Digest (May 25): Jockey Alex Cintron returns six months after spill

From Sun staff and news services

Six months after being seriously injured in a race-day spill at Laurel Park, 30-year-old journeyman Alex Cintron made his return to the Maryland jockey colony with three mounts on Thursday’s card at Pimlico Race Course. Cintron had not ridden in Maryland since suffering injuries to his face and knee as well as a broken shoulder blade when Hamilton Smith-trained Leather Goods appeared to clip heels on the first turn of the third race last Nov. 19 and dumped Cintron. A lengthy recovery process was further complicated by the shifting of facial hardware already in place from a Nov. 14, 2014, spill in which Cintron broke 12 bones, shattered his jaw and suffered a severe concussion. “That was great,” Cintron said after finishing second aboard Consider This for trainer Michael Matz in the second race, a $40,000 maiden special weight for fillies and mares 3 and up going 1 1/16 miles on the main track.

Pimlico betting: The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved, increasing the jackpot carryover to $240,824.31 for today’s nine-race program. Post time for the first race is 1:10 p.m. A total of $76,841 was bet into the multirace wager Thursday, adding to a carryover of $216,236.59 from the Preakness program Saturday. Multiple tickets with all six winners each returned $1,247.68. There will also be a carryover of $841.28 in the $1 Super Hi-5 for today’s opener.

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Wu named interim athletic director at Goucher

Andrew Wu, a former McDaniel soccer player who has served as the associate dean of students for student development at Goucher since 2013, has been named the Gophers’ interim athletic director effective June 1, vice president and dean of students Bryan Coker announced Wednesday. In his role as interim AD, Wu will still retain his associate dean of students title, but his time and attention will be fully focused on athletics throughout the 2018-19 academic year. The college expects to relaunch a search for a permanent AD next spring. Wu was an men’s soccer assistant coach for five seasons at both McDaniel and Mount St. Mary's.

Baseball: The Tampa Bay Rays selected the contract of former Orioles left-handed pitcher Vidal Nuño from Triple-A Durham.

National Women’s Soccer League: Ashley Hatch scored in the 64th minute and Rose Lavelle made her Washington Spirit debut in a 1-0 win over Sky Blue FC on Wednesday night at the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds. Washington (2-5-2) ended a six-game winless streak in the home victory over Sky Blue FC (0-6-1). No. 1 overall college draft pick Andi Sullivan got the first assist of her professional career, serving up a free kick to Hatch, who powered home a header for her second goal as a member of the Spirit. The opportunity came after Mallory Pugh was tripped, earning a free kick in the attacking third. Sullivan served an aerial pass just in front of the post, as Hatch outjumped Sky Blue FC’s Janine Beckie to head the ball in. Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe earned her second shutout of the season, stopping all four shots she faced. Lavelle, a midfielder, entered the game for Estefanía Banini in the 74th minute, marking her debut as a member of the Spirit.

Arena Football League: The Washington Valor’s home game scheduled for June 2 against the Philadelphia Soul has been moved to May 31 at Capital One Arena at 7 p.m. to accommodate the 2018 Stanley Cup Final between the Washington Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights. The game will be broadcast live on Monumental Sports Network, AFL Now and Facebook Watch. Tickets already purchased for the June 2 date will be honored on the rescheduled date. In the event that ticketholders cannot attend the re-scheduled game, please contact Valor Membership Services for information on exchanging tickets at 202-661-5005.

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