Ben's Cat could be first to win four Maryland Million races

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Ben's Cat could be first to win 4 Md. Million races

Ben's Cat has a chance next Saturday at Laurel Park to become the first horse to win Jim McKay Maryland Million races in four different years. After victories in 2010, 2011 and 2012 in the Turf Sprint, the King Leatherbury homebred finished second in the Turf a year ago after the Turf Sprint was eliminated. Leatherbury has cross-entered his star in the Sprint and Turf. The 8-year-old has won 27 of 43 starts, with earnings of $2,175,990. The 29th annual event has 188 pre-entries, 46 of whom are Maryland-bred horses that will be allowed to run only if there is a field of fewer than six. The post-position draw for the $1 million day will be at noon Wednesday. The Classic has 16 nominees, including defending champion Eighttofasttocatch, who also won in 2011.

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No. 2 Maryland tops No. 4 Penn State in field hockey

Efficient offense led No. 2 Maryland (10-2, 4-1 Big Ten Conference) to a 4-3 win over No. 4 Penn State (10-3, 2-2) on Friday in the first top-five field hockey matchup in the Big Ten since 2002. Terps redshirt senior goalkeeper Brooke Cabrera had a career-high 10 saves. Freshman Lein Holsboer scored twice, while juniors Alyssa Parker (Glenelg) and Anna Dessoye each had a goal.

Women's college soccer: Junior Jen Nance (Severna Park) made 11 saves, the most in her UMBC career, and earned her sixth shutout this season, as the Retrievers (8-3-2, 0-1-2) played to a scoreless tie at America East foe New Hampshire (4-7-2, 1-1-2) on Thursday night.

Women's college lacrosse: Navy will host six exhibition games Sunday. The Midshipmen will play Princeton at 1 p.m., Team USA at 3p.m. and Maryland at 5 p.m. Maryland will play Team USA at 2 p.m. and Princeton at 4 p.m.

Men's college basketball: Washington College has hired Evan Elberg as an assistant coach. Elberg spent this past season as an assistant at his alma mater, Drew. ... UMES coach Bobby Collins will be inducted today into the Hall of Fame for his alma mater, Eastern Kentucky.

From Sun staff and news services

NBA: Washington Wizardsbig man Kris Humphries underwent surgery on his right hand to repair nerve damage Thursday and is expected to miss three to four weeks before he can resume basketball activity. Humphries cut his hand on the rim in the second quarter of Monday's preseason opener against the Chicago Bulls and needed eight stitches. ... TheNBA suspended four Wizards players, including starting power forward Nene and backup DeJuan Blair, one regular-season game each for leaving the bench during a scuffle between teammate Paul Pierce and the Bulls' Joakim Noah on Monday.

Jorge Castillo, The Washington Post

NFL: Washington Redskins safety Ryan Clark (ankle) and inside linebacker Perry Riley (knee) missed a third consecutive day of practice because of injuries, and both will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Arizona. Larry HessJay Gruden Clark, who hasn't missed a game because of injury since 2008, and Riley rank second and third, respectively, on the team in tackles. Will Compton Trenton Robinson Fellow starters linebacker Brian Orakpo (ankle), left tackle Trent Williams (knee) and tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) also are listed as questionable.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post

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