Bandbox and Ilikecandy won their respective races Monday at Laurel Park. Bandbox took the $250,000 General George Handicap (G3), giving the horse its first win in nearly three years. Under Xavier Perez, Bandbox, who is trained by Rodney Jenkins, completed the 7-furlong distance in 1:24.18 and won by four lengths. Monday's 10-race card was the first since last Wednesday. A powerful storm dumped 17 inches of snow and nearly an inch of ice at the Central Maryland track last week which caused Laurel officials to cancel live racing last week. The $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2) was postponed a week until this Saturday. "Mr. Jenkins told me this race could set up really well for us today and it turned out just like that. He broke really well and I just kept him comfortable and kept him behind everyone as long as I could. I had so much horse underneath of me," Perez said. "When we got near the top of the stretch I swung him to the outside and he just dragged me to the front." Ilikecandy, with jockey Alex Cintron, moved her record to 3-1 at Laurel Park with a seven-length victory in the $100,000 Maryland Racing Media Stakes for fillies and mares Monday afternoon. Malibu Red finished second behind Ilikecandy, who has never finished worse than second in five lifetime starts. "I wanted to get a good spot early and I was able to," Cintron said. "We stayed off the rail and out of trouble. This is a very nice filly that will get better the farther she goes. I was comfortable and confident today and when we closed at the quarter pole I was making sure she'd be ready to go farther next time."
The Blast (13-3) will face either the Syracuse Silver Knights or the Missouri Comets on March 11 in the closing game of its Major Indoor Soccer League semifinal series. The opening game will be played on the road — either at Syracuse on March 7 or at Missouri on March 9 — and if the aggregate score is tied after the second game, a 15-minute mini-game will be played to decide the series. With a 12-10 win on Jan. 31 over Syracuse, the Blast clinched a playoff berth and a shot at defending its title. The Blast's opponent will be based on results from the rest of the regular season. Missouri has a record of 10-7 and currently holds a half-game lead over Syracuse (10-6), but Syracuse has the tiebreaker because of two head-to-head wins in the regular season. Tickets for the March 11 playoff game at Baltimore Arena go on sale at noon Thursday.
Terps and Tigers to play in inaugural Ripken Cup
Maryland and Towson will face off in the inaugural Ripken Cup college baseball invitational, a two-game series at Ripken Stadium on April 15 and May 7.. Ripken Stadium last held a Division I baseball game in 2004, when Maryland hosted Georgia Tech for a three-game series. Individual tickets range from $5 to $10 for the general public and $4 to $9 IronBirds season-seat holders. Tickets include free parking and are available at the Ripken Stadium Box Office or by calling 410-297-9292.
Division III: St. Mary's senior captain Sam Beatty (Hammond) won the season's first Pitcher of the Week award from the Capital Athletic Conference. The 6-foot-2 right-handed pitcher helped St. Mary's (1-0) to a 4-3 season-opening win over conference newcomer Christopher Newport on Feb.10. Beatty threw five innings of one-hit ball, giving up one unearned run. He struck out four Captains while walking two
Orakpo is likely Redskins' top target for franchise tag
The Washington Redskins' top candidate for the franchise player tag appears to be linebacker Brian Orakpo. Using the tag on Orakpo would cost the Redskins approximately $10.9 million for a one-year contract but would limit Orakpo's mobility on the free agent market. The Redskins would have the right to retain Orakpo by matching any offer by another team, or to receive two first-round draft choices from Orakpo's new club if they allow him to depart. The Redskins alternatively could use the exclusive franchise tag, at a higher price, to take Orakpo off the free agent market altogether. Unless the Redskins use the franchise tag on Orakpo, who had 10 sacks last season and has 39.5 sacks in his five NFL seasons, he would be eligible for unrestricted free agency March 11. It is not clear whether the Redskins plan to use the franchise tag on Orakpo if they're unable to re-sign him before the March 3 deadline.
—Mark Maske, The Washington Post
College football: Six Maryland football players were named to the All-ACC Academic team. Linebacker Cole Farrand, cornerback Dexter McDougle and punter Nate Renfro were among the 26 repeat selections, while kicker Brad Craddock, center Sal Conaboy and cornerback Will Likely were first-time honorees.
College water polo: Johns Hopkins freshman Matt Fraser and sophomore Erik Henrikson led a contingent of four Blue Jays who made Association of Collegiate Water Polo Coaches Association All-America teams. Fraser and Henrikson garnered first-team honors, while junior Johnny Beal and senior Thomas de Lyon received honorable mention.
College softball: UMBC's game against George Mason, originally scheduled for 2 p.m. today, has been postponed because of field conditions. The game has not yet been rescheduled..
Youth football camp: The Hall of Fame Youth Camp for ages 6-13 will be held July 21-25 at Johnny Unitas Stadium on the Towson's University campus. The all-day camp features Tigers coach Rob Ambrose, his staff and players. Spots are limited. Register at TowsonFootball.com or call 410-844-2774 for questions.