Spring training tickets to go on sale Saturday
Individual tickets for all 15 spring training games at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Fla., will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday. It is recommended that fans purchase tickets online or by phone. Fans interested in season tickets, five-game flex-plans, group tickets or in receiving additional spring training ticket information can call the spring training office at 941-893-6300.
Top steeplechase trainer Thomas Voss dies at 63
Thomas Voss, 63, a top trainer of steeplechase and flat-race horses, died Tuesday at his farm in Monkton. The cause was an apparent heart attack, BloodHorse.com reported. Voss started out as an amateur timber rider and began training professionally in 1973. According to his biography on the National Steeplechase Association website, his first winner was with Aruhapy at the My Lady's Manor races in Harford County the same year. Though Voss trained flat runners, his greatest success came with steeplechase horses. He was a five-time National Steeplechase Association champion as top trainer, most recently in 2011. Among the top horses he trained was 2010 Eclipse Award steeplechase champion Slip Away. He also holds the distinction of training the oldest horse to win a Grade I race on the flat, John's Call, winner of the Sword Dancer International at age 9 at Saratoga Race Course in 2000. John's Call also won the Turf Classic Invitational Stakes at Belmont the same year. Voss is survived by his wife, Mimi. Atlanta Hall, the Voss family's farm in northwestern Harford County, is home to the annual Elkridge-Harford Point-to-Point Races, which kicks off Maryland's timber racing season each spring. The Voss family has long been active in land preservation, and the farm has been a steeplechase and fox hunting venue since the 1930s. Funeral arrangements are pending.
—Baltimore Sun Media Group
Towson men's lacrosse picked to finish 2nd in CAA
The Towson men's lacrosse team was picked to finish second in the Colonial Athletic Association this season, according to a vote of the league's coaches. The Tigers, who won the conference championship last year for the first time since 2005, earned two first-place votes and finished second with 21 points. Penn State received three first-place votes and finished atop the poll with 23 points. Drexel followed in third place with one first-place vote and 18 points, while Massachusetts was in fourth place with 12 points. Hofstra and Delaware rounded out the voting with 11 and five points, respectively. The league will announce the preseason All-CAA selections Friday. Towson's season begins Feb. 8 against High Point at Johnny Unitas Stadium.
College baseball: Coming off its first NCAA tournament appearance in 22 years, the Towson baseball team was picked to finish fourth in the CAA this season, according to a vote of the league's coaches. UNC-Wilmington, which has won the past two CAA regular-season titles, was picked to win the conference championship. The Tigers, who a year ago were on the verge of having their program terminated, received one first-place vote and 31 points. UNC-Wilmington received six first-place votes and 48 points, followed by College of Charleston, which got one first-place vote and 41 points. William & Mary, which fell to Towson in the conference tournament final last May, was third in the voting. Rounding out the poll were Northeastern, James Madison, Hofstra and Delaware.