Start of fall meeting to mark centennial
Live racing returns to Laurel Park on Friday afternoon for the fall meeting with a nine-race card. Opening day includes $2 food and drink specials and a barbecue on the apron. First post is 1:10 p.m. The meet will celebrate 100 years of live racing at Laurel Park. The first promotion for the centennial will happen Saturday, when the first 3,000 fans receive a complimentary mug featuring historic Laurel Park headlines. The official centennial celebration will take place Oct. 15 in conjunction with a community festival. The week will include promotions on each of the five live racing days that week. The 68-day fall meeting concludes Dec. 17 and includes 27 stakes races worth nearly $2.3 million. Headlining the stand is the 26th running of the Jim McKay Maryland Million on Oct. 1 and the return of the Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash three weeks later following a one-year hiatus. Racing will take place four days a week in September (Wednesday through Saturday) and five days a week in October, November and December (Tuesday through Saturday, with Columbus Day holiday exception).
Sports Legends Museum
Media roundtable on Ravens to be held Sept. 20
Sports Legends Museum at Camden Yards will host a football roundtable discussion about the Baltimore Ravens on Sept. 20 from noon to 1:30 p.m. with members of the local sports media. The panel of Baltimore media experts will consist of Ron Fritz (head of sports, The Baltimore Sun); Bruce Cunningham (sports director, Fox 45); Jeremy Conn (co-host of "The Scott Garceau Show," 105.7 The Fan); Nestor Aparicio (owner of WNST); and Mark Viviano (sports director, WJZ-TV) and former Ravens wide receiver and current analyst Qadry Ismail. They will discuss the Ravens' offseason moves, provide their insight and predictions for the season and take questions from members of the audience. Tickets are $25 and include lunch, the roundtable program and admission to the galleries at Sports Legends Museum. To order tickets, contact Whitney Edmonds at 410-727-1539 ext. 3033 or email@example.com.
Ravens fan from Harford honored by fan group
Chip Riley, a Harford County resident and Ravens fan who goes by the nickname "Fired Up," was inducted into the Professional Football Ultimate Fan Association during a breakfast ceremony Aug.7 in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Banquet Hall in Canton, Ohio. The PFUFA is recognized as the highest level for a football fan and has a mission that promotes the fellowship of all fans, encourages good sportsmanship and promotes charitable activities. Riley lives in Bel Air with his wife, Sherry, and is one of the founding members of the Charlie Riley Community Service Scholarship Foundation. To be considered for membership in this organization, an individual not only needs to be an ambassador for all fans at games, but also needs to give back to the community. Greg Hudnet, aka "Birdman," a retired fireman from Baltimore County, was also inducted as part of the PFUFA's Class of 2011. Eleven Ravens "super fans" have been inducted since 1999, with six of them living in Harford County.
Women's college soccer: No. 3 Maryland got two penalty-kick goals and an own goal en route to a 5-1 victory over American at the Maryland SoccerPlex on Wednesday night. Sade Ayinde scored twice in the game, shortened to 86 minutes because of inclement weather. … Sophomore goalkeeper Kelsey Wirtz (Hereford) was named CAC Women's Soccer Defensive Player of the Week. … Johns Hopkins freshman forward Hannah Kronick was chosen as the Centennial Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week.
Men's college soccer: Host Navy (1-2-1) scored a late goal after No. 4 Loyola (1-1-1) had scored three unanswered times to earn a 3-3 tie. Lightning suspended the contest with 6:48 to play, thus making it official.
Women's college volleyball: Ariel Richard had a career-high 15 kills and Christina Epps added a season-high 10 kills, but visiting American spoiled Coppin State's home debut with a 25-16, 31-29, 25-17 win.
Men's cross country: Salisbury sophomore Ryan Jackson (Reservoir) was named Capital Athletic Conference Athlete of the Week.
Women's cross country: Frostburg State senior Anne Patron (Dulaney) was honored as the CAC Athlete of the Week.
Bowie State: Former Coppin State star Larry Stewart has been promoted from men's basketball assistant coach to associate head coach.
—From Sun staff and news services