Digest: Moon Philly favored in Laurel Park's Nellie Morse Stakes

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Moon Philly favored in Laurel Park's Morse

Moon Philly is the morning line favorite to win today's feature at Laurel Park, the $125,000 Nellie Morse Stakes for fillies and mares. The 1 1/16-mile test drew 12 runners. Ten can face the starter. Trained by Mike Trombetta, Moon Philly (9-5) drew the rail. The Malibu Moon filly had a troubled trip in the Cat Cay Stakes at Aqueduct on Jan. 6, her most recent start. After stumbling at the gate under Jeremy Rose, Moon Philly had to jump a fallen horse in the stretch but still managed to take second. Last year, Moon Philly had eight first- or second-place finishes in 11 starts. Rose keeps the mount today. "If you really look at her form, the only time she hasn't run her best races is when I was sprinting her in an attempt to get some stakes placings. When we went back to running long again, she ran well," said Trombetta, who won stakes races at Laurel last Saturday and Monday. "She had a bit of an excuse last time. I don't know if she would have won it, though Jeremy thought she was going to."

Women's college basketball: No. 10 Maryland's home game Feb. 3 against Boston College has been moved from 2 p.m. to 1 p.m. ... Former Mount St. Mary's standout Vanessa Blair was selected to the Northeast Conference Hall of Fame. Blair is the Mount's career blocks leader with 242 and ranks seventh in points (1,488) and third in rebounds (849). She was the NEC Player of the Decade in the 1990s and its Player of the Year in 1990-91 and 1991-92 in helping the Mount post an 80-30 record. Blair was Mount St. Mary's head coach from 1998 to 2007 and is now in her fifth year as head coach at Bethune-Cookman.

College baseball: Maryland added Elkton native Corey Haines as a volunteer assistant coach. Haines, who was a volunteer assistant last season at Shippensburg, spent 2009 to 2011 at College Park as a volunteer and student assistant. This season, he'll work with the infielders, direct all baseball camps and assist with on-campus recruiting.

Baseball: Baltimore-based Under Armour announced that the sixth-annual Under Armour All-America Baseball Game, powered by Baseball Factory, will be played Aug. 24 at Wrigley Field in Chicago. The game will air live on MLB Network and showcase 36 of the best high school players in the country. Former Oriole Bill Ripken will return as a team manager, and Hall of Famer Cal Ripken Jr., also a former Oriole, will serve as the game ambassador.

Rowing: The fourth annual Rowing Talks, a workshop for high school and secondary school rowing coaches hosted by Washington College, will be live-streamed by U.S. Rowing today from 8:45 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.  The daylong event features 14 speakers on topics such as effective training techniques and college recruiting. Rob Jones and Oksana Masters, the rowing pair that was featured in the Sports Illustrated article "The Marine and the Orphan" and earned the bronze medal in the 2012 Paralympics in London, will also give a presentation at the event. Masters was named U.S. Rowing's Female Athlete of the Year, the first adaptive rower to be so honored. To watch live, go to ustream.tv/usrowing. For the schedule and information on the speakers, go to rowingtalks.com. To tweet a question, use the hashtag #RowingTalks.






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