August 22, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Figure skating

Meissner gets qualifying bye for next year's nationals

Former world and national champion Kimmie Meissner will not have to qualify for the 2010 U.S. championships. The nationals, scheduled for Jan. 14-24 in Spokane, Wash., will determine which two women will go to the Winter Olympics. Despite being assigned to two international Grand Prix events this season, the skater from Bel Air was going to have to qualify at the South Atlantic regionals in early October in Rockville because she withdrew from the nationals earlier this year because of injury. And she missed by one day the bye granted to skaters whose Grand Prix assignments and travel would create a conflict with regionals. Meissner, who trains in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is to compete in the Cup of Russia on Oct. 22-25 in Moscow and the NHK Trophy on Nov. 5-8 in Nagano, Japan. U.S. Figure Skating officials granted her a bye because of the short time frame and extensive travel involved.

- Candus Thomson

Horse racing

Sagamore's Shared Account takes $150,000 Lake Placid

Shared Account, who started her career with two wins at Laurel Park, took the $150,000, Grade II Lake Placid Stakes by a length Friday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. She took control in the stretch and held off Keertana on rain-softened turf in the race for 3-year-old fillies. Shared Account's third victory in seven 2009 starts earned $90,000 for Baltimore County's Sagamore Farm. The filly, trained by Graham Motion and ridden by Edgar Prado, went 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 54.62 seconds. Asked about pointing Shared Account to the Breeders' Cup, Motion said, "That would be adventurous," but he did not discount a start next in a Grade I race. "Off this today, sure," he said.


Strasburg signing earns a Nationals celebration

Stephen Strasburg watched the fireworks explode over Nationals Park during his over-the-top welcome to the nation's capital. Amid the hoopla, he was asked what will happen when he pitches his first shutout at the stadium. His answer: "Maybe a flyby of Air Force One or something like that." The Nationals keep saying Strasburg isn't meant to be the savior of the franchise, but they certainly gave him that treatment Friday. Four days after awarding him a record-breaking contract for a draft pick, the team set up a raised platform near third base for an onfield news conference attended by anyone willing to show up five hours early for the evening's game against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Et cetera

Led by Langhorne, Mystics defeat Mercury, 91-81

Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored 19 points and grabbed 12 rebounds to lead the Washington Mystics to a 91-81 win over the host Phoenix Mercury, keeping the WNBA Western Conference leaders from clinching a playoff spot.

Golf: : Kelly Miller and Steve Hudson combined for 65-35-100 to take the lead in the Mid-Amateur Division of the 19th annual Chesapeake Cup at Caves Valley Golf Club. Marty West and Bob Morris teamed for 64-31-95 for the senior division lead.

College basketball:: Stevenson named Deep Creek native Kevin Selby a men's assistant coach, a position he held at McDaniel from 1996 to 2008. He was a volunteer assistant with the Mustangs last season. ... Frostburg State named Victoria Best a women's assistant coach; she coached most recently as an assistant at Siena from 2004 to 2008.

College lacrosse: : 2009 University of Notre Dame All-American Shannon Burke, a 2005 Roland Park alum and Timonium native, was named a women's assistant coach at Stevenson. ... Guilford named Zach Clark (Chesapeake-Anne Arundel) a men's assistant coach; he spent 2009 as a defensive and recruiting assistant at Stevenson.

College baseball: : Anne Arundel Community College named Larry Williams of Pasadena head coach, Mitch Cook of Stevensville pitching coach and Dave Fletcher (Dundalk) of Pasadena assistant head coach with a focus on catching.

- From Sun staff and news services

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