again and had to learn basic motor skills. I will always keep pushing forward and stay positive, and that's what I tell others." The online vote begins today and ends Jan. 31 at 11:59 p.m.; the winner will be announced Feb. 1 and will be given the Rare Disease Champion Sculpture at the Maxwell Club Awards Gala in Atlantic City, N.J., on March 1.

Kettani signed: The Washington Redskins signed former Navy fullback Eric Kettani to a futures contract.

Motor sports

Arenacross series comes to 1st Mariner this weekend

The Amsoil Arenacross series will stop at 1st Mariner Arena on Friday beginning at 7 p.m. and Saturday, also at 7 p.m. Broadcast coverage of Saturday night can be seen via tape delay Sunday beginning at 1 p.m. The revamped Arenacross series, featuring Ricky Carmichael's Road to Supercross, ushered in its new era last weekend with the opening round of the 2013 season in Worcester, Mass. Arenacross champion Tyler Bowers got his title defense off to a strong start by winning the first main event of the season. One of the most intriguing elements of the championship will be head-to-head bracket racing, which pits the top four finishers from each night's pair of qualifying heats for the main events. The eight riders will battle it out over the course of two-lap sprints, eliminating the losers until one rider prevails to earn a championship point. In Worcester, Bowers and Jeff Gibson emerged triumphant Friday and Saturday night, respectively. Consistency will be of an even greater emphasis for the 2013 season as a result of the new format, with a Race to the Championship that begins at the seventh round of the season. In the Arenacross Lites Class, Michael McDade won Friday night. However, with consistent performances across Friday and Saturday night, Honda rider Derrick Barnaby is in position to assume control of the standings, sitting just three points out of the lead.


Local players star in season finale of LXM Pro in Calif.

The LXM Pro Challenge had its final stop on the 2012 tour Saturday night in Del Mar, Calif., and Team STX defeated Team Sole, 15-12, in their series' seventh game, a contest that featured nine lead changes and eight ties. Team STX had already clinched the series victory with a 22-20 win in Henderson, Nev., on Dec. 1. After his tour record-setting seven-goal performance in Nevada, Sam Bradman (Salisbury) finished with two goals for Team STX, while former Maryland players Max Ritz (two goals) and Xander Ritz (one goal) also scored for the squad. Former Chesapeake Bayhawk Johnny Christmas had three goals and two assists to tie for the game high with five points. Ben DeFelice (Towson High, Towson University) won a faceoff cleanly and went right down the middle, tying the game at 12 in the fourth quarter. And after being held in check most of the night, Kyle Harrison (Friends, Johns Hopkins) scored his second goal, which would prove to be the game-winner. Displaying his vintage move, Harrison dodged the alley and beat goalie Johnny Rodriguez (Salisbury) high on the stick side. Shamel Bratton and Mike Von Kamecke (Salisbury) would pad Team STX's lead in the final minutes. Team STX led 10-9 at the half.

Major League Lacrosse: Friday's eight-round Collegiate Draft will be streamed live via MLL's YouTube Channel with CBS Sports Network MLL analyst and "Inside the MLL" host Evan Washburn and ESPN lacrosse analyst Quint Kessenich (Johns Hopkins) covering the action. The draft will begin at 8:30 p.m. in the Philadelphia Marriott's Liberty Ballroom. The draft can also be heard live via MLL Radio with LaxDirt's Tim Thomas and LacrosseTalk's Dan Matthews on the call and additional analysis from LaxDirt's Tom Bovee.

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