Digest: Injured jockey Toledo aims for return in late February
Jan 23, 2018 | 12:04 AM
Jevian Toledo, Maryland's leading rider in 2015 and 2017, is hopeful to return late next month after being injured in a spill during training hours Sunday morning at Laurel Park. Toledo's agent, Marty Leonard, said Monday afternoon that Toledo, 23, is wearing a neck brace to help with the pain from what doctors believe was whiplash along with compression fractures of the T7 and T8 vertebrae in his middle back and a punctured lung, suffered when Toledo was thrown when the horse he was working fell. "The two vertebrae are less than 25 percent fractured, so he was lucky that it wasn't a more severe injury," Leonard said. Initially taken to Howard County Hospital in Columbia, Toledo was transferred to Maryland Shock Trauma Center on Sunday afternoon for a second opinion on the lung puncture, Leonard said. Toledo was released at 9:30 p.m. Leonard said Toledo has follow-up appointments scheduled for Feb. 5 and Feb. 19, and if all goes well and he does not feel any pain, he will be cleared to ride.
5-star center Brown commits to UCLA; UM women land Masonius
Five-star center and McDonald's All American Moses Brown committed to UCLA on Monday, ending Maryland's pursuit of the top-rated target on its recruiting board. The 7-foot-2 Brown also had offers from Florida State and Georgetown, among other programs. The No. 21 prospect in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings for the Class of 2018, Brown was considering Louisville and Arizona before the FBI announced its investigation into college basketball's corruption scandal last fall. With Brown's pledge, Maryland turns its focus to senior point guard prospect Tyger Campbell. The undersized top-65 recruit had been considering DePaul, Purdue and the Terps, but he recently received an offer from Wisconsin.
Women: Junior wing Faith Masonius, a top-60 recruit in HoopGurlz' rankings for the Class of 2019, committed to Maryland. The 6-foot-1 star for Manasquan High, rated the top girls team in New Jersey by NJ.com, is the third member of the recruiting class set to arrive after next season, joining five-star point guard Ashley Owusu and four-star guard Zoe Young. No other program has more than two top-60 prospects committed. After scoring 13.4 points per game as a freshman and 10.6 as a sophomore, Masonius is averaging nearly a double double midway through her junior season (20.4 points, 9.5 rebounds), according to NJ.com.
The Blast's William Vanzela is out indefinitely after an MRI taken Monday revealed that the star goalkeeper suffered a torn adductor tendon in his groin during Friday night's win over the Kansas City Comets. General manager Kevin Healey said Vanzela will not need surgery and could be sidelined for three weeks to two months. Vanzela leads the league with a .770 save percentage, and is second in goals-against average (4.18) and wins (11). After the injury, the Blast signed six-year veteran Joey Kapinos, 28, for the remainder of the season. In his debut Saturday, Kapinos made 12 saves to help the Blast beat the Harrisburg Heat, 12-5. The Blast are 12-2, atop the Major Arena Soccer League's Eastern Division. The Blast will travel to Harrisburg on Friday to take on the Heat before returning to SECU Arena in Towson on Feb. 3 to play the Syracuse Silver Knights.