Ravalo among 23 nominated for De Francis Dash

Bowie State ranked 8th in D-II men's basketball preseason poll

October 16, 2011|Sports Digest

Horse racing

Ravalo among 23 nominated for Dash

Twenty-three sprinters have been nominated for the 20th running of the $150,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash at Laurel Park on Saturday. Among those pre-entered are graded winners Caixa Eletronica, Calibrachoa, Comedero, Despite the Odds, Starforaday and Ravalo. Trained by Donald Barr at Laurel Park, Ravalo, the 2009 De Francis Dash runner-up, surpassed the million-dollar mark earlier this year. Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind expects Maryland Million Sprint winner Sloane Ranger and recent allowance winner Wildcat Brief to compete in Laurel's most important race. Introduced in 1990, the De Francis Dash is one of the elite six-furlong sprints in the country with four of the 19 winners — Housebuster (1991), Cherokee Run (1994), Smoke Glacken (1997) and Thor's Echo (2006) — earning Eclipse Award honors for champion sprinter. The American Graded Stakes Committee of the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association downgraded the De Francis Dash from Grade I to Grade II after the 2009 running. The race lost its graded status after not being run two of the previous three years. The Dash was not carded in 2008 and 2010 because of a purse account shortfall.

Friday night: Rapid Redux, owned by Towson native Robert Cole Jr., won his 18th straight race — the eighth at Charles Town (W.Va.) Races — and is just two away from breaking the North American record for consecutive victories. Rapid Redux covered 11/8 miles on the dirt in 1minute, 51.94seconds.

Men's college basketball

Bowie State ranked 8th in D-II preseason poll

A season after reaching the second round of the NCAA Division II tournament and winning the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association North Division crown with an 11-1 mark, Bowie State is ranked eighth in the Division II preseason poll. Entering their third year under coach Darrell Brooks, the Bulldogs will begin the regular season at the Clarion Classic against West Virginia State on Nov. 11. The team will begin its home schedule Dec. 6 against California (Pa.).

Division I: Loyola has added a game Dec. 18 at St. Bonaventure to its schedule. … UMBC senior guard Chris De La Rosa was named to the preseason All-America East team.

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Caltabiano's goal lifts Loyola over Rider, 1-0

Sophomore Geaton Caltabiano (Mount St. Joseph) scored an early goal and the Loyola men's soccer team (8-4-1, 3-2 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) held on for a 1-0 victory over visiting Rider (3-9-1, 2-3). Caltabiano scored his fifth goal of the season in the 15th minute. Sophomore Stephen Dooley played the corner kick to a slew of players in front of the goal. Junior Hector Arellano knocked the ball free from the group of defenders to Caltabiano, who fired a shot into the top left corner. Graduate senior goalkeeper Kyle Wittman (Calvert Hall) made a critical save in the 87th minute to preserve the shutout, earning his third straight blank sheet. Wittman has seven shutouts this season and 22 in his career.

Friday night men's soccer: UMBC scored two second-half goals, including the 31st career tally by senior Andrew Bulls (McDonogh), as the host Retrievers defeated New Hampshire, 2-0, in an America East Conference game. The Retrievers (7-3-3, 4-0-0) extended their unbeaten streak to five and improved to 4-0-0 for the first time in nine seasons in the conference. The Wildcats fell to 5-7-1, 1-2-1.

Women's college soccer: Sophomore forward Ashlynn Soellner connected on a header in the 84th minute as host Navy (8-5-3, 1-2-1) tied Colgate (9-4-2, 2-0-2) in double overtime, 1-1, on Saturday. Trailing 1-0 and with time running out, senior team captain Kate Herren served a corner kick into the box, where an awaiting Soellner headed the ball into the net for her third goal of the season on 83:26. … Johns Hopkins (13-0, 6-0), ranked No. 5 in Division III, rolled to a 5-1 victory over host Haverford (8-1-4, 3-1-2) in a showdown of unbeaten Centennial Conference teams.

John Stertzer

Friday's college football: Senior Tariq Jones rushed for a career-high 171 yards on 33 carries to help lead visiting Bowie State (4-3, 3-2 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) to a 22-10 win at Lincoln (Pa.). The Bulldogs ended a three-game losing streak.

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