College Football

San Diego wants to host Navy-Notre Dame football

The group that puts on the Holiday and Poinsettia Bowls wants Navy to return to San Diego, this time with Notre Dame as its opponent. The San Diego Bowl Game Association is in preliminary talks with Navy to move its home game against Notre Dame to Qualcomm Stadium in either 2016 or 2018. Organizers feel it makes sense, considering the huge Navy presence in San Diego. "It aligns with our mission of generating tourism for San Diego and exposure," Mark Neville, the executive director of the bowl game association, said Tuesday. "Of course Navy-Notre Dame would be a pretty attractive, high-profile event for our region. It certainly doesn't hurt to talk with them about it." Neville said Navy had a positive response to the idea. "Navy has a great fan base in San Diego. That's kind of a natural," he said. Navy has played in the Poinsettia Bowl four times, including the first one in 2005, when it beat Colorado State, 51-30, and last year, when it beat San Diego State, 17-16. It also lost, 35-32, to Utah in 2007 and lost, 35-14, to San Diego State in 2010. Navy also played at San Diego State in 1994, losing, 56-14. Navy is the home team in even-numbered years in its series with Notre Dame. Games have been played in Landover and Baltimore; Dublin; Orlando, Fla.; East Rutherford, N.J.; and Philadelphia. Notre Dame never has played in San Diego.

Women's college basketball: Maryland coach Brenda Frese and members of the Terps visited the State House on Monday, where they met Gov. Larry Hogan and other members of the government. Hogan and Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford welcomed the team, which advanced to the Final Four, to the governor's office and took official photos.


Men's college basketball: Towson coach Pat Skerry received the 2015 Guardians of the Game Award for Service by the National Association of Basketball Coaches this month. Skerry and Georgia Tech assistant coach Tom Herrion were honored for their efforts in bringing awareness to autism. … Hood coach Tom Dickman, who has overseen the program since its inception 12 seasons ago, is stepping down to focus full time on his duties as athletic director.

Men's college lacrosse: No. 4 Syracuse (9-3) rebounded from Saturday's 17-15 loss to No. 2 North Carolina by opening with a 15-0 run and winning, 18-5, over Hobart (7-4)to claim the Kraus-Simmons Trophy. Randy Staats had four goals and Dylan Donahue had a hat trick for the Orange, which leads the series 27-3. The trophy is named for Syracuse coach Roy Simmons Sr., who won 253 games, and Babe Kraus, who won 208 at Hobart. ... No. 8 Albany (10-2) won its third straight, 10-8 over host Bryant (5-8). Seth Oakes had a hat trick and Blaze Riorden made 11 saves. ... Henry Blynn scored a career-high six goals to lead No. 14 Brown (9-3) to a 15-11 win over host Providence (4-8).


Women's college lacrosse: Steph Lazo (St. Mary's) had a hat trick to power No. 12 Penn State (11-3) to a 13-9 victory over Cornell (8-5). The Nittany Lions have won six straight. Penn State trailed 3-1 before scoring seven straight.

College baseball: Towson (9-23-2) and visiting Coppin State (3-25-2) played to a 7-7 tie in 10 innings. ... Towson sophomore Chris Henze was selected as Colonial Athletic Association Player of the Week, and Mark Grunberg was named CAA Rookie of the Week.... Maryland sophomore Mike Shawaryn was named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week.

College cross country: Loyola Maryland coach Rick Woods will retire at the end of the school year, his 13th with the program.

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Ben's Cat's 9-year-old debut will be Friday at Pimlico

Ben's Cat, a multiple graded stakes winner and earner of more than $2.3 million in purses, is entered to make his 9-year-old debut Friday against eight rivals in a 5-furlong turf sprint at Pimlico Race Course. Bred, owned and trained by Mid-Atlantic horseman King Leatherbury, Ben's Cat drew post 5 for the open $55,000 allowance that features three other Maryland-breds. He will carry regular rider Julien Pimentel and 120 pounds, 2 fewer than topweight Knockitdownhard. Friday's race comes nine years to the day that Ben's Cat, a gelded son of Parker's Storm Cat, was foaled. He has won 28 of 45 lifetime starts, 23 stakes and four Grade 3 stakes, most recently the Parx Dash Handicap in July. "He's such a popular horse. Everybody knows him," said Leatherbury, who celebrated his 82nd birthday March 26. "Everybody asks me about him everywhere I go. 'Is Ben's Cat coming back?' 'When is Ben's Cat coming back?' So, here he is and we'll see what this race looks like. I'm looking forward to getting him going again."

Ravens: Safety Brynden Trawick, center-guard Ryan Jensen and cornerback Rashaan Melvin signed their exclusive-rights tenders Tuesday. Trawick and Melvin's tenders are worth $585,000 and Jensen's is $510,000. They are the first of the Ravens' exclusive-rights free agents to sign their tenders.

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NFL draft: Utah wide receiver Dres Anderson ran the 40-yard dash in 4.43 to 4.47 seconds during his Pro Day workout Tuesday with Ravens wide receivers coach Bobby Engram in attendance, according to NFL sources. Engram also met individually with Anderson, who caught all but one pass, a corner route that went out of bounds. The son of former NFL wide receiver Willie "Flipper" Anderson, Dres Anderson is roughly 90 percent recovered from a medial collateral ligament injury that required surgery nearly seven months ago. ... New Hampshire All-America wide receiver R.J. Harris (Arundel) has been invited to the Ravens' local prospect day April 21, according to NFL sources. Harris is regarded as an ascending draft prospect, drawing middle- to late-round draft grades. ... Chip Kelly... Penn State offensive tackle Donovan Smith (Owings Mills) is visiting the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, according to league sources. He has also been invited to the Ravens' local prospect day, according to sources.

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Women's soccer: Washington Spirit goalkeeper Ashlyn Harris and defender Ali Krieger have been named Jill Ellis to the U.S. national team roster for the World Cup.