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Wizards announce return of Baltimore Classic October 20

Posted on 11 August 2014 by WNST Staff

WIZARDS ANNOUNCE 2014 PRESEASON SCHEDULE
Second Annual Baltimore Classic Highlights Eight-Game Slate 

 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Washington Wizards announced today the teams eight-game 2014 preseason schedule, which includes three home games at Verizon Center.
 
The teams exhibition slate is highlighted by the second annual Baltimore Classic against the New Orleans Pelicans at the Baltimore Arena on Oct. 20.  The game in Baltimore marks the teams second consecutive preseason game played in Charm City following last seasons sellout game against the New York Knicks.  Prior to last seasons Baltimore Classic, the Wizards had not played in Baltimore since 1999. 
 
Washington will begin its preseason action with a rematch against their 2014 first round playoff opponent the Chicago Bulls on Oct. 6 at United Center. The Wizards defeated the Bulls 4-1 in the first round of the 2014 Eastern Conference Playoffs. The team will then head to Jacksonville, FL, where they will face the New Orleans Pelicans on Oct. 8 and then travel to Greenville, SC, where they will take on the Charlotte Hornets on Oct. 10.
 
The Wizards return to Verizon Center for three straight home games when they host Detroit on Oct. 12, Maccabi Haifa on Oct. 15 and Charlotte on Oct. 17.  Maccabi Haifa plays in the Winner Sal League, the top basketball league in Israel, where they won a league championship in 2012-13 and were runners up in 2013-14.  Washington will head north on Oct. 20 for the Baltimore Classic and wrap up their preseason schedule in New York with a game against the Knicks on Oct. 22.
 
Tickets for the 2014 Baltimore Classic will go on sale Monday, August 18, for Wizards DC 12 Club Members and Wednesday, August 20, for the general public.  On-sale dates for the teams home games at Verizon Center will be announced at a later date. Fans can visit WashingtonWizards.com to purchase tickets and for more information about the 2014 preseason.
 
 
DATE
OPPONENT
LOCATION
TIME  (ET)
Monday, Oct. 6
at Chicago
United Center (Chicago, IL)
8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8
at New Orleans
Veterans Memorial Arena (Jacksonville, FL)
7:00 p.m.
Friday, Oct. 10
at Charlotte
Bon Secours Wellness Arena (Greenville, SC)
7:00 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 12
vs. Detroit
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
1:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 15
vs. Maccabi Haifa
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
7:00 p.m.
Friday , Oct. 17
vs. Charlotte
Verizon Center (Washington, DC)
7:00 p.m.
Monday, Oct. 20
vs. New Orleans
Baltimore Arena (Baltimore, MD)
7:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 22
at New York
Madison Square Garden (New York, NY)
7:30 p.m.

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Jones, Teixeira set for UFC 172 title fight Saturday night in Baltimore

Posted on 25 April 2014 by WNST Staff

By DAN GELSTON, AP Sports Writer

Jon Jones went from pound-for-pound the best fighter inside the octagon to just plain pounded.

Jones took a beating, the worst one of his record reign, in a bout against Alexander Gustafsson that knocked the light heavyweight champion on the canvas for the first time in his career and put his belt in jeopardy.

Looking as human and humbled as ever, Jones wouldn’t let his hard-earned championship slip away easily and gutted out another title defense — a UFC record sixth straight — that set up him up to find another challenger of the month.

Enter Glover Teixeira. Teixeira boasts a whopping 20-bout winning streak that dates nine years and is coming off a first-round TKO of Ryan Bader.

Jones (19-1) and Teixeira (22-2) fight in the main event of UFC 172 Saturday night when the promotion makes its debut in Baltimore.

Phil Davis fights Anthony Johnson in the other headline bout.

Jones, one of UFC’s biggest active pay-per-view draws, won a unanimous decision against Gustafsson at UFC 165 in September. Gustafsson cut the champion at the right eye midway through the first round. And with a minute left, he took Jones down for the first time in the champion’s UFC career.

Jones said he knew he was as close as ever to dropping the belt.

