Mariners make Luddy first overall pick in AIF draft


Mariners make Luddy first overall pick in AIF draft

The newly formed Baltimore Mariners selected quarterback T.J. Luddy with the first overall pick in the American Indoor Football college draft Thursday night. The draft pool consisted of 88 outgoing college seniors, all of whom participated in the USA Football Bowl on Jan. 20 in Hoover, Ala. Luddy, of Division III Albright College (Pa.), was the first of five picks for the Mariners, who are beginning their first season in the seven-team league. A Baltimore Mariners franchise folded in 2010 after three seasons in the American Indoor Football Association. Luddy threw for 2,442 yards and 18 touchdowns and landed 17 punts inside the 20-yard line for the Lions in 2013. The Mariners also drafted Alfred State wide receiver Devin Simmons, Albright tight end Eric Wade, Hobart running back Steven Webb and C.W. Post linebacker Rob Bright. The Mariners will begin their season March 29 against the Cape Fear Heroes.

Europe: Quarterback Justin Sottilare (Oakland Mills) has signed with the German Football League's Franken Knights. The 2010 South Region Player of the Year for Wesley College, Sottilare ranks fourth in school history with 6,673 passing yards, 472 completions and 74 passing touchdowns. The GFL is the top professional football league in Germany.

Special Olympics

2014 Winter Games set to begin Monday at Whitetail

Special Olympics Maryland will host its annual Winter Games on Monday and Tuesday at Ski Whitetail Resort in Mercersburg, Pa. More than 250 Special Olympics Maryland athletes will compete in Alpine skiing and snowshoe events. In addition to Special Olympics Maryland athletes, more than 75 coaches and unified partners (athletes with and without intellectual disabilities training and competing on the same team) will participate. For more information, go to


Whittenburg 4th after Winter Cup prelims

Donnell Whittenburg (Edgewood) used a strong performance Thursday on the still rings to place fourth all-around after the two preliminary rounds of the Winter Cup Challenge in Las Vegas, a two-event that will help determine the 15 men who make the U.S. men's senior national team. Whittenburg, 19, has 86 points. He trails Marvin Kimble (86.2) of Milwaukee, John Orozco (86.150) of New York and Sean Melton (86.150) of Orlando, Fla. Whittenburg placed first on the rings with a 15.7. He was fifth in the parallel bars with a 14.7, eighth on the horizontal bar with a 14.2 and 10th in the vault with a 14.9. The final day of competition begins at 10 p.m. Saturday and can be viewed live at

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Gaudet enters two in today's Campbell at Laurel

Trainer Linda Gaudet has two chances of winning the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap, the co-feature today at Laurel Park. The 11/8-mile test for older runners is the sixth race on the card, which is headlined by the $300,000 Barbara Fritchie Handicap (G2). Managed Account, who finished first or second in seven of 10 starts since being claimed by Jamie Ness a year ago, is the 3-5 morning-line favorite in the field of five. Gaudet will counter with Wild Louis (3-1) and defending champion Concealed Identity (15-1). Wild Louis has hit the board in 10 of 14 starts since being claimed by Gaudet in December 2012, including a runner-up finish in the Maryland Million Classic and third in the Jennings Handicap behind Eighttofasttocatch last fall. Concealed Identity won six times in his first 14 races, including three stakes, but the son of Smarty Jones has visited the winners' circle just once in his past 20 starts, a victory in the 2013 Campbell at odds of 7-1.

NHL: Washington Capitals right wing Alex Ovechkin remained in Sochi two days after his Russian team was eliminated from Olympic medal contention. Ovechkin is caring for his father, Mikhail, who underwent surgery for a heart condition this week. Mikhail Ovechkin, 62, experienced "heart issues" after a Russia preliminary-round game against Slovakia on Sunday, but the family kept the information from the player for three days. The Capitals will resume NHL play Thursday. General manager George McPhee said he has no expectations for when Ovechkin will return to the team.

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Men's college lacrosse: Jordan Wolf and Josh Dionne each had a hat trick to power top-ranked and defending NCAA champion Duke (3-0) past visiting Penn (0-1). Zach Losco scored twice for the Quakers.

Women's college basketball: Katie Rutan had 24 points and Alyssa Thomas had 22 as No. 8 Maryland used a strong first-half performance to beat visiting Florida State, 87-77, Thursday night. The Terps (21-5, 9-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) took the lead for good after 1:57 elapsed and outscored the Seminoles (17-9, 5-8) 53-35 in the first half. Maryland increased its lead to a game-high 22 points on a 3-pointer by Lexi Brown with 17:34 remaining in the game.

College baseball: Maryland's home game against Bryant was postponed Friday because of inclement weather and poor field conditions. The teams will play a doubleheader today starting at noon today. ... Johns Hopkins was selected to finish first after totaling six first-place votes for 78 points in the Centennial Conference preseason poll. Haverford received 74 points. McDaniel (26) and Washington College (22) were picked for eighth and ninth, respectively, in the conference.

College softball: Maryland held No. 13 Stanford to two hits but fell, 2-1, to the Cardinal at the Mary Nutter Collegiate Classic in Palm Springs, Calif. The game ended when Terps freshman Sarah Calta (St. Paul's) was tagged out attempting to score on a passed ball.


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