The 2021 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball tournament will be held at Capital One Arena in Washington, ACC Commissioner John Swofford announced Thursday. Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., will serve as host for this season's tournament, followed by Greensboro Coliseum in Greensboro, N.C., in 2020. The sites were determined by a vote of the league's 15-member institutions. Washington, D.C., has been the site of the ACC Tournament on two previous occasions in 2005 and 2016. Duke claimed the title in 2005 with a 69-64 win over Georgia Tech in the championship game. In 2016, North Carolina won its 18th overall ACC title, defeating Virginia 61-57 in the finals.
Accomplished apprenticejockey riding at Laurel Park
Apprentice jockey Reylu Gutierrez, a 22-year-old native of Rochester, N.Y., has moved his tack to the Mid-Atlantic and is named to ride Donald Barr-trained Holiday Hopes in today's ninth race at Laurel. Holiday Hopes, a 4-year-old Harlan's Holiday filly owned by Walter Vieser II, is coming off an 8 ½-length victory in a one-mile, off-the-turf maiden special weight Aug. 2 at Laurel. She drew Post 2 in a field of 13. Gutierrez has won 65 races and more than $1.6 million in purse earnings from 593 starters since launching his career last fall at Finger Lakes Gaming and Racetrack in Farmington, N.Y., about a half-hour drive from his hometown. He delayed his riding career to attend Cortland State University in Cortland, N.Y., two hours from Rochester, where he earned a bachelor's degree in exercise physiology. The son of trainer Luis Gutierrez and nephew of jockey Jose Gutierrez, he won his first race Nov. 2, 2017 at Finger Lakes aboard Occhio Della Tigre, trained by his father. ... Having shared the training title at the recently concluded Maryland State Fair meet in Timonium, Phil Schoenthal is looking to carry that momentum into Laurel Park's calendar year-ending 61-day fall stand that opens Friday. Schoenthal, 41, has two horses entered on today's 10-race program and three more for Saturday's 12-race card, both of which begin with a 1:10 p.m. first post. He and Gerald Brooks, also based at Laurel, tied atop the standings with five wins during Timonium's seven-day meet which ended Monday.
Registration opened forUS Lacrosse convention
US Lacrosse today opened registration for the annual US Lacrosse Convention and Fan Fest (LaxCon), set for Jan. 11-13 in Philadelphia. LaxCon represents lacrosse's largest professional development conference and industry trade show, attracting more than 7,000 participants annually. Registration for the full weekend convention for coaches, officials and organizational leaders starts at $130 for the general public and just $90 for US Lacrosse members. Tickets for the US Lacrosse Fan Fest, a portion of LaxCon's Jan. 12 schedule open to lacrosse fans of all ages, start at $10. The US Lacrosse Convention will take place in the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is comprised of more than 100 educational sessions, many of which occur on indoor demonstration fields surrounded by seating for attendees. The convention's expo hall will feature roughly 150 exhibitors, showcasing the latest lacrosse equipment, apparel, services and more. For more information or to register, visit uslacrosse.org/laxcon.
Men's college basketball: Maryland is scheduled to play only one game on national network television during the 2018-19 regular season, according to the schedule released by the Big Ten on Thursday. The Terps will take on Michigan on CBS on March 3 at Xfinity Center. The remainder of Maryland's games will be on the Big Ten Network, ESPN or one its affiliates or FoxSports1. Maryland's opening regular-season game in College Park against Delaware on Nov. 6 will be televised on BTN Plus, which is for subscribers only. For the full schedule, go to baltimoresun.com/sports.
— Don Markus
Men's college lacrosse: Arnold native and Loyola Maryland graduate John Svec was named an assistant coach at Brown. Mike Higgins will also join head coach Mike Daly's staff.
Women's college lacrosse: Navy assistant coach Aly Messinger has been promoted to associate head coach fon head coach Cindy Timchal's staff.
— From Sun staff and news services