“I realized I needed to switch up my strategy and begin improvising a little bit more, and that’s what I did,” he said. “I think with Gus I was trying to fight like a technical kick boxing match and I think I was losing at that. I just had to switch my style up and start flowing a little better and start winging things, making up, creating, and finding new openings.”

He found enough of them to escape and put his name in the record book.

With the win, Jones passed UFC Hall of Famer Tito Ortiz’s light heavyweight mark of five straight successful title defenses. After beating Shogun Rua on March 20, 2011 to win the belt, Jones went on to defeat Rampage Jackson, Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, Vitor Belfort, Chael Sonnen and Gustafsson..

He beat all but Evans and Gustafsson during the streak via TKO or submission, and three times earned UFC fight of the night honors. Known as “Bones,” Jones said it’s time to return to his dominant form to keep the streak going.

“I’m totally prepared to fight for five rounds, but my goal in this fight is to dominate the fight in a way that no one seen possible,” he said. Domination is in my psychology. It’s the way I train. It’s the way I eat. It’s the way I visualize. It’s the way I believe.

“If I don’t dominate the fight, I’ll still be happy with the victory. But domination is what I’m planning on.”

Teixeira, the No. 2 title contender, is 5-0 since jumping to UFC but a 5-1 underdog in the fight of his life.

“My strategy against Jon Jones is simple, go out there and be myself and knock this guy out,” he said. “I’ve been training my whole life for this.”

Jones, a former college wrestler and the brother of two NFL players, nearly suffered a broken arm in his win over Belfort and broke a toe against Sonnen. Winning while hurt, then turning around the Gustafsson bout in the final two rounds, proved to Jones he can win under any circumstances.

“After that Gustafsson fight, I’m even more confident in my will,” he said. “I know I have a lot of will. I know that I’m armed with that going into this battle on Saturday night.

Jones has two brothers in the NFL, including Arthur, a Super Bowl champion with the Ravens who now plays for the Colts. Arthur Jones will be at Baltimore Arena with some of his former teammates rooting on his brother for the feel of a hometown advantage.

“They supported our family while he was here and that’s why I wanted to fight here,” Jon Jones said. “I hope his leaving doesn’t change anything because I still love the fans and the support they have given to me and our family.”

 

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 21 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: Golf-PGA Tour Zurich Classic of New Orleans (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on CBS. All golf from Avondale, LA), LPGA Tour Swinging Skirts LPGA Classic (Thursday-Saturday 6:30pm Sunday 7pm from San Francisco live on Golf Channel); MLS: FC Dallas @ DC United (Saturday 7pm RFK Stadium); Auto Racing: NASCAR Toyota Owners 400 (Saturday 7pm from Richmond live on FOX); Boxing: Keith Thurman vs. Julio Diaz (Saturday 9:30pm from Carson, CA live on Showtime); High School Basketball: Capital Classic (Saturday 7:30pm T.C. Williams High School)

10. Brian Regan (Friday & Saturday Warner Theatre); Ron White (Friday 7:30pm Meyerhoff Symphony Hall); Joe Rogan (Friday 8pm France-Merrick Performing Arts Center at The Hippodrome); Bill Bellamy (Thursday-Sunday DC Improv); Baltimore Green Week (Tuesday-Saturday throughout Charm City); The Gathering Food Trucks Rally (Friday Downtown Towson); Maryland Bacon Festival (Saturday 12pm Rash Field); “Brick Mansions” out in theaters (Friday)

This is a heart made out of bacon. This is wonderful.

These young ladies are wearing bacon. Did I mention bacon?

