No. 4 Terps advance to field hockey title game
The fourth-ranked Maryland field hockey team shut out No. 2 Old Dominion (22-3), 4-0, on Friday in the NCAA semifinals in Louisville, Ky. With the win, the Terps advance to their fourth straight NCAA title game, where they will play top-seeded North Carolina (23-1) Sunday at noon. Colleen Gulick, Megan Frazer, Harriet Tibble and Jemma Buckley scored for the Terps (18-4). Maryland has played the Tar Heels in the past two title games, winning last year, 2-1.
Women's soccer: Redshirt junior Becky Kaplan scored as the Terps beat No. 3 seed Auburn, 1-0, in Stillwater, Okla., to advance to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA tournament. "This was … really a tale of two halves with the wind," Maryland coach Brian Pensky said. "We felt that we'd be in a good position if we could get out of the first half without conceding a goal; and that was the case." In the first half the Terrapins (12-5-4) had to battle not only the Tigers (15-7-2) but also a 20-plus mph wind going against them. In the 70th minute, Kaplan finished a cross by senior Ashley Grove into the right side of the Tigers' goal. Maryland will next play No. 2 seed Oklahoma State at 2 p.m. Sunday.
Rapid Redux to vie for wins record Monday in W.Va.
Rapid Redux, the 5-year-old gelded son of Pleasantly Perfect, is expected to go for a record-breaking 20th consecutive victory Monday night at Mountaineer Park in Chester, W.Va. Owned by Towson native Robert Cole Jr., Rapid Redux is tied with 2010 Horse of the Year Zenyatta and New Mexico-bred Peppers Pride for the North American record. Those two mares won 19 straight races over four years. If Rapid Redux wins, he will have set the new mark in less than a year. He's entered to run in the eighth race Monday, which has a post time of 9:55 p.m.
Laurel Park: Nine 2-year-old fillies are expected to face the starter in today's $75,000 Smart Halo Stakes. Doe, who has a pair of runner-up finishes in added money races against the boys during her freshman campaign, has been tabbed the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The daughter of Forestry has seven in-the-money finishes from 10 starts. Travis Dunkelberger has the mount on the Dane Kobiskie trainee. "I like the six-furlong distance for her," said Kobiskie, who rode 289 winners as a jockey from June 2005 to February 2008. "She is an honest filly and this will be her last start of the year. She deserves time off after a solid season." Kobiskie is Maryland's top conditioner this year with 49 wins at Laurel Park and Pimlico Race Course. The barn is 20-for-59 during the current fall meeting. Kobiskie has already captured a pair of other 2-year-old stakes races earlier in the stand, the Laurel Futurity and Selima Stakes. … Call Of A Lion won for the sixth time in as many starts this year with a driving score in Friday's fourth race, a $17,000 starter allowance. Two starts ago she was victorious in the Maryland Million Distaff Starter Handicap at Laurel Park.
Orioles: In preparation for next month's Rule 5 draft, the team set its 40-man roster, adding a minor leaguer to the list of protected players. The club added pitcher Oliver Drake (Navy), who was a combined 11-8 with a 3.32 ERA at High-A Frederick, Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk last year. The 6-foot-4, 24-year-old right-hander was a 43rd-round draft pick in 2008. The 40-man roster is at 39. Friday was the deadline to put anyone currently in the organization onto the 40-man roster. Top prospects such as Manny Machado and Jonathan Schoop have not accrued enough time in the minors and therefore do not have to be protected on the 40-man roster. … The Orioles have agreed to terms with infielder Matt Antonelli, a former first-round pick of the San Diego Padres who played in 2011 with Syracuse, the Triple-A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. Antonelli, 26, can play second base and third base and will join the 40-man roster if he passes his physical. He'll likely compete for a big league job this spring.
Blast: The Blast beat the Missouri Comets, 10-8, in overtime when rookie J.T. Noone scored after almost nine minutes of extra time. The Blast scored three early goals to jump out to a 6-2 lead. After a scoreless third quarter, the Comets got two fourth-quarter goals to tie the game and force overtime.
Women's college volleyball: UMES advanced to the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference semifinals with a five-set victory (25-18, 22-25, 25-13, 22-25, 15-7) over North Carolina Central at Coppin State. The victory gives Don Metil his 200th win as a head coach and is also the 17th in a row for the Hawks. … Towson (23-9) dropped a 3-2 (25-12, 25-22, 24-26, 18-25, 15-7) decision to Virginia Commonwealth (16-15) in the first round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. … Top-seeded Albany swept visiting UMBC (16-12, 6-6) in the America East semifinals by scores of 25-23, 26-24, 25-20.
D.C. United: Dwayne De Rosario was named 2011 MLS Most Valuable Player. The 11-year veteran is United's fourth MLS MVP, joining Marco Etcheverry (1998), Christian Gomez (2006) and Luciano Emilio (2007).
—From Sun staff and news services