The Blast (16-3) blew out the host Rochester Lancers, 22-5, for its eighth consecutive win in Major Indoor Soccer League play. The Blast (16-3) led 12-0 at halftime after 3-pointers by Mike Lookingland (Loyola High) and Lucio Gonzaga, and two points each from Marco Mangione and J.T. Noone. The Lancers responded with a 3-pointer in the third quarter but allowed eight Blast points, entering the final quarter with a 20-3 deficit. Blast goalkeeper Troy Hernandez had 13 saves. The Blast will finish its regular season on the road Sunday against the Pennsylvania Roar before entering the playoffs.
Terps sweep Bryant with 7-3 victory in series finale
After consecutive 3-0 wins over visiting Bryant on Saturday, Maryland finished off a sweep in its weekend series with a 7-3 victory. Second baseman Brandon Lowe had two runs and one RBI for Maryland (4-2), and left fielder Andrew Amaro scored twice. Center fielder Kevin Martir, right fielder Anthony Papio and designated hitter Nick Cieri also had one run each on Sunday. Right-hander Jared Price pitched six innings, gave up two runs on five hits and struck out five Bulldogs (0-3).
More Division I: After two losses to Cal State Bakersfield, including an 8-1 rout Saturday, Towson came back to beat the Roadrunners, 3-2, on Sunday. Mike Draper (Mount St. Joseph) and Zach Fisher (Perry Hall) scored for the Tigers (4-2) in the fifth inning to erase a 2-0 deficit, and Brandon Gonnella had the game-winning run in the ninth against Bakersfield (5-3).
Backstrom misses final for Sweden after drug positive
Swedish hockey officials confirmed that Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom missed the Olympic men's hockey gold-medal game Sunday in Sochi, Russia, after testing positive for a banned substance. Yahoo SportsGreg Wyshynski first reported that Backstrom violated the International Olympic Committee's anti-doping policy. "I got the message two hours before the game, that there was something wrong," Swedish coach Par Marts told reporters in Sochi. An emotional Backstrom, 26, met with reporters in Sochi to explain that he has been taking the allergy medication Zyrtec-D for seven years. While Zyrtec-D is a permitted drug, it contains pseudoephedrine, which in levels over 150 micrograms per milliliter is banned by the IOC. Backstrom's level was at 190, according to Dr. Mark Aubry, chief medical officer for the International Ice Hockey Federation. Backstrom was tested after Sweden's quarterfinal win against Slovenia on Feb. 19 but wasn't informed about the positive result, and that he wouldn't be able to play in the gold-medal game, until hours before puck drop Sunday.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers' five-game winning streak in American Professional Basketball League play ended with a 104-97 loss at home Saturday to the Metropolitan All-Stars (9-0). The Shuckers are now 9-2.
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