9. M3 Rock Festival feat. Tesla, Kix, Extreme, Sebastian Bach (Friday & Saturday Merriweather Post Pavilion); Ludacris (Friday 8pm Patriot Center); Lacuna Coil (Wednesday 7:30pm Rams Head Live), Ani DiFranco (Saturday 9pm Rams Head Live); Musiq Soulchild (Tuesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Kindred the Family Soul (Friday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds (Thursday 8pm 8×10 Club); Edwin McCain (Wednesday 8pm Rams Head on Stage), Maceo Parker (Sunday 8:30pm Rams Head on Stage), Bret Michaels (Monday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); The Used/Taking Back Sunday (Tuesday 7pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Alabama Shakes (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club), Better Than Ezra (Sunday 7pm 9:30 Club), Band of Skulls (Monday 7pm 9:30 Club); Nappy Roots (Sunday 8pm Howard Theatre); Johnnyswim (Wednesday 7:30pm Birchmere); Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival feat. Jerry Douglas/Cris Jacobs (Saturday Druid Hill Park); Toadies (Sunday 8pm Black Cat); Ben Folds (Monday 8pm Lisner Auditorium); G. Love & Special Sauce “Sugar”, Keb Mo’ “Bluesamericana” and Neon Trees “Pop Psychology” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

From the last time Sister Sparrow was in town…and killing it.

I like to imagine I’m living my life within an Alabama Shakes tune. Because they’re excellent.

Nappy Roots are still around??!??!?!? Do you have any idea how many times I hit repeat on a Nappy Roots track in my life?

I think Allen McCallum and I may be headed to the Birchmere to see Johnnyswim. Because Johnnyswim is wonderful.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 15 April 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable Mention: MLS-DC United @ Columbus Crew (Saturday 7:30pm from Columbus live on MLS Direct Kick); Tennis: ATP Tour Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters (Tuesday-Friday 6am Saturday 7:30am Sunday 9am from Monte-Carlo live on Tennis Channel)

10. PEEPShow (Tuesday-Monday Carroll Arts Center); Spring Football Festival (Saturday 12pm McHenry Row); The Gathering: Food Trucks Rally (Friday Baltimore Museum of Industry); Baltimore Green Week (Saturday-Monday throughout Charm City); “Transcendence” out in theaters (Friday); Philomena“, “The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“, “The Nut Job” and “Ride Along” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Here’s your annual reminder that there’s only one thing that matters on Easter (despite the fact that Reese’s Peanut Butter Eggs and Staburst Jelly Beans are the vastly superior Easter candies)…

Yes, it’s Cadbury Creme Eggs Benedict and it’s more important than anything else.

9. Pat Green (Thursday 8pm Rams Head Live), Alter Bridge (Monday 8pm Rams Head Live); Eric Hutchinson/Saints of Valory (Wednesday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage), Charm City Devils (Saturday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Keller Williams (Thursday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); French Montana (Thursday 8pm Fillmore Silver Spring), Badfish: A Tribute to Sublime (Saturday 7:30pm Fillmore Silver Spring); Cloud Nothings (Wednesday 8pm Black Cat), Andrew WK (Saturday 9pm Black Cat); Stephen Marley (Thursday 7pm Lincoln Theatre); Local H (Saturday 6:30pm DC9); NEEDTOBREATHE “Rivers In The Wasteland”, Nas “Illmatic XX” and Sevendust “Time Travelers & Bonfires” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

I enjoy the work of Eric Hutchinson, friends.

I also enjoy the work of Saints of Valory.

I’m not particularly witty this evening. I’m just going to say “Charm City Devils” and we can move forward.

And here’s a tune from the new NEEDTOBREATHE record. Let’s all move forward from here.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-n1oH9q4vgc

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You’re going to find yourself “wrestling” with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

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You’re going to find yourself “wrestling” with this week’s #WNSTSweet16

Posted on 30 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Perhaps you’ve heard that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. Who am I kidding? Of course you’ve heard. But there’s a rumor there’s a guy in your office or down your street or on your softball team that hasn’t. So for that guy, I inform you that we’re celebrating our 16th year as Baltimore’s sports media leader here at WNST. We’re extending this celebration all year so that no one in your Dungeons & Dragons gaming club misses it.

To mark the occasion, we’re taking a look at some of the bigger “water cooler” topics that have been discussed during the course of the WNST era. We’re already twelve lists into the year, here’s a look back on them if you’ve missed any. (The “Sweet 16″ is driven by our friends at Jerry’s Automotive-Jerry’s Chevrolet & Jerry’s Toyota Scion!)

