Big second quarter propels perfect Blast past Wings, 15-8
In the first part of a two-game Thanksgiving weekend road trip, the Blast defeated the Wichita Wings, 15-8, on Friday to improve to 6-0 in the Major Indoor Soccer League. Leading scorer Machel Millwood led the way with two goals. The Blast struck first when Pat Healey (Towson University, Calvert Hall) knocked in a goal in the third minute of the game, but the Wings tied it at 2 late in the first quarter on a power-play goal by Freddy Moojen. Max FerdinandAdauto Neto After a one-goal third quarter, the teams combined for five goals in the final quarter, including a goal from Bryan Perez that cut the Blast lead to 8-6. Blast captain Mike Lookingland sealed the victory with a three-point goal late in the fourth quarter. The Blast will visit the undefeated Missouri Comets tonight.
Dutrows to duel today in Laurel's Gin Talking Stakes
Brothers Tony and Rick Dutrow Jr. grew up in Maryland, and this afternoon they will ship the likely favorites into Laurel Park for the $100,000 Gin Talking Stakes. The seven-furlong test drew 10 2-year-old fillies. Tony Dutrow sends Disco Barbie, the 5-2 morning-line favorite, from Parx Racing. The daughter of Pure Prize has shown a strong finishing punch in all three of her starts, including a maiden win and a third-place finish in the Xtra Heat Stakes at Delaware Park. Sheldon Russell has the riding assignment. Rick Dutrow counters with Thicker Than Water (3-1) from his Aqueduct barn. The Speightstown filly was a dominant maiden winner at Belmont Park in her last start and has worked three times since the victory. Erick Rodriguez will be aboard for the first time. ...Ek Haseena (7-2) was 64-1 when she brushed with and was bumped by the winner to narrowly miss by a nose in the Smart Halo Stakes earlier this month. Frannie Campitelli trains the Songandaprayer filly, who is 1-for-4 lifetime. Kevin Navarro has the mount for the second consecutive race. Ignacio Correas trains the Sagamore Farm-based filly. Abel Castellano is her rider. Completing the field will be She's All Scat (8-1), Joy (10-1), Dappled Image (15-1), Jubileebra (15-1) and Lea's Exchange (30-1).
More horse racing: Shackleford, the 2011 Preakness champion, won the final race of his career Friday at Churchill Downs, capturing the $400,000 Grade I Clark Handicap by one length over 11/8 miles. He will be retired to stud at Darby Dan Farm in Lexington, Ky.
Women's college basketball: Maryland senior forward Tianna Hawkins, junior forward Alyssa Thomas and junior guard Laurin Mincy were among 50 players named to the Naismith Award early-season watch list.
—From Sun staff and news services