Pimlico Race Course
Kid Cruz highlights Federico Tesio Stakes
Six Triple Crown nominees are among the nine runners in today's $100,000 Federico Tesio Stakes, the last of four stakes races on the 11-race program at Pimlico Race Course. Kid Cruz, the 2-1 morning line favorite, Linda Rice has started twice for his Linda Rice, including a second-place finish in at Aqueduct and a victory at Laurel Park, where he rallied from nearly 20 lengths back to win going away. Julian PimentelRounding out the field are Oliver Zip (5-2), Undertaker (5-1), Sassicaia (10-1), Joint Custody (6-1), Matuszak (15-1), Ground Control (15-1), Mr. Rover (20-1) and Elevated (30-1).
Bernard Hopkins, 49, to fight at D.C. Armory tonight
Bernard Hopkins (54-6-2, 32 knockouts) will try to become the oldest fighter to unify major world titles when he faces Kazakhstan-born World Boxing Association champion Beibut Shumenov (14-1, nine KOs) tonight at the D.C. Armory in "History at the Capitol." Already the oldest boxer to hold a major title belt, Hopkins, 49, also is the oldest athlete in any sport to be a world champion. The co-main event features International Boxing Federation welterweight champion Shawn Porter putting his belt on the line against two-time and two-division champion Paulie Malignaggi. The third title fight pits champion Peter Quillin against Lukas Konecny in the 160-pound division.
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post
Ex-Southern basketball player Joyce joins UMBC
Cody Joyce, a former forward for Southern and Houston Baptist, committed to UMBC last weekend, 10 days after receiving his release from the Huskies. The 6-foot-8 incoming junior, who averaged 9.9 points per game last season, will join a handful of local players on the Retrievers roster. UMBC returns fellow Southern grad Bryan Harris, point guard Rodney Elliott Jr. (John Carroll), forward Will Darley (Dulaney) and guard Ben Grace (Gilman), in addition to adding Richmond shooting guard transfer Wayne Sparrow (St. Frances) and freshman guard Jourdan Grant (Archbishop Spalding).
To read more of Matt Bracken's blog post on Joyce, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters
Baseball: UNC Wilmington senior left-hander Mat Batts, the 2013 Colonial Athletic Association Pitcher of the Year, held Towson (17-16, 1-6) to one run on two hits during eight innings, leading the host Seahawks (17-19, 4-5) to an 11-2 victory in the opening game of their three-game series Friday. ... Senior right-hander Jake Stinnett pitched a complete game, and host Maryland (23-13, 8-10 Atlantic Coast Conference) scored the last six runs to pull away from No. 25 Georgia Tech (24-15, 10-9) and win, 7-2. The Terps will host Kids Vs. Cancer Day today during the matchup with the Hornets in conjunction with its annual fundraiser for the Vs. Cancer Foundation. The opening pitch is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Softball: The Mount softball team celebrated senior day with the program’s first ever sweep of LIU Brooklyn on Friday at Our Lady of the Meadows Field. Senior Nicole Pagano pitched two shutouts, including a 3-0 no-hitter in the opener, to help host Mount St. Mary’s (18-16-1, 5-2 Northeast Conference) to its first ever sweep of LIU Brooklyn (16-28, 5-5_ . The no-hitter was her second of the year. ... Towson junior Missy McCormick won her 12th game of the season in a 2-1 win over Drexel in the opener of a doubleheader in Philadelphia. The Tigers (23-18, 3-5 Colonial Athletic Association) lost, 9-1, to the Dragons (17-18, 4-7) in the nightcap. ... UMBC swept a home doubleheader with Massachusetts Lowell with the help of two walk-off hits. Junior catcher Taylor Hall hit a solo home run to give the Retrievers the 10-2 win in Game 1 in six innings. Sophomore shortstop Bridget O’Malley (Seton Keough) followed with a three-run homer in the seventh inning to steal a 7-5 win from the visitors.
Women's basketball: Maryland senior forward Alyssa Thomas was honored Thursday night at a team banquet as the program's Most Valuable Player. Other winners included Laurin Mincy, Most Improved; Lexie Brown, Rookie Impact; Katie Rutan, Sharp Shooter; Brionna Jones (Aberdeen), Perseverance; Alicia DeVaughn, Iron Woman; Shatori Walker-Kimbrough, Sixth Man. Malina Howard and Tierney Pfirman earned the Deans' List award. Sequoia Austin, Chloe Pavlech, Brown, Jones, Howard, Pfirman and Rutan received academic acheivement awards. Senior manager Ryland Adkins earned the Dedication and Service Award.
Baltimore sled team takes 1st place in Massachusetts
The Baltimore-based Bennett Blazers team, part of Kennedy Krieger Institute's Physically Challenged Sports Program, defeated the Grand Rapid Wings in the USA Hockey 10th Annual Youth Disabled Hockey Festival final in Massachusetts to finish its season with a 21-0 record. Noah Grove of Frederick was the tournament's high scorer; others in the top 10 in scoring included Kyle Cavalier of Laurel, Sean Thomason of Alexandria, Va., and Daniel Romanchuk of Mount Airy. Goalie Jorge Medrano of Westminster allowed only one goal over the four games. The sled team also included Ruby Elbert of Baltimore; Samantha McMinn of Conowingo; Patrick Brennan of Catonsville; and Evan Baum of Bel Air. Sled hockey is played by athletes who are unable to play hockey standing up.