Brigand, Baffert's first Laurel Park entry, wins
Renowned trainer Bob Baffert sent a runner to Laurel Park for the first time in his career and his colt Brigand made it worth his while with a front-running victory in the $104,000 City of Laurel Stakes on Saturday. Brigand, a New York-bred son of Flatter who had placed in the Hollywood Juvenile Championship (G3), the Jerome (G2) and the Mike Lee Stakes, won the five-horse City of Laurel by a length, covering the seven-furlong distance in 1 minute, 23.08 seconds and paying $5.60 as the second betting choice. The victory was his fourth in 12 outings, boosting his career earnings to $288,820. Bellefire rallied to take second. Brigand was the 10,376th starter for Baffert, who has saddled five Preakness winners. "Bob chose this spot," said owner Kaleem Shah, who lives in Vienna, Va. "He told me this was a good spot. He thought he would win and that was good enough for me."
College football: Towson senior free safety Jordan Dangerfield was named to the Beyond Sports Network Football Championship Subdivision All-America second team. Junior offensive tackle Eric Pike received honorable mention.
Men's college soccer: Johns Hopkins sophomore midfielder Rob Heuler was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Mid-Atlantic third team and ECAC All-South all-star team.
Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior Taylor Schulte and sophomore Hannah Kronick were named to the Eastern Conference Athletic Conference Division III South all-star team. Kronick and Frostburg State's Adria Graham were named Co-Offensive Players of the Year.
College baseball: Maryland announced the signing of seven players to letters of intent to begin play in spring 2014: Riverdale Baptist right-handed pitcher Chase Brewis from Glen Burnie; catcher-third baseman Nick Cieri of Rancocas Valley Regional in Hainesport, N.J.; right-hander Andrew Green of Blair Academy in Blairstown, N.J.; DeMatha outfielder Bradley Keith of Millersville; first baseman Matt Oniffrey of Fox Lane in Pound Ridge, N.Y.; third baseman-pitcher Mike Rescigno of Red Bank Catholic in Monmouth Beach, N.J.; and Bishop McNamara left-hander Tayler Stiles of Bowie. Brewis is ranked No. 258 by Perfect Game and Cieri is No. 500.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers earned their second straight home win and improved their record to 3-1 with a 131-117 victory over the North Jersey Pros (2-2). Terry Hosley (Parkville) led the Shuckers with 34points, and Gus Chase (St. Frances) added 25.
Men's lacrosse: Led by seven goals and an assist from Sam Bradman (Salisbury), Team STX held off Team Sole, 22-20, in Game 6 of their LXM Pro Tour series Dec. 1 in Henderson, Nev. In clinching the series with its fourth win, Team STX used timely runs in the second and third quarters to hold off Team Sole, which was bolstered by a team-high five goals and seven points from former Chesapeake Bayhawk Johnny Christmas. Erik Krum (Salisbury) added four goals for Team STX. The teams will meet one last time in Game 7 on Jan. 5 at the Arenaline Challenge in Del Mar, Calif.
Women's lacrosse: Baltimore-based sporting goods manufacturer STX signed former Virginia captain Josie Owen (Severn) as the first member of its elite post-collegiate women's team. Owen, who is from Gibson Island, coaches at Denver. Before graduating this past spring, she was a 2012 All-America selection as well as a Tewaaraton Award nominee.
Lacrosse convention: US Lacrosse has named Maryland women's coach Cathy Reese as a speaker at the US Lacrosse National Convention on Jan. 11-13 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. Reese will host "Attacking and Shooting" for girls lacrosse coaches at 5:30 p.m. Jan. 11. Earlier this week, US Lacrosse named Stevenson men's lacrosse head coach Paul Cantabene and assistant coach Tim Puls as speakers at the convention.
Tennis: Johns Hopkins director of tennis Chuck Willenborg will receive the USTA/ITA National Campus QuickStart Provider of the Year award on Dec. 17 in Naples, Fla. He'll be honored for his leadership role with 10-and-under tennis in the Baltimore County area.