Week 12: Luke Jones-Sweet local sports goofballs/personalities
Week 11: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 local sports saints-athletes who gave back
Week 10: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 events a Baltimore sports fan must attend
Week 9: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 greatest Baltimore college basketball players
Week 8: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 Orioles who didn’t live up to the hype
Week 7: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 most underappreciated Maryland basketball players
Week 6: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local sports “Heartbreakers”
Week 5: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local Olympic sport athletes
Week 4: Drew Forrester-Sweet 16 local athletes who deserved to win a championship but didn’t
Week 3: Nestor Aparicio-Sweet 16 local sports people who “had a dream”
Week 2: Luke Jones-Sweet 16 local sports playoff moments
Week 1: Glenn Clark-Sweet 16 “debuts” in local sports history

We’re into Week 2 of Luke Jones’ Sweet 16 residency and we’re going a bit off the beaten path this time.

If you’re like me, you’ve circled this coming Sunday on the map since April 2014, knowing the stars of sports entertainment would be descending on New Orleans for “The Showcase of the Immortals”. Yes, it’s WrestleMania season in the pro wrestling world. If for some bizarre reason you’re a terrible human being who hasn’t spent the last month glued to your WWE Network subscription and arguing about whether or not CM Punk is making a mistake in walking away, this one might not be for you.

In Week 12, Luke will be compiling “The Sweet 16 Greatest Pro Wrestling Moments in Baltimore history”.

There is a storied history shared between Charm City and the men of the squared circle. Whether it was one of the many times the WWE (and previously WWF) invaded the Baltimore Arena, the WCW’s regular stop for “The Great American Bash”, a never to be forgotten NWA event at the Baltimore Civic Center, a more recent Ring of Honor card at Canton’s Du Burns Arena or the more regional cards put together by Maryland Championship Wrestling-this area has been a prime location for rasslin’ fans.

There are some obvious moments that jump out as possibilities but it seems like number one would be fairly obvious on this list. I don’t wan to give it away, but it involves a former Florida State LB making pro wrestling history on a night that carried as much relevance for our nation’s social conscience as it did for sports entertainment.

Perhaps some of the more recent moments at the old barn downtown are deserving of making the list. In 2013, the wildly popular Wyatt Family made their debut at the Baltimore Arena on an episode of Monday Night Raw. Earlier this year, Jake “The Snake” Roberts returned to the WWE at “Old School Raw”-and maybe just as deserving of consideration would be the speech he recently gave in Joppa at MCW. (The future WWE Hall of Famer recently joined me on “The Reality Check” to talk about it-it’s worth a listen!)

There are clearly many more worth considering that have happened either recently or as many as 60 years ago.

Luke wants your ideas. Leave them here in the comments or email him via luke@wnst.net. We will be discussing the list throughout the day Monday on AM1570 WNST.net. We’d love to have you Tweet with us or discuss the topic via Facebook by using the hashtag #WNSTSweet16.

On Tuesday morning, Luke will unveil the “official” list here at WNST.net and then discuss it with Drew Forrester on “The D&L Window Tinting Morning Reaction” at 8am. He will then re-visit the list at 4pm Tuesday with Nestor Aparicio on “The Happy Hours”.

Whether you’re a closeted pro wrestling fan or a full-blown mark, this is your chance to share your memories. Make your voice heard!

 

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Blast claim Game 2 but drop MISL Championship Series in final mini game

Posted on 16 March 2014 by WNST Staff

BLAST FALL TO COMETS IN MISL CHAMPIONSHIP

Game 2

The Baltimore Blast faced the Missouri Comets tonight for the MISL championship. After falling in game one to the Comets on Friday the Blast were able to bounce back with a 19-4 victory and forced a 15 minute mini game for the MISL championship.

The first quarter was a low scoring start to the game. Marco Mangione got the Blast on the board first with a goal at 13:30off an assist from Lucas Roque. With 4:15 left in the quarter Mike Deasel was able to score off an assist from Adauto Neto.

