Loyola men's basketball
Guard Drummond chooses to transfer
Loyola sophomore guard Justin Drummond has told the Greyhounds' coaching staff that will transfer, the school announced. Drummond, from Bowie, averaged 10.7 points and 3.9 rebounds in 33 games (four starts) for Loyola in 2011-12 and was named the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Sixth Player of the Year. The 6-foot-4, 187-pound All-MAAC third-team selection has not decided where he will transfer. "We would like to thank Justin for his contributions to the program," said coach Jimmy Patsos, whose Greyhounds won the MAAC tournament and played in their first NCAA tournament since 1994. "We met with Justin and his family, and we offered to redshirt Justin to help him continue his development as a top-level player. Justin, however, expressed his desire to play at the highest level of college basketball in an effort to continue his career beyond college. Justin helped us do something special this year, and we want to support him in his decision to move on to another school. ... We wish him the absolute best. He will always be a part of the Loyola basketball family."
Md. standouts running in Triple Crown prep races
Four Maryland horses will try to make their mark in Triple Crown prep races today. Pretension, Hakama and Done Talking will compete with 11 other horses in the $500,000 Grade III Illinois Derby at Hawthorne, and Tiger Walk is set to go in the $1 million Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct. Pretension, trained by Chris Grove and ridden by Javier Santiago, is the third choice in the Illinois Derby at 5-1 odds. Grove is likely to point the colt, who had taken first or second in his first five starts before finishing third in the Grade III Gotham Stakes on March 3, to the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on May 19. Hakama (6-1), trained at Fair Hill by Mike Trombetta and ridden by Julian Pimentel, beat Pretension in an optional claimer at Laurel Park on Jan. 4 and finished second in the Private Terms at Laurel on March 17. Done Talking (20-1), trained by Hamilton Smith and ridden by Sheldon Russell, finished in the money in his first four starts but is coming off off-the-board finishes in the Grade II Remsen on Nov. 26 and the Gotham. John Velazquez will ride Tiger Walk, the Pimlico-based colt trained by Ignacio Correas. The Sagamore Farms horse had two wins at Laurel Park last fall before starting his 3-year-old season by coming in third in the Grade III Withers and fourth in the Gotham. The Kentucky Derby is four weeks from today, on May 5.
Arnold goes distance twice in Coppin's softball sweep
Paige Arnold had two complete-game wins to lead Coppin State (14-14, 7-1 Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference) to a doubleheader sweep of visiting Howard (4-22, 2-2). The pair of 2-1 victories extended the Eagles' winning streak to seven games. In addition to allowing just one hit while striking out six in Game 1, Arnold doubled, tripled and stole home. Coppin's Emily DeJesus drove in a run in the first game, and Tiffani Whaley had an RBI single in the second game.
More college softball: Drexel (16-15) swept visiting Towson (15-21) in a doubleheader, winning 2-1 and 4-3. ... Kelly Hickman (Chesapeake-Baltimore County) had a pinch-hit single in the eighth inning to score the go-ahead run in visiting Mount St. Mary's 8-6 win over Canisius on Thursday. The Golden Griffins (6-20) won the opener of the doubleheader, 1-0, in 10 innings. Chloe Mizianty and Cat Clifford ach had four hits and combined for five RBIs in the second game for the Mount. Mount St. Mary's (10-25) followed that by dropping a doubleheader against Niagara (7-18) on Friday, losing 2-1 and 4-1. ... UMES (0-25, 0-10 MEAC) was shut out in a doubleheader against visiting Norfolk State (14-17, 5-2), losing 8-0 and 10-0.