Baltimore native Larry Collmus, the voice of the Triple Crown and the Breeders' Cup for NBC Sports, was named the New York Racing Association's next race caller. He will be succeeding Tom Durkin. Collmus will continue to call races at Churchill Downs for its September and fall meets and take over his new duties in April, during the final month of the Aqueduct Racetrack spring meet. The Mount St. Joseph graduate's first on-track call was in 1985 at Bowie Race Course. He was hired two years later as the track announcer at Alabama's Birmingham Turf Club, becoming at age 20 the youngest announcer in the United States.
Major League Lacrosse
Turri voted Most Improved Player; ex-Gilman star 2nd
Rochester Rattlers midfielder Justin Turri was named Major League Lacrosse's Most Improved Player, as voted on by the league's coaches and general managers. Turri led Rochester in points (34) and ranked among the top 25 scorers in the league in the regular season. He had 19 goals, two 2-pointers and nine assists in 14 games. With the Denver Outlaws last year, the former Duke star had nine goals, four assists and nine ground balls. Ohio Machine attackman Marcus Holman (Gilman) finished second in the voting.
Wizards to play on national TV 10 times in '14-'15 season
One year ago, the NBA unveiled a regular-season schedule that included the Washington Wizards on national TV once. A second-round playoff run later, the expectations and exposure have multiplied. The Wizards will play on national television 10 times — nine on ESPN and once on TNT — during the upcoming 2014-15 season. The slate includes a Christmas Day game at Madison Square Garden against the New York Knicks and five games on NBATV. The schedule, officially released Wednesday, begins with a trip to Miami to face the LeBron James-less Heat on Oct. 29. The Wizards will host the Milwaukee Bucks in their Nov. 1 home opener. Washington faces James and the Cleveland Cavaliers at Verizon Center on Nov.21 and the Chicago Bulls, whom they defeated in the first round of the playoffs last season, on Dec.23.
—Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post
WNBA: A second straight playoff appearance continues to prove elusive for the Washington Mystics, who pushed the visiting Chicago Sky (15-17) down the stretch before losing, 72-69. The Mystics (15-17) lost their second in a row and fourth in six games to fall to third place in the Eastern Conference. Still, one victory in its final two games would ensure Washington's season continues next week in the conference semifinals.
—Gene Wang, The Washington Post
Golf: Pleasant Hughes won the Middle Atlantic PGA Professional Championship, held at Richmond's Country Club of Virginia. Hughes finished his third and final round with a 1-under-par 71 to take his 54-hole total to 11 under and win by four shots. Hughes is the PGA assistant professional at Chevy Chase Club in Chevy Chase. … Jeff Castle of Parkville closed with a 5-under-par 67 and 36-hole total of 137 to win the rain-delayed Maryland State Mid-Amateur championship by one stroke over Chris Baloga of Baltimore at Montgomery Country Club in Laytonsville.
Women's college soccer: Maryland was picked to finish third in the Big Ten Conference in the league's preseason coaches' poll. Penn State, which has won the last 15 of the past 16 Big Ten titles, was picked to finish first, followed by Wisconsin. Terps junior midfielder Aubrey Baker, junior goalkeeper Rachelle Beanlands and senior forward Cory Ryan were named players to watch. … For the first time in program history, UMBC was picked as the America East Conference's preseason favorite, edging Stony Brook, last season's regular-season co-champion, in the league's preseason coaches' poll. UMBC returns nine starters and 15 letter winners from last year's team, which won the regular-season crown and the program's first conference tournament title. … Towson senior midfielder Katie Ponce was named preseason All-Colonial Athletic Association honorable mention. The team's returning leading scorer, Ponce had five goals and one assist in 2013.
—From Sun staff and news services