Adauto Neto started off the second quarter with a 3-point goal at 12:12 off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. Max Ferdinand found the back of the net off an assist from Mike Lookingland at the 8:25 mark followed by Lookinland assisting Tony Donatelli with 5:05 remaining in the quarter. The Blast went into the half leading 11-0.

The Blast continued to dominate in the second half. Lucio Gonzaga scored at 12:39 for the teams 6th goal of the night. Mike Lookingland recorded his 3rd assist of the night on the goal. At 9:11 Adauto Neto extended the Blast lead to 15 by scoring his second goal of the night off an assist from Lucio Gonzaga. With 2:54 left in the quarter Leo Gibson got the Comets first goal of the night assisted by Ramone Palmer.

The Blast began the fourth quarter with a great ball by J.T Noone that Neto  was able to net with a diving header for his third goal of the night. Missouri’s Brian Harris scored at 6:57 in the quarter off an assist from Max Touluote. After a Missouri blue card Max Ferdinand was able to take advantage with a power play with a goal off an assist from Tony Donatelli. At the final buzzer, the Blast had won 19-4.

Scoring Summary Game 2:

1          2          3          4          F

Blast                4          7          4          4          19

Comets           0          0          2          2          4

Game 3: Final 

After winning game 2 of the MISL semifinal series the Blast forced a 15- minute mini game against the Comets.  Missouri pushed past the Blast 6-4 and went home with the MISL Championship Title.

After a huge defensive stand by the Blast defense and a goal saving block by Pat Healey to start the quarter, Max Ferdinand gave the Blast a lead at 6:32 with a goal off an assist from Marco Mangione. With 5:36 on the clock the Comets answered as Lucas Rodriguez scored off a Stefan St. Louis assist to tie it at 2. After scoring a hat trick in game two Neto wasn’t done for the night yet; at 2:49  he gave the Blast the lead while Tony Donatelli recorded the assist. The Comets tied it up at 1:34 off a Stefan St. Louis goal with an assist from Lucas Rodriguez. With 0:54 seconds remaining, the Comets’ Brian Harris, who won the 2013-14 Championship series MVP, the game winning goal off an assist from Leo Gibson. At the final buzzer the Blast had lost 6-4.

Offensively, Adauto Neto led the way recording a hat trick in game two and added a goal in game 3. Neto had 9 points on the night. Mike Lookingland had 3 assists in the game 2 win while six different Blast players were able to record goals. Goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 7 saves in game two and 1 in game three.

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

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Top 10 Baseball Distractions

Posted on 11 March 2014 by Glenn Clark

Honorable MentionNBA-Charlotte Bobcats @ Washington Wizards (Wednesday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet), Washington Wizards @ Orlando Magic (Friday 7pm from Orlando live on Comcast SportsNet), Brooklyn Nets @ Washington Wizards (Saturday 7pm from Verizon Center live on Comcast SportsNet); Women’s College Basketball: CAA Tournament (Thursday-Sunday from Showplace Arena live on CAA.TV/Comcast SportsNet), Selection Monday (Monday 7pm ESPN); Golf: PGA Tour Valspar Championship (Thursday & Friday 3pm live on Golf Channel Saturday & Sunday 1pm live on Golf Channel 3pm live on NBC. All golf from Palm Harbor, FL), Champions Tour Toshiba Classic (Friday 6:30pm Saturday & Sunday 7pm from Newport Beach, CA live on Golf Channel); Harlem Globetrotters (Saturday 1pm Verizon Center Saturday 7:30pm Sunday 2pm Patriot Center)

10. Baltimore St. Patrick’s Day Parade (Sunday 2pm Inner Harbor); Shamrock Shindig (Sunday 11am Pierce’s Park); Need For Speed” and “Veronica Mars” out in theaters (Friday); Inside Llewyn Davis“, “Homefront” and “The Book Thief” available on Blu-Ray/DVD (Tuesday)

Two very important things here. One, the appropriate St. Patty’s Day meal is NOT Corned Beef and Cabbage. It’s this.

