Digest (Sept. 19): De Francis Dash highlights stakes card at Laurel Park

Switzerland and Always Sunshine, whose lone graded-stakes success each came in the same Maryland race two years apart, and a trio of multiple stakes winners are among nine older sprinters entered in a wide-open edition of the $250,000 Xpressbet Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) on Saturday at Laurel Park . The 27th running of the 6-furlong De Francis for sprinters 3 and up highlights seven stakes, six scheduled for Laurel's turf course, worth $900,000 in purses on a 13-race Fall Festival of Racing program that was rescheduled from Sept. 15 because of the threat of severe weather from Hurricane Florence. Also on tap are the $150,000 All Along for females 3 and up at 11/16 miles; $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up at 1½ miles; $100,000 Laurel Dash for 3-year-olds and up and $100,000 Sensible Lady Turf Dash for fillies and mares 3 and older; $100,000 Laurel Futurity for 2-year-olds and $100,000 Selima for 2-year-old fillies, all going 6 furlongs. First-race post time is 12:30 p.m. The De Francis is carded as Race 10, with a post time of 5 p.m. This year's De Francis marks the fifth and final race in the 3-year-old and up dirt sprint division of the revived Mid-Atlantic Thoroughbred Championship Series, an assortment of 25 races at tracks in Maryland, Delaware , New Jersey and Pennsylvania which kicked off May 18 and 19 at Pimlico. The original MATCH Series debuted in 1997 and ran for five years.

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Bowie players dominate CIAA football honors

Bowie State claimed six of the nine weekly spots on the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Honor Roll. Senior Amir Hall (Riverdale Baptist) was selected as Quarterback of the Week for the third straight week while fellow senior Lansana Sesay was named Receiver of the Week. Freshman Malik Bellamy was voted Offensive Lineman of the Week, junior Brandon Abrams (Milford Mill) was voted Offensive Back of the Week, junior Taylor Johnson was tabbed Defensive Back of the Week and sophomore Kenny Fuentez was selected Special Teams Player of the Week. Bowie State hits the road for the fourth straight weekend, opening conference play at Saint Augustine's on Saturday at 1 p.m.

Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland senior captains Gabriel Carlsson and A. Mickey Watson are among the 30 NCAA players selected as candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. ... Brian Graham scored the first two goals as host Washington College (3-3-1) defeated Wesley, 4-0.

Women's college soccer: Danielle Fuentes had a goal and two assists in UMBC's 4-3 win over Mount St. Mary's.

College field hockey: Sixth-ranked Salisbury earned its sixth win, defeating No. 15 Johns Hopkins, 3-1, as McKenzie Mitchell led the way with two goals.

Major League Lacrosse : Short-stick defensive midfielder Isaiah Davis-Allen (Maryland) signed a three-year deal with the Chesapeake Bayhawks.

Pro basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers of the Central Basketball Association signed Antonio Wright (Meade, CCBC-Essex). Wright was named an All-CBA All-Star in 2018 and will be playing his seventh season of professional ball, including his sixth with Baltimore.

Women's pro soccer: Washington Spirit midfielder Rose Lavelle and forward Mallory Pugh have been selected for the U.S. women's national team's 20-player roster for the Concacaf Women's Championship.

Men's college golf: Towson senior William Bachelor was selected as the Colonial Athletic Association co-Golfer Of The Week. Competing at the rain-shortened Hartford Hawks Invitational, Bachelor fired two under-par rounds to finish in a tie for 12th overall at 3-under par.

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