Winter SprintFest nominations announced
Nominations for the three races that highlight the Presidents Day holiday weekend at Laurel Park were released by the Maryland Jockey Club's racing office Friday. Winter SprintFest features two graded, seven-furlong contests — the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) for fillies and mares next Saturday and the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3) for 3-year-olds and up on Feb. 18. The card next Saturday also includes the $125,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at nine furlongs. The Barbara Fritchie attracted 25 nominees headlined by graded winner Nicole H, who finished second in last year's race. Maryland Jockey Club stakes coordinator Coley Blind expects Bold Affair, Dance To Bristol and Withgreatpleasure, all stakes winners at Laurel, to enter. Twenty-eight runners are named to the General George, including three who recently won stakes races at Laurel: Brigand, Broad Rule and Il Villano. Blind indicated the connections of Associate, Fiddlers Afleet and Javerre are considering a start. The Campbell drew 26 nominees, including 2011 Belmont Stakes (G1) winner Ruler On Ice and five others who competed in a Triple Crown race: Concealed Identity (2011 Preakness Stakes), Done Talking (2012 Kentucky Derby), Isn't He Perfect (2011 Preakness & Belmont), Norman Asbjornson (2011 Preakness) and Pants On Fire (2012 Derby).
Patterson Mill's Gonzales makes U.S. U-17 team
Patterson Mill sophomore Linnea Gonzales was one of 18 field hockey players named this week to represent the United States as a member of the U.S. Under-17 junior national squad this spring. Gonzales had 18 goals and 13 assists as a freshman and eight goals and 22 assists as a sophomore. She also plays for H2O, a Harford Hockey Organization club team.
—Randy McRoberts, Baltimore Sun Media Group
Walters leads Knighthawks; Bombers game postponed
Forward Joe Walters (Maryland) finished with a goal and four assists as the Rochester Knighthawks heated up in the second quarter and routed the host Philadelphia Wings, 20-10, in the National Lacrosse League on Friday before an announced 5,139 at Wells Fargo Center. The Knighthawks (2-3) scored eight straight goals to turn a 5-2 lead into an easy win. Forward Kevin Buchanan (Calvert Hall) led the Wings (2-3) with a goal and five assists, and fellow forward Drew Westervelt (UMBC) had a goal and four assists.
North American Lacrosse League: The Baltimore Bombers' game against the Rhode Island Kingfish scheduled for 8 tonight at Du Burns Arena has been postponed because of the winter storm on the East Coast, the Bombers said Friday. A makeup date has not been announced. … The Bombers and the Kingfish made the first trade in NALL history Thursday, with the Bombers dealing forward James Synowiez to the Kingfish for a fifth-round draft pick next season. Synowiez has scored two goals this season. The Bombers (3-2) also released forward Justin Otto and Rob Starr; Otto then signed with the Kingfish, who are 0-3 and already have been eliminated from the playoff chase.
Terps linebacker Ross suspended for a year
Maryland linebacker Isaiah Ross has been suspended for a year for violations of university policy. Another player — offensive lineman Pete White — is leaving the team, although he remains enrolled at the school. Ross is also still enrolled. Maryland would not offer details Friday about Ross. The only offense cited in the university's Policy on Conduct and Ethics for Student-Athletes and the Drug Policy for Student-Athletes that specifically mandates a yearlong suspension is a third violation of the drug policy. Ross, who would have been a fifth-year senior on the team, missed most of the 2011 season with a knee injury. He played in six games last season and had four tackles. White, a backup, was a junior last season.
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit signed 29-year-old central defender Candace Chapman, who has played for the Canadian women's national team since 2002, earning 108 total caps (five goals) and was most recently part of the 2012 Canadian Olympic bronze-medal team.
NBA: Washington Wizards assistant coach Sam Cassell (Dunbar) and former Bullets guard Muggsy Bogues (Dunbar) will compete in the 2013 Shooting Stars as part of All-Star Saturday Night next weekend in Houston. Cassell will be on the West and Bogues on the East for the team shooting competition.
—From Sun staff and news services