Two-A reminder that after NFS star Aaron Paul (perhaps you’ve heard of him) finished his interview with us at the Super Bowl, he came back by the table to tell us it was his favorite one of the year. He personally thanked me. Because we’re best friends.

9. Shamrocks & Shenanigans feat. Mighty Mighty Bosstones (Saturday 7pm Power Plant Live); Paul Simon & Sting (Thursday 8pm Verizon Center); Uncle Kracker (Thursday 8pm Baltimore Soundstage); Mac McAnally (Saturday 8pm Rams Head on Stage); Dr. Dog (Friday & Saturday 8pm 9:30 Club); Steve Earle (Thursday 7:30pm Birchmere); The Moody Blues (Tuesday 8pm Strathmore); The Head and The Heart (Saturday 10:45am Rock N Roll Marathon DC); Ellie Goulding (Sunday 7pm Echostage); 311 “Stereolithic” and Aloe Blacc “Lift Your Spirit” available in stores/on iTunes (Tuesday)

Mighty Mighty Bosstones were the band from Clueless. Also, you’re 44. I understand how difficult this is. Just remember I love you.

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I’m surprised Paul Simon has time to tour considering he’s spending most of his time posing for the cover of Tiger Beat.

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I’d like to see Sting in DC and I’d like to see him at WrestleMania.

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Aloe Blacc is that guy whose song you’ve NEVER STOPPED HEARING.

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Blast try to punch ticket to Championship Game Tuesday against Syracuse

Posted on 10 March 2014 by WNST Staff

GAME PREVIEW:

MISL Playoffs Game 2:  Tuesday, March 11th   

Just the Facts:

Tuesday, March 11th

Baltimore Blast vs. Syracuse Silver Knights

Baltimore Arena, 7:35pm EST.

 

WATCH THE GAME LIVE ON YOUTUBE! http://www.youtube.com/user/Baltimoreblast

Game 1 Recap vs. Silver Knights:

The Baltimore Blast traveled to Syracuse this past Friday night to play the Silver Knights for their Game 1 in the playoffs and won, 20-7. The victory put the Blast up 1-0 in the post season. Offensively, Aduato Neto and Mike Lookingland led the Blast with a combination of 11 points. Neto posted two 2-point goals and 2 assists and Lookinland had one 3-point goal and two assists. Lucas Roque also recorded 2 goals while Marco Mangione, Max Ferdinand, Stephen DeRoux, and Tony Donatelli contributed one goal each. Defensively Pat Healey led Baltimore with 2 blocks and goalkeeper William Vanzela recorded 14 saves in the victory.

 

Regular Season Wrap Up:

The Blast finished the regular season in first place with a 17-3 record. Baltimore scored 309 points this season while only allowing 101 points against them. Offensively, the Blast finished 3rd in the league in total points. The following are the offensive leaders for Baltimore this season:

 

Total Points                            Goals                                        Assists

Mike Lookingland (56)         Tony Donatelli   (19)               Mike Lookingland (18)

Tony Donatelli (48)               Mike Lookingland (17)           Lucas Roque (12)

Max Ferdinand (43)              Max Ferdinand (17)                Pat Healey (10)

 

Defensively, the Blast had a record setting season allowing only 101 points. William Vanzela led the league with a 5.57 points against average. Mike Lookingland (33) and Pat Healey (31) were 1st and 2nd in the league in blocks. J.T. Noone was third on the team in blocks with 15. The Blast also finished 1st in the league in power play defense with 80%.

 

The Competition:

The Syracuse Silver Knights reached the playoffs for the first time as they complete their 3rd season in the MISL. Syracuse finished 12-8 in the regular season as they scored 278 points and allowed 223 points. They also finished first in the league in power play offense with at 46% success rate. Offensively, Kenardo Forbes led the team with 67 points while Machel Millwood had 58.  The defense was led by Nelson Santana; he recorded 42 points and 29 Blocks. The Silver Knight’s goalie, Brian O’Quinn enters the matchup with a .775 save percentage. Syracuse is coached by Tommy Tanner and Joe Papaleo.

