Sheer Drama sets track record on opening day at Laurel

Mystics win postseason game for first time in nine years

Laurel Park

Sheer Drama sets track record on opening day

After a 14-week break, live racing returned to the major Maryland tracks with the opening of the Laurel Park fall meeting. "It is good to be back home," said Laurel Park-based trainer John Salzman Sr. "It is a whole lot easier and much more relaxed racing here instead of shipping out of town." Salzman saddled Clapping to a score in the third race. The daughter of Congrats cruised to an early lead and held on to beat Looksgoodfromhere and six other 2-year-old fillies. "She should get better," added Salzman. "Her mother [Take the Rate] ran long, and she is by a pretty good stud." In the sixth race, impressive 3-year-old filly Sheer Drama set a track record at the about 11/16-mile distance, stopping the clock in 1 minute, 41.79 seconds — .34 seconds faster than Encaustic ran at the distance in March 2010. The horse trained by Tony Dutrow has now won two straight. She broke her maiden at Saratoga last month in her third career start. Racing will take place four days a week through Dec. 31 on a Wednesday through Saturday schedule, holidays excluded.

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Mystics win in postseason for first time in nine years

Ivory Latta scored 14 points, and Kia Vaughn and Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) added 12 each to help the visiting Washington Mystics beat the Atlanta Dream, 71-56, in the opener of their best-of-three WNBA Eastern Conference semifinal series. Washington, in the playoffs for the first time in three years, ended an eight-game postseason losing streak dating to 2004. The Dream's Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances), the two-time WNBA scoring champion, finished with 20 points despite missing 12 of her first 14 attempts from the field.

Women's college bowling: UMES named Kayla Bandy as its coach, replacing interim coach Kristina Frahm, who left the program in June to pursue an accounting job in her home state of Illinois. Bandy was an assistant with Pikeville, the program the Hawks defeated in April to win the Intercollegiate Team Championship title. Bandy bowled at Pikeville from 2005 to 2008 and was a four-time All-American.

Towson Hall of Fame: Longtime assistant football coach Rich Bader; All-America tackle Karl Neiberlein, Class of '95; record-setting gymnast Kristen Presutti Callihan, '03; and former tennis standout Jim Shepard, '89, will be inducted into the Towson University Athletics Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 in the Ball Room of the West Village Commons. The cocktail hour will start at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7 p.m. In addition, the 1993 and 1994 football teams, which had a 16-4 two-year record, will be honored as Teams of Distinction. For ticket information, call 410-704-3284. To register online, go to tutigertracks.com/tuhof13 and click on the link for the 2013 Hall of Fame on the home page.

Golf: Bryana Nguyen, a 17-year-old Atholton senior from Columbia, tied for the medal with a 54-hole total of 213, leading Maryland to a fifth-place finish in the 10th U.S. Women's State Team championship at the NCR Country Club's South Course in Kettering, Ohio. Nguyen had rounds of 71-72-70 for her best 54-hole mark, and it equaled the tournament record for lowest score, 6-under-par on the 6,153-yard course. She was joined on the Maryland team by Andrea Kraus of Pikesville, 79-85-83, and Lisa Schlesinger of Laytonsville, 87-83-79, with the two lowest scores counting each day. Alice Chen, 17, also totaled 213, leading New Jersey to the championship with 446. Maryland finished with 454.

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