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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Baltimore Blast, along with five other former Major Indoor Soccer League teams, have reached an agreement to partner with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League to create a new league that is expected to consist of 20-plus teams throughout North America. The Milwaukee Wave, St. Louis Ambush, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights will join the Blast in the new league. All six franchises had their contracts with the United Soccer Leagues, which runs the MISL, expire last month after the 2013-14 season concluded.
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By Scott Dance and Carrie Wells and The Baltimore Sun | September 30, 2014
A biography of former Baltimore banker Ed Hale is set to detail his rise from a Sparrows Point upbringing to exploits in real estate, sports business and banking - working covertly for the CIA and surviving plane crashes along the way. Apprentice House, a student-run book publisher at Loyola University Maryland, is releasing "Hale Storm," by former Baltimore Sun columnist Kevin Cowherd , on Nov. 1. A preview of the book suggests Hale's story...
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 3, 2011
Chicago Riot (4-14) at Baltimore Blast (14-3) When: Friday, 7:35 p.m. Where: 1st Mariner Arena Video: B2TV.com Outlook: Winners of eight straight games with three remaining in the regular season, the Blast can lock up first place in the Major Indoor Soccer League with a win over the last-place Riot. On Sunday in Chicago, the Blast needed an overtime goal from Max Ferdinand to get past the Riot, 16-13. The Blast will have a special pre-game ceremony for Baltimore native Giuliano Celenza, who announced earlier in the week that he was retiring after the season.
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By Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2014
Baltimore's spending panel voted unanimously Wednesday to change the Baltimore Arena's name to the Royal Farms Arena in exchange for about $1.2 million over five years. Under the terms of the agreement, the Baltimore-based convenience store chain — which is perhaps best known for its Western fries and fried chicken — would pay $250,000 annually to the city annually for five years. The deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | March 16, 2012
The Blast took a calculated risk in its best-of-three Major Indoor Soccer League championship series against the rival and defending champion Milwaukee Wave, opting to play the first game on its home turf on Friday. The idea was to set the tone, claim the all-important first win and then deal with wrapping up the championship in Milwaukee on Sunday. The Wave had another idea. With a stifling defense that resembled last year's championship win in Baltimore and a nifty three-goal performance from forward Marcio Leite, Milwaukee took a giant step toward repeating as champions with a dominating 14-2 win over the Blast before an announced crowd of 6,072 at 1st Mariner Arena . "We generated a ton of chances and I thought we handled what they did very well," Blast coach Danny Kelly said.
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By Bill Free | November 6, 1991
Domenic Mobilio was 19 years old and an instant star in the Major Soccer League when the city of Baltimore stole his fancy.But his heart still belonged to his hometown of Vancouver, British Columbia. That is where Mobilio's close-knit Italian family remained when he became a pro soccer player for the Baltimore Blast.Also left behind in Vancouver were his high school sweetheart and his Jeep.Now after three years, 131 goals, 73 assists and thousands of screams from admiring teeny-bopper soccer fans, Mobilio finds his heart being tugged toward Baltimore.
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BY A SUN STAFF WRITER | November 15, 1998
The Baltimore Blast soccer team is kicking in support to encourage reading.At Saturday's game against the Philadelphia Kixx, the Blast will accept donated books for young readers and distribute fliers promoting its "Booklist Challenge."Students taking the "Challenge" will read for three hours, alone or with their parents. In exchange, they will receive free tickets to the Blast's Dec. 18 game, also against the Kixx, and be recognized at halftime.The fliers will be distributed and books collected by Maryland Sings, a teen group that has toured Europe and performed at the White House.
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By Jill Rosen and Jill Rosen,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2005
In the lobby of the Anchorage Towers in Canton, someone's swept the coins at the bottom of a burbling fountain into the shape of an anchor. Clearly that's not where Ed Hale's been throwing his money. Fourteen flights up in the penthouse, Hale, chief executive officer of 1st Mariner Bank, developer and owner of the Baltimore Blast professional soccer team, has used more than a little of his spare change to create a swank bachelor pad with breathtaking views of the city he has literally worked his way to the top of. But Hale wants to cash out and trade up. To move just feet down Boston Street into the top of a 17-story office tower he's building there, Hale is selling the condo he spent a decade molding to fit his definition of man-about-town luxury.
BUSINESS
By Liz Atwood and Raymond L. Sanchez and Liz Atwood and Raymond L. Sanchez,Evening Sun Staff | October 4, 1990
The former president of Bay State Title Co. has pleaded guilty to misappropriating about $300,000 belonging to his company and to the Chicago Title Insurance Co. of Maryland.Howard L. Perlow, 37, of Talton Court in Pikesville, entered the plea in Baltimore City Circuit Court yesterday. Sentencing is scheduled for Nov. 23.Perlow had been charged with misappropriating more than $1.6 million, according to Assistant Attorney General Christopher J. Romano.But Arnold Weiner, who is Perlow's lawyer, said that most of that amount was used for third-party loans, which he argued did not constitute a misappropriation of money.
