The Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference announced the seeding for its men's and women's conference basketball tournaments, which run Thursday through Sunday at Hagerstown Community College. Baltimore City Community College (men) and Harford Community College (women) are the two No. 1 seeds. The women's bracket will begin play on Thursday, as No. 3 Chesapeake College takes on No. 6 Montgomery College at noon, followed by No. 2 Baltimore City against No. 7 Hagerstown at 2 p.m. Day one of the tournament continues with No. 4 Frederick Community College versus No. 5 CCBC Catonsville at 4 p.m. and concludes with No. 1 Harford against No. 8 College of Southern Maryland at 6 p.m. The men tipoff on Friday with No. 3 Harford meeting No. 6 Garrett at noon. No. 2 Allegany battles No. 7 Frederick at 2 p.m., while No. 4 Prince George's Community College takes on Cecil at 4 p.m. Top seeded Baltimore City ends the day with a 6 p.m. tip against No. 8 Southern Maryland. The Maryland Juco Tournament began in 1974. Prior to that year, the conference was known as the Tri-State Athletic Conference, which ran from 1958 until 1973. Hagerstown won the first conference tournament in 1958. ... Maryland JuCo selected Howard's Sabreen Muslim (City) and Harford's Jaedon Willis (McDonogh) as its Athletes of the Month for January. Muslim averaged 22 points and 17 rebounds a game, while Willis averaged 20.3 points a game and made 51.1 percent of his field goal attempts.

Men's lacrosse: Maryland senior faceoff specialist Austin Henningsen was named the Big Ten Specialist of the Week after a career performance when he won 15 of 15 faceoffs for the Terps in their 10-9 win over Richmond on Saturday. ... Loyola Maryland seniors Pat Spencer (Boys' Latin) and Jacob Stover (McDonogh) were each named to the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association Team of the Week. Spencer, who was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Week, was on the goal-scoring or assisting ends of seven of the 17 goals, scoring fiveand assisting two in Saturday's victory over Virginia. Stover, the conference's Goalkeeper of the Week, maded 18 saves. ... Towson senior faceoff specialist Alex Woodall (St. Mary's) was named the Colonial Athletic Association Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week. In Towson's season-opening 17-8 victory over No. 7 Johns Hopkins, Woodall dominated the faceoff spot, winning 21-of-28 draws and collecting 17 ground balls. Woodall added one goal and two assists in the win, all coming directly after faceoff wins.

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Women's lacrosse: Georgetown senior Francesca Whitehurst (Roland Park) was named the Big East Midfielder of the Week for efforts in the Hoyas' season-opening win at Saint Joseph's, totaling three goals, an assist, two ground balls and two draw controls. ... Nicole Levy had a hat trick to lead No. 11 Syracuse (2-0) to a 15-5 rout over visiting Binghamton (0-1). Syracuse opened with a 9-0 run and rolled.

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38-year-old trainer takescrack at Laurel feature

Don't expect trainer Jenn Patterson to be overwhelmed Saturday when she sends out her first horse of the year, first in a stakes and just the 18th in a fledgling career, in one of the marquee races on the richest day of Laurel Park 's winter season. As a former assistant to Hall of Fame trainer Shug McGaughey and the exercise rider and travel partner for 2013 Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Orb during his Triple Crown run, which included a stop at Pimlico Race Course for the Preakness (G1), the 38-year-old Patterson is no stranger to being on the big stage. A native of Wilmington, Del., Patterson finds herself back in Maryland with Harry Rosenblum and Robert LaPenta's Grade 3-placed stakes winner Uncontested for the 43rd running of the $250,000 General George (G3) Saturday. The General George for 4-year-olds and up and the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) for fillies and mares 4 and older, both at seven furlongs, co-headline a Winter Carnival program featuring five stakes worth $800,000 in purses. It will be the second start for Uncontested since joining Patterson's modest seven-horse string at Keeneland-owned The Thoroughbred Center in Lexington, Ky. last fall.

Women's pro soccer: Washington Spirit midfielders Rose Lavelle and Andi Sullivan, and forward Mallory Pugh have been named to coach Jill Ellis' 23-player U.S. Women's National Team roster for the SheBelieves Cup. Lavelle enters the event with 21 career international caps and six goals scored. Sullivan has 11 caps with the senior national team, and Pugh has racked up 13 goals in her first 45 career games with the USA. The three Spirit players will represent FIFA's No. 1-ranked women's team against No. 4 England, No. 8 Japan and No. 10 Brazil in the SheBelieves Cup. All four teams will be participating in this summer's 2019 FIFA Women's World Cup in France. Brazil, Japan and the USA are three of the seven teams that have participated in each of the seven previous Women's World Cup tournaments. ... The Spirit has finalized its preseason schedule. Washington will open the preseason March 16 against James Madison University at City Stadium in Richmond, Va. On March 23, the Spirit will host French club Girondins de Bordeaux for the club's 2019 debut at the Maryland SoccerPlex. On arch 30, the Spirit return to Evergreen Sportsplex in Leesburg, Va.,to host 22-time NCAA champion North Carolina and the club's preseason finale will be held April 6, when Washington hosts Virginia Tech at the Maryland SoccerPlex.

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