Dynamic Strike rallies in Miracle Wood
Dynamic Strike came from behind to win the $80,000 Miracle Wood Stakes on Saturday at Laurel Park. Ridden by Forrest Boyce and trained by Richard Small, the lightly raced son of Smart Strike stalked the pace before closing five-wide down the stretch, just inside of Where's Dominic, and battled that horse to the 1/16th pole before edging away to win by a length. Lunar Rock rallied up the rail to take third. Post-time favorite Vegas No Show saved ground early but could finish no better than fifth. In his two previous starts, Fitzhugh LLC's Dynamic Strike had posted victories after battling for the lead. He's now 3-for-4 lifetime after his first added-money score. "The race set up good," Boyce said. "He's been going to the lead, and this was our chance to find out if he could do it another way. He dug in against that other horse and he did it pretty well." Dynamic Strike paid $7.80. Small's other starter in the Miracle Wood, Alpha Mike Foxtrot, fell in the deep stretch and had to be euthanized. His rider, Jozbin Santana, was not hurt.
More Laurel news: Turning for home, a gaping hole opened in front of Go Money Go and apprentice Natasha Coddington. They took advantage of their luck and galloped right through, marking the first win for the 20-year-old apprentice from Seattle. "I've been race riding about two months," Coddington said. "I'm just freelancing right now and hoping to do my best."
Towson wins twice in softball, improves to 4-0
Missy McCormick and Ambar Hickman each threw a complete game, helping the Towson softball team to two more victories at the ECU Pirate Classic in Greenville, N.C. The Tigers (4-0) defeated Cleveland State, 7-2, behind McCormick, then beat Rider, 4-0, as Hickman recorded her first career shutout.
Men's basketball: Erik Etherly scored 25 points to lead host Loyola (17-8, 9-4 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference) to a 63-51 victory over Siena (6-18, 4-9) on Friday night. Robert Olson and Dylon Cormier (Cardinal Gibbons) added 11 points apiece for Loyola, which has won two in a row after suffering back-to-back losses.
Women's indoor track and field: Coppin State senior long jumper Alexis Easterling was named the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Field Athlete of the Week. Eagles sophomore sprinter Melissa Caddle was named MEAC Track Athlete of the Week.
Football: Thirteen Salisbury players were named to the Empire 8 Athletic Conference fall 2012 President's List: seniors Ross Flanigan, Gaven Parker and Dan Griffin (North Harford); juniors Joey Buckley and Calvin Ford (Howard); sophomores Josh Danko (Liberty), Connor McNeil (Marriotts Ridge), David Salmon, Cody Schecter, Patrick Teixeira and Wayne Wilford (Dulaney); and freshmen Kyle Bosserman (Eastern Tech) and Josh Perdue.
The visiting Blast used a five-goal fourth quarter to beat the Wichita Wings, 17-11, in a Major Indoor Soccer League game Friday night. Ptah Myers scored three goals as the Blast fought back from an 11-6 deficit. Myers scored two goals in the last quarter and J.T. Noone and Max Ferdinand also scored during the five-minute, five-goal run to end the game. The Blast started slowly, as two goals by Freddy Moojen, who finished with a hat trick, contributed to a 7-0 Wings lead. The Blast got goals from Myers and Ferdinand in the first four minutes of the second quarter to cut the deficit to 7-4. Rookie Lucas Roque added a goal seconds before halftime to make it 7-6. With the Wings leading 11-6 with five minutes left in the game, Noone scored the first of the Blast's five fourth-quarter goals. Lucio Gonzaga's 3-point goal at 11:42 gave Baltimore its first lead of the night, 13-11, and Ferdinand's second goal, a power-play shootout goal, sealed the victory. The Blast will play at the Missouri Comets today at 4:10 p.m.
—From Sun staff and news services
Daniels out as 'Skins' head of player development
After one season as director of player development, Phillip Daniels is no longer with the Washington Redskins, two people with knowledge of the situation said. Daniels, who played for Washington from 2004 to 2010, rejoined the team last season and served as a mentor to players and worked to help players continue their education if they had left school early. One person with knowledge of the matter said Daniels wanted to get into coaching but wasn't going to get that opportunity with the Redskins. The Redskins now must fill three positions on Mike Shanahan's staff: receivers coach, special teams coach and director of player development.