Jockey Pino ties for 10th on all-time wins list
Mario Pino tied Earlie Fires for 10th on the all-time victories list with a win in the finale (race 8) at Presque Isle Downs in Erie, Pa., on Friday night. The 51-year-old jockey reached the milestone aboard For the Effect for trainer Chuckie Lawrence. Pino, an Ellicott City resident who has spent most of his career in Maryland, picked up the mount even though Willie Martinez was named to ride the horse. Pino was scheduled to ride five horses today on Presque Isle's eight-race card.
Maryland loses its appeal on Cassell
Maryland has lost its appeal with the NCAA over the eligibility of Sam Cassell Jr. "We've exhausted every option and made our best effort," Maryland coach Mark Turgeon said in a news release. "Obviously, we're very disappointed that he will be unable to attend the University of Maryland at this time and be a part of our basketball program." The NCAA told Maryland in mid-August that Cassell, a Baltimore native and former St. Frances combo guard, was a nonqualifier because of an issue related to several core courses he took during the 2010-11 school year at Notre Dame Prep in Fitchburg, Mass. Maryland filed an initial waiver that was denied. The university then filed another appeal, which was denied during the past 24 hours, according to a source. Several of Cassell's teammates at Notre Dame Prep took the same courses he did two years ago. Those players who were a year ahead of him began their Division I college careers last season as freshmen. Now Cassell is faced with the prospect of finding a new school, enrolling as a nonqualifier and redshirting his freshman year. Atlantic Coast Conference schools do not allow nonqualifiers.
Men's college soccer: No. 3 Maryland earned a 3-2 road win against No. 18 North Carolina State. Jake Pace, Schillo Tshuma and John Stertzer scored for the Terps (5-0-1, 2-0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), who have scored three or more goals in four straight matches. The Wolfpack fell to 6-1 and 0-1.
College football: Johns Hopkins coach Jim Margraff can win his 150th game today when the Blue Jays play Moravian. Margraff improved his record to 149-79-3 (.652) with last week's 34-7 win at Susquehanna. The only college football coach in Maryland state history to have won 150 career games is Eddie Hurt, who was 174-51-17 at Morgan State from 1929 to 1959.
Women's college lacrosse: The 2012 Division I final four will be played at 12,500-seat Villanova Stadium on Memorial Day weekend. The finals at Stony Brook on Long Island, N.Y., drew an announced 7,127 last season and 8,011 the previous year. This is the first time Villanova will host the event.
Laurel Park: Rider-turned-trainer Charles Forrest saddled his first winner when first-time-starter Burning Vow rallied to win Friday's fourth race. Burning Vow charged down the lane to catch Pink Beauty just before the finish line and win the 51/2-furlong test for $10,000 claiming maidens by 11/2 lengths.
NHL: The Washington Capitals re-signed defenseman John Carlson to a six-year, $23.8 million contract extension. He will earn $3.8 million in 2012-13 and $4 million a year from the 2013-14 season through 2017-18. Carlson, 22, had nine goals, 23 assists last season.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United signed midfielder-forward Chris Pontius to a long-term contract. Pontius, 25, is the club's longest- tenured player and leads the team with 10 goals in 24 games (19 starts).
—From Sun staff and news services