Baltimore's Connelly leaving for Suns job
A source with knowledge of the situation confirmed that Wizards director of player personnel Pat Connelly, a Baltimore native, is moving to Phoenix to take an unspecified front office position with the Suns. Connelly has been with the Wizards for the past seven years, including the past two seasons in his role as director of player personnel. He was preceded at that position by his older brother, Tim, who left to become assistant general manager for New Orleans in August 2010. Pat Connelly joined the Wizards in 2006 after a stint as a graduate assistant at Baylor. He spent five years as a scout before being promoted to a position in which he was tasked with the responsibility of scouting collegiate and international talent, while also dealing with salary cap management and analytics. He graduated from Mount Saint Mary's in 2002. The Wizards aren't in a rush to hire a replacement, because the team is making preparations for the June 27 NBA draft and likely will look to hire from the outside, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. The source added that Connelly already left his scouting reports and recommendations with the team but probably won't officially depart for a few more weeks.
—Michael Lee, The Washington Post
14 with local ties chosen to ECAC All-Academic team
The Eastern College Athletic Conference has announced the Division I All-Academic team. Players with local connections chosen to the team were: Senior defenseman Dan Schonfeld (Marriotts Ridge) and senior attackman Pat Harrison (Archbishop Spalding) from Air Force; freshman defenseman Geoff Davis (McDonogh) and freshman attackman Gordie Koerber (Gilman) of Denver; Hobart freshman midfielder Gavin Llewellyn (St.Paul's); graduate student midfielder Harry Kutner, Crofton native and senior defenseman T.J.Harris, junior attackman Justin Ward (Old Mill), junior defenseman Joe Fletcher, junior short-stick defensive midfielder Kyle Duffy and junior short-stick defensive midfielder Pat Laconi of Loyola; Michigan freshman long-stick midfielder Chase Brown (Severn); and senior midfielder Patrick Toohey (McDonogh) and freshman attackman Carter Brown (Calvert Hall) of Ohio State. Fletcher and Ward were among seven players who earned both All-Academic and All-Conference recognition.
Men's college recruiting: Richmond men's lacrosse coach Dan Chemotti announced that midfielder Marc Badger (Fallston) is among 17 athletes in his spring recruiting class. Badger will be eligible to compete for the Spiders in their inaugural Division I season in 2013-2014. A two-time team captain, he helped Fallston win Class 2A-1A state championships in 2013 and 2012, and Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference titles in 2011 and 2012. He was a finalist for the Ensign C. Markland Kelly Jr. Award, given to the best lacrosse player in Maryland. in addition to being a three-time first-team All-County and three-time All-Conference selection. Also a standout on the football team, Badger finished his career as the program's all-time leading rusher and scorer with 4,075 yards rushing and 272 points, respectively.
Girls: The 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020 M&D Black teams swept the National Premier Youth Girls Lacrosse League, a spring league of elite girls teams in the Baltimore, Washington and Eastern Shore areas. M&D Black took the crown by defeating Hero's in the 2017, 2019 and 2020 groupings and TLC in the 2018 grouping.
Leatherbury wins 2 at Pimlico; Russell top jockey
Legendary trainer King Leatherbury, who ranks fifth on the all-time wins list, captured the first two races on Monday's 10-race program at Pimlico Race Course, both in photo finishes. The 80-year-old visited the winners' circle with Classic Wildcat ($10.20), who nipped Tennis Racket in the opener, and Mayne Island ($29.40), who beat Craftwell's Belle in the second. Apprentice Jorge Vargas rode both winners. The early double paid $86.80. "Things come in streaks, and right now we are in a good one," Leatherbury said. The wins improved the Leatherbury barn to an impressive 13-for-50 during the spring meeting, good for fourth place in the standings. Juan Vazquez leads with 22 winners, eight more than Scott Lake and Dane Kobiskie. Leatherbury has 30 victories this season, surpassing his win totals from the previous four years. He credits the resurgence to superstar runner Ben's Cat, who captured his 16th career stakes in the Jim McKay Turf Sprint on Preakness weekend. The son of Parker's Storm Cat has earned $1,462,290. "He has thrown some money into the operation and we are trying to put it to good use by getting back into the claiming game," added Leatherbury, who has 6,387 career winners. "I now have 30 horses in training. Most of them are claimers, so you don't have to wait for the action." Ben's Cat will make his 32nd start in the $150,000 Pennsylvania Governor's Cup at Penn National on Saturday night.
More Pimlico: Sheldon Russell rode two winners on the Memorial Day card and leads the jockey standings with five live racing days remaining in the spring meet. Russell has 25 trips to the winners' circle, three more than Xavier Perez and Yomar Ortiz. "I was pleased to get two wins today. I had some live runners today," said Russell, who captured the Pimlico riding title two years ago. "Wins are hard to come by here at Pimlico. We have a lot of bug riders and trainers are willing to give them chances. The goal was always to win the meet, and to be up three is good." The spring stand ends June 8. Live racing will also take place Friday, Saturday, Sunday and June 7.
Soccer: Loyola rising sophomore Larry Ndjock helped Reading United post its first-ever upset of a professional team last week, 1-0 over USL PRO's Harrisburg City Islanders, a fellow affiliate of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union. United will head to Harrison, N.J., to take on Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls in the third round of the 100th U.S. Open Cup tonight. Game time is slated for 7:30p.m. at Red Bull Arena. United's win placed it in the third round of the Open Cup for the first time in club history. Reading has yet to allow a goal in the tournament. In the first round, Reading United knocked out the NPSL's FC Lehigh Valley United Sonic, 2-0. Former Greyhound Kevin Curran, a 2013 graduate, is also participating in the U.S. Open Cup. A captain of the Ocean City Nor'easters club, Curran has helped the squad to a 2-0 win over the Red Bulls U-23s in the first round and a 1-0 victory over USL PRO's Pittsburgh Riverhounds in the second round. The Nor'easters were scheduled to take on the Union on Tuesday night at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. Rising senior goalkeeper Zach Kane is also spending his summer playing in the PDL, suiting up with the Baltimore Bohemians. The club plays its home games at Loyola's Ridley Athletic Complex, with its next game scheduled for 7tonight against the Central Jersey Spartans. ... D.C.United announced the signing of Gambian midfielder Sainey Nyassi. The 24-year-old joins United after seven seasons with the New England Revolution. Also, United will host the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round of the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds on June 12 at 7p.m. United advanced to the fourth round Tuesday by defeating the Richmond Kickers, its USL PRO affiliate, on penalty kicks after 90 minutes of scoreless play. Goalkeeper Joe Willis stopped the Kickers' first two penalty kick attempts, and the Black-and-Red came out on top, 4-2. The cost of attending the fourth-round match is $20 for general admission and $10 for ticket-plan holders with an ID card. Youths ages 16 and under will be able to enter for free with a purchase of an adult ticket (must be one-for-one).
Mystics: Ivory Latta scored 27 points to lead the visiting Washington Mystics to a season-opening 95-90 overtime win over the Tulsa Shock (0-2) on Monday. Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) had 16 points for the Mystics, who held the Shock without a field goal in overtime.
Hood: Associate athletic director Tom Dickman has been selected as the college's next athletic director, effective July 1. Dickman will succeed Gib Romaine, who will retire June 30 after 11 years at Hood. A longtime administrator and basketball coach in Frederick County, Dickman will continue to serve as the Blazers' men's basketball coach in his new role.
—From Sun staff and news services