Ben's Cat wins 8th in a row; Preakness logo unveiled
Ben's Cat, the undefeated son of Parker's Storm Cat, held on to earn his eighth consecutive victory in Wednesday's $36,000 allowance feature at Laurel Park. Sent to post as the 6-5 favorite under regular rider Julian Pimentel, Ben's Cat withstood a late rally from long shot Fonda Ronda Won to win by a half-length. Ben's Cat completed the mile in 1 minute, 39.08 seconds and paid $4.40. The victory boosted his career earnings to $199,980.
Preakness: The Maryland Jockey Club unveiled the logo for the 136th running of the $1 million race, the middle jewel of the Triple Crown, which is set for May 21 at Pimlico Race Course. For the 12th consecutive year, the Leffler Agency of Baltimore and Tampa, Fla., designed the logo. Four times their Preakness designs have won major national awards for the agency. The 2011 logo focuses on the horse and jockey, which are composed of overlapping, tapering streamers that appear to be blowing in the wind. Tickets for the race went on sale Monday. For information, go to preakness.com.
Catamounts climb past Loyola men in final minutes, 51-48
Evan Fjeld scored 15 points and host Vermont (3-1) scored the final four points of the game to earn a 51-48 victory over Loyola (2-2). The Greyhounds took a 48-47 lead on a layup by Jamal Barney (Southwestern) with 2:37 remaining, but that was the last time Loyola scored. The Catamounts' Joey Accaoui hit two free throws for a 49-48 lead with 1:49 left, and Simeon Marsalis added two with 11 seconds left. Barney missed a 3-point attempt with five seconds to play. Barney finished with nine points and Erik Etherly had 13 rebounds for the Greyhounds, who shot 32.2percent from the field (21-for-65). Vermont overcame 20 turnovers by shooting 55 percent from the field (11-for-20) in the second half.
More men's basketball: Andy Diaz, Matt Sauey and Parker Smith scored 11 points apiece as North Florida defeated Morgan State, 59-52, in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge's Mayan Division in Playa del Carmen, Mexico. The Ospreys (3-3) held the Bears (2-3) to 32.3 percent shooting (20-for-62). Morgan shot only 1-for-11 from 3-point range. DeWayne Jackson scored 12 points and Kevin Thompson (Walbrook) had 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bears, who outrebounded North Florida 44-31. … Xavier Silas scored 34 points to lead Northern Illinois (2-2) to an 86-80 win over host UMES (1-4). The Huskies (2-2) led for most of the game, holding their largest advantage at 55-43 with 14:55 left in the second half. The Hawks cut the margin to five on Dishawn Bradshaw's 3-pointer with 1:06 left, but the Huskies answered with six straight points. Lyvann Obame Obame had 18 points and 15 rebounds for UMES. Bradshaw (St. Frances) finished with 20 points.
Football: Pennsylvania sophomore defensive tackle Brandon Copeland (Gilman) was named to the All-Ivy League first team.
Swimming: Navy junior Mac Anthony was named Patriot League Male Swimmer of the Week. Fellow Midshipman Laura Gorinski was named Female Swimmer of the Week.
Lacrosse: Brian Dougherty, a Maryland goalie who graduated in 1996, and John Nostrant, a Washington College midfielder who graduated in 1986, were named to the Eastern Pennsylvania Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Women's lacrosse: St. Mary's was awarded the Intercollegiate Women's Lacrosse Coaches Association Division III Team Community Awareness Award last weekend in Naples, Fla., for its work during the 2009-10 academic year. The Seahawks completed 11 community service projects throughout the 2009-10 academic year, including conducting equipment and supply drives for the fledgling lacrosse program in the South American country of Colombia and for Leonardtown's Second Hope Animal Rescue, respectively.
Wrestling: Maryland announced the signing of five recruits: Geoffrey Alexander (Pittsburgh/Shady Side Academy), Kyle Dehaut (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic), T.J. Duncan (Rossville, Ga./McCallie), Josh Polacek (Johnstown, Pa./Westmont Hilltop) and Josh Snook (Bear, Del./St. Marks).
Men's water polo: Johns Hopkins sophomore driver Alex Whittam was named to the Collegiate Water Polo Association All-Southern Division first team. Senior goalie Jeremy Selbst and sophomore utility Ross Schofield made the second team.
Women's volleyball: Maryland outside hitter Mary Cushman made the All-Atlantic Coast Conference freshman team.
United trades Terps alum Wallace to expansion Timbers
D.C. United sent defender Rodney Wallace (Maryland) and the lower of its two fourth-round selections in the Major League Soccer SuperDraft to the expansion Portland Timbers in exchange for midfielder Dax McCarty and allocation money. Hours earlier, Portland selected McCarty from FC Dallas with the first pick in the expansion draft. United lost defender Jordan Graye to the Timbers in the draft. Earlier in the week, the Timbers acquired defender-midfielder Jeremy Hall (Maryland), the 11th overall pick in the 2009 draft, from the New York Red Bulls for a third-round draft pick.
Baseball: The Houston Astros assigned former Orioles left-handed pitcher Tim Byrdak to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
NHL: The Washington Capitals recalled defenseman Brian Fahey from the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League. Fahey, 29, has played three games for the Capitals this season, including his NHL debut Oct. 16.
—From Sun staff and news services