Fla. Supreme Court rules in favor of O's Sarasota stadium agreement


Fla. Supreme Court rules in favor of stadium agreement

Florida's Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Sarasota County didn't violate open-meeting laws when it agreed to a deal with the Orioles to renovate the Ed Smith Stadium and Twin Lake Park complexes. The ruling means funding will continue uninterrupted for the $31 million renovation to the Orioles' major league and minor league spring training facilities, which is under way. A taxpayers group had sued the county and its board of commissioners, contending that the agreement was in violation of Florida's Sunshine Law. A Circuit Court ruled earlier this year in favor of Sarasota County; Thursday's decision upheld that ruling, dismissing the plaintiffs' complaints. "The Orioles' confidence in Sarasota County has yet again been reaffirmed by this decision," the Orioles said in a prepared statement. "We continue to move full speed ahead with the club's plans for the finest spring training facility in all of baseball and look forward to the opening of the stadium for spring training 2011."

Dan Connolly

College soccer

Navy women to host American with playoff berth at stake

The Navy women's soccer team will host American for its final regular-season game tonight. Navy had two draws last week against Lehigh and Lafayette, and remains in contention for its fifth straight Patriot League postseason berth. The fourth and final spot will come down to either Navy or Colgate. Colgate sits in fourth place with 10 points, and Navy is fifth with eight points. The Midshipmen need a win over American and a Colgate loss or tie to Bucknell. If both teams finish with 11 points, Navy would hold the tiebreaker because of its 2-0 win at Hamilton earlier this season. If both teams have 11 points and Lehigh also finishes the season with 11 points, Lehigh would be the third seed and Navy would be the fourth seed.

Men: Anne Arundel Community College (11-7) advanced to the NJCAA Region XX final by defeating 10th-ranked Montgomery, 3-2 in double overtime Thursday. The Pioneers will face Howard Community College on Saturday at 1 p.m. … Senior forward Levi Houapeu (Watkins Mill) recorded his third career three-goal game, leading host UMBC (9-4-2, 3-1-2) to a 3-1 victory over visiting Vermont (6-7-4, 1-4-1) on Wednesday. The win clinched a playoff berth in the America East tournament for the Retrievers. UMBC remains deadlocked with Stony Brook with 11 standings points, and the two teams will play for second place and a first-round bye at Stony Brook on Sunday. Boston U. clinched the top spot with a 4-0 win over Binghamton that evening. The Retrievers are guaranteed to host at least one game in the six-team tournament, which begins Nov. 6. … Delaware (4-8-3, 3-4-2) improved its chances at a Colonial Athletic Association tournament berth with a 1-0 victory over visiting Towson (8-5-2, 2-5-2) on Wednesday night. It was the Blue Hens' third victory over the Tigers in 31 all-time meetings.

Et cetera

Hailtotheredskins wins, Hello D. Ngata comes in third

Thursday afternoon's card at Laurel Park featured runners with ties to both the Washington Redskins and the Baltimore Ravens. Hailtotheredskins, a 3-year-old gelding by Chapel Royal, took the opener by 33/4 lengths with leading rider Forest Boyce for trainer Damon Dilodovico. "Hail to the Redskins" has been the Redskins' fight song since 1938. A nod to the Ravens, Hello D. Ngata finished third in the fourth race at odds of 6-1. The 2-year-old son of Dance With Ravens finished fourth in the Maryland Million Nursery earlier this month.

College basketball: Two game times for the Maryland women's basketball season have been announced. On Nov. 27, the Terrapins will play Massachusetts in the eighth annual East Carolina Thanksgiving Tournament at 1 p.m. instead of 4 p.m. Game time for the Sunday, Jan. 16, game at Clemson will be 5 p.m. … The Navy women were picked to finish third in the Patriot League this season in preseason voting conducted by the league's head coaches and sports information directors. Mids senior guard Angela Myers was named to the Preseason All-Patriot League Team. American was favored to win the league, capturing 93 points and nine first-place votes. On the men's side, Navy was selected sixth, and junior guard Jordan Sugars was named to the preseason all-league team.

Women's college lacrosse: Seniors Cara Filippelli and Abby Rehfuss and junior Kerry Stoothoff were named Loyola's captains for the 2011 season.

Running: The Casey Cares Foundation will hold the first Casey Cares Green 5K Run/Walk on Nov. 14. The 3.1-mile course will begin at Pulse Health and Fitness Club on York Road in Sparks and will include a Family Fun Walk/Run, Kids PJ Dash and musical entertainment. The Casey Cares Foundation is a charity that provides programs with a special touch to critically ill children and their families throughout Maryland and the Mid-Atlantic region. For information, visit http://www.CaseyCaresFoundation.org.

Babe Ruth Museum: The museum announced that its two attractions, the Babe Ruth Birthplace and Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards, are operating under its fall-winter hours of operation as of this month. Both museums are open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Sports Legends Museum Store is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

—From Sun staff and news services

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