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Digest: Honor the Fleet dominant winner in Laurel feature

From Sun staff and news services

Frank V. DeMarco's Grade 3-placed Honor the Fleet had a successful prep for his return to stakes competition next month, dominating his elders with a front-running 63/4-length victory in the featured fifth race at Laurel Park. A 3-year-old son of To Honor and Serve from the barn of Louis Albertrani, Honor the Fleet ($3) ran 7 furlongs in a sharp 1 minute, 22.40 seconds over the fast main track in the $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up.

— Twocubanbrothersu, a 7-year-old gelding owned and trained by John Rigattieri, came with a five-wide move down the stretch to pass pacesetting Hickory Hill and draw off to a 3-length win in Race 8, a $47,000 third-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up. It was the 19th win from 49 career starts for Twocubanbrothersu ($3.80), who ran 1 mile in 1:35.76 under jockey Daniel Centeno.

— Morgans Ford Farm homebred River Deep ($21.20), racing for the first time for trainer Phil Schoenthal, led from start to finish and held on by a neck over Shortlist to upset Race 9, a $40,000 maiden special weight for 3-year-olds and up. The winning time for 1 1/16 miles on the Bowl Game layout was 1:42.98.

— Jockeys Sheldon Russell, Daniel Centeno, Edgar Prado and Steve Hamilton each posted riding doubles.

Et cetera

Terps women picked to finish 2nd in Big Ten

For the first time since joining the Big Ten Conference, the Maryland women's basketball team is not the league's preseason favorite. The Terps were picked by the Big Ten coaches to finish second, behind Ohio State, which last season denied Maryland its third straight outright regular-season title. The Terps later won the conference tournament, their sixth Big Ten championship in as many opportunities since their inaugural 2014-15 season. Ohio State senior guard Kelsey Mitchell was voted the Big Ten Preseason Player of the Year. Maryland sophomore wing Kaila Charles was one of 10 players named preseason All-Big Ten by the league's coaches and a media panel.

—Jonas Shaffer

Pro basketball: The G-League's Iowa Wolves announced Sunday the acquisition of former Maryland star Melo Trimble as an affiliate player after he participated in training camp with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Trimble, who was waived by the Timberwolves on Oct. 17, averaged 10.3 points in three Summer League games with the Philadelphia 76ers.

College football: Maryland's game Nov. 4 against Rutgers, which has been moved from Yankee Stadium to High Point Solutions Stadium in Piscataway, N.J., will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and air on the Big Ten Network.

National Women's Soccer League: Washington Spirit midfielder Tori Huster will join the Australian Westfield W-League's Newcastle Jets on loan during the offseason. Huster, the longest-tenured Spirit player, will compete with Newcastle for the the 2017-18 season, which begins Friday and runs through mid-February. ... Spirit players whose options were exercised for the 2018 season are: forwards Yanara Aedo, Lindsay Agnew, Cali Farquharson, Francisca Ordega, Arielle Ship and Cheyna Williams; midfielders Estefania Banini, Meggie Dougherty Howard, Huster, Joanna Lohman, Morgan Proffitt and Havana Solaun; defenders Whitney Church, Caprice Dydasco, Estelle Johnson and Alyssa Kleiner; and goalkeeper DiDi Haracic. United States women's national team forward Mallory Pugh, as well as Canadian international goalkeeper Stephanie Labbé and defender Shelina Zadorsky, will remain on the club's roster as federation players. The Spirit has also offered new contracts to defender Kassey Kallman and goalkeeper Kelsey Wys. Midfielder Line Sigvardsen Jensen will be placed on the re-entry wire as she recovers from a torn ACL.

Varsity field hockey: Lizzie de Guzman scored to lead Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference-leading Maryvale (10-7) to a 1-0 victory over IAAM A Conference McDonogh (10-4-1).

Varsity boys soccer: Logan Paff scored 53 seconds into overtime to lift Gilman (8-9-1, 6-8-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) to a 3-2 win over Loyola Blakefield (11-7-1, 8-7).

 

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