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August 29, 1991
BASKETBALL Continental Basketball Association * GRAND RAPID HOOPES -- Signed Winston Crite, forward.HOCKEYNational Hockey League * NEW YORK RANGERS -- Signed Glen Goodall, center, and John Mokasak, defenseman.SOCCERMajor Soccer League * BALTIMORE BLAST -- Signed Rod Castro, midfielder, to a one-year contract.
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By Natalie Sherman and Luke Broadwater and The Baltimore Sun | September 16, 2014
The city's plan to award Baltimore Arena naming rights to the Royal Farms chain of convenience stores drew praise Tuesday as a pairing almost as good as Western fries and chicken, though some questioned the need to place another corporate logo on a municipal building. Under the terms of the agreement, Royal Farms would pay $250,000 annually over five years and rename the venue Royal Farms Arena. If approved, the deal would roughly triple the amount received by the city for the title sponsorship when it was known as 1st Mariner Arena . That agreement, approved in 2002, netted the city $75,000 a year before it expired at the end of 2012.
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By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun and By Glenn Graham, The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
The Baltimore Blast has re-signed five players from last year's team and signed a newcomer as the team shapes its roster for the inaugural season of the Major Arena Soccer League. Goalkeeper William Vanzela, defender Pat Healey, midfielder Lucio Gonzaga and forwards Adauto Neto and Adriano Dos Santos will return and forward Jerjer Gibson, who played for the Pennsylvania Roar last season, also joins the team. When the Blast left the Major Indoor Soccer League following the 2013-14 season, all player contracts were voided.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Karen Nitkin, For The Baltimore Sun | June 23, 2014
Marcelo Salles' food truck is getting a little more attention now that all eyes are on the World Cup games. But despite the fact that Brazilian culture is in the spotlight, Salles is not convinced that Baltimoreans are ready to embrace what is standard fare in his home country: chicken hearts. So his truck, called Darua, instead serves other classic Brazilian dishes like feijoada , a hearty stew of black beans and meats, and pastel , fried dough pockets with sweet and savory fillings.
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By Glenn Graham and The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
The Baltimore Blast, along with five other former Major Indoor Soccer League teams, have reached an agreement to partner with teams from the Professional Arena Soccer League to create a new league that is expected to consist of 20-plus teams throughout North America. The Milwaukee Wave, St. Louis Ambush, Missouri Comets, Rochester Lancers and Syracuse Silver Knights will join the Blast in the new league. All six franchises had their contracts with the United Soccer Leagues, which runs the MISL, expire last month after the 2013-14 season concluded.
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | April 12, 2014
A regional Pennsylvania bank submitted the highest bid at the auction for Baltimore's 1st Mariner Bank in a deal that must still be approved by a federal bankruptcy court judge and banking regulators. National Penn Bank offered $19.1 million for 1st Mariner at Thursday's auction, topping a competing bid from a group with local ties led by New York-based Priam Capital LLC, according to a filing in the bankruptcy of bank parent First Mariner Bancorp. A hearing is scheduled for Monday in Baltimore's U.S. Bankruptcy Court for a judge to rule on the outcome of the auction after hearing any potential objections from creditors of First Mariner.
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By Matt Vensel, The Baltimore Sun | March 13, 2014
After surviving an oh-so-close call against the Syracuse Silver Knights in the semifinals of the Major Indoor Soccer League playoffs, Baltimore Blast head coach Danny Kelly has been preaching to his top-ranked team to take nothing for granted this time of the year, especially not with the Blast two wins away from its second straight MISL championship. "Hopefully we've learned something from that," Kelly said Thursday. "There are no easy games, especially against a team like Missouri, as talented as they are. " Tonight, the Blast opens its championship series against the Missouri Comets at the Independence Events Center in Independence, Mo.. The second game of the series and a 15-minute tiebreaking minigame, if necessary, will be played Sunday at the Baltimore Arena.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS | February 9, 2000
Curley graduate Barry Stitz, who is completing his final season with the Baltimore Blast, has been hired to be head coach at his alma mater, replacing retired coach Pep Perrella. "I've been looking to get into coaching for a while, and coming back to Curley is a dream come true," said Stitz, a 1987 graduate.
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From Sun staff reports | February 7, 2014
Mike Lookingland had two goals and two assists to lead the Baltimore Blast past the host St. Louis Ambush, 12-6, in the Major Indoor Soccer League on Thursday night. By winning their eighth consecutive game, the Blast (12-3) closed in on the first-place Milwaukee Wave (11-2). The Blast took a 4-0 lead in the opening period with goals by Tony Donatelli and J.T. Noone. Lookingland got his first goal of the night to open the second quarter and give Baltimore a 6-0 lead. Mike Roach answered for St. Louis (4-12)
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By Allison Brickell | January 23, 2014
For many parents, sending their children to sports camp is a big step. Whether the child is 6 or 16, there are a number of ways kids can spend the summer: basic sports camps, multi-sports camps, specialty sports camps, training camps and more. To help narrow it down, we've spoken with camp directors, coaches, school counselors and parents for tips on picking the best sports camp for your child. 1. Do your research. First and foremost, you need to learn what a camp is all about.
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