Blast re-signs veteran captain Lookingland
The Blast has re-signed team captain Mike Lookingland, the team's longest-tenured player, who returns for his eighth season. Last season, Lookingland was named the Major Indoor Soccer League's Defender of the Year. In 26 games, he finished second on the team with 35 blocked shots and tied for third with 49 points. "Having our captain and reigning defensive player of the year return is huge for our team going into what I expect to be a very challenging season," Blast coach Danny Kelly said in a news release. "His leadership as well as his ability on both sides of the ball is everything we need in trying to repeat as MISL champions."
Maryland Million entries in; Turf Sprint, Oaks replaced
A total of 118 pre-entries were named to the nine stakes races that comprise the Jim McKay Maryland Million at Laurel Park on Oct. 19. Officials eliminated two stakes races from the program (Turf Sprint and Oaks), replacing them with a pair of $50,000 maiden races on the turf. In addition, the purses of the Turf and Ladies increased from $100,000 to $125,000. Ben's Cat is looking to become the first horse to win four Maryland Million races. The King Leatherbury homebred was cross-entered in the Sprint and Turf, which is now an eighth of a mile shorter than in previous years.
WNBA Finals: Baltimore native Angel McCoughtry (St.Frances) of the Atlanta Dream made 5 of 11 attempts from the field for 13 points and notched two rebounds, three assists and one steal in a Game 3 loss to the visiting Minnesota Lynx, who swept the series for the championship.
College football: Maryland freshman kicker Adam Greene (Broadneck) has been selected by the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame as one of five winners of the NFF National High School Scholar-Athlete Awards. A four-year varsity starter at kicker, Greene holds every Broadneck and Anne Arundel County high school kicking record. He maintained a 4.52 weighted GPA.… Navy junior punter Pablo Beltran was named the Eastern College Athletic Conference Special Teams Player of the Week. Beltran averaged 42.5 yards per punt on six punts against Air Force, with a long of 56. … Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo is one of seven inductees to the Polynesian Football Hall of Fame.
Men's college lacrosse: Senior midfielders Rob Guida and James Malm and junior long-stick midfielder Michael Pellegrino have been selected as Johns Hopkins captains this season. The Blue Jays will host Massachusetts, Rutgers and Fairfield to Homewood Field for a day of scrimmages Sunday. Admission is free. … North Carolina senior midfielder Greg McBride (Gilman) was named one of three captains for the 2014 season. The Tar Heels will play Ohio State in a scrimmage at noon Saturday at Calvert Hall. The game is the annual fundraiser for the Michael R. Breschi Scholarship Fund at Ohio State. … Because of the weather and potentially poor field conditions, the venue and game times have changed for Saturday's Navy Men's Lacrosse Fall Classic featuring the Chesapeake Bayhawks and High Point. All three games will be played at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium; they will begin with an 8 a.m. scrimmage between Navy and the Bayhawks. High Point will face the Bayhawks at 9:30 a.m., followed by a 10:45 a.m. scrimmage between the Midshipmen and High Point.
Girls lacrosse: US Lacrosse announced rules changes for the 2013-14 season, including points of emphasis on illegal body contact, obstruction of free space to goal, repetitive fouls and stick contact and cross checking. Major rule changes include decreasing the number of players from each team in the draw circle from five to three, increasing the penalty time for a red card from two minutes to four and prohibiting additional facial protection to be worn other than ASTM International-approved goggles and mouth guards. Also, under-11 and U-13 coaches must now remain within their own coaching area.
More lacrosse: Lacrosse Unlimited in Columbia will hold a grand reopening Saturday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. LXM Pro star Sam Bradman (Salisbury) and Team STX player Sam Farrell (Severna Park) will sign autographs. … Frank Kelly, a Calvert Hall graduate and former professional lacrosse player, was named this month to the Fellowship of Christian Athletes' Hall of Champions. Kelly, a Cornell graduate, was a member of the FCA's first lacrosse team and has been chairman of the FCA Maryland board for 19 of its 20 years of existence.
Women's college basketball: Maryland will host the first and second rounds of the 2014 NCAA tournament.
—From Sun staff and news services