Missed deadlines slow progress on new stadium for D.C. United

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Missed deadlines slow progress on a new stadium for D.C. United

Five months after Washington Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced a plan to build a new soccer stadium, the administration has missed a series of self-imposed deadlines, including a promise to deliver a land deal for the D.C. Council to vote on this year. City Administrator Allen Y. Lew, a top aide to Gray, said he was pressing to complete a land swap before Christmas with developers, utilities and business owners to obtain the land for the proposed 20,000-seat stadium and adjacent bars and restaurants on Buzzard Point. Located between Half and 2nd streets SW, south of Potomac Avenue and a few blocks southwest of Nationals Park, the stadium would add another link in a chain of developments along the city's waterfront. Under an agreement the city signed with one of the main landowners, Lew was given a Nov. 15 deadline to share with the council the terms for how the city would obtain the stadium property; that was enough time, Gray had said, for the council to approve the plan before the end of the year. A deadline had been set this summer for the city to secure the land by Dec.31. United previously looked at options for moving to Baltimore but later abandoned the idea after the Maryland Stadium Authority studied the feasibility of building a soccer stadium in South Baltimore.

Jonathan O'Connell and Aaron C. Davis,

The Washington Post

Men's college basketball: Senior Ray Gatling scored a team-high 23 points to lead Bowie State (5-4) to a 71-66 victory over Bluefield College (3-4) on Saturday evening in the Virginia State Chick-fil-A Classic. The Rams shot 25.7 percent from the field in the first half, making only 9 of 35 attempts, including 2 of 14 beyond the arc; the Bulldogs shot 16-for-31, or 51.6 percent, from the field and 5-for-12 from the 3-point line. Bowie State also made 7 of 8 free throws. A Bluefield comeback fell short despite coming within two points with less than three minutes left.

College football: Fordham quarterback Michael Nebrich threw for 413 yards and had four total touchdowns in the first half before the host Rams held off Sacred Heart, 37-27, in the first round of the Football Championship Subdivision playoffs. Fordham (12-1) advances to visit No. 7 seed Towson in the second round next Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. The game will air on ESPN3.

Boys lacrosse: Team registrations are being accepted for the Presidents Day Indoor Shootout on Feb. 17 in Hampstead. The event is open to all school, recreation and club-affiliated teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. The tournament will features round-robin competition for teams in the age groupings of 7-8, 9-10, 11-12 and 13-14, with all teams being guaranteed a minimum of four games. Registration forms and additional information are available at usamateursports.com under "lacrosse" or by emailing mark_slater@attach.net or calling 410-493-5182.

Sports and education: Former Orioles Cal Ripken Jr., and Bill Ripken will speak at the inaugural Sports & Education Expo on Dec. 13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Earlier that day, the Ripkens will provide a two-hour clinic for about 1,000 coaches. The Sports & Education Expo, in its first year, will provide sports, education and health and wellness resources to everyone involved in or interested in the youth sports of soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, golf, football, tennis and rowing, as well as special-needs sports. For more information, call 800-825-1575, go to sportseducationexpo.com or contact sherri@sportseducationexpo.com.

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