The 35th biennial Annapolis-to-Newport Race will begin this week with a new starting format. Smaller boats will start at 11 a.m. today and bigger boats at 11 a.m. Friday. In the past, all the boats started on Saturday. "Our goal is to get the entire fleet finished in Newport by Tuesday afternoon," co-chairman Dick Neville said. "Giving the smaller, slower boats a 24-hour head start on the bigger, faster boats increases the chance they will all finish in closer proximity." Spectators are encouraged to watch the starts, which no longer be divided by class. To start approximately 40 boats at once, organizers will set a two-part line that uses three race committee boats. Annapolis Yacht Club race chairman George Anderson will be aboard the signal boat, which will be anchored in the middle of the starting box. On either end of the line, two mark boats will be positioned to help record any boats that are on-course-side. "I think starting the smaller boats on Thursday is the greatest idea ever," said Sam Septembre, crew member aboard the Beneteau 373 Sea Patience. "That way, the whole fleet shows up in Newport at pretty much the same time. A big part of doing a major race like this is the camaraderie and it's fun for everyone to be in Newport together for a couple days."
Midfielder Young to transfer from UMBC, reportedly to UM
UMBC midfielder Pat Young is transferring to play his senior year elsewhere, men's lacrosse coach Don Zimmerman said Wednesday morning. The news was first reported Tuesday night by Recruiting Rundown, which also reported that Young was transferring to Maryland. Terps coach John Tillman did not respond to a request for comment. Zimmerman acknowledged that he was a little surprised by Young's decision to leave the Retrievers. "Pat came to me and said he wanted to transfer," Zimmerman said. "I wished him well, and we're excited to move forward with the guys we have coming back and our incoming freshman class." Zimmerman declined to elaborate further on their conversation or the specific reasons behind Young's move. Young's decision is a blow for UMBC, which went 5-8 overall and 1-5 in the America East last season and missed the conference tournament for the first time since joining the league for the 2004 campaign. Young ranked second on the team in goals (21) and points (29) and was tied for third in assists (eight).
For the rest of Edward Lee's blog post about Young, go to baltimoresun.com/lacrosseinsider.
Maryland: The 2015 Maryland Pride Tour will stop at the Annapolis Marriott on Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will feature a short program about Maryland athletics followed by an opportunity for attendees to mingle with the coaches and athletic department staff. Head coaches Randy Edsall (football), Brenda Frese (women's basketball), Sasho Cirovski (men's soccer), Cathy Reese (women's lacrosse), Jason Rodenhaver (men's golf), Andrew Valmon (track and field), Brett Nelligan (gymnastics), John Tillman (men's lacrosse) and Kerry McCoy (wrestling) are scheduled to appear. The tour will continue next Thursday at the Baltimore Marriott Inner Harbor and conclude Aug. 14 in Gaithersburg. For more information, contact the Terrapin Club at 301-314-7020 or TerrapinClub@umd.edu.
Honors: Maryland football player Sal Conaboy and basketball player Malina Howard were among 28 Big Ten athletes who received the conference's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award for the 2014-15 academic year.
Baseball: Harford Community College third baseman John Mastrangelo was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I Gold Glove team.
D.C. United rallies past Chicago Fire, 3-1
Jairo Arrieta scored in the 61st and 68th minutes and host D.C. United (8-3-4) earned a 3-1 comeback victory over the Chicago Fire (4-6-2) in Major League Soccer on Wednesday night. Eastern Conference leader United has won two straight since ending a three-game winless skid, and ran its home unbeaten streak to 20 games, breaking the club record.
Ravens: Wide receiver Steve Smith is holding a youth football camp in Owings Mills in July. The inaugural two-day camp is at Owings Mills High on July 27 and July 28. Smith will direct the camp, along with area college and high school coaches. The camp is for boys and girls from grades 1 through 8, and costs $149. For more information, go to SteveSmithCamp.com. ... The Ravens will open M&T Bank Stadium from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday for a sale of 2013 and 2014 season merchandise as well as player-worn equipment and locker room-issued apparel. The sale will be held inside Gate D, with free parking in Lot D.
Special Olympics: Special Olympics Maryland will host the Summer Games from Friday to Sunday at Towson University. Athletes from across the state will compete in five Olympic-style event categories: aquatics, athletics, bocce, cheerleading and softball. For more information, go to somd.org/events/summer-games/.