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Digest: Mechanicsville's Fox catches record snakehead in Charles County

Andrew “Andy” Fox of Mechanicsville, 41, caught a Maryland-record 19.9-pound northern snakehead while bowfishing during Memorial Day weekend at Indian Head, Mattawoman Creek, in Charles County.
Andrew “Andy” Fox of Mechanicsville, 41, caught a Maryland-record 19.9-pound northern snakehead while bowfishing during Memorial Day weekend at Indian Head, Mattawoman Creek, in Charles County. (Department of Natural Resources)

Andrew "Andy" Fox of Mechanicsville, 41, caught a Maryland -record 19.9-pound northern snakehead while bowfishing during Memorial Day weekend at Indian Head, Mattawoman Creek, in Charles County. Fox's snakehead was officially weighed and certified by the Maryland Department of Natural Resources and Gray Brothers Market. The catch, which measured 35.157 inches, broke the 2-year-old record of Dutch Baldwin's 18.42-pound catch in May 2016. Fox plans to have his record-breaking catch mounted for display. Northern snakeheads are considered an invasive species in Maryland. Current regulations prohibit the importation, possession and transporting of live snakeheads. Anglers are encouraged to catch-and-harvest snakeheads immediately or to release them back in the exact location they were found. There is no minimum size or creel limit, and they can be harvested year-round.

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Terps announce times for six games in 2018

Select game times and television designations for the 2018 Maryland football season were announced by ESPN and Fox on Thursday. For the second straight season, the Terps will open against Texas . This year's meeting with the Longhorns is set for noon Sept. 1 at FedEx Field in Landover. It will be broadcast on Fox Sports 1. The Terps will then travel to Bowling Green the following week for their first night game of the season Sept. 8 at 6 p.m., which can be seen on ESPN+. The first game played at Maryland Stadium is set for the following Saturday, when the Terps face Temple at noon on Sept. 15. The game will be broadcast on the Big Ten Network. Maryland's games at Michigan (Oct. 6) and at Iowa (Oct. 20) will both start at noon with television designation to be announced at a later date. The Terps will host Rutgers for their homecoming game Oct. 13. The game will start at noon with television details to be released at a later date

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Men's college basketball

Report: UM to host UVa. in ACC-Big Ten Challenge

The Maryland men's basketball team will host Virginia in the ACC-Big Ten Challenge in what's likely to be the Terps' headlining nonconference matchup of the 2018-19 season, FanRag Sports reported Thursday. The reigning Atlantic Coast Conference champion Cavaliers are considered a preseason top-10 team despite their historic loss to No. 16 seed UMBC in the NCAA tournament last season. Maryland has lost seven of its past eight games against the Cavaliers, who under coach Tony Bennett last season set a program record for wins (31). The Terps last played their old ACC rival in December 2014 and last won in March 2014. Maryland's nonconference schedule features an otherwise tepid array of reported opponents, including Navy, Mount St. Mary's, Marshall and Hofstra. Dates and times for the ACC-Big Ten Challenge have yet to be announced.

— Jonas Shaffer

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Md. athletes awarded $1,000 scholarships

The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association honored 14 student-athletes at the 2018 Minds in Motion Scholar-Athlete Scholarships luncheon at M&T Bank Stadium on Thursday, including six from the Baltimore area. The competitive scholarship program sponsored by Allstate awards MPSSAA athletes $1,000 for their excellence in the classroom. The recipients are Christian Ciattei of Perry Hall; Ian McGrory of Queen Anne's; Sierra Smith of Aberdeen; Julianna Stevens of Fallston; Celia Parts of Towson ; Diego Thompson of Baltimore City College; Jeremy Carter (Linganore); Erin Heritage (Meade); Ryan Holland (Montgomery Blair); Kelliann Lee (Poolesville); Michael Meade (North Point); Amina Ra'uf (Bowie); Stephen Sabo (James M. Bennett); and Anna Stevenson (Great Mills).

College softball: Towson infielder Brook Miko, who led the program to its first postseason appearance in 2018, will play for the Neunkirchin Nightmares, a German team near Frankfurt. Miko finished as the Tigers' all-time leader in runs (151), doubles (60) and RBIs (189).

— Katherine Fominykh

Horse racing: Laurel Park opens its 40-day summer meet today with a 10-race program that begins at 1:10 p.m. Racing will be conducted Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through July 22 before adding Thursdays starting July 26 and continuing through closing day, Sunday, Aug. 19.

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