Digest (Nov. 9): Sagamore's Barry Lee back at home for Ben's Cat Day at Laurel Park

On the road for his past three starts, all in stakes, Sagamore Farm's Barry Lee returns to the site of his impressive summer debut victory for Saturday's $100,000 James. F. Lewis III on Ben's Cat Day at Laurel Park. The Lewis for 2-year-olds and the $100,000 Smart Halo for 2-year-old fillies, both at 6 furlongs, are among six stakes worth $575,000 in purses on an 11-race program that includes a tribute to the life and career of late Mid-Atlantic legend Ben's Cat, who died this summer at the age of 11. First race post is noon. Purchased for $380,000 as a 2-year-old in training in March, Barry Lee turned heads with a front-running 6½-length maiden triumph going 5 furlongs July 14 at Laurel. The effort earned him a trip to Saratoga for the Saratoga Special (G2), where he brushed the gate and rushed up to contest the lead before fading to eighth. Barry Lee has had two sharp half-mile works, a bullet 48.20 seconds Oct. 28, fastest of 47 horses, and 49 seconds Nov. 4, sixth-best of 46. Stakes winner Rose to Fame, Frigid Sister and Flowers Vale, each undefeated through two starts, will put their perfect records on the line against 10 rivals, two of them stakes winners, in a competitive edition of the $100,000 Smart Halo.

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Former Oriole Schu hiredas Giants hitting assistant

The San Francisco Giants named former Orioles third baseman Rick Schu their assistant hitting coach. Schu was the Washington Nationals' hitting coach from 2013 through this season. On Thursday, the Nationals named Kevin Long hitting coach, Chip Hale bench coach, Derek Lilliquist pitching coach, Tim Bogar first base coach, Bobby Henley third base coach and Joe Dillon assistant hitting coach.

Women's college volleyball: Natalie Aston was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association North Region Rookie of the Year and joined Louisa Kishton and Elizabeth Wuerstle on the All-America academic first team.

College golf: Kevin Farrell has been named the men's and women's coach at Mount St. Mary's, returning to the position he held 2009-2012.

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