Ironman Series to hold first state, Mid-Atlantic race in September
The inaugural state Ironman triathlon will take place Sept. 20, becoming the first Ironman Series race in the Mid-Atlantic and the series' 12th U.S. location. The 2.4-mile swim will take place in the Choptank River on the Delmarva Peninsula, the 112-mile bicycle race will run through Dorchester County and into the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, and the 26.2-mile run will be on primarily flat roads. General registration for Ironman Maryland will open Thursday at noon on ironman.com/maryland. The triathlon will offer 30 age-group qualifying slots to the 2015 Ironman World Championship on Oct. 10, 2015, in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii.
Terps' Frese earns more than $100,000 in bonuses
The Maryland women's basketball team's run to the Final Four triggered bonuses topping $100,000 for coach Brenda Frese. The fourth-seeded Terps advanced to their first Final Four since 2006 before losing to Notre Dame in the national semifinals. Frese's bonuses total $100,507 under her contract terms. According to the contract, Frese was to get cumulative "competition bonuses" for reaching the NCAA tournament's first round ($5,000), second round ($10,000), Sweet 16 ($15,000), Elite Eight ($20,000) and Final Four ($25,000). Frese would have earned more than $100,000 in additional bonuses if the Terps had won the national championship. She also earns bonuses based on players' graduation rates. Frese earns between $300,000 and $400,000 in base salary alone and signed a contract extension last year to keep her at the school through at least June 2021.
More Maryland women: Former Terps forward Alyssa Thomas was one of 12 of the nation's top prospects invited to attend the WNBA draft Monday in Uncasville, Conn. Thomas is the third Terp in three years to be invited, following Tianna Hawkins last year and Lynetta Kizer in 2012. First-round coverage will begin at 8 p.m. on ESPN2.
Men: Sam Cassell Jr. (Towson Catholic, St. Frances) and Xavier Richards (Baltimore City Community College) earned Division I All-National Junior College Athletic Association honors. Cassell, a Chipola (Fla.) guard, was named to the first team, and Richards was named to the third team. ... UMES forward Ishaq Pitt was named the 2014 winner of the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar of the Year award
'Truth' wins first 2-year-old race this season at Pimlico
Jeffrey Sanchez rode Truth In the Lies to victory in the first state race for 2-year-olds this season, winning the Thursday opener at Pimlico Race Course. Sanchez rode the Wesley Ward filly in the $40,000 maiden claimer to a two-length score with a time of 54.17.
More horse racing: Pimlico will host the 2014 Xpressbet Anything Goes Handicap Tournament on April 26-27, with the top three finishers earning spots in the Daily Racing Form National Handicapping Tournament in January. 2015. The first day, all entrants compete against one another for one of 16 spots on Day 2. Day 2 will feature a head-to-head bracketed tournament for the top 16 qualifiers.
Women's college lacrosse: No. 18 Virginia (8-6, 2-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) used a 4-0 run over the last 10 minutes to earn a 16-14 upset victory over No. 4 Boston College (10-4, 2-4). Courtney Swan had three goals and three assists for the Cavaliers. Covie Stanwick (Notre Dame Prep) had four goals and two assists for the Eagles. Liz Colgan (Notre Dame Prep) made 10 saves for Virginia. ... Kat DeRonda had four goals to power No. 5 Northwestern (9-3, 3-1 American Lacrosse Conference) to a 15-9 decision over visiting Vanderbilt (4-9, 1-3). After two early ties, the Wildcats used two 4-0 runs in each half to pull away from the Commodores.
Track and field: Francena McCorory is set to compete today in the 400-meter dash in Coppin State's annual Don Webster Invitational, which begins at 2 p.m. McCorory, who ran for Hampton, won gold in the 4x400-meter relay at the 2012 London Olympics. She is the reigning International Association of Athletics 400-meter indoor world champion.