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Palace favored to win $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park

Palace is the 8-5 morning-line favorite for today's $250,000 General George Handicap at Laurel Park, a 7-furlong race with nine sprinters. A son of City Zip, Palace won three straight stakes races in New York last year, including the Fall Highweight, before two second-place finishes on the inner track at Aqueduct. He has been first or second 11 times in 12 starts for trainer Linda Rice. "He is very consistent with a lot of natural raw talent," Rice said. "He is a closer, so they are always fun." Javerre will return to seek another victory after winning the Grade 3 sprint last year at 6-1 odds. The son of Outflanker has not won since last year's General George. Frankie Pennington picks up the mount on the New Jersey-bred, who has 12 in-the-money finishes in 16 starts. Monday's 10-race card also features the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes.

Women's college lacrosse

Midfielders lead No. 2 Terps at home vs. Richmond, 15-5

Five Maryland players scored at least two goals Sunday as the No. 2 Terps (2-0) topped Richmond (1-1) in their home opener, 15-5. Midfielders Taylor Cummings (McDonogh) and Kelly McPartland had four goals each to lead Maryland, which opened its scoring 50 seconds into the game and built a 9-1 halftime lead. The Spiders had only six shots in that stretch and committed eight turnovers. They had more success offensively in the second half, getting four shots past freshman goalkeeper Emily Kift, but the Terps' offense answered with six goals, including two from freshman midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge), who finished with a hat trick. Midfielder Beth Glaros (Wilde Lake) and attacker Halle Majorana added two goals each. Defenders Megan Douty, Alice Mercer (Century) and Casey Pepperman (McDonogh) recorded two caused turnovers each. Mercer had four ground balls.

Division III: Senior attacker Shannon Carta (South River) scored a career-high four goals as Salisbury (1-0) opened its season with a 17-2 victory over Roanoke (0-1). The Sea Gulls, undefeated since an 8-7 loss to Trinity in the 2012 NCAA championship game, have won their past 24 games. Carta had Salisbury's first goal on a free-position opportunity just over a minute into the game, and the Sea Gulls scored five more times in the first 23 minutes of play. Carta finished with a career-high four goals and one assist, and junior attacker Shelby Nemecek (Liberty) had a hat trick and an assist for Salisbury.


Women's college basketball

Delaware overwhelms Hines-Allen, Towson, 52-43

Tigers senior guard LaTorri Hines-Allen and junior forward Tanisha McTiller had doubledoubles, but Towson (11-14, 5-7 Colonial Athletic Association) led the Blue Hens (16-6, 8-3) for only the first six minutes of a 52-43 defeat at Delaware. Hines-Allen's 18 points led all players, while McTiller had 11 and junior guard Ciara Webb (Patterson) added 10 for Towson. McTiller also had her 600th career rebound, becoming the fifth Tiger all time and the first Tigers guard to record 1,000 career points and 600 rebounds. Towson shot 28.6 percent from the field, to Delaware's 36.1 percent, but had a 45-41 rebounding edge.

More Division I: UMBC set a season high for points as it ended an 11-game losing streak with a 77-62 win over visiting Vermont (6-19, 3-9 America East Conference). Five Retrievers (3-22, 2-11) scored in double figures, led by freshman guard Taylor McCarley, who had 18 points and five rebounds. Freshman forward Sara Tarbert had 14 points and sophomore guard Liz McNaughton contributed 12. In a game that included 10 ties and 16 lead changes, the Retrievers took the final lead of the game with 4:03 remaining to spark a 15-2 run.

Et cetera

No. 21 Florida takes baseball series with 8-5 win vs. Terps

No. 21 Florida (2-1) took the decisive game of its weekend series against visiting Maryland, 8-5, in a game shortened to eight innings for travel reasons. Terps sophomore Kevin Martir had one run and two RBIs on two hits Sunday, and redshirt freshman Brandon Lowe had one run and one RBI on one hit after adding three hits in a 9-7 win Saturday. Maryland (1-2), which lost the opener Friday, 4-0, led 3-1 after the first inning, but Florida had four runs in the second on three walks, two hits and a hit bitsman to take a 5-3 lead. Three Gators runs in the fifth inning put the game out of reach for the Terps.

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