Cerro, owned by Team Valor International, a partnership that includes Olympic swimmer Michael Phelps and his longtime coach, Bob Bowman, is the overwhelming favorite to win Pimlico Race Course's final stakes race of the spring meeting, the $100,000 Canonero II for 3-year-olds, on Saturday. After racing at Gulfstream Park and Keeneland earlier this year under the tutelage of Fair Hill-based Graham Motion, Cerro (6-5) will be asked to cover 11/8 miles for the second time since breaking his maiden in Italy last summer. The son of Mr. Greeley has one win in four starts this year, including a sixth-place finish behind Kentucky Derby winner Orb in the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth. Rick Mettee took over training duties after a fourth-place finish in the Grade 3 Lexington Stakes. Alan Garcia has the riding assignment. Dynamic Strike (3-1) is the only stakes winner in the field, taking the Miracle Wood Stakes at Laurel Park in early February.
Big East adds Denver; effect on Hopkins unclear
Denver's announcement Thursday that it will leave the Eastern College Athletic Conference and move to the Big East for immediate membership next season could affect Johns Hopkins' search for a conference that the men's lacrosse program can call home. The Big East was one of a few leagues that popped up as a potential landing area for a Blue Jays program that has won nine national championships but was left out of the NCAA tournament this spring for the first time since 1971. The Big East was an attractive suitor for Johns Hopkins because the conference needed a sixth team to join Georgetown, Marquette, Providence, St. John's and Villanova so that it could retain the automatic qualifier it had for the NCAA tournament.
For more of Edward Lee's blog post about Denver's move, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseblog.
Women: Laura McIntyre has been named McDaniel's interim head coach. McIntyre, a former Gettysburg goalie who has spent the past two seasons on the Green Terror staff, takes over after Muffie Bliss resigned to take a position teaching English and coaching field hockey and lacrosse at St. Timothy's. ... Marquette announced that attackers Amanda Bochniak (Maryvale Prep) and Julianna Shearer (Mount de Sales) are part of its 2013-14 recruiting class.
Shell voted into Divisional College Football Hall
Art Shell, who played offensive and defensive tackle at Maryland State College, now UMES, from 1964 to 1967, was one of seven people voted into the Divisional College Football Hall of Fame, the National Football Foundation announced. The Divisional College Football Hall of Fame considers players and coaches from the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, divisions II, III and the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for induction. He will be enshrined in August in Atlanta. Shell won Little All-America and Pittsburgh Courier Black College All-America honors in 1967. The three-time All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association performer helped UMES to a 20-8-1 record during his career. He was drafted by the AFL's Oakland Raiders and became an eight-time Pro Bowl selection and three-time first-team All-Pro, and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1989.
Varsity football: Eric Woodson announced that he will be leaving his position as coach at Northwestern to become Glen Burnie's coach. Caprizio Chisholm will replace Woodson at Northwestern.
Men's soccer: Baltimore Bohemians forward Pete Caringi (UMBC) was named the Player of the Week for the Premier Development League, which is regarded as the top developmental men's soccer league in North America. Caringi had all four goals as the Bohemians defeated the NJ LUSO Rangers, 4-0, on Sunday.
Futsal: The Blast's Pat Healey (Calvert Hall/Towson University) and Machel Millwood (Towson U.) were named to the U.S. Futsal national team's 14-player roster for the Four Nations Tournament from June 6-9 in England. Healey and Millwood participated in the 2012 CONCACAF Championship.
Field hockey: Four Maryland players were named to the U.S. women's national team after competing in this week's High Performance National Championships in Norfolk, Va. Current Terps Natalie Hunter, Ali McEvoy and Jill Witmer, and alum Katie O'Donnell were selected to the 30-player roster by U.S. coach Craig Parnham.
Baseball: Fred Taylor will discuss his book "The Runmakers" at the regular session of "Talkin' Baseball" on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.
—From Sun staff and news services