Blast signs UMBC's Watson along with Ukah, DeRoux

Live racing returns Friday to Rosecroft Raceway for first time since 2008

October 19, 2011|Sports Digest

Indoor soccer

Blast signs Watson, Ukah, DeRoux

Less than a week before training camp, the Blast has added three players to its roster for the 2011-12 season. Matt Watson (UMBC) returns for his fifth season, while fellow forward Warren Ukah is back for his second year. They're joined by midfielder-defender Stephen DeRoux. "We are excited to announce the return of Watson and Ukah as well as the addition of DeRoux," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a statement. "Matt's strength, versatility and pace have made him an integral part of the team, and Warren provides us with a quality target forward with toughness and skill who continues to get better. Stephen gives us another versatile player with a good work rate and skillful left foot that will cause opposing defenses problems." Watson, a member of the Blast's 2008 and 2009 championship teams, spent the past four seasons with the Carolina RailHawks. He was the 2004 and 2005 America East Midfielder of the Year at UMBC. An eight-year veteran of professional outdoor soccer, Ukah had five goals and eight assists last year in his first season with the Blast. DeRoux, who played his high school soccer at High Point in Beltsville, went on to play 10 games for Major League Soccer's D.C. United before spending the 2009 and 2010 seasons with the Montreal Impact. The Blast begins training camp Monday at DuBurns Arena and opens the Major Indoor Soccer League season Nov. 12 against the Syracuse Silver Knights at 1st Mariner Arena.

Rosecroft Raceway

Live racing returns Friday for first time since 2008

Rosecroft Raceway, founded in 1949 and closed in 2008, will open its doors on a new harness racing season Friday night. "We're ecstatic," Tom Cooke, president of the Cloverleaf Standardbred Owners Association, told the Maryland Racing Commission at its regular monthly meeting Tuesday. "We're back to live racing — something a lot of people didn't think would ever happen." Rosecroft is opening for 20 days of live racing on Friday and Saturday nights. The Prince George's County track will feature a 10-race card with post time at 6:45 p.m. Cooke told the commission that Penn National, the track's new owner, is increasing the total nightly purse from $16,000 to $25,000. "They're making up the difference, and they deserve credit for that," Cooke said. Also during the meeting, the commission approved 2012 racing dates for Timonium Race Course (Aug. 24 through Sept. 3); Fair Hill Races (four days over Memorial Day weekend, May 25-28); and Rosecroft Raceway and Ocean Downs, which both asked for Jan. 1 through Dec. 31. Rosecroft and Ocean Downs will set their specific dates later.

Sandra McKee

Colleges

Terps women picked 3rd in ACC preseason hoops poll

The Maryland women's basketball team was picked to finish third in the Atlantic Coast Conference this season in a vote by national and local media as well as school representatives. Senior Lynetta Kizer and sophomore Alyssa Thomas, were voted to the five-member Preseason All-ACC Team; both were named to last year's All-ACC second team. Miami, which finished second in the ACC last year, was picked to win the league and received 30 of 40 first-place votes. Duke was predicted to finish second and garnered the final 10 first-place votes. Florida State and Georgia Tech rounded out the top five.

Men's basketball: Towson was picked to finish last among 12 teams in the Colonial Athletic Association, according to a vote of the league's coaches, media relations directors and media members. Drexel was selected to win the conference. Delaware sophomore guard Devon Saddler (Aberdeen) was voted to the All-CAA second team.

Women's soccer: Navy senior captain Kate Herren earned her third Patriot League Defensive Player of the Week honor of the season.

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