Nationals interview Matt Williams, reportedly will interview Ausmus
Washington Nationals general manager Mike Rizzo has remained quiet about the team's managerial search, but candidates for the job are becoming clearer. Arizona Diamondbacks third base coach Matt Williams recently interviewed, and longtime major league catcher and current San Diego Padres front office assistant Brad Ausmus will reportedly interview as well. Within the club, bench coach Randy Knorr and third base coach Trent Jewett are considered to be contenders. Knorr, who has been with the Nationals since 2001, is the most popular choice among Nationals players.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
More college football: Tickets go on sale today at noon for the Military Bowl on Dec. 27 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis. The game, featuring teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference and Conference USA, kicks off at 2:30 p.m. and will air nationally on ESPN. Tickets are priced at $20, $50 and $75, and can be purchased at militarybowl.org or by calling 888-841-2787. Suites and hospitality packages are also available. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-776-2919.
Women's college soccer: Ashley Spivey (McDonogh) scored the lone goal in the 56th minute as Maryland (8-7, 4-5 Atlantic Coast Conference) won for the first time at Miami (8-6, 3-6). ... Jessy Brown scored her fifth game-winner of the season in the 103rd minute for UMBC (9-4-2, 4-1-0 America East) in a 2-1 double overtime victory over Stony Brook (8-5-1, 3-2). ... Natalia Pinkney and Taylor Knier each scored for Towson in an overtime loss to visiting Northeastern, 3-2. The Huskies (5-7-3, 5-1 Colonial Athletic Association) scored the first two goals and got a golden goal Shayna Blackwood at 97:30 to beat Towson (7-9-1, 2-5).
College mascots: Johns Hopkins has started a campaign to select a name for the Blue Jay mascot. Students, alumni and fans can enter their suggestion at hopkinssports.com or at a table at the football game against Dickinson tonight. Suggestions will be taken until next Friday at noon. From the nominations, five to 10 finalists will be selected by a panel of administrators. Voting will then be open Oct. 28-31.
Minor league baseball: Left-handed pitcher Zach McElroy (Gilman) has signed with Santa Fe of the independent Pecos League. McElroy made the Division II West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference first team in his junior and senior years at Davis & Elkins.
Running: The end of the federal government shutdown means the Army Ten-Miler on Sunday and the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 27 are officially on. Because of the shutdown, organizers for the Army race had planned an alternate route in Arlington, Va., but the original course, much of which traverses National Park Service land, will be used as originally planned.
—Cindy Boren, The Washington Post
Outdoors: The Patuxent Wildlife Festival scheduled for Saturday at the National Wildlife Visitor Center has been canceled.