 

After falling to the Blast in Game 1 on Friday Night, the Silver Knights have one more chance to make it to the Championships. If Syracuse beats Baltimore in Game 2, both teams play a 15 minute tie breaker (game 3) immediately after the end of game 2. If the Blast defeat the Knights, they will host the Championship game at home on Sunday, March 16th at 5:05pm.

 

Wave Series: After falling to the Comets 20-6 on Sunday, The Wave (#2) will play the Comets (#3) again tonight at the U.S Cellular arena.  If the Wave beat the Comets, both teams will play a 15 minute tie breaker at the end of Game two, whoever wins the tie breaker (Game 3) will advance to the Championship game.

 

Championship Game (If Blast defeat Syracuse on Tuesday March 11th):

Sunday, March 16th vs. TBD  at 5:05pm, Baltimore Arena

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

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Arena wins as CAA tourney host, even if Towson and “the FM station” didn’t

Posted on 10 March 2014 by Drew Forrester

Thoughts from the weekend…sports and stuff.

> Hats off to Towson University for a terrific basketball season (make that two in a row, actually) that came to an untimely end with yesterday’s 75-71 loss to William & Mary in the CAA semi-finals.  It’s tough to beat a team three times in one season, particularly when that team is good, which W&M is, for sure.  Easy to say now, since Towson isn’t going to get the chance, but I don’t think they would have gotten by Delaware tonight even if things would have worked out for them against the Tribe.

> The Arena’s debut as the home of the CAA tournament turned out to be a modest success, I thought.  The Saturday ticket price of $50.00 (basically an “all-day” pass) was too high, but it’s tough to sell the building on a per-game basis so a one-time price is the easiest way to do it.  They need to work on that for next year.  I thought the crowds on Saturday and Sunday were decent.  Again, for a first-time effort, I gave all of it a passing grade.  There are two years remaining on the original “deal” to bring the tournament to Baltimore — it can only get better from here. I’ll say this about Baltimore hosting the event: Inside the building, it felt like something big was going on.  Lots of pomp and circumstance.  It “looked the part”.

> As is almost always the case anytime something local is going on, WNST was the clear “radio winner” in terms of covering the CAA tournament on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  We had staffers (plural) on site all weekend, blogging, tweeting, etc.  It was a laughable ass kicking on Saturday for the Towson-JMU game.  We had FOUR folks from WNST there, live, covering the FIRST-EVER CAA tournament game in Baltimore for Towson University, while the FM station in town had ZERO people there.  They call themselves “Baltimore’s local sports leader” in station promotional spots, and then not one person from their station covered the biggest college basketball game in Charm City.  Yesterday, ONE poor soul from the FM station did venture in for the Towson-William and Mary game.  Probably got time-and-a-half.

> It will really get interesting later on this year when 105.7 and/or 1300 AM start broadcasting Towson football and basketball and WNST “out-covers” those two affiliates at the games…like we always do.  All hell’s gonna break loose over at CBS Radio when they start telling their on-air folks, “You know, now that we carry the games, the Towson Athletics people are hoping we’ll cover the teams. So…you guys really SHOULD go over to their home games and act interested.”  I bet there will be lots of weekend sore throats running through the building next Fall and Winter.  As Bart Scott once said:  ”Can’t Wait!”

> Patrick Reed won his 3rd PGA TOUR event in his last 14 starts on Sunday by capturing the biggest win of his career, the World Golf Championships event at Doral in Miami.  The top 50 players in the world were ALL in the field and Reed each of them, yet he evidently ruffled some feathers by saying in his post-round presser, “I’m a top five player in the world.”  Twitter and sports sites everywhere where aghast with Reed’s “arrogance”.  Arrogance?  He  has 3 wins in the last eight months.  He beat everyone like a drum in college at Augusta State.  He’s a stud.  What’s he supposed to say afterwards, “I was lucky”?  This is like the “Flacco/I’m the best” quote that got our quarterback in hot water two years ago.  He was asked where he felt he ranked.  He said, “I think I’m the best.”  If someone from The Sun or Baltimore Magazine or some other publication asked me to rank the sports radio hosts in Baltimore, I’d answer it by saying, “You mean, rank everyone who’s behind me?  Sure, I’ll tell you who’s #2, #3, #4, and so on.”  Patrick Reed just beat the best 50 players in the world.  I think he can place himself just about wherever he wants on his own list of top 5 players in the world.

