Major League Soccer
United signs two-year lease to stay at RFK
D.C. Unitedwill play its home games for the 2012 and 2013 Major League Soccer seasons at RFK Stadium, which has been its field since the team's inception in 1996. In addition to the lease agreement, Events DC also announced Thursday a multimillion-dollar capital improvement project that will include improved concourse lighting and renovated restrooms at the stadium and new bleachers, upgraded sound system and renovated restrooms at the DC Armory. Capacity for MLS matches will be limited to the mezzanine level and lower seating bowl, with full sale of the 19,647 seats constituting a sellout.
Asper, Sheptock reach round of 16 at NCAAs
Maryland's Josh Asper (165 pounds) and 12th-seeded Jimmy Sheptock (174) advanced to the round of 16 at the NCAA wrestling championships Thursday night at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis, Mo. Asper (Hereford), along with sophomore Shane Gentry (125) and freshman Geoffrey Alexander (133), opened the first session in a pigtail match. Asper earned a 5-0 decision over Buffalo's Mark Lewandowski. In the first round, Asper met a familiar foe in Virginia's Nicholas Sulzer. Just as he did in their regular-season meeting in Charlottesville, Asper defeated Sulzer, 6-4, to advance to take on Dominic Kastl of Cal Poly. Sheptock made quick work of Oklahoma's Kyle Detmer, attacking early and often to earn an 18-2 technical fall, and picked up bonus points for the Terps. He was to meet fifth-seeded Ethen Lofthouse of Iowa in the second round. At 125, Gentry lost a 9-0 major decision to Jarrod Patterson of Oklahoma; Gentry was to compete in the wrestle-back to begin the second session. Alexander lost an 8-0 major decision to 11th-seeded Steven Keith of Harvard to open the meet and also dropped into the wrestle-back. Three other Terps lost their opening matches: at 157, senior Kyle John dropped a 9-0 major decision to Princeton's Daniel Kolodzik; at 197, fourth-seeded Christian Boley surrendered a point late in the third period and lost a 2-1 decision to Binghamton's Cody Reed; and at 285, eighth-seeded Spencer Myers lost to Andrew Delaney of The Citadel, 8-3. The Terps were in 34th place with 5.5 points after the morning session.
Basketball: Baltimore City Community College's Sean Farr (Dunbar) and Frederick CC's Shakena Williams were named MD JUCO Student Athletes of the Month.
Women's bowling: UMES junior T'nia Falbo was named Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Bowling Player of the Year and teammate Mariana Alvarado was named Rookie of the Year. Falbo was joined on the All-MEAC first team by UMES junior Anggie Ramirez and Morgan State senior Keisheena Waldon. UMES senior Paula Vilas and sophomore Megan Buja made the second team.
Women's track and field: Salisbury junior Chelsea Tavik claimed the first individual national championship by a female Sea Gulls athlete, winning the shot put title with a tiebreaking throw of 46 feet, 8 1/2 inches Saturday at the Division III championships.
Football: Aberdeen's Brenton Barnes committed to Wesley College.
Women's swimming: Mount St. Mary's freshman Erin Regan was named Northeast Conference Rookie of the Meet at the NEC swimming and diving championships and earned a spot on the All-NEC first team. The freshman also garnered All-NEC second-team honors in the 100-meter butterfly. The Mount's 200 free relay team of freshman Anne Thelen (Archbishop Spalding), sophomore Mollie Walsh, sophomore Cat Coppler and junior Courtney Griffith earned a second-team nod. Griffith finished third in the 50 free and third in the 100 fly to receive a pair of third-team selections, while Patricia Yam earned third-team honors. ... St. Mary's coach Andre Barbins was named Capital Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, and first-year Brooke Raab (Hereford) was honored as the Co-Rookie of the Year. Also honored were juniors Kelly Heyde and Chelsea Gulliver; sophomores Erin O'Connor and Hattie Schiavone and Stefania D'Ambrosio; and freshmen Kelsey Abernathy (Centennial), Hannah Hafey and Elaina Kohles.
Men's swimming: St. Mary's juniors Billy DeBoissiere (Atholton) and Cameron Hedquist, sophomore Thor Petersen and freshmen Dylan Cope, Jackson Holden and Bobby Witkop were named All-CAC. DeBoissiere and Hedquist led the conference with seven all-league honors.
Field hockey: Five Washington College players were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division III Academic Squad: senior Emily Broomell, junior Gabby Tarbert (C. Milton Wright), sophomore Angela Parreco and freshmen Kate Duggan and Grace Phillips.
'Lad' among nine set for Private Terms Stakes
Saturday's feature, the $100,000 Private Terms Stakes, has come up a wide-open affair as nine 3-year-olds are set to race one mile over Laurel Park's main track. Dangerous Lad (5-2), a New York-based son of Bob and John, is 2-for-3 lifetime with an impressive maiden victory at Woodbine and a strong win over optional claimers at Aqueduct in late January. Trainer John Terranova has named Abel Castellano to ride. Todd Pletcher will counter with Raconteur (3-1), a two-time winner who scored in an optional claimer in New York before having a troubled trip in the Gotham Stakes (Grade 3). Chris DeCarlo will accompany the A.P. Indy colt from Belmont Park. Cop a Tude (5-1) is undefeated after two starts at Laurel for trainer Graham Motion. Leading rider Sheldon Russell has been aboard for both trips (Jan. 4 and Feb. 4) and retains the mount on the son of Officer.
March into Tennis event set for Forty West
The United States Tennis Association is conducting a monthlong drive, March into Tennis, to get more children playing the sport. Children of all skill levels can take part in a play day at Forty West Racquet Club, 6421 Baltimore National Pike, on March 31 from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Pro tennis: Coming off a perfect season and their second World TeamTennis title, the Washington Kastles released their 2012 home schedule, which begins against Martina Hingis and the rival New York Sportimes on July 12. The Kastles will host seven home matches in a 13-day span, including an unprecedented five straight home matches from July 15 through July 22. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 202-483-6647.
—From Sun staff and news services