Simpson resigns as Baltimore Mariners coach

Green Spring Racquet Club hires Olympian Garrison

August 30, 2010|By Sports Digest

After leading the Baltimore Mariners to a perfect 16-0 season and the American Indoor Football Association championship last month, coach Chris Simpson announced he would not be returning to the team for the 2011 season. In an official statement Simpson said: "This has been a hard decision for me. However, there is a season of change in my life and time to move on to new challenges. I want to do what's best for my family and my career. I am thankful for the opportunities ownership and [general manager] Greg Justice afforded me with the Baltimore Mariners and proud that a football championship has once again found its way back to Baltimore. I have been blessed to be part of this great city and for the many relationships my wife and I have developed over the last four seasons. My coaches and players are the best, and I truly appreciate their dedication and commitment. I hope for nothing but continued success for the organization." A head coach in the indoor professional football ranks for six seasons, including four in Baltimore, Simpson enjoyed the most success in his final two seasons with the Mariners. In 2009, he led the Mariners to a 9-5 record and the first playoff berth in franchise history. In 2010, the Mariners completed the first undefeated season in AIFA history and won the league championship by defeating the Wyoming Cavalry, 57-42, at 1st Mariner Arena on July 25. Added Justice: "It has been an honor to have played for, coached for, and then worked alongside Chris the past three seasons. As general manager, we will move forward in defending our AIFA championship in 2011 and wish coach Simpson the very best in his future endeavors. He will be missed, but will forever be part of our Mariner family."

Green Spring Racquet Club hires Olympian Garrison

Green Spring Racquet Club in Lutherville announced that former world-ranked tennis player and Olympic champion Zina Garrison has been hired as director of programming. Garrison, who served as coach of the U.S. tennis team at the Beijing Olympics and the Federation Cup, will appear at an open house at the club Sept. 11 and 12 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Cookies and soft drinks will be provided. This is an opportunity for everyone to meet Garrison and the staff, get a free tennis evaluation and to learn about the programs being offered this season. Students can also try out for the USTA Competitive Training Program, which brings together the best young players ages 7 through 14 in the Mid-Atlantic area for competitive match play, high-performance drills, strategy, sport and health education. Scholarship money was raised last year and will be awarded to children who have tennis talent but need financial help to participate in the USTA Competitive Training Program. Families just need to fill out an application to be considered for a scholarship. For more information, visit or call the club at 410-821-LOVE (5683).

Attendance, handle increase for Travers Stakes

On a picture-perfect day that saw a thrilling finish to the 141st running of the Grade 1 $1 million Travers Stakes, on-track attendance and handle continued an upward trend at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. A crowd of 45,764 witnessed Afleet Express defeat Fly Down by a nose in the "Mid-summer Derby," an increase of 33.7 percent over last year's attendance of 34,221 on hand for Summer Bird's dominant victory. On-track handle for Saratoga's races was $8,218,975, an increase of 19.9 percent over last year's total of $6,853,155. Total all-sources handle was $33,890,996, up 11.3 percent from last year's $30,449,575.

No. 2-ranked Terps shut out Wildcats, 5-0, in field hockey

The Maryland field hockey team, ranked No. 2 nationally, shut out Villanova, 5-0, Sunday afternoon in a match played in the Temple Invitational tournament in Philadelphia. The Terps moved to 2-0 on the year after their opening weekend, while the Wildcats fell to 0-2. In its home opener, Maryland will play No. 16 Old Dominion Friday at 7 p.m.

Women's college soccer: Sophomore midfielder Cheyenne Skidmore (Liberty) scored the eventual game-winning goal with 7:01 remaining in regulation as Towson (1-1-1) earned its first win of the season, a 2-1 nonconference victory over host Duquesne (1-2-1). The win snapped a five-game winless streak for the Tigers dating back to last season. … Nebraska (2-1-0) scored a goal in each half, and the host Huskers earned a 2-0 win over Loyola (1-2-1) in the finale of the Adidas Husker Classic. … Junior forward Jasmyne Spencer and senior defender Caitlin McDowell each scored two goals to lead No. 12/14 Maryland to a 4-0 shutout of Kennesaw State, clinching the First Tennessee Lady Vol Classic title for the Terps. … For the second time in three days, freshman Ashlynn Soellner headed in a game-winning corner kick from Katelyn George, giving Navy (2-1-1) a 1-0 overtime win over host George Mason (1-1-0).

College volleyball: UMES freshman Maline Vaitai was named to the Tiny Laster Memorial Tournament All-Tournament Team on Saturday.

MLS: Justin Braun scored in the 13th minute to give Chivas USA a 1-0 victory over D.C. United on Sunday night. Goalkeeper Zach Thornton made three saves for his fourth shutout as Chivas (6-11-4) broke a three-game winless streak. United (4-15-3) has lost six of seven.

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