Towson's West, Beltre, Dangerfield named FCS preseason All-Americans
Sophomore running back Terrance West (Northwest), senior defensive end Frank Beltre and senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield of Towson were selected to the Sports Network's Football Championship Subdivision preseason All-America team. The recipient of the Jerry Rice Award as the top freshman in FCS football last season, West earned first team All-America honors from The Sports Network. Beltre, a third-year starter at defensive end, and Dangerfield, a third-year starter at free safety, were honored as third-team selections.
UMES: A group of alumni and faculty is working to revive the school's football program, dormant since 1979, The Washington Post reported. The group, Hawks for Football, hopes to determine the feasibility of fielding a team in the next four years. The results of the group's study are expected in two to three weeks.
I'll Have Another sold for $10 million, Reddam says
J. Paul Reddam, owner of Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another, told Bloodhorse.com that a lucrative financial offer enticed him to sell the thoroughbred to a Japanese farm. The $10 million offer doubled the closest bid from American breeders, Reddam said. He added that rival horse Bodemeister, who finished second in all three legs of the Triple Crown, "recently purportedly sold for about $13 million in America." A tendon injury suffered the day before the Belmont Stakes foiled I'll Have Another's opportunity to become the first Triple Crown winner in 34 years. The horse will now begin its career at stud on Big Red Farm in Hokkaido.
Velazquez on the mend: Jockey John Velazquez said Monday that he is continuing to heal from a spill last month and expects to begin exercising horses in about a week. Velazquez suffered a broken collarbone and trauma to his kidney June 16 after the horse he was riding in the ninth race at Churchill Downs broke down. He was initially hospitalized at Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville, Ky. He has since been under the care of Dr. Stephen O'Brien at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York. "I saw Dr. O'Brien today, and he said I was healing very well," Velazquez said. Velazquez was cleared to start exercising horses Monday at Saratoga Race Course in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. "After that, I will just have to play it by ear," Velazquez said. "Hopefully it won't be too much longer before I can race again, but I want to make sure I'm strong enough to compete before I get back to riding."
Thohir takes majority ownership of D.C. United
Erick Thohir, an Indonesian media magnate and part-owner of the NBA's Philadelphia 76ers, will be introduced as D.C. United's majority investor today, multiple sources familiar with the deal said. Another 76ers part-owner, Jason Levien, a former sports agent and NBA executive with the Sacramento Kings, will join the United group as well, but Thohir is the big money man in the deal, multiple sources said. The deal eases the financial burden on Will Chang, United's lone backer since partner Victor MacFarlane's abrupt exit three years ago. Team president Kevin Payne, who has overseen United's operations since the club's launch in 1996, is expected to retain day-to-day control. The pact infuses the Major League Soccer club with much-needed resources to aggressively pursue a new stadium project at Buzzard Point in Southwest Washington. Under preliminary plans, United would offer to pay for the construction of the facility, four blocks west of Nationals Park, and seek assistance from the city government for land acquisition and infrastructure costs. Without a new facility, United officials say remaining in Washington wouldn't be financially feasible. They've explored a stadium proposal in Baltimore but insist they would exhaust all efforts on a D.C. project first.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
Soccer: The Tottenham Hotspur-Liverpool match scheduled for 1 p.m. July 28 at M&T Bank Stadium will air on ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPN Deportes.
Capitals: Washington has reached an affiliation agreement with the Reading Royals of the ECHL.
Wizards: Washington announced that Don Newman was hired as an assistant coach. Newman spent the past seven seasons as an assistant coach for the San Antonio Spurs. Also, Comcast SportsNet will televise three of the Wizards' summer league games: vs. Atlanta at 4 p.m. Friday, the opening matchup of the 60-game league; vs. Memphis next Tuesday at 6 p.m.; and vs. Milwaukee on July 18 at 4 p.m.
—From Sun staff and news services