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NOOD Regatta starts today in Chesapeake Bay off Annapolis

Thomas Bowen, of Charleston, S.C., skippers "Reach Around" in the 55-boat J/70 class at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Annapolis. The Annapolis YC is hosting 200 boats for three days of racing this weekend.
Thomas Bowen, of Charleston, S.C., skippers "Reach Around" in the 55-boat J/70 class at the Sperry Top-Sider NOOD Regatta in Annapolis. The Annapolis YC is hosting 200 boats for three days of racing this weekend. (Tim Wilkes Photography)

The Helly Hansen National Offshore One Design (NOOD) Regatta, the largest national sailing racing circuit in the United States, will make its third stop of the season today through Sunday off Annapolis in the Chesapeake Bay. The Annapolis NOOD will have nearly 1,000 sailors among 14 or more classes competing for the event's top prize: a trip to the British Virgin Islands in the Helly Hansen NOOD Regatta Championship. During the event hosted by the Annapolis Yacht Club, sailors participate in "one-design" racing, in which similar types of boats compete against one another in their own classes. Points are accumulated based on finishing position in each individual race, and the boat with the fewest total points at the end of the regatta wins their respective class. An overall winner is chosen based upon the strongest finish in the most competitive class. For more information, go to sailingworld.com/nood-regattas.

Minor league baseball: Frederick Keys left-handed pitcher Matt Taylor was struck in the head by a line drive in the third inning of Thursday night's game at the Salem Red Sox and was taken to the hospital. Taylor, 24, was conscious when he left the field and underwent a CT scan at the hospital, according to Orioles director of player development Brian Graham. Graham said Orioles doctors are in contact with the hospital. Taylor, the Orioles' 2011 fifth-round pick, had a 2.00 ERA over his first two starts of the season before being charged with five runs in two innings Thursday.

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Men's college basketball: Salisbury coach Josh Merkel has resigned to accept the same position at Randolph-Macon. Merkel was 66-41 overall and 37-25 in the Capital Athletic Conference at his alma mater. This season, the Sea Gulls advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 1996-97.

Men's college lacrosse: UMBC junior defenseman Zach Esser (Fallston) made the All-America East Conference first team. Senior attackman Conor Finch (Boys' Latin) made the academic team. ... Cornell senior midfielder John Hogan (St. Mary's) and Harvard junior goalie Bryan Moore (Gilman) were named to the All-Ivy League second team. Cornell sophomore goalie Christian Knight (Boys' Latin) and Yale senior goalie Eric Natale (Westminster) received honorable mention.

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Men's college golf: Loyola Maryland sophomore Matt Oshrine (Pikesville) became the first Patriot League golfer to sweep the league's four monthly awards, winning in April after taking top honors for October, November and March.

Junior golf: The Preseason Junior at Chesapeake Bay, an American Junior Golf Association event, runs today through Sunday at Chesapeake Bay Golf Club in Rising Sun. Eighty-four players from 17 states, China and Japan will compete over 36 holes. Local players include Charles Carter II of Baltimore, Joseph Gaulin of Crownsville, Thomas McAuliffe of Reisterstown, John Mulliken of Hunt Valley and Mia Henry of Glenwood.

Horse racing: Fans can bet Saturday's Kentucky Derby and today's Kentucky Oaks — as well as races from around the country — at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and the new OTB at the Horseshoe Casino. All will open at 10 a.m. Live racing at Pimlico will begin at 1:10 p.m. today and 12:45 p.m. Saturday.

Varsity results:

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Boys lacrosse

Dulaney 11, Towson 7: Cameron Carter had a goal and five assists to lead the host Lions (10-3) past the Generals (6-6).

Softball

No. 2 Seton Keough 15, Notre Dame Prep 1: Jillian Boyd (3-for-4) had two triples and five RBIs and Amber Cosgrove (4-for-4) had six RBIs to lead the Gators (14-3) past the host Blazers (1-12).

No. 8 C. Milton Wright 8, Bohemia Manor 2: The host Mustangs (13-3) secured second place in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference Chesapeake Division with a win over the Eagles (10-5).

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