Digest: Retired Hall of Fame horse trainer Kelly dead at 93

Dunbar quarterback Crest commits orally to play at West Virginia

Horse racing

Retired Hall of Fame trainer Kelly dead at 93

Hall of Fame trainer Thomas J. Kelly died Friday morning at St. Catherine's West Rehabilitation Hospital in Hialeah, Fla., after a brief illness, according to his son, Timothy D. Kelly. He was 93. Kelly, who was born in Pikesville, conditioned 65 stakes winners, including Plugged Nickle, 1980's champion sprinter who won that year's Grade 1 Wood Memorial at Aqueduct Racetrack, and Droll Role, who won the 1972 Washington, D.C. International at Laurel Park.

Pimlico Race Course: The track will run three $75,000 stakes on an 11-race program today. Each race also has a $25,000 bonus for Maryland-bred runners. The Stormy Blues Stakes (race 7) goes five furlongs on the turf and is restricted to 3-year-old fillies. The Primonetta (race 9) will match nine fillies and mares at six furlongs on the main track. The Henry S. Clark (race 10) puts 14runners in the gate for a mile on the turf. The Clark has a host of runners who could all factor, including stakes winners Humble and Hungry (7-2), Eighttofasttocatch (5-1), See Tobe (6-1), Roadhog (8-1), Sleepless Knight (8-1) and Concealed Identity (15-1). Humble and Hungry is returning from a cracked quarter. "He is coming off a big layoff," said Ignacio Correas, who conditions Humble and Hungry, a graded stakes winner who finished second in the 2012 Dixie Stakes (G2) on the Preakness undercard. "He cracked a quarter in the Colonial Turf Cup [June 16], and we gave it time to heal."

Colleges

Dunbar quarterback Crest commits orally to play at West Virginia

Dunbar junior quarterback William Crest committed orally to West Virginia on Friday, according to multiple reports. Crest helped the Poets win the Class 1A state championship last fall, throwing for two touchdowns in Dunbar's 39-0 victory over New Town at M&T Bank Stadium. He threw 14 touchdown passes overall last season as the Poets went 13-1 to win their third straight 1Atitle. Rivals.com ranks Crest as a four-star prospect and the No. 205 overall recruit in the Class of 2014, while Scout.com has him as a three-star prospect.

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Women's basketball: Keena Samuels and Genesis Luchas have signed letters of intent to attend Coppin State. Samuels is a senior at Largo. Lucas is a senior at Gwynn Park.

Softball: CCBC-Catonsville freshman right-hander Samantha (Sammi) O'Connor (Howard) pitched her second no-hitter of the season against Harford CC on Tuesday, leading the Cardinals to an 11-0 win in the first game of a doubleheader. O'Connor struck out 11 and walked one in the five-inning game, improving her record to 15-2.

Women's bowling: UMES earned a berth in the championship final for the Intercollegiate Team Championships and a chance to win a fifth national championship in the past six years. The Hawks got past Wichita State in the semifinals, 4-2, in Lincoln, Neb., and will face Pikeville in the final today at 1 p.m. The Bears topped Wright State, 4-0. ... UMES senior Anggie Ramirez was named a runner-up for College Bowler of the Year by the International Bowling Media Association.

Baseball: Because of inclement weather, Friday's game between host Maryland and Virginia Tech was postponed. It will be made up as part of a doubleheader today beginning at 2p.m.

Women's track and field: Senior Brigid Byrne established a Navy record and placed sixth in the Olympic Development Elite 10,000-meter section at the Mount San Antonio College Relays in Walnut, Calif., with a time of 34 minutes, 51.23 seconds.

Et cetera

Annapolis fundraiser set for marathon bombing victims

A 5K run/walk through downtown Annapolis to raise money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombing will be held today at 10 a.m. starting at Susan Campbell Park. Donations of any amount will be collected and sent directly to the Massachusetts General Hospital's Emergency Medicine Department. Organizers are asking people to consider donating even if they are unable to attend the event. For more information, contact MarylandLovesBoston@gmail.com.

Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks will take on the Denver Outlaws in a preseason game at Archbishop Spalding High School today at 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Bayhawks' home opener is May 4 against the New York Lizards at 7 p.m. at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.

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