Feb 15, 2014; New York, NY, USA; Will Leer (USA) defeats Lawi… (Kirby Lee / USA Today Sports )
Centrowitz withdraws from Wanamaker Mile
World silver medalist Matthew Centrowitz, a Broadneck alumnus, withdrew from the Wanamaker Mile at the Millrose Games on Saturday in New York because of an upper respiratory problem. U.S. champion Will Leer put on a brilliant closing kick to overtake Lawi Lalang and Nick Willis and win the featured race in a season-leading time of 3 minutes, 52.47 seconds.
Taylor loses Friday in N.Y. by unanimous decision
Emanuel "The Tranzformer" Taylor lost by unanimous decision to undefeated Chris Algieri on Friday in a nationally televised 10-round bout in Huntington, N.Y. Taylor, of Edgewood, trains at Charm City Boxing in White Marsh. The fight was featured on ESPN's "Friday Night Fights." Algieri, fighting in his hometown, landed the punch of the night in the fifth round, a big left uppercut that stunned Taylor. Algieri started landing big blows in the seventh round, and bloodied Taylor in the eighth. He took control in the ninth, as Taylor (17-2) appeared to tire. One judge scored the fight 98-92 in favor of Algieri (19-0), a former kick boxer who has 3 inches on Taylor. The other two judges scored the fight 97-93 for Algieri. Before Friday, Taylor had had 12 knockouts in 18 fights since going pro in 2009, and his only loss came in a controversial split decision against Prenice Brewer in 2011.
Saturday racing canceled; Fritchie next weekend
Because of last week's snowstorm, live racing Saturday at Laurel Park was canceled for the third consecutive day. The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade 2) and $100,000 John Campbell Handicap were moved to next Saturday. Live racing is scheduled to resume Monday with a 12:35p.m. post time. The 10-race card features the $250,000 General George Handicap (Grade 3) and the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes. Laurel and its sister track, Pimlico Race Course, will be open for simulcasting today.
Terps make offer to Gonzaga quarterback Johns
Maryland's search for a quarterback in the class of 2015 continued Wednesday night when the Terps extended an offer to Nick Johns of Gonzaga (Washington), InsideMdSports reported. With an offer in hand, Johns plans to visit College Park for a junior day next weekend, and he'll follow that with a trip to Virginia, which also has made an offer. Those two programs have separated themselves from the pack, at least for now. "UVA and Maryland are standing out," he said. "But whoever comes in with an offer, I'll check out."
Maryland earns its first victory, tops No. 21 Florida
Visiting Maryland received a superb start from freshman Mike Shawaryn and used 13 hits, including solo home runs from Brandon Lowe and Anthony Papio, to defeat No. 21 Florida, 9-7. Lowe and Papio each had three hits. Lowe scored three runs and drove in two, and Papio scored three times with one RBI. Charlie White went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and one run. The previous night, the Terps had only three hits in their season opener in losing, 4-0, to the Gators.
Youth football camp: The Hall of Fame Youth Camp for ages 6-13 will be held July 21-25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Towson's campus. The all-day camp features Tigers coach Rob Ambrose, his staff and players. Spots are limited. Register at TowsonFootball.com or call 410-844-2774 for questions.
Women's college bowling: UMES (60-13) dropped one spot to third in the latest poll from the National Tenpins Coaches Association.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United's Chris Pontius still has scar tissue in his left leg after undergoing hamstring surgery in November, and his timetable to play in preseason matches has been pushed back, coach Ben Olsen said.
—Steven Goff, The Washington Post
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit will hold open tryouts Friday from 10 a.m. to noon and from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tryouts are open to players 18 or older. To register, go to washingtonspirit.com/pro-open-tryouts. There is a $50 fee.
—From Sun staff and news services