NFL hands out two 5th-round compensatory draft picks
The Ravens were awarded two fifth-round compensatory picks Friday, Nos. 164 and 165 overall. Although the Ravens hadn't received a compensatory pick in the previous two drafts, this improves their total to 31 since 1995, the most in the NFL. The NFL handed out those picks to the Ravens after they lost defensive end Dwan Edwards to the Buffalo Bills and defensive tackle Justin Bannan to the Denver Broncos as unrestricted free agents in 2010. The Ravens were among four teams to receive compensatory picks before the sixth round (Carolina, Tennessee and Green Bay were the others). The Ravens now have a total of nine draft picks for 2011 (they can't trade compensatory picks).
Today's Harrison Johnson Stakes closes winter meeting
The winner of last month's Grade II General George Handicap and runners from the barns of Todd Pletcher and Steve Asmussen top a field of six older runners in today's closing day feature at Laurel Park, the $75,000 Harrison E. Johnson Memorial Stakes. Pletcher's entry, Alma d'Oro (8-5), won Laurel's John B. Campbell Handicap on Feb. 19 at today's nine-furlong distance. The son of Medaglia d'Oro is making his 10th consecutive added-money start, a run which includes victories in the Grover Delp Memorial at Delaware Park and the Forty Niner Stakes at Aqueduct. Harry Vega picks up the mount. Asmussen claimed Marilyn's Guy (2-1) for $50,000 out of his latest effort, a six-length score over optional claimers at Aqueduct. The 5-year-old won an optional claimer in his start before that, making him 2-for-2 for the year. Ricardo Chiappe gets the riding assignment on the son of Yonaguska. No Advantage (3-1) was the winner of the General George at seven furlongs. Trained by Stephanie Beattie at Penn National, the 6-year-old has racked up a number of top stakes performances since running second to Blame in last year's Grade III William Donald Schaefer Stakes at Pimlico. His resume includes a victory in the Auld Lang Stakes at Parx Racing and a runner-up finish in the Native Dancer Stakes at Laurel. Manual Chaves retains the mount on the son of Posse, who has finished in the money in 18 of 28 career starts.
Fan Appreciation Day includes free admission, a complimentary live program and three Pimlico-related drawings. Live racing shifts to Pimlico for the spring meeting, which begins Friday.
Perry Hall's Semler leads Mount women past Bryant
Jen Semler (Perry Hall) had a natural hat trick during an eight-goal second half as visiting Mount St. Mary's (2-7, 1-0 Northeast Conference) won, 9-5, over Bryant (1-7, 0-1). Semler finished with four goals and an assist.
More state women: Lauren Ehrhardt (two goals) scored on a free-position shot with 4:14 left in the second overtime as host Franklin & Marshall (6-1) handed Salisbury (9-1) its first loss of the season, 11-10. After a 6-6 halftime deadlock, the Diplomats took a 10-4 lead with 12 minutes left in regulation. A pair of goals from Trish DiGirolomo (Archbishop Spalding) and Allie Wheatley forced overtime. … Jess Dunn (Fallston) scored four goals to power host Towson (4-4) to a 12-10 victory over Denver (2-7). Towson led 7-4 at the half.
State Men: Host Goucher (5-4) scored five goals in the second quarter in a 12-7 victory over Otterbein (3-7). Rory Averett led the Gophers with four goals.
Expanded Orioles Team Store to reopen after renovations
The Baltimore Orioles and new food, beverage and retail partner Delaware North Companies Sportservice announced on Friday the reopening of the Orioles Team Store after completion of a project this winter to expand and enhance the team's main retail location. The Orioles Team Store, located on the first floor of the B&O Warehouse at Camden Yards, has been expanded by about 200 square feet to allow for additional merchandise displays. Sportservice has also redesigned the displays and restocked the store with a wider variety of apparel and other merchandise, including designs exclusive to Camden Yards, such as T-shirts and lapel pins. The store is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on non-game days and 10 a.m. through the end of home games.
College Wrestling: Maryland coach Kerry McCoy was voted the Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, sophomore Josh Asper was named ACC Wrestler of the Year and five other Terps earned conference honors. Jon Kohler, Kyle John, Mike Letts, Corey Peltier and Spencer Myers joined Asper as Maryland's conference-leading six All-ACC selections. Myers also was named ACC Co-Freshman of the Year. "I am very excited for our program," said McCoy. "I am so proud of our guys. This is a great way to cap off an incredible year. I am especially grateful to my coaching staff, support staff, our fans and supporters, because without their commitment and dedication none of this would be possible." McCoy guided the Terps to a strong 2011 finish in which three Maryland grapplers earned All-America status and the team won the ACC championship and placed 18th at the NCAA tournament.
D.C. United: The club re-signed midfielder Brandon Barklage. The two-year MLS veteran returns for his third season with the team after suffering a knee injury May 26 in an international friendly with AC Milan. Additionally, defender Devon McTavish has been placed on the disabled list after suffering a concussion in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., during a pre-season friendly against Florida International.
College baseball: Sunday's Maryland-Virginia baseball game has been rescheduled for today because of the threat of inclement weather. The Terps and Cavaliers will play a doubleheader today starting at 1 p.m.
—From Sun staff and news services
Ravens' 2011 draft picksRound PickFirst 26th Second 58thThird 90thFourth 122ndFifth 164th, 165th (both compensatory) Sixth 175th (from St. Louis), 186thSeventh 215th (from Philadelphia)