Horacio Karamanos in the winners' circle at Laurel Park (Jim McCue, Maryland Jockey…)
Jockey Karamanos 2-for-2 in season debut
Jockey Horacio Karamanos rode two winners Saturday at Laurel Park with his first two mounts since Dec. 31. "I am happy," Karamanos said. "I caught a cold at the beginning of the year. It took me about 10 days to get better so instead of taking a chance in the cold weather I took a vacation and went to visit relatives in Argentina. Then we went to Florida for the Jockey Guild meeting." The 40-year-old led from start to finish atop claiming filly Coco Punch ($21.40) in the third race for trainer Robin Graham. With his only other mount of the afternoon, Karamanos delivered a stirring stretch drive to be up in time with favorite Tupancy Links ($3.60) and won by a nose, taking the sixth race for trainer Vernon Allinson.
Varsity girls indoor track
Reservoir awarded sole possession of county title
A score change from last week's Howard County indoor track and field championship has altered the meet winner in the girls team standings, officials announced Friday. Because of a scoring error that was not corrected on the night of the event, the Reservoir High School girls team, which had been named the co-county champion along with Howard, has been awarded sole possession of the title. After the day's events at the Prince George's Sports and Learning Complex on Monday, it was previously determined that the two schools had shared the county championship after tying with 88 points each.
—Matt Owings, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Nats' Fister agrees to terms, avoids salary arbitration
The Washington Nationals agreed to terms on a one-year contract with right-handed starting pitcher Doug Fister, avoiding an arbitration hearing with the newest addition to their rotation. Fister will earn $7.2 million in 2014, plus an additional $100,000 if he reaches 200 innings, according to the New York Post. On Jan. 17, the deadline for teams and arbitration-eligible players to exchange salary figures, Fister asked for $8.5 million and the Nationals offered $5.75 million, leading to a midpoint of $7.125 million. Last season with the Detroit Tigers, Fister made $4 million.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
Baltimore's Crews earns silver medal at U.S. Open
Baltimore middleweight boxer Franchon "The Heavy Hitting Diva" Crews won a silver medal at the U.S. Open national championships late last month in Spokane, Wash., losing a close decision to 2012 Olympic gold medalist Claressa Shields. Crews stopped Krystal Correa in 1 minute, 4 seconds in the semifinals.
Safety dance: Reports say Noil is out and Carter in
Maryland safety commitment Jordan Noil is now a former Maryland commitment, and safety Antwaine Carter is now a Terps commit. Noil decommitted recently, according to The Washington Post, prompting the Terps' search for a new safety. They settled Saturday on Carter, according to multiple media reports. The Westlake senior was named to the All-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference second team last season. Noil, of Georgia, pledged to Maryland in early October, choosing the Terps over Kansas State, Marshall, Buffalo, Appalachian State and other schools. He was named third-team All-County by the Gwinnett Daily Post.
Blast tops Syracuse Friday, clinches playoff berth
The visiting Blast scored the last three goals of the game to defeat the Syracuse Silver Knights, 12-10, on Friday night, clinching a Major Indoor Soccer League playoff spot. Trailing 10-6 in the third quarter after Neto scored for Syracuse (9-6), Baltimore (11-3) got a short-handed tap-in by Patrick Healey on an assist from Marco Mangione to get within two points at 11:02. Mike Lookingland tied the score on a pass from Diego Zuniga at 13:31, then found Max Ferdinand in the box for a goal at 12:10 of the fourth quarter. William Vanzela made 26 saves as the Blast improved its road record to 4-2.
American Professional Basketball League: A 3-pointer by Rocky Coleman (Towson University, Walbrook) with two seconds left lifted the visiting Bay Area Shuckers (8-1) to a 120-117 victory over the North Jersey Pros on Saturday night. Terry Hosley (Maryland Bible, Parkville) led the Shuckers with 31 points and Gus Chase (St. Frances) scored 22. Coleman added 19 points..
—From Sun staff and news services