Blast falls to Syracuse, 9-8, on last-minute goal

January 20, 2014|Sports Digest

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Blast falls to Syracuse, 9-8, on last-minute goal

Bo Jelovac scored with 58 seconds remaining, helping the host Syracuse Silver Knights defeat the Blast, 9-8, on Sunday and end its seven-game Major Indoor Soccer League winning streak. The Blast (8-3) dropped to one game behind the first-place Milwaukee Wave (9-2), while third-place Syracuse improved to 8-4 heading into its rematch at Baltimore Arena on Friday night. The winning goal came after the Silver Knights, with an extra attacker on the field, won a free kick at the edge of the Blast's area. Machel Millwood, a former Blast star, curled a shot toward the left post, where keeper William Vanzela failed to hold on to the ball and Jelovac put it into the net. The Blast led 8-5 after three quarters, but 16 seconds into the fourth, Millwood brought Syracuse within a point by latching onto a pass from Slavisa Ubiparipovic, turning a defender and beating Vanzela from 45 feet while the Silver Knights were short-handed. "It was a great team win, it wasn't just about me," Millwood said. "We had the right recipe to win. … Good championship teams win close games like these." Mike Lookingland led the Blast with four points. Vanzela made 30 saves, and Lookingland and Pat Healey each had three blocks.

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Va. Tech's Fuller pulls out of Senior Bowl with injury

Virginia Tech cornerback Kyle Fuller has pulled out of the Senior Bowl all-star game in Mobile, Ala., because of injuries. Named an All-Atlantic Coast Conference first-team selection in coaches' balloting, the former Mount St. Joseph standout dealt with a sports hernia throughout his senior year and had surgery in November after aggravating the injury against Miami. Fuller finished his senior year with 24 tackles, two interceptions and 10 pass deflections and was named to the All-America second team by the Walter Camp Foundation. "He was still working through an injury, rehabbing," said Senior Bowl executive director Phil Savage, a former Cleveland Browns general manager and Ravens executive. "We had nine players that were a healthy scratch and 19 players who had some injury or surgery or a rehab situation where they felt like they weren't 100 percent." Fuller comes from a strong football family. One older brother, Vincent Fuller, played in the NFL and another older brother, Corey Fuller, plays for the Detroit Lions. And Kyle Fuller's younger brother, Kendall Fuller, was a freshman All-American last season and the ACC Defensive Rookie of the Year as he led the Hokies with six interceptions. Kyle Fuller is projected as a second-round or third-round draft target, provided he gets healthy. "He played against Alabama the first game of the year and had an excellent game," Savage said. "He played really well the first five, six weeks of the season, so he was on our list really from the very beginning."

Aaron Wilson

College baseball: Left-handed pitcher David Marriggi of Wilkes Barre, Pa., catcher Tristan Howertown of Virginilia, Va., and right-handed pitcher Mason Anderson of Lumberton, N.J., signed letters of intent to attend Towson.

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