4:31 AM EDT, September 21, 2013
Capitals to host 2015 NHL Winter Classic
Four years after the Capitals first took part in the NHL's marquee outdoor game, the Winter Classic will come to Washington. Capitals majority owner Ted Leonsis will announce this morning that the team will host the 2015 NHL Winter Classic, according to a league source. The Capitals declined to comment. The location of the contest and the Capitals' opponent is still unknown, but considering that Nationals owner Mark Lerner is a minority partner in Leonsis' Monumental Sports and Entertainment, Nationals Park in Southeast Washington might be a likely candidate. The Nationals lease the ballpark from the District, though, and would not have exclusive control over such a decision. While there are several stadium options in the region, including FedEx Field, RFK Stadium or perhaps even Oriole Park, one unconventional venue was ruled out by Leonsis years ago. In January 2012, Leonsis wrote on his blog that the Mall would not be a location option for a Classic in Washington.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post
Ben's Cat to go in Laurel Dash, not De Francis Dash
Owner-trainer King Leatherbury has decided to run Ben's Cat in the $100,000 Laurel Dash in today's Fall Festival of Racing card at Laurel Park instead of the headline race on the 11-race card, the $350,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash. Leatherbury cross-entered his star pupil in both races when entries were taken Wednesday. He made his decision after handicapping the two races. "Turf it is," Leatherbury said Friday. "It is too easy a spot." Maryland Jockey Club handicapper Keith Feustle has established the Leatherbury homebred as the 4-5 favorite in the 6-furlong turf test, a race he won two years ago. The son of Parker's Storm Cat , who became Leatherbury's first millionaire last year, has won 22 of 34 starts with 17 stakes scores for earnings of $1,635,640. Julian Pimentel has the riding assignment. He has been aboard Ben's Cat 22 times with 14 victories. He has 14 victories (all stakes) in 22 turf starts.
Undercard: Shug McGaughey, who has sent just 34 starters to Laurel Park during his Hall of Fame career, will ship two live runners to the track for today's festival. Abaco is the 7-2 morning line favorite in the $100,000 Lady Baltimore Stakes for fillies and mares. The daughter of Giant's Causeway has finished in the money 11 times in 15 career races. Although she is winless this year, she reeled off four consecutive victories last fall to end her 4-year-old campaign. In the $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup, McGaughey has entered Tricky Hat, the 9-2 third choice. Former Maryland star Rosie Napravnik will ride both runners. She has mounts in all seven stakes races on the program.
Lee helps Stevenson rout FDU-Florham in football
Stevenson amassed 462 yards of total offense, including 300 rushing, and set a school record for points scored in routing FDU-Florham, 55-22, on Friday night. Freshman Trey Lee rushed for 158 yards and a school-record four touchdowns. The Mustangs improved to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in the Middle Atlantic Conference and dropped the Devils to 1-1 and 0-1. Junior Tim Campbell (McDonogh) finished with a team-high nine tackles and a forced fumble for Stevenson.
Field hockey: No. 2 Maryland (7-0) earned a 4-1 win over No. 15 Wake Forest (5-2) in the teams' Atlantic Coast Conference opener. The host Terps took a 1-0 lead four minutes into the game on a goal by Jill Witmer.
Men's lacrosse: A Marquette player has been suspended from the team after being charged with attacking a university public safety officer while on the drug LSD, Inside Lacrosse reported Friday. Sophomore Charley Gargano, 20, a starting defenseman from Brightwaters, N.Y., faces a count of substantial battery with intent to cause harm after the incident last Saturday. Gargano told investigators he "voluntarily ingested the hallucinogen lysergic acid diethylamide on four separate occasions" while attending a concert with friends and has no memory of committing the alleged attack, according to Fox 6 TV in Milwaukee.
Women's soccer: Sofia Read scored in the 56th minute and Emily Banes made it 2-0 in the 60th to lead Towson (4-4-1) to a 2-1 victory at Saint Francis (Pa.) (3-5-1). Banes has nine goals this season. Courtney McClelland . ... Host Navy (7-2-0, 1-0-0) scored on an own goal in the 43rd minute and opened Patriot League play with a 1-0 victory against preseason favorite Boston University (5-3-1, 0-1-0).
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