Roundup

August 23, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Colleges

Offense, defense make big plays in Towson scrimmage

With two weeks remaining before Towson's season opener at Northwestern, coach Rob Ambrose and his staff conducted the longest and most intense scrimmage of the preseason Saturday at Johnny Unitas Stadium. A number of big plays highlighted the 130-play scrimmage that lasted more than two hours. At times, the offense moved the ball well. At other times, the defense dominated. The Tigers defense intercepted five passes and recovered a fumble for a touchdown. Sophomore Blair Peterson started at quarterback in the scrimmage and struggled against the defensive pass rush. Four of the first eight offensive drives ended with interceptions before quarterback Brian Potts drove the offense to a touchdown when freshman Trevor Walker scored on a 3-yard run. Freshman quarterback Peter Athens produced the second touchdown drive of the game. He moved the offense 45 yards in five plays and fired a 36-yard touchdown pass to freshman Tom Ryan in the right corner of the end zone. On the next offensive series, freshman tailback B.J. Greening broke loose for a 49-yard run. Two plays later, Athens threw a 16-yard screen pass to freshman tailback Tremayne Dameron, who broke several tackles on his way to the end zone for a touchdown.

Men's soccer: : Because of flooding rains in the Annapolis area Saturday night, the Navy men's soccer exhibition match with Towson was postponed until Monday night, beginning at 7 at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility. Admission to the game is free.

Horse racing

Blind Date wins Pearl Necklace at Laurel Park

William Backer's Blind Date left the starting gate as the 2-5 favorite and crossed the finish line as the winner of the $50,000 Pearl Necklace Stakes, the feature offering contested over the main track at Laurel Park. Driven to victory by Rosemary Homeister, Blind Date completed the one-mile distance in 1 minute, 37.57 seconds. Racing two-wide down the backstretch and three-wide down the lane, Homeister called upon the 3-year-old daughter of Not For Love at the eighth pole, and she responded with a strong surge and a 4 1/2 -length victory. "I did have a lot of horse," Homeister said. "She broke real sharp and she tried to take me to the lead early in the race, but I kind of sat back on her and waited and when I asked for her explosive finish she gave it to me." Five Diamonds pressed the action and passed front-runner Ravenous but couldn't hold off the winner and finished second. Ravenous was third. Blind Date paid $2.80. Blind Date is 6-for-8 lifetime, with seven in-the-money finishes, for earnings of $225,060.

Saratoga: : Belmont Stakes winner Summer Bird breezed five furlongs over the main track with Hall of Fame rider Kent Desormeaux up. The time for the move, seventh best of nine at the distance, was 1:00.91 over a muddy track. Trainer Tim Ice said the colt would walk for the next two days, return to the track to gallop Tuesday and Wednesday and have a quarter-mile tuneup Thursday for the Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Travers on Saturday.

Et cetera

D.C. United plays to 0-0 draw with Galaxy at RFK

David Beckham's return didn't result in any goals for the Los Angeles Galaxy as it played to a 0-0 draw with D.C. United. United (6-5-11) remained in fourth place in the Eastern Conference. D.C., 5-0-5 at RFK Stadium, also remained one of two teams without a home loss, along with Columbus. The Galaxy (8-4-11) is 4-0-2 in its past six road matches. Beckham was back on the field after serving a one-game suspension for a red card given Aug. 15 against Seattle.

Golf: : Kelly Miller and Steve Hudson shot 6-under-par 65 in the morning 18 for a 45-hole total of 165, and won the 19th annual Chesapeake Cup when rain forced a cancellation of the final nine holes at Caves Valley Golf Club. Marty West and Bob Morris won the senior division title with 95-67-162.

- From Sun staff and news services

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