Dwyer helps Team USA win Duel in the Pool

Former Orioles catcher Snyder rejoins Nationals

  • Age: 32  2013 statistics: .100/.250/.100, 1 RBI in nine games for the Orioles; .243/.305/.387, 6 HRs, 24 RBIs in 52 games at Triple-A Norfolk  Skinny: The Orioles obtained Snyder in April as part of a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels, and he spent most of the year at Triple-A Norfolk. The Orioles don't have an established backup to Matt Wieters, so they may look for a veteran catcher to battle with Clevenger this spring. Given his professional attitude, they wouldn't mind having Snyder in the mix again. But if he is looking for more playing time in the major leagues, Baltimore isn't a good fit.  Connolly's take: He'll probably have to settle for a minor league deal and, in that case, he'll likely go somewhere with a clearer path to playing time in the major leagues.
Age: 32 2013 statistics: .100/.250/.100, 1 RBI in nine games… (Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY…)
December 22, 2013|Sports Digest


Dwyer helps Team USA win Duel in the Pool

North Baltimore Aquatic Club's Conor Dwyer fueled a Team USA comeback with victories in the 200-meter freestyle and 200-meter individual medley as the Americans rallied from 23 points down to claim the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool title over the European All-Stars, 132-131, on Saturday at the Tollcross International Swimming Centre in Glasgow, Scotland. Dwyer won the 200 free in 1 minute, 41.68 seconds and the 200 IM in 1:53.51. Chase Kalisz of Bel Air was third in the 200 IM in 1:54.26, helping tie the score at 124 heading to the relays. Katie Ledecky of Bethesda was second in the women's free in 1:53.83. The Americans won the overall competition by taking the one-point tiebreaker, a 200 mixed-medley relay. "That was the most exciting meet I've been a part of," Dwyer said. "I think it's a unique event; it's unlike anything else we do internationally. We take a lot of pride. It's all about getting your hand on the wall and not the times." Channels 11 and 4 will air the event today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.


Former Orioles catcher Snyder rejoins Nationals

For the second year in a row, the Nationals have agreed to terms with veteran catcher Chris Snyder on a minor league deal with an invitation to big league spring training. The Nationals had been looking to add to their depth behind Wilson Ramos, who played just 103 games over the past two seasons because of knee surgeries and two hamstring strains. Adding Snyder, 32 years old and a 10-year major league veteran, helps address that. Snyder was released from his minor league deal last spring to sign with the Los Angeles Angels. After being released in June, he re-signed with the Orioles. He went 2-for-20 with an RBI and four walks in nine major league games last season. At the Triple-A affiliates of the Angels and Orioles, he posted a combined .273/.330/.477 slash line with 13 home runs.

James Wagner, The Washington Post

College football

Navy's Peterson added to East-West Shrine Game

Navy senior linebacker Cody Peterson has been selected to the East-West Shrine Game, which will be played Jan. 18 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Peterson, Navy's defensive captain, has had a standout season with 135 tackles. He is second nationally in solo tackles per game (7.7) and is tied for second nationally in total tackles per game (11.3). Peterson's 135 tackles are the most by a Navy player since Rob Caldwell had 140 in 2005. He needs 11 against Middle Tennessee State in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl to land in the top five on Navy's single-season tackles list. Peterson is the 26th player in Navy history to be selected to play in the East-West Shrine Game and is the first inside linebacker to be selected since Ross Pospisil in 2009. Navy will play Middle Tennessee State on Dec. 30 in Fort Worth, Texas. Kickoff is set for 11:45 a.m.

Division III: Johns Hopkins senior tackle Armand Jenifer was selected as a first-team Associated Press Little All-American and a second-team D3Football.com All-American. Blue Jays center Ben Cranston was named to the D3football.com first team. Jenifer is Hopkins' first AP Little All-America selection since 2003, when safety Matt Campbell earned second-team honors. Cranston is the first center in school history to earn first-team All-America honors.

Et cetera

Dulaney's Griffith to run cross country, track at Penn

Dulaney's Isabel Griffith said Saturday that she will run for the cross country and track teams at Penn next year. Griffith was named The Baltimore Sun's cross country Runner of the Year this season after winning the Baltimore County title, Class 4A North region and the Class 4A state title race. She won the 4A title by completing the 5-kilometer race in 18 minutes, 26.2 seconds. "I just knew I needed to get out there and set that pace and make it challenging," Griffith said in November. Griffith learned Monday that she was accepted to Penn. On Saturday, she confirmed on Twitter that she would compete for the Division I program. "She is simply amazing, and that is a strong comment based on the athletes I had the opportunity to coach," Dulaney coach Chad Boyle said recently.

Alexander Pyles

Men's water polo: Mladen Stanicic has been named Navy's head coach. Stanicic, an associate head coach, was named interim head coach Sept. 26 after Mike Schofield resigned for personal reasons. Stanicic took over a team that was 8-9 and went 11-6 record the rest of the season, earning the Collegiate Water Polo Association Southern Division title.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers (5-1) bounced back from their only loss of the American Professional Basketball League season with a 110-107 victory over the visiting South Jersey Thunder (4-3). Terry Hosley (Maryland Bible, Parkville) and Gus Chase (St. Frances) each scored 29 points for the Shuckers, followed by Rocky Coleman (Towson University, Walbrook) with 13.

Jon Fogg

Museum: The Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards announced that children will be admitted to the museum for free when they say the phrase "I Love the Ravens" at the ticket booth from Thursday until Dec. 31. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for adults and tickets can be purchased at the ticket booth, in advance by phone at 410-727-1539, or online at missiontix.com/page/sportslegends.

Men's lacrosse: A record 38 teams, including nine first-time entrants, are expected to play in the 2014 Federation of International Lacrosse Men's World Championship in Commerce City, Colo., from July 10 to July 19. The last time the United States hosted the championship, in 1998 in Baltimore, 11 nations competed. The nations expected to compete for the first time are Belgium, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Israel, Russia, Thailand, Turkey and Uganda. The United States is the defending world champion.

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