Cancer survivor Wiley Wagner finishes 6th at Laurel

August 09, 2010|By Sports Digest

Mary Wiley Wagner (Annapolis) finished sixth aboard Ms Millie Robbins in Sunday's finale at Laurel Park, a $25,000 maiden claimer contested at 51/2 furlongs over the turf. Wiley Wagner, 47, decided to come out of retirement after finishing fourth in the inaugural Lady Legends for the Cure Race aboard Mass Destruction at Pimlico Race Course on Preakness weekend. Ranked among the top five apprentice riders in the nation in 1983, Wiley Wagner won 275 races before retiring in 1997. She is now a real estate agent, mother of two daughters and a breast cancer survivor. She is the wife of Maryland Jockey Club starter Bruce Wagner. "I was still getting chemo treatments when I was asked to participate in the Lady Legends race," Wiley Wagner said Friday afternoon. "I worked really, really hard to get fit. I didn't realize how much I missed getting on race horses in the morning and the atmosphere during the afternoon."

Sun beat Mystics, 76-67, gain ground in race for final playoff spot

Tina Charles had 17 points, 14 rebounds and eight blocks, setting a rookie record with her 18th double double, and the Connecticut Sun preserved their playoff hopes with a 76-67 win over the visiting Washington Mystics. Asjha Jones also had 17 points, and Sandrine Gruda added 12 as the Sun (14-14) pulled two games behind Washington (16-12) for the fourth and final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Connecticut also clinched the season series, giving the Sun a potential playoff tiebreaker. Charles broke the rookie mark previously held by Yolanda Griffith (1999) and Candace Parker (2008), and is one double double short of the league record set by Natalie Williams in 2000. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) led the Mystics with 14 points.

Kimmel's OT goal caps rally as Bayhawks beat Cannons, 16-15

Midfielder Michael Kimmel scored 1:29 into overtime to lift the visiting Chesapeake Bayhawks to a 16-15 victory over the first-place Boston Cannons in the final game of the Major League Lacrosse regular season Saturday night. Kimmel, the team's first-round draft pick out of Johns Hopkins, dodged down the alley and placed a 15-yard shot into the lower left-hand corner. Boston (8-5) took a 15-12 lead with less than five minutes left, but midfielder Kyle Dixon (Archbishop Spalding) scored a 2-pointer with 3:50 remaining and tied the score in the final minute. The Bayhawks (6-6) will be seeded fourth for championship weekend and will have a rematch with the Cannons in the semifinals Aug. 21 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

U.S. swimming national championships: Ryan Lochte brushed up for the Pan-Pacific championships by dominating a star-studded field in the 200-meter backstroke Saturday night in Irvine, Calif. Lochte's time of 1 minute, 55.58 seconds was the second fastest in the world this year. He easily outdistanced defending world champion Aaron Peirsol, who finished second, and Tyler Clary, who finished third. Michael Phelps, completing a week of struggles, was fourth. "I don't ever want to do that ever again," said Phelps, who lives in Fells Point. "When you get into the pool with guys like Lochte and Peirsol, it's tough." Phelps said he would have to re-establish his training regimen. "I knew with the way the year was going that I would be disappointed," Phelps said. "The only way to change that is to get back to basics in my training schedule."

Aberdeen IronBirds: Outfielders Trent Mummey and Kipp Schutz, third baseman Adam Gaylord and starting pitcher Tim Adleman were named to the American League New York-Penn League All-Star team.

Washington College: Leanne Hollinger has been hired as assistant coach for women's lacrosse and women's soccer.

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