Vegas No Show favored in Miracle Wood Stakes
Saturday's $125,000 Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park has attracted eight 3-year-olds, including three stakes winners. Vegas No Show has been made the 7-5 morning line favorite in the one-mile test. The son of Hard Spun has tested stakes company in his last five outings, with a win in the Dover Stakes at Delaware Park and a runner-up finish in the Nashua Stakes (Grade 2) at Aqueduct. Trained by Kelly Breen, Vegas No Show posted a bullet workout at Belmont Park at the end of January and will carry Jeremy Rose for the first time. Alpha Mike Foxtrot (7-2) has earned checks in each of his four stakes appearances, including a win in the Maryland Juvenile Championship and seconds in the Maryland Million Nursery and Frank Whiteley Stakes, his most recent start. Jozbin Santana will be coming in from Gulfstream Park to ride for trainer Dickie Small. Santana was based in Maryland from 1998 to 2008 and rode first call for Small for a number of years.
Thursday's races: A pair of apprentice riders won five of the nine races. Trevor McCarthy rode three consecutive winners, scoring with Royale Harbor ($9.80-5th), Buttertart ($7.60-6th) and Go Allie ($9.60-7th). The first and third were for trainer King Leatherbury, who has 6,363 victories, third on the all-time list. Yomar Ortiz reached the winner's circle in back-to-back races with Who Dat Boy ($14.60-2nd) and Halo Hollie ($2.80-3rd). Ortiz leads the rider standings with 24 victories, one more than Sheldon Russell. McCarthy ranks third with 16 first place finishes.
Brown's contract to expire; team still $4M over cap
Oft-injured offensive tackle Jammal Brown's contract is set to automatically void at 4 p.m. today, a move that will trigger $1.1 million in salary-cap savings for the Washington Redskins. Brown, who didn't play last season after failing to overcome a hip injury, signed a five-year contract in 2011 with the Redskins, who in 2010 acquired him via trade from the New Orleans Saints. He restructured his deal last season, and as a result, the three years that were left on his contract will void. Brown will count $3.3 million in dead money against the salary cap this season, but the team will receive a savings of more than $4 million in 2014. The Redskins are believed to be roughly $4 million over the salary cap, but have until March 12 to trim that excess and create room for roster moves during the free-agency signing period. It's expected that the team will look to restructure the contract of cornerback DeAngelo Hall ($8 million cap hit), and possibly receiver Santana Moss ($6.16 million) as part of their cost-saving measures. Hall said at the end of the 2012 season he would be willing to re-work his contract so he could remain with the Redskins. But a person with knowledge of the situation said this week that such negotiations hadn't yet begun.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
Farr's basket gives BCCC men regular-season title
Baltimore City Community College won the Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference regular-season men's basketball championship Wednesday night on a layup by Sean Farr (Dunbar) with two seconds left in overtime that gave the Panthers an 81-79 victory at Hagerstown Community College. Christian Leach The Maryland JUCO regular-season title was the first of coach Terry Maczko's seven-year tenure. BCCC (18-8, 14-1 MD JUCO) will host a MD JUCO tournament first-round game on Tuesday at 7 p.m. Hagerstown is 22-3 and 13-2.
More men's basketball: Loyola's 7 p.m. game at Iona on March 1 will air on ESPN2.
Women's basketball: Katie Sprecher had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead Hagerstown Community College (10-12, 5-5 Maryland JUCO) to a 65-52 win over BCCC (10-15, 5-6) on Wednesday night.
Baseball: UMBC was picked to finish sixth in the America East in a vote by head coaches. Stony Brook was selected to finish first.
Wrestling: Maryland's Shane Gentry was named Atlantic Coast Conference Wrestler of the Week.
Beal back from wrist injury, says he'll play against Nets
Washington Wizards rookie guard Bradley Beal indicated that he is on track to come back tonight from a right wrist injury that has kept him out for the past five games. After suffering the injury Jan. 18, Kosta Koufos Beal averaged 9.4 points and shot 34 percent, including 28 percent from 3-point range, before deciding he needed to let the wrist heal.
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post
National Women's Soccer League: Loyola alumna Heather Cooke was selected by the Washington Spirit with the first pick of the sixth round of the supplemental draft. Cooke, who grew up in St. Mary's County, was a three-time All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference pick at center back at Loyola and earned first-team honors as a senior in 2009. Since leaving Loyola, Cooke has played with the Philippine national team and was a cast member of MTV's The Real World in 2011.
Varsity girls soccer: Midge Purce of Good Counsel was named the 2012-13 Gatorade Maryland Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The 5-foot-5 senior forward led the Falcons to a 16-1-2 record and the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament title. Purce scored 27 goals this season, including both goals in a 2-0 win over Bishop O'Connell in the WCAC championship game. She has committed orally to Harvard.
—From Sun staff and news services