Busko qualifies for Kona for fifth consecutive year
Cockeysville native Billy Busko, who ran cross country at Dulaney, qualified Sunday for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship for the fifth straight year — each year he has been in the 45-49 age division. On Sunday, he placed sixth in Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia, with an overall time of 10 hours, 2 minutes, 43 seconds. Busko finished under 3:30 in the marathon for the first time, clocking 3:22:23, including a 6:45 pace for the last four miles. He finished 92nd in the race. The Ironman will be Oct. 12 in Kona, Hawaii.
After watching Robert Griffin III in practices the past two weeks, several Washington Redskins said they firmly believe he will be the team's starting quarterback in the Sept. 9 regular-season opener against the Philadelphia Eagles. Orthopedist James Andrews, who repaired Griffin's damaged right knee in January, must give final approval before Griffin is cleared to play, but several people who have been involved in Redskins practices said Griffin has taken practically all the snaps with the starting offense last week and this week and he has closely resembled the dynamic player who was named the NFL's Offensive Rookie of the Year last season.
—Mark Maske and Mike Jones,
The Washington Post
Jets: The New York Jets signed kicker Dan Carpenter and cut former Raven Billy Cundiff. Cundiff was signed in July to compete with incumbent Nick Foles and hit all three of his field-goal attempts through the first three preseason games. Carpenter is a former Pro Bowl kicker who has been released by the Miami Dolphins and the Arizona Cardinals in the past two weeks.
Texans: Houston placed rookie wide receiver Alec Lemon (Arundel) on injured reserve with a hamstring injury. Lemon, Syracuse's career leader in receptions with 201, had five catches for 51 yards and a touchdown in the Texans' most recent preseason game.
Ex-Loyola tennis player Lee shares Sports Emmy
Former Loyola women's tennis player Suzanne Lee won a Sports Emmy Award for her work as an associate producer on NBC's coverage of the 2012 Olympics. She and her colleagues were presented with the award for "Outstanding Live Event Turnaround" from the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Lee played tennis for the Greyhounds in 2006 and 2007 and later worked in the athletic department and received the 2010 Student Service Award. She recently began work with the newly launched Fox Sports 1 network. She produces highlight packages and writes the voice-over scripts of professional and college sporting events for "Fox Sports Live."
Dum Dumm top winner at dressage show in Parkton
Maryland-bred Dum Dumm took top honors at the Thoroughly Thoroughbred Dressage Show to benefit Thoroughbred Placement Resources earlier this month at All in Stride Equestrian Center LLC (AIS) in Parkton. Dum Dumm, ridden by Abby Schimming, scored a 75.3 percent competing in the category of United States Dressage Foundation Introductory test B, the highest score in this class. Schimming received the High Award for Young Rider. This was the first dressage show for Dum Dumm, whose last race start was March 31, 2006.
Men's college soccer: Kyle Swarts is back at Loyola Maryland as a volunteer assistant coach. Swarts, who left the Greyhounds after four seasons as an assistant coach with the team, will be primarily responsible for coaching the goalkeepers. ... Bill Wnek, an associate director of athletics at Loyola, has been appointed to serve an interim term on the NCAA men's soccer committee, of which he was a member from 2010 to 2012.
College softball: Towson hired Lindsay Freitag (Parkville) as an assistant coach. Freitag, who played and worked at Frostburg State and most recently Bucknell, will serve in an operations role.
College field hockey: Salisbury is ranked fifth in Division III in the National Field Hockey Coaches Association's preseason poll. Defending champion Tufts is first.
College softball: Washington University junior first baseman Stacy Berg (McDonogh) was named to the Jewish Sports Review College All-America first team.
Women's college volleyball: UMBC seniors Hallie Carter, Robbin Lee and Mallory McIntyre have been selected captains.