August 02, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Horse racing

Target Sighted endures rain to win Finney Stakes

Target Sighted beat four other Maryland-bred 3-year-olds in the $50,000 Humphrey S. Finney Stakes, contested through pouring rain and over the good turf on opening day of the summer meeting at Laurel Park on Saturday. Winthrop House, the overwhelming 1-5 favorite, led to the turn before suddenly yielding and finishing last. Jonathan Joyce gave Target Sighted a patient ride on their way to victory in 1 minute, 45.28 seconds for the 1 1/16-mile test.

Indoor football

Group led by Wells, Fash takes control of Mariners

BRIG Group LLC, led by businessmen Dwayne Wells and Kevin Fash, has become the owner of the Baltimore Mariners of the American Indoor Football Association. Fash and Wells own Ryco Associates Inc., a mechanical contracting company based in Laurel, and The Nest, a bar and restaurant near 1st Mariner Arena, the Mariners' home. The team went 9-5 in 2009, its second season.

Et cetera

Meridian claims AO class of St. Mary's Governor's Cup

Meridian, captained by Jeremy Hutchinson of Minneapolis, won the AO class with assistance from Teddy Turner Jr. at the St. Mary's College of Maryland Governor's Cup Yacht Race. David Andril, captain of Valkyrie, from Arlington, Va., won the A1 class. Shady Side's Don Wagner, captain of Der Baron, took the A2 class. Clarke McKinney's The Riddler, out of Solomons, was first in the A3 class. Gordon Latrobe, on Still a Gorilla, out of Baltimore, took home first in the B class. Sailors in the 35th annual running of the overnight race had light winds between 3 and 14 knots and a flat sea for most of the course.

College football: : Fans are invited to the Navy Football Fan Fest/Media Day on Monday from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Fan Fest activities will include interactive inflatable games, autograph stations, giveaways and live music. The first 250 kids will receive a free T-shirt. Fans attending should enter the parking lot through Gate 5 off of Taylor Avenue and enter the stadium on the Blue or press box side. There will be a $5 charge for parking, and admission to the event is free.

College gymnastics: : As expected, Maryland coach-in-waiting Brett Nelligan assumed head coaching duties Friday after the retirement of his father, Bob Nelligan. Brett Nelligan, who served as associate head coach and recruiting coordinator in 2009 after a five-year stint as assistant coach, is the fourth head coach in the 34-year history of the program. He succeeds Bob Nelligan, who stated his intentions to retire before last season after leading the program for 31 years. The elder Nelligan's teams had 19 winning regular seasons and 19 regional appearances.

WNBA: : Rookie Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had 16 points in Atlanta's 89-83 victory over the visiting New York Liberty.

- From Sun staff and news services

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