Six fillies and mares set for today's $75K Conniver Stakes
Today's $75,000 Conniver Stakes at Laurel Park features six evenly matched Maryland-bred fillies and mares who have combined for 35 victories, including 14 stakes races, for nearly $1.4 million in earnings. Five Diamonds has been established as the 9-5 favorite when they go seven furlongs in this weekend's feature. The daughter of Flatter has finished first or second in 10 of her 12 starts for the John Salzman Jr. barn. She started her 5-year-old campaign by finishing second in the What A Summer Stakes and then delivered a dominant, 71/2-length score against optional claimers Feb. 18. Harry Vega rides for the ninth straight time. "She is a super horse. I would love to have a barn full of Five Diamonds," Salzman said. "I think she is getting better, and don't know how good she can be. She hooked Aspenglow [who finished second in the 2011 Barbara Fritchie] going three-quarters in the What A Summer and battled. We worked her three furlongs Saturday to keep her sharp and she did 35 and 3 with her neck bowed. We will not have any excuses." Trainer Richard Small's Fascinatin' Rhythm (5-2) enters the Conniver off a third-place effort at odds of 64-1 in the Barbara Fritchie Handicap (Grade II). She finished fifth in last year's edition of the Conniver, then captured the Jameela and Geisha Stakes at Laurel. The daughter of More Than Ready breezed a half-mile Tuesday in 48.20, the fastest time at the distance. Forest Boyce (Garrison Forest) is her regular rider. Defending champion Sweet Goodbye (7-2) is the most accomplished runner in the field with 10 wins from 18 career starts, including a victory in the 2010 Barbara Fritchie. However, the daughter of Preakness winner Louis Quatorze has not won since last year's Conniver. J.D. Acosta has the mount.
College indoor track & field
Terps' Profit tops own school mark in pentathlon at NCAAs
Maryland senior Kiani Profit crushed her own school record in the pentathlon and set an NCAA event record on the way to a tie for second place in the event Friday at the NCAA indoor track and field championships in College Station, Texas. Profit scored 4,396 points over the five events to beat her previous school record of 4,250, set at this year's Atlantic Coast Conference championships. In the final event of the day, Profit ran 2 minutes, 9.67 seconds in the 800 meters to set a NCAA mark in the pentathlon 800. It was the second-fastest time in Maryland history indoors. Oregon's Brianne Theisen scored 4,540 points to set a college record and win the event. Profit made up a 140-point deficit to Chantae McMillan of Nebraska in the final event to tie for second. Her finish earned Maryland seven team points in the women's standings. Profit opened the day by scoring 1,037 points with a mark of 8.41 seconds in the 60-meter hurdles. It was one-hundredth of a second off her school record set at last year's NCAA pentathlon. She finished third in the hurdles Friday. She then went 5 feet, 8.75 inches in the high jump, surpassing her indoor career-best by 1.50 inches. It also improved Profit's sixth-place mark in the high jump indoors at Maryland.
Spalding girls lose to Good Counsel in Bishop Walsh tourney
Maggie Morrison scored 21 points, but the No. 1 Archbishop Spalding girls basketball team fell to Good Counsel, 72-69, in the Bishop Walsh Invitational Tournament in Cumberland. The Cavaliers (28-3) fell behind 22-15 in the first quarter. Spalding faces Holy Cross today at 4 p.m. In another second-round game, No. 4 Seton Keough beat host Bishop Walsh, 68-19; the Gators will play Georgetown Visitation today at 2:30 p.m.
Men's college basketball: St. Mary's earned its first trip to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Division III tournament, beating Buffalo State, 85-74, in Rochester, N.Y. Alex Franz (Cardinal Gibbons) paced St. Mary's with 17 points. The Seahawks (25-5) will face Middlebury in today's sectional final at 7 p.m.
More men's college basketball: Coppin State junior shooting guard Michael Harper was named to the Division I All-District 15 second team by the National Association of Basketball Coaches.
Maryland football: The Terps will open spring football practice March 29. The team will practice each Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday leading up to the Red-White Spring game April 30 at 3:30 p.m. at Byrd Stadium. The practices are closed to the public.
Recruiting: Megan Rosburg, a senior at River Hill and the eldest daughter of Ravens assistant head coach/special teams coordinator Jerry Rosburg, has accepted a volleyball scholarship to play at American in the fall. Rosburg was honored as the 2010-11 Gatorade Maryland Volleyball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-9 outside hitter is a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro selection and helped River Hill reach the Maryland state championship game in 2009.
Cheerleading camp: The Baltimore Ravens Cheerleaders are offering a weeklong summer camp open to boys and girls 6 to 14. This all-day camp runs Aug. 8-12 at M&T Bank Stadium and costs $225 to $325, depending on the package purchased. Children will be taught routines and coached by some of the 2011 Ravens Cheerleaders and the Ravens director of cheerleading, Tina Galdieri. All participants will also receive a free t-shirt, pom-poms and a ribbon for participation. The first 96 participants who opt for the $325 package will cheer on the sidelines at a Ravens preseason home game and receive a DVD of their performance. For information, go to BaltimoreRavens.com/LilRavens.
—From Sun staff and news services