February 06, 2010|By From Sun staff and news services


Mora officially joins Rockies, will be backup at third base

The Colorado Rockies on Friday finalized a one-year, $1.3 million contract with infielder Melvin Mora, 38, who spent the past 10 seasons with the Orioles. He will back up young slugger Ian Stewart at third base, a position where he played 809 games for the Orioles. The versatile Mora has played every infield and outfield position in his career. In 2003, he made the American League All-Star team as an outfielder. He won the AL Gold Glove award at third base the following year. Mora is a career .278 hitter who began his career with the New York Mets in 1999.


Freedom acquires Bock, Ikidi in dispersal draft

Washington Freedom on Friday selected former Los Angeles Sol players Brittany Bock, a defender-forward, and Faith Ikidi, a forward-defender, in the Women's Professional Soccer dispersal draft. The Sol discontinued operations Jan. 28. Washington picked Bock, one of last year's top rookies, seventh overall. "We're very happy with [Bock]. She's a versatile player," Freedom coach Jim Gabarra said. "She had a very good season last year in L.A. She played up front, she played in the back, and had such a good season that she played her way into the national team." Bock has played, either on national teams or in national camps, with Freedom players Allie Long, Cat Whitehill and Abby Wambach.

D.C. United: : Midfielder Danny Szetela underwent surgery to remove torn cartilage in his right knee Thursday night, the team announced. Dr. Christopher Annunziata performed the procedure. Szetela will begin rehabilitating the knee next week and is expected to miss six weeks of United's preseason training. Szetela was acquired July 15 as an allocation. The midfielder made four appearances in Major League Soccer play last season.

Horse racing

Snow wipes out racing at Laurel Park Friday, today

The Maryland Jockey Club canceled live racing at Laurel Park for Friday and today because of the snowstorm in the region. Simulcasting at Laurel and Pimlico Race Course today was also canceled. The $70,000 Marshua Stakes scheduled for today will be Feb. 15 as part of a card that is headlined by the Grade 2 General George Handicap. The Laurel racing office will not work on Thursday's program until Monday. Entries for Thursday had been scheduled to close today.


Washington recalls goalie Neuvirth from Hershey

The Washington Capitals recalled goaltender Michal Neuvirth from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Neuvirth, 21, has split this season between Washington and Hershey. He has an 8-4-0 record with a 2.75 goals-against average and .911 save percentage with the Capitals.

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