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Digest: Gilman grad Kiser named semifinalist for Butkus Award

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser pumps his fist as he walks off the field with head coach Bronco Mendenhall after a win over Connecticut at Scott Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va.
Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser pumps his fist as he walks off the field with head coach Bronco Mendenhall after a win over Connecticut at Scott Stadium on September 16, 2017 in Charlottesville, Va. (Ryan M. Kelly / Getty Images)

Virginia linebacker Micah Kiser (Gilman) was named one of 15 semifinalists for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's best linebacker. Kiser was also a semifinalist in 2016. He is No. 2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference and No. 12 in the nation with 9.9 tackles per game. He has 79 tackles, five sacks and seven tackles for loss through eight games. Finalists will be announced Nov. 20, and a winner will be announced on or before Dec. 5.

More: Maryland's home game against Michigan on Nov. 11 will kick off at 3:30 p.m. and air on the Big Ten Network. ... Towson redshirt freshman quarterback Ryan Stover was named the Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.

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Howard CC earns region title in men's soccer Sunday

The Howard Community College men's soccer team beat Northern Virginia Community College, 2-1, on Sunday to win the National Junior College Athletic Association Region XX Championship at Anne Arundel Community College. The Dragons, who have 13 players who played for a Howard County public school, improved to 13-5-1 and will play in the NJCAA national championships. Cristian Alfaro (Reservoir) scored in the 18th minute and Gabriel Rojas made it 2-0 with a goal in the 60th minute. Simon Bradford (Hammond) made six saves for Howard.

—Tim Schwartz, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Auction: The bat former Orioles slugger Frank Robinson used to hit his 500th career home run was sold for $82,852.80 through Lelands Auctions. It was signed by Robinson on the barrel in marker and also re-signed in 1990, "Homerun #500 9/13/71." The bat originates from Tom Donoghue, who was the Detroit Tigers' team photographer, and was sold with a letter from Donoghue. The auction also included a written statement from Robinson.

Horse racing: Lael Stables and Three Chimneys Farm's Vouch sprinted to an 81/4-length victory in his career debut Monday at Laurel Park. A 2-year-old son of 1999 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G1) winner Yes It's True, Vouch ($4.20) ran 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 47.23 seconds over a fast main track in the $40,000 maiden special weight for juveniles. ... Daniel McConnell's Larry Jones-trained homebred Prince Lucky ($3) took the lead at the top of the stretch and sprinted clear to win a $42,000 entry-level allowance for 2-year-olds in Race 5. The winning time for 6 furlongs was 1:10.78. ... Country Life Farm's Flash McCaul ($22.20) went last-to-first to end a 14-race losing streak in Race 8, a $45,000 second-level optional claiming allowance for 3-year-olds and up. Originally carded for the grass, the race was moved to the main track, where the multiple stakes-placed 4-year-old ran 1 mile in 1:37.69. ... The 20-cent Rainbow 6 will have a jackpot carryover of $18,372.40 when live racing returns to Laurel with an 11-race program Friday. First-race post time is 12:30 p.m.

Symposium: NBC sportscaster Bob Costas headlines the 12th annual Shirley Povich Symposium on Nov. 7. "The Changing Winds in Sports" starts at 7 p.m. in Orem Hall of the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center on the University of Maryland campus. Doors open at 6 p.m. It is free and open to the public. Joining Costas are Christine Brennan (USA Today sports columnist and CNN and ABC News commentator) and Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon, both of ESPN's "Pardon the Interruption." Television host Maury Povich, son of the late Washington Post columnist Shirley Povich for whom the symposium is named, will moderate the panel.

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