Baby Situation wins on opening day at Timonium
First-time starter Baby Situation ($7.60), saddled by Gary Capuano, won the third race at Timonium on Friday, the first of 10 days of action at the Maryland State Fair. J.D. Acosta was aboard the 2-year-old daughter of Medallist, the first of two victories Friday for the journeyman rider. Dane Kobiskie got off to a quick start to lead the trainer standings, winning twice. He saddled Lemon Cookie ($4) to win the fourth race and Meant Every Tear ($5.40) in the sixth. Racing resumes today at 1:05 p.m.
Spivey helps Maryland women to 9-0 soccer rout
Ashley Spivey (McDonogh) had a career-best seven points (three goals and an assist) to power host Maryland (1-0) to a 9-0 victory over the Citadel (0-1) on Friday. The Terps led 3-0 at halftime. ... Katelyn McFadden had a goal and an assist to lead visiting Loyola Maryland (0-1) to a 2-1 victory over Towson (0-1). ... Emma Blair scored the game-winner from 18-yards out in the 29th minute to lift visiting Mount St. Mary's (1-0) to a 1-0 win over UMBC (0-1). ... Kaylie Davidson gave Navy (0-1) a 1-0 lead at the 33:05 mark, but visiting North Carolina State scored the next three goals and won, 3-2.
Women's basketball: Maryland released its nonconference schedule, which is highlighted by home matchups with Connecticut and Ohio State, as well as a trip over Thanksgiving to the San Juan Shootout. The Terps will open at South Florida on Nov. 8, then head back to College Park to welcome Loyola Maryland on Nov. 10 in their home opener. Maryland will take on the defending national champion Huskies on Nov. 15. The Terps will take on George Washington on Nov. 19, then play at Towson on Nov. 23. Drexel will visit Comcast Center on Nov. 25. Maryland will take a trip to Puerto Rico for two games in the San Juan Shootout over the Thanksgiving break. The Terps will play Texas Southern on Nov. 28 and Ohio University on Nov. 29. Ohio State will travel to College Park for the Big Ten/ACC Challenge on Dec. 4. The Terps will host Siena and Delaware State on Dec. 9 and 14, respectively. Maryland will host Howard, College of Charleston and Wofford in the Terrapin Classic, which is on Dec. 28 and 29.
Football: The 2014 Maryland football recruiting class has its headliner. On Friday night, Good Counsel defensive end Jesse Aniebonam pledged to the Terps. The four-star prospect picked Maryland over reported offers from Alabama, Clemson and Ohio State, among others. Aniebonam, rated the No. 102 player nationally by 247Sports.com, is now the highest-rated player in Maryland's 2014 class. The 6-foot-4, 230-pound prospect joins Pennsylvania defensive linemen Brett Kulka and David Shaw (both two-star players according to Rivals.com) and St. John's (D.C.) quarterback Will Ulmer, McDonogh offensive lineman Jared Cohen, Ohio tight end Andrew Gray, Massachusetts running back Johnathan Thomas, Texas offensive lineman Brendan Moore and Pennsylvania linebacker Tyler Burke (all three-star players) in Maryland's class.
Men's lacrosse: Elizabethtown hired Andrew 'Drew' Delaney as men's head coach. Delaney, who has spent the past two seasons as Arcadia's first coach, is a former assistant at Washington College.
Nationals deal Suzuki, DeJesus for prospects
The Washington Nationals shipped backup catcher Kurt Suzuki to the Oakland Athletics and flipped outfielder David DeJesus to the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday. Both deals netted the Nationals a minor league pitcher. For Suzuki, who had been with the Nationals for more than a year, Washington received right-hander Dakota Bacus, a 22-year-old with a 3.09 ERA this year whom the Nationals sent to Single-A Hagerstown. The Nationals claimed DeJesus off waivers from the Chicago Cubs on Monday, anticipating that American League contenders would be interested in his services. They were correct, and ended up acquiring one of two 22-year-old minor league pitchers.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
WNBA: Monique Currie scored 15 points to help the host Washington Mystics (13-15) beat the Atlanta Dream (14-10) for the first time in the past nine meetings, 74-64. Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) led the Dream with 17 points and eight assists, in addition to eight rebounds, but she shot just 6-for-20 from the field and committed five turnovers.
National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit named midfielder Diana Matheson its Most Valuable Player. The 29-year-old Canadian international finished the year with a team-high eight goals, tying her for fourth in the NWSL. She led the Spirit with three assists and started all 19 of the contests in which she appeared. Tori Huster, 23, was named Defender of the Year after starting 21 of the Spirit's 22 matches and leading the roster with 1,880 minutes.
Lacrosse: Bayhawks attackman Ben Rubeor (Loyola High) has signed with equipment maker Brine to be a sponsored athlete on Team Elite. Rubeor is the boys coach at St. Mary's and serves as offensive coordinator at Maclay School in Tallahassee, Fla.
Major League Soccer: The league Ben Olsen's automatic one-game suspension and fine from last Saturday's ejection, making him to coach D.C. United's game against Toronto FC tonight at RFK Stadium.
NHL: The Washington Capitals signed free-agent center Mikhail Grabovski to a one-year, $3 million contract. Washington now has a little more than $2.6 million remaining under the $64.3 million salary cap, with restricted free-agent forward Marcus Johansson still unsigned. Grabovski, 29, is expected to be the latest in what has been a long line of players suiting up for the Capitals as second-line center since Sergei Fedorov departed the organization in 2009. The most recent person to serve that role, Mike Ribeiro, signed with the Phoenix Coyotes as a free agent this offseason, leaving a void in Washington's lineup. Grabovski, 29, had nine goals, seven assists and 24 penalty minutes in 48 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs last season. He has 94 goals, 123 assists and 245 penalty minutes in 367 career NHL games with Toronto and the Montreal Canadiens.
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post