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Digest: Gonzalez, Toledo claim Laurel fall meet titles; racing canceled Monday

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Trainer Claudio Gonzalez and jockey Jevian Toledo clinched top honors during Laurel Park's fall meet, capping a year in which they finished as Maryland's overall champion in their respective divisions. Gonzalez, 40, ranked first in wins (33) and purses earned ($1,029,257) during the fall meet, which began Sept. 8 and was scheduled through Sunday but had its final 11 races canceled because of extreme cold weather in the Mid-Atlantic region. It is the fifth title in Maryland and second this year for Gonzalez, following Laurel's summer meet, in which he had 21 wins during the 33-day stand. He also led the Maryland State Fair standings at Timonium before Laurel's fall meet. For the first time, Gonzalez finished 2017 as Maryland's overall leading trainer with 84 victories, sending out winners of three consecutive races to cap the calendar year. He dethroned Kieron Magee, Maryland's leading trainer in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Gonzalez won four stakes during the fall meet, highlighted by the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 16 with Chublicious. He also won the Richard Small with Afleet Willy and the Geisha and Politely with My Magician, the latter Dec. 30. Toledo, 23, bested all riders during the fall meet with 349 starts, 61 wins and $1,837,158 in purse earnings. Two of his fall victories came 14 days apart aboard 2-year-old Whirlin Curlin in the Maryland Juvenile Futurity and Christopher Elser Memorial. The meet title was the fourth in Maryland for Toledo and first since Laurel's fall 2016 stand. His 144 wins in 2017 were the most in Maryland, also finishing second at Laurel summer and tying for the runner-up spot during the Preakness Meet at Pimlico.

Today's racing canceled: The Maryland Jockey Club canceled live racing today because of extreme cold temperatures in the Mid-Atlantic region. Laurel will be open for simulcast wagering beginning at 11 a.m. Laurel's winter schedule is expected to begin Friday at 12:30 p.m.

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Roque's two goals lead Blast over Rampage, 3-2

Lucas Roque had two goals and an assist to lead the Blast to a 3-2 Major Arena Soccer League win over the host Cedar Rapids Rampage on Sunday. The Blast (8-2) scored the first two goals of the game, with Roque scoring both in the first quarter. The Rampage (6-5) answered with a goal by Mohamed Kenawy in the second quarter. A Cedar Rapids goal by Derek Huffman in the third quarter tied the game at 2. The Blast answered in the fourth quarter with a goal by Jon Orlando. William Vanzela had six saves and an assist for the Blast, who host the Harrisburg Heat on Saturday at 6:05 p.m. at SECU Arena. On Saturday night, the Blast earned a 5-3 victory over the host Kansas City Comets. Jonatas Melo and Roque led the Blast with a goal and two assists each. Guerrero Pino had a goal and an assist for the Comets (2-7).

Men's college basketball: Tavrion Dawson had 14 of his 20 points in the second half and Cal State Northridge beat Morgan State, 79-69, on Saturday night in Los Angeles. Dawson also had nine rebounds for the Matadors (3-11), who won their second in a row after an 11-game losing streak. Reggie Theus Jr. added 16 points, Micheal Warren scored 15 and Lyrik Shreiner 10. Tiwian Kendley had 22 of his 29 points in the second half for Morgan State (4-9), which lost its seventh in a row. Stanley Davis added 13 points and Phillip Carr had 11.

College wrestling: Maryland junior heavyweight wrestler Youssif Hemida took third place after picking up two wins on the final day of the 55th Midlands Championships on Saturday. The New York native fell in his semifinal match against top-seeded Tanner Hall of Arizona State, but responded with back-to-back wins to close out the weekend. Maryland finished in 13th place, four spots higher than 2016's 17th place finish. ... Navy will compete in the Southern Scuffle, a two-day tournament in Chattanooga, Tenn., scheduled to begin today at 10 a.m.

Baseball: The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held Jan. 6 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. ESPN analyst Tim Kurkjian will discuss his book, "I'm Fascinated by Sacrifice Flies: Inside the Game We All Love." Call 410-992-1186 for details.

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