Rules on claiming horses toughened
The Maryland Racing Commission toughened its rules on claiming horses at its monthly meeting Wednesday, addressing an issue that some believe might have contributed to an early-year spike in racetrack deaths at Laurel Park. The commission passed a new rule that will prevent a claimed horse from racing within 30 days unless the purse is at least 25 percent higher than in the thoroughbred's previous run. The new rule is designed to prevent owners from making a quick profit by claiming a horse and running him without proper rest against inferior competition in another claiming race. Critics have speculated that such practices lead to negligent care and thus, to more breakdowns.
Navy cancels spring game because of conflict
Navy's annual spring football game has been canceled because of a scheduling conflict, coach Ken Niumatalolo said Wednesday. The game had been scheduled for April 12 at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium. Niumatalolo said in a news release that the team will add one practice to get to the full allotment of 15 workouts allowed by the NCAA in the spring. Two of the practices — scrimmages on March 30 and April 6, both starting at 9a.m. at the stadium — will be open to the public. "In all honesty, we will get a lot more work done in the additional practice than we would have in the spring game," Niumatalolo said. The Midshipmen, coming off an 8-5 season in which they won the Commander in Chief's Trophy for the first time in three years, opened practice Tuesday in Annapolis.
Baltimore native Chaney earns comeback honor
High Point graduate student Allan Chaney, a Baltimore native, was named CBSSports.com Comeback Player of the Year. Chaney, who graduated from Virginia Tech in 2012, averaged 14.4 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Panthers after missing three full seasons with viral myrocarditis, a life-threatening heart problem. He has eligibility for the 2013-14 season. Chaney was named to the All-Big South second team in helping High Point to its best season since joining NCAA Division I in 1999-2000. The Panthers won their first Big South title, taking the North Division, with a 12-4 record and played UC Irvine in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament on Wednesday night in the school's first NCAA Division I postseason appearance.
Women's lacrosse: Penn State midfielder Jenna Mosketti (Fallston) was named American Lacrosse Conference Rookie of the Week after totaling seven points, seven ground balls, five draw controls and four caused turnovers in two games.
Swimming: Johns Hopkins senior Nick Schmidt medaled in the 500 freestyle at the NCAA Division III championships in Kenyon, Ohio, finishing in 4 minutes, 27.61 seconds.
Baseball: Nik Nowottnick, Garrett Walther (Calvert Hall) and Lee Lawler (Reservoir) combined on a three-hit shutout to lead Towson (12-7) to a 2-0 victory over visiting UMBC (4-9). ... UMES freshman third baseman Connor Breslin was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Rookie of the Week. ... Nick Gentry (Bel Air) singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth as Salisbury (14-2), ranked No. 1 in Division III, earned a 4-3 win over Apprentice (18-4).
Field hockey: Maryland signed Lein Hoelsboer, a midfielder from Hilversum, Netherlands, for the fall 2013 season.
Crose, Busch, Feldheim on boxing card Friday
Jake Smith of Baltimore Boxing Promotions will host an Olympic-style card Friday at Michael's Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie. Headlining the card is a bout featuring heavyweight Sam Crose of the Baltimore Boxing Club and Tom Busch of Team Maryland; Crose trains under Smith. In the co-feature, Courtney Feldheim of Maryland meets Georgetown student Katie Poplawski of Washington in a 141-pound bout. Fans will also have the opportunity to watch Team North Carolina's Brandon Knox and Washington middleweight Adan Gonzalez in separate bouts. Knox is the 2012 National Collegiate Boxing Association tournament silver medalist. Gonzalez is a Georgetown student. who won multiple amateur tournaments. General-admission tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door. Individual VIP tickets are $50 and $500 for a table of 10. VIP ticket-holders can enjoy hors d'oeurves from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Tickets are available by calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; the first fight is at 8:15 p.m.. For information, go to Baltimoreboxing.com.
Women's flat-track roller derby: The Charm City Roller Girls (No. 3 Women's Flat Track Derby Association East) and the Philly Roller Girls (No. 2 WFTDA East) will compete Saturday at Du Burns Arena in Canton in Charm's first interleague doubleheader of the year. In the opener, CCRG's Female Trouble faces Philly's Independence Dolls. Later, the CCRG All Stars will take on the Philly Liberty Belles. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., the first whistle is at 6:30 p.m. and the second bout starts at about 8 p.m. This event is family-friendly and wheelchair accessible. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15 or online at missiontix.com (general admission is $12; kids under 12 are $5; VIP tickets are $25; and season passes are available. For information, go to charmcityrollergirls.com.
Lacrosse: After a recent merger that combines two elite club programs, Chesapeake Rock Lacrosse will operate under the Madlax national program umbrella with a goal of developing one of the nation's strongest and most productive club lacrosse platforms and brands. Chesapeake Rock Lacrosse will keep the Rock name and colors, and operate as Madlax-Rock of Baltimore. Madlax-Rock will offer all-star teams, camps and clinics for boys ages 8 to 18. The merger integration is under way and will be completed before the start of the summer 2013 season. Kevin Mayer, assistant coach and defensive coordinator at CCBC-Catonsville, will stay as director. The current Rock coaching staff and team designations will remain in place.
—From Sun staff and news services
NFL: Washington Redskins linebacker Rob Jackson is facing a four-game suspension to start the season because he tested positive for a banned substance, two people with knowledge of the situation confirmed to The Washington Post. Jackson received word of the punishment before he signed a one-year deal with Washington this month. One source says the suspension was for the use of an unprescribed pain medication. The other source declined to say what substance Jackson tested positive for, but said that Jackson is appealing the punishment. Jackson started 14 of 16 games last season. In other news, the Redskins agreed to terms with cornerback E.J. Biggers, a person with knowledge of the situation confirmed. Biggers, a four-year veteran, played under current secondary coach Raheem Morris when Morris was head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
—Mike Jones and Mark Maske,
The Washington Post