Maryland State Fair racing begins Friday, runs 10 days
The Maryland State Fair in Timonium — the only state fair east of the Mississippi River with a sanctioned 10-day thoroughbred meeting — will host live racing beginning Friday at 1:05 p.m. and ending Labor Day. During that run, only Tuesday will be dark. This year's meeting has grown from seven to 10 days after the Maryland Horsemen's Association contributed money to subsidize added programs. Purses also have increased. Friday's races will be the first in Maryland since Pimlico Race Course ended its spring meeting June 8. There will be nine races opening day. Dining is offered on the second level of the grandstand, and simulcasting is available on both levels on live race days. Lawn chairs and cameras are welcome. Travis Dunkelberger will defend his 2012 riding title. Last year he won with 10 of 23 mounts. His previous heroics at Timonium include winning seven races on one program, on two different occasions. Mid-Atlantic mainstays Hugh McMahon, Jamie Ness, Dale Capuano and Scott Lake aim to share in a $10,000 training bonus, awarded for most wins and most starters during the meet. McMahon will saddle the speedy 5-year old Ellipse in the 4-furlong allowance feature.
Viewing for Devin Gray set for Friday; wake, funeral Saturday
There will be a viewing for former NBA player Devin Gray on Friday from 3 to 7 p.m. at Phillips Funeral Home, 1727 N. Monroe St. in Baltimore. The funeral will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, preceded by a wake at 9 a.m., at St.Frances Academy, 501 E. Chase St. Gray, 41, who starred at St. Frances and Clemson, died of a heart attack Saturday in Atlanta. An account has been set up at Wells Fargo bank to help the family with funeral costs. Contributions may be made by contacting Casey Ring at the Wells Fargo Owings Mills branch at 410-654-6207.
Ex-Terp Zink named MLL's top defensive player again
Denver Outlaws defenseman Lee Zink (Maryland) became the second player in Major League Lacrosse history to earn back-to-back Defensive Player of the Year awards, the league announced Wednesday. Zink earned all 16 possible first-place votes from the league's coaches and general managers, making him the only player to win an end-of-the-year award unanimously this season. Brodie Merrill of the Hamilton Nationals and Michael Evans (South River, Johns Hopkins) of the Chesapeake Bayhawks trailed with five second-place votes each and four and two third-place votes, respectively. Jim Stagnitta Zink, a former Baltimore Bayhawk, started in all 14 games for the 14-0 Outlaws. He had 21 ground balls, including a season-high four on two occasions.
More MLL: The Bayhawks assigned midfielder Kevin Cooper (Archbishop Spalding, Maryland) to the active roster ahead of Saturday afternoon's semifinal against the Nationals.
College men: Division III Wittenberg has announced the hiring of Jay Owen (Salisbury) as coach. Owen played for the Sea Gulls from 1994 to 1997, earning All-Capital Athletic Conference honors the final two seasons, and returned to work as an assistant coach for much of the past 15 years. A player on teams that won two national championships and three conference titles, Owen served as an assistant coach for Salisbury teams that won nine CAC championships and five NCAA Division III national titles between 1999 and 2007. ... Division III Mitchell College in New London, Conn., has named former Baltimore Bayhawk John Keysor coach of the men's and women's lacrosse programs. Keysor, who played midfield for the Bayhawks in 2006 after being drafted that year, has spent time as an assistant coach and defensive coordinator at Dartmouth. ... Archbishop Curley defenseman Johnnie Tornabene has committed orally to UMBC, and St. Paul's senior defenseman Bennett Moore has chosen Hobart. Both are three-year starters.
—Inside Lacrosse contributed the men's recruiting news.
Three tied for boys second-round lead at Leadbetter