Mids to open season vs. Irish in Dublin

January 21, 2012|Sports Digest

Navy football

Five home games at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium, a trip to Dublin to face Notre Dame, road games at Penn State and Air Force, and a game against rival Army in Philadelphia highlight Navy's 2012 football schedule, released Saturday. CBS Sports Network will televise all five games in Annapolis, while CBS Sports will televise the Notre Dame and Army games. The Mids will begin the season Sept. 1 in Dublin against the Fighting Irish. The game will be played at Aviva Stadium, located in the heart of the capital, and will mark the first time the stadium has hosted an American football game. It will also be the first time in program history that Navy has opened up against Notre Dame and the second time the two teams have met in Dublin. Navy played the Irish at Croke Park in 1996. After a week off, the Mids will travel to Happy Valley on Sept. 15 to take on Bill O'Brien's Nittany Lions. It will be the first meeting between the two schools since 1974 when Navy shocked Penn State in State College, 7-6. VMI comes to Annapolis on Sept. 22 for the Mids' home opener. It will be the ninth meeting between the two schools and the first since 2003, when Navy defeated the Keydets, 37-10, in the season opener. The Mids will have revenge on their minds when San Jose State comes calling on Sept. 29. Last fall, the Spartans eliminated the Midshipmen from bowl contention with a 27-24 victory in San Jose. Other highlights include games at Air Force (Oct. 6) and homecoming against Indiana (Oct.20) and the home finale against coach Dennis Franchione and Texas State (Nov. 17).

Et cetera

Capuano wins at Laurel to move within five of 3,000

Laurel Park-based trainer Dale Capuano moved to within five victories of the 3,000-win mark after Maple Leaf Racer ($4) won Saturday's third race by a nose over Wakina. Only 25 trainers in North American history have saddled 3,000 winners. "We are getting there," said Capuano, who won his initial race with Who's Lucky at Bowie Race Track in 1981. "This is fun. It is neat chasing history." The 49-year-old has 31 training titles at the major Maryland tracks on his resume and has been the leading conditioner in the state eight times since 1991. His best year was 2001, when he ranked fourth in North America with 235 wins with a career-best $4.4 million in earnings. He has won more than 100 races 15 times. Among those in the top 25 all-time are Maryland mainstays King Leatherbury (third-6,333), Scott Lake (sixth-5,142), Buddy Delp (12th-3,674) and Dick Dutrow (13th-3,665). Todd Pletcher began the day 18 victories behind Capuano.

Milestone: Jockey Mario Pino moved ahead of Larry Snyder for 12th on the all-time wins list when he guided multiple stakes winner Red's Round Table ($3.80) to a score in the eighth race at Laurel Park. The 50-year-old has 6,389 trips to the winners' circle during his career. It was his first victory of 2012.

From Sun staff and news services

Redskins: A Miami judge on Friday scheduled the trial for the man charged with fatally shooting former Washington Redskins safety Sean Taylor to begin April 16. Eric Rivera Jr., 21, will be the first of the four suspects accused of killing Taylor to go to trial. The men will be tried separately. Rivera and the other three men have pleaded not guilty; if convicted, they could receive life sentences. A fifth member of the group has already pleaded guilty to murder and burglary charges and is expected to testify against the others. Taylor died a day after the shooting on Nov.27, 2007, during an alleged late-night robbery attempt at his Miami home.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

2012 Navy schedule

Date OpponentSept. 1 vs. Notre Dame (at Dublin)Sept. 15 at Penn StateSept. 22 VMISept. 29 San Jose StateOct. 6 at Air ForceOct. 13 at Central MichiganOct. 20 Indiana (homecoming)Oct. 27 at East CarolinaNov. 3 Florida AtlanticNov. 10 at TroyNov. 17 Texas StateDec. 8 vs. Army (at Philadelphia)

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