Digest: Motion-trained horses sweep at Laurel Park
From Sun staff and news services|
Dec 02, 2017 | 12:35 AM
Fair Hill-based trainer Graham Motion watched his horses sweep all three maiden races for 2-year-olds on Friday's nine-race program at Laurel Park. Pin Oak Stud homebred Zestful rolled to a 23/4-length victory in the opener, completing about 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 47.15 seconds under jockey Feargal Lynch. RMJ Stables' Mihrab ($4.80) captured the 7-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies by 53/4 lengths in 1:25.91 in her second career start. Augustin Stable's Live Large ($19) rallied up the inside under J.D. Acosta and got her nose down on the wire to edge 1-5 favorite In Jail to complete Motion's sweep, completing 51/2 furlongs in 1:06.16.
Penn State hired Tyler Bowen as its tight end coach after just one season as Maryland's offensive line coach, the school announced Friday. Bowen, a former offensive lineman and student assistant coach for Terps head coach Ralph Friedgen, served as the tight ends coach at Towson University in 2013 and as a graduate assistant at Penn State in 2014. Before joining the Terps in February, he was offensive coordinator at Fordham. Bowen replaces Ricky Rahne, who was promoted to the Nittany Lions' offensive coordinator in the wake of former coordinator Joe Moorhead's hiring Wednesday as head coach of Mississippi State. Under Bowen, Maryland's third offensive line coach in as many years, the Terps again struggled to protect their quarterbacks. While Maryland improved on its Big Ten Conference-worst 3.8 sacks allowed per game from 2016, the Terps still finished second to last in the league in the category (2.9). A Georgia native, Bowen was the Terps' main recruiter for three offensive line commits — four-star Jaelyn Duncan (St. Frances) and three-stars TJ Bradley and Spencer Anderson — and kicker commit Joseph Petrino.
— Jonas Shaffer
NHL: Forward Nathan Walker is no longer a member of the Washington Capitals organization. After the team waived him Thursday afternoon, he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers in the 24-hour window that he was available. If Edmonton tries to send Walker down to its American Hockey League affiliate at any point this season, Washington will have an opportunity to get him back. Walker, who became the first Australian to play in the NHL earlier this season, appeared in just seven games.
— Isabelle Khurshudyan, The Washington Post
National Women's Soccer League: Former U.S. Men's National Team and Major League Soccer player Santino Quaranta was appointed technical director of Washington Spirit Academy — Baltimore Armour. Quaranta, who is also the co-founder of Pipeline Soccer Club in Maryland, will take over for DeniseReddy, who was named head coach of the NWSL's Sky Blue FC.