> I attended a “Cluster Mission” at my church on Sunday evening.  It’s basically a gathering of people from four or five area churches who all sign up for a 3-night session at one of the churches.  It turns out that Immaculate Heart of Mary on Putty Hill and Loch Raven Blvd. – where I attend – hosted this first Cluster Mission with last night being the first of the three sessions.  Father Jack Mattimore was the featured Priest last night and in his discussion with all of us, he shared a story about the importance of friendship and said, “Interestingly enough, sheep don’t follow the shepherd — sheep are attracted to other sheep.  They get herded together by their desire to be with one another.  The shepherd is just there to chase any who happen to get wayward back to the flock.  Sheep follow sheep.”  He then went on to say, “So, I’d ask each of you to invite some of your “sheep” to Monday night’s Cluster Mission here at IHM.  Just invite your friends.  They might come out.  They might not.  But at least invite them and see if any want to come with you.”  So, that’s what I’m doing now.  If you’re reading this, you’re a friend.  Come on out tonight at 7pm to IHM for night two of the Cluster Mission.  It’s free.  It runs until 9pm.  They have FREE babysitting, too!  You’ll find me in there somewhere and we can talk about the Orioles afterwards.  I’m not sure if you heard or not, but they’re going to the World Series this year.

 

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Towson faces James Madison in CAA Tournament quarterfinals Saturday

Posted on 07 March 2014 by WNST Staff

TOWSON SET TO FACE JAMES MADISON IN CAA QUARTERFINALS ON SATURDAY
Tigers seek to reach CAA semifinals for first time since 2009

BALTIMORE, Md. - The second-seeded Towson men’s basketball team will face seventh-seeded James Madison in the quarterfinal round of the 2014 Colonial Athletic Association men’s basketball championship on Saturday at 6 p.m. in the Baltimore Arena.

The game can be seen live on Comcast SportsNet with Al Koken and Ron Thompson on the call. Fans can also listen to the game on the Towson Sports Network (TSN) with Spiro Morekas and Vince Angotti calling the action.

Towson (22-9, 13-3 CAA) swept a pair of meetings against James Madison (11-19, 6-10 CAA) this season, topping the Dukes 80-71 inside SECU Arena on February 4 and pulling out a 69-66 decision on the road just 10 days ago.

The Tigers have posted their most wins in a season at the Division I level and most overall since the 1977-78 team went 26-4 while in Division II. The No. 2 seed is Towson’s highest seed in a conference tournament since the Tigers were the top seed in the 1994 Big South Conference Tournament.

Towson enters the CAA Tournament having won six straight games, its longest winning streak under head coach Pat Skerry. It is the longest winning streak for the Tigers as a CAA program and longest overall winning streak since winning seven straight during the 1993-94 season.

The Tigers are led by two-time CAA Player of the Year Jerrelle Benimon, who leads the nation in rebounding (11.7 rpg) and double-doubles (20). The senior also paces Towson in scoring at 18.9 points per game and has dished out a team-high 115 assists.

Marcus Damas and Rafriel Guthrie also earned CAA accolades this season. Both were named to the all-conference third team. Guthrie ranks second on the team in scoring and 14th in the CAA at 12.0 points per game. Damas averages 11.4 points per game and is second on the team in rebounding (5.3 rpg).

James Madison is the defending CAA champion. After winning three of four games late in the season, the Dukes dropped their final two games to fall to the No. 7 seed. Sophomore Andre Nation leads the squad by averaging 15.2 points and 5.3 rebounds per game.

Towson is 4-2 in its last six CAA Tournament opening games, but this is the first of those that will be in the quarterfinal round. The Tigers have only advanced to the semifinals once (2009) since joining the CAA prior to the 2001-02 season.

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