August 16, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Laurel Park

Heros Reward wins Mr. Diz; Md. Million race likely next

Heros Reward won as expected, crossing the finish line under wraps to take the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes for Maryland-breds Saturday at Laurel Park. Sent to post with entry mate Love You Too as the 1-5 favorites for trainer Dale Capuano under jockey Rosie Napravnik, Heros Reward raced wide and was unhurried before gaining command and winning by 1 1/4 lengths in 1 minute, 2.62 seconds for the 5 1/2 furlongs on the firm turf. "There was an honest pace so we just sat behind and waited to go," said Napravnik, who was riding Heros Reward for the first time. "He is an awesome horse. You can see by his form, he tries every time and has been running against the top turf sprinters in the country." Heros Reward, the 15th all-time Maryland-bred money winner with $1,045,298, paid $2.60. Heros Reward is expected to make his next start in the $100,000 Maryland Million Turf Sprint on Sept. 26. Natural Seven rallied to finish second. Sandbagin' Lover was third.

Et cetera

Phelps has sore ankle from accident, says he's 'fine'

Swimmer Michael Phelps is nursing a sore ankle from the car accident he was in Thursday on Calvert Street, but the Olympic gold medalist intends to resume training Monday. In a message on his official Facebook site, Phelps said he was "fine" and expressed concern for the woman involved in the car crash.

Women's Professional Soccer:: Goals from substitutes Natasha Kai in the 55th minute and Francielle in the 84th minute canceled out a goal by Lisa De Vanna in the 78th minute as fourth-seeded Sky Blue FC (8-8-5) reached the semifinals with a 2-1 win over the third-seeded Washington Freedom (8-8-5) in Boyds. Sky Blue FC will play Wednesday at St. Louis Athletica; the winner will travel to face the Los Angeles Sol on Saturday.

Major League Soccer:: : Dwayne De Rosario scored in the 30th minute and O'Brian White in the 66th minute to lift host Toronto FC (8-7-6) to a 2-0 win over D.C. United (6-5-10). United on Friday acquired defender Julius James from the Houston Dynamo for a 2012 third-round draft pick. D.C. also acquired defender David Habarugira, a veteran of Burundi's national team. Forward Ange N'Silu was placed on injured reserve.

Navy football: : Analyst Randy Cross has been assigned to work CBS College Sports Network's Midshipmen games this season.

Indoor football:: Garry "J.R." Cipra, who led American Indoor Football Association kickers in scoring with 172 points and helped lead the Mariners to a 9-5 record, signed a deal to return in 2010. He's a physical education teacher at Montebello Elementary/Middle.

Men's college soccer:: The national champion Maryland men's program has gathered the No. 2-ranked recruiting class in the nation, according to Soccer America and College Soccer News. Akron was ranked No. 1.

College rowing: : Former assistant Steve Perry was named head coach of Navy's lightweight crew. Perry returns to Annapolis after spending four years as head coach of Dartmouth's lightweight crew.

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