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Horse owner Arnold Heft dies at 94; he pitched in minors, refereed, co-owned Bullets

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Horse owner Arnold Heft dies; he pitched in minors, co-owned Bullets

Arnold Heft, a longtime horse owner who pitched for the minor league Orioles in 1938, refereed in the NBA from 1945 to 1961 and co-owned the Baltimore Bullets from 1964 to 1968, died in his sleep Wednesday night at Sunrise at Fox Hill Senior Living Facility in Bethesda. He was 94. Heft pitched four minor league seasons, finishing with a 30-25 record, including 22 victories for Owensboro in the D League in 1941. "He just loved sports," said Heft's trainer Tim Keefe. "He was full of life. When he came into a room everyone knew it. He had great stories and had a wonderful personality." Heft and his wife, Sylvia, campaigned multiple stakes winners Pulverizing, Baldski's Choice, He Is Risen, Eighttofasttocatch and Red's Round Table. "Eighttofasttocatch was the first horse I bought for Arnie and Sylvia," added Keefe. "Arnold loved putting horses in her name but when Sylvia started to have some medical problems he just switched the ownership. He owned all the horses and just loved the business. He was wonderful to train for. He loved coming to the races to watch his horses run but never wanted me to run them unless they were ready." Keefe said Heft's horses will run in the name of his wife or the estate of Arnold Heft. Heft was on the Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association board of directors and was a past president of the Home Plate Club of Washington. He's a member of the Washington Metropolitan Area Basketball Hall of Fame and the Greater Washington, D.C., Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. The Heft family has arranged a graveside service today at 2 p.m. at Garden of Remembrance Memorial Park in Clarksburg.

NFL: The Washington Redskins reached an agreement Thursday with former Dallas Cowboys defensive lineman Jason Hatcher, according to his agent and a person within the Redskins organization. Hatcher last season led the Cowboys with 11 sacks, which is more than Washington's defensive linemen combined. His acquisition further puts in doubt the future of defensive end Stephen Bowen, who is coming off of microfracture surgery and has a salary cap hit of just more than $7 million.

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Women's college lacrosse: Four Blue Devils scored a hat trick in No. 10 Duke's 21-2 drubbing of visiting Davidson (1-4). The Blue Devils (5-3) outshot the Wildcats 36-6. … Washington College fell to Fredonia State, 12-8, in West Palm Beach, Fla. The Blue Devils (1-2) went on a 6-1 run in the second half to secure the win over the Shorewomen (2-2).

Indoor college track and field: UMBC senior Andrew Smith is set to compete at the NCAA championships in Albuquerque, N.M. Smith, the sixth Retrievers athlete ever to advance to the national meet, will run in the 800 meters tonight. ... Salisbury sophomore Luke Campbell and junior Tyler Austin will compete at the NCAA Division III championships in Lincoln, Neb. Campbell will race in the 60-meter hurdles and Austin in the 60-meter dash.

Special Olympics: The Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks and Special Olympics Maryland hosted the Adult Unified Basketball Championship. More than 50 athletes participated in a 12-week basketball league, which culminated with the championship tournament at Farring Bay Brook Recreation Center.

Capitals: Washington re-signed defenseman Dmitry Orlov to a two-year contract extension. George McPhee Orlov, 22, will earn $1.75 million during the 2014-15 season and $2.25 million in 2015-16. He has scored three goals and had six assists and 19 penalty minutes in 38 games with Washington this season.

Varsity girls basketball: De'Janae Boykin of C.H. Flowers was namedGatorade Maryland Girls Basketball Player of the Year. The 6-foot-3 junior forward averaged 21.1 points, 15.8 rebounds and 7.1 assists per game.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United defender Conor Shanosky had surgery on a fractured left radius in his wrist and is expected to miss one week.









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