Lighthouse Bay wins Smart Halo by nose
Lighthouse Bay sat off the dueling leaders and then edged a 64-1 shot by a nose to win the $100,000 Smart Halo Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Laurel Park on Saturday. Jockey Kendrick Carmouche was content to sit behind front-runners Baby J and Jax and Jill before gaining the lead in the upper stretch. By midstretch Laurel Park-based Ek Haseena challenged Lighthouse Bay and the two bumped and brushed several times in the final furlong before the winner put a nose in front at the wire. "The race set up well for us. It was a good scenario that Baby J went with Jax and Jill," Carmouche said. "On paper, the first five fillies on the program [Baby J, Jax and Jill, Flattering Bea, Forest Diva and Lighthouse Bay] looked like the best runners in the race but the filly who ran second was game." Ek Haseena's jockey, Kevin Navarro, filed an objection that was not allowed by the stewards. "We came together, but every time I was able to straighten her back up," Carmouche said. "We bumped a couple times, but I thought it was 50-50 situation and the stewards probably saw the same thing, which is why they left it official." The winner, who is trained by George Weaver, paid $6.60 as the second betting choice and topped a $232.60 exacta. The daughter of Speightstown completed the six-furlong distance in 1 minute, 12.11 seconds. Jax and Jill, who came into the race 4-for-4, finished sixth, beating only 40-1 shot Forest Diva.
Navy women will play for Patriot soccer title today
Junior forward Paloma Perez scored a hat trick and the host Navy women's soccer team (19-1-1) advanced to the Patriot League tournament final with a 4-1 victory over Lehigh in the semifinals Friday night. Top-seeded Navy will host No. 2 Colgate today at 2 p.m. for the title and an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament. Navy is in the league title game for the second straight year. Perez scored all three of her goals in the second half and tied the tournament single-game scoring record with her first career hat trick. Senior midfielder Brittany Fruin opened the scoring 5:02 into the game to give Navy a 1-0 lead, which the fourth-seeded Mountain Hawks erased just before halftime. ... Salisbury sophomore Michelle Conrad was named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-District Team. ... Christina Convey scored two goals and Hannah Kronick added a goal and an assist as Johns Hopkins, No. 24 in Division III, defeated Swarthmore, 3-1, in the Centennial Conference semifinals. The Blue Jays will play Haverford in the final. ... Host Louisburg rolled to a 5-0 victory over CCBC-Essex (8-7-2) in the National Junior College Athletic Association Division I District L championship game.
Men's college soccer: Navy held one-goal leads twice Saturday night, but Colgate answered both times, then scored the game-winner with 1:55 left in the second overtime session to hand the Midshipmen a 3-2 setback in the season finale. Navy ended its 2012 season with a 7-7-3 overall record and a 1-4-2 mark in Patriot League play. All four of Navy's losses in league play came by one goal. ... Top-seeded and host Swarthmore (14-1-2) scored three goals in a span of just over 10 minutes starting in the 36th minute to earn a 3-0 victory over Johns Hopkins (8-8-2) in the Centennial Conference semifinals. ... Hood junior midfielder Eric Diehl was voted to the All-Commonwealth Conference first team. ... Host Cincinnati State Technical and Community College earned a 2-1 victory over CCBC-Essex in the NJCAA Division I North Central District championship game. Jason Kim scored for the Knights.
College wrestling: Johns Hopkins is ranked a school-best No. 18 in the National Wrestling Coaches Association Division III preseason poll. Hopkins is ranked second in the Centennial Conference poll behind Ursinus.
Women's college basketball: No. 5 Maryland will host Goldey-Beacom in an exhibition game Monday at 7 p.m. The Terps will open the season Friday at 7 p.m. at home against Mount St. Mary's.
D.C. United and Red Bull New York opened their Major League Soccer Eastern Conference semifinal series at RFK Stadium with a 1-1 draw. Not only will the Red Bulls take an even aggregate score back to Red Bull Arena for the return match on Wednesday, but D.C. will be without budding star Andy Najar after the Honduran received two yellow cards mere seconds apart. United scored in the 61st minute when New York's Roy Miller inadvertently redirected a cross into his own goal. But D.C. gifted the visiting Red Bulls an equalizer four minutes later when Heath Pearce headed a corner kick back in front of the goal and Bill Hamid fumbled the ball into his own net.
Minor league basketball: The Bay Area Shuckers opened their season with a 125-118 victory over NYC 524. Terry Hosley led the Shuckers with 37 points; Gus Chase added 23 and Danny Thompson 20. Thompson had 17 rebounds, and Fahreed Cheatham added 12.
NFL: The Washington Redskins ruled safety Brandon Meriweather and wide receiver Pierre Garcon out of today's game against the Carolina Panthers. Meriweather has not played all season because of a knee injury but practiced this week; the Redskins hope he plays and Garcon (foot) will be available after next week's bye.
—Mark Maske, The Washington Post
—From Sun staff and news services