Ribbs entered in Firestone Indy Lights race here

Armwood transfers to GW

Towson, WNST reach deal

August 25, 2011|By Sports Digest

Auto racing

Ribbs entered in Firestone race here

Willy T. Ribbs, the winningest black driver in history, has been coaxed out of retirement by friend and business partner Chris Miles of Starting Grid Inc. to compete in the Firestone Indy Lights competition at noon Sept. 4 at the Baltimore Grand Prix. " Starting Grid facilitates opportunities for minority participation within motorsports and helped form Willy T. Ribbs Racing through a partnership with American Honda. The team debuted in May in the Firestone Indy Lights Freedom 100 at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with driver Chase Austin. Ribbs, who in 1991 became the first African-American to qualify and compete in the Indianapolis 500, said he's excited about his comeback. "Even though I have been out of the car for 10 years, I have never 'officially' retired," he said. "Chris said he got the idea for me to race again when he heard Wally Dallenbach say during an IndyCar broadcast that he was going to drive a Lights car in Edmonton. For whatever reason, Wally didn't do it, but the more Chris kept talking to me, the more I got pumped up about racing again, and Baltimore is the perfect place to do it. I'm sure the consensus will be that I should not be racing against these young guns, but as Chris reminded me — when the [Sprint] Cup boys come down and race in the Trucks and Nationwide Series, no one seems to mind. So I told Chris, 'Done deal, I'm in!' "

Et cetera

Armwood transfers to GW; Towson, WNST reach deal

Isaiah Armwood, a Baltimore native who graduated from Montrose Christian in 2009, has transferred to George Washington from Villanova. The 6-foot-9, 210-pound forward averaged 2.5 points, 3.6 rebounds and 17 minutes as a sophomore. He will have two years of eligibility remaining.

Towson radio: The school and WNST (1570AM) have agreed to a radio partnership that will include every football game, 18 men's basketball games, four women's basketball games, every men's lacrosse game and four women's lacrosse games. In addition, WNST will broadcast a radio show called "Tiger Talk" every Thursday from 6p.m. to 7 p.m. hosted by Spiro Morekas and Damon Lewis. Morekas will handle football play-by-play and be joined in the booth by former Tigers quarterback Ron Meehan (1977-1980).

Men's college soccer: Navy's Sunday game at Old Dominion in Norfolk, Va., has been postponed because of the projected path and impact from Hurricane Irene.

College softball: Amber Jackson, who broke school records with 24 home runs, 56 RBIs and 55 walks in her one season with the Terps (2007), has returned to College Park as an assistant coach.

College acrobatics and tumbling: Laura Chiriaco, a member of Maryland's first recruiting class in 2004, has been named head coach. She spent the past three seasons as volunteer assistant coach.

Women's college basketball: Towson announced the addition of post players Camille Alberson, Nicole Hamilton-Carter and Michelle Peebles for 2011-12.

Community college: Baltimore City Community College is adding intercollegiate men's and women's cross country and women's tennis and discontinuing baseball.

Golf: Denny McCarthy of Rockville posted a 36-hole 73-66—139 to qualify for match play in the weather-delayed U.S. Amateur championship at Erin Hills in Erin, Wis. Members of the 312-player field set a tournament record when it took a 20-for-4 playoff at par-142 to determine the final places in the 64-man draw. State players who failed to qualify were William Pool IV, Potomac, 70-72—142; Brad Miller, Timonium, 75-72—147; and Rusty Pies, Potomac, 76-71—147.

Horse racing: The deep blue silks of Sheik Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum's Shadwell Stable will appear at Timonium for the first time when Batesh starts as the 6-5 favorite in the $10,000 seventh race at the Maryland State Fair on Friday. Batesh, a 4-year-old colt by Pulpit, comes into this two-turn sprint off a driving victory at Colonial Downs against $7,500 runners at odds of 2-5. Erick Ramirez rides Batesh for trainer Mike Pino.

Tennis: Ajay Pant has joined the Tennis Center at College Park as general manager of the 30-court facility. Pant has worked for the Tennis Corporation of America for 18 years.

Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers of the Atlantic Coast Professional Basketball League signed Zac White, 6 feet 7, an All-Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association performer at Park who lettered for four seasons at Washington and Lee.

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