Digest (Sept. 6): Laurel Park opens fall meet on Friday

Laurel Park begins its 60-day fall stand with a nine-race program Friday. Ninety-two horses are entered for opening day with a first-race post time of 1:10 p.m. Five races are scheduled for Laurel's turf course, with the remainder over its refurbished main track. Friday's featured event comes in Race 6, a $42,000 entry-level optional claiming allowance for 2-year-old fillies set for 6 furlongs over the main track. Juvenile fillies will also be in the spotlight in Race 7, a $40,000 maiden special weight going 51/2 furlongs on the turf course. Fall meet racing will be conducted Friday-Sunday through September and Thursday-Sunday starting Oct. 5. There will be no racing Oct. 12 or Dec. 24-25, with special programs Oct. 9 and Dec. 26. The meet closes Sunday, Dec. 31. The fall meet includes nine more racing days than 2016 and a schedule of 44 stakes worth $4.42 million in purses, purses including the 32nd annual Jim McKay Maryland Million program on Oct. 21. Laurel will host a BBQ buffet Thursday on the grandstand apron starting at 7:30 p.m. for the NFL's season-opening game between the Kansas City Chiefs and defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots. The cost is $20 per person and includes raffles, games, drink specials and a DJ. The game will be shown on Laurel's 56-by-36-foot infield video board. ... Laurel's second-floor clubhouse sports bar will be the home of 105.7 The Fan's Baltimore Gameday Uncensored pregame show for the Baltimore Ravens' Sunday away games. Shows will begin three hours before kickoff. For 1 p.m. games, Laurel's clubhouse doors will open at 10 a.m.



Navy's Timchal to joinfirst WLCA coaching hall

Navy coach Cindy Timchal was named to the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association's inaugural Hall of Fame class. Timchal is one of six women's lacrosse head coaches who will be enshrined Nov. 16 during the IWLCA Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The 2017 class also includes Missy Foote, Tina Sloan Green, Carole Kleinfelder, Sharon Pfluger and Marge Watson.


Women's pro league: Georgetown coach Ricky Fried, a UMBC graduate, has been named coach of the Philadelphia Fire of the Women's Professional Lacrosse League, which will begin play next summer. Fried led the U.S. women's national team at the Federation of International Lacrosse's World Cup.

Major League Lacrosse: Florida Launch midfielder Michael Unterstein's had his two-game suspension was reduced to one game after he appealed filing an appeal of the Aug. 21 decision to the commissioner's office. The ruling stems from a crosscheck on Ohio Machine defenseman Steven Waldeck in the fourth quarter of the MLL sSemifinals on Aug


Austin Surhoff hired asHopkins swim assistant

Austin Surhoff (St. Paul's) has joined the Johns Hopkins swimming coaching staff. Surhoff, a 2014 graduate of Texas, is a two-time NCAA Division I champion, U.S. national team member and Olympic trials finalist. He is the son of former Oriole B.J. Surhoff and swimmer Polly Winde Surhoff.

Women's college basketball: St. Mary's named C.K. Calhoun coach. Calhoun replaces Crystal Gibson, who accepted the associate director of athletics position at Susquehanna University in mid-July. Calhoun has 11 years of college coaching experience.

College football: Towson starting quarterback Morgan Mahalak did not practice Wednesday. Coach Rob Ambrose said the Oregon transfer was feeling "very under the weather," and his status for Saturday's game at Maryland is uncertain.

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Women's college volleyball: Stevenson swept Messiah, 25-17, 25-17, 25-13. The Mustangs (5-0, 1-0 MAC Commonwealth) won their 41st straight MAC Commonwealth match and are 41-0 all-time in league play. ... McDaniel recorded seven blocks and 82 digs in a 3-1 victory over York. Isabel Paci (River Hill) led the Green Terror (4-1) with career highs of 12 kills and four blocks.

Men's college soccer: McDaniel posted a 6-0 win over Gallaudet. Raul Escobar and Jacob Wells led the Green Terror (3-0) with two goals each. ... Sophomore Achim Younker scored all three goals as Johns Hopkins beat Frostburg State, 3-0.

Women's college soccer: Hood's Alyssa Nubgaard scored in the 92nd minute to lift the Blazers to a 2-1 overtime victory over Juniata. Erin Scarborough assisted on Nubgaard's game-winner and also scored Hood's first goal.

WNBA: Elena Delle Donne had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Emma Meesseman added 16 points and 10 boards, and the Washington Mystics beat the Dallas Wings 86-76 on Wednesday night in the first round of the playoffs.

From Sun staff and news services

Editor's note: An earlier version had the incorrect high school for Austin Surhoff and position his dad played for the Orioles.