College Football

Digest: Towson football to play The Citadel in 2018, 2019

The Towson football team will play a home-and-home series with The Citadel in 2018 and 2019, the Tigers announced. The meeting will be the first between the schools. The first game of the series will be played at Johnny Unitas Stadium on Sept. 28, 2018, and the second game will be played at Johnson Hagood Stadium in Charleston, S.C., on Aug. 29 or 31, 2019. The Tigers will open the 2017 season at home on Sept. 2 against Morgan State.



Phelps joins board of mental health company

Michael Phelps, the swimmer raised in Rodgers Forge and winner of more gold medals than any other Olympian, was appointed Monday to the board of directors of Medibio, an Australian medical technology company that has developed a test to assist in the diagnosis of depression, chronic stress and other mental health disorders. "I have personally experienced Medibio's technology and believe it can help make a profound impact in diagnosing mental health and empowering people to seek the help and support they may need," Phelps said in the company's news release. "In sports, there is so much focus on the physical aspects of performance, and athletes are analyzed from head to toe. But for many athletes, mental health has not been a topic of focus, and the data analysis aspect of it has been missing up until now." Phelps was recently named the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration honorary chairperson of National Mental Health Awareness Day 2017 for his mental health advocacy. Along with fellow swimmer Allison Schmitt, he also received the organization's Special Recognition Award.



Warrior sets record in Annapolis-to-Newport race

Annapolis resident Ian Gordon achieved a major life goal early Monday morning when he helped Warrior set the course record in the Annapolis-to-Newport offshore sailing race. "For me personally, it's very meaningful to have been on the boat that broke the record for this race," said Gordon, who has completed the event 13 times. "I was raised on the Annapolis-to-Newport Race and I've been chasing this record for a long time." Warrior, a Volvo 70 skippered by Stephen Murray Jr., completed the 474-nautical mile passage in 40 hours, 14 minutes, 36 seconds. That shattered the previous mark of 42:58:12, which was set during the 2001 Annapolis-to-Newport Race by the Farr 60 Carrera. Veteran Annapolis professional Chris Larson served as skipper aboard Carrera when it set the Annapolis-to-Newport Race record. That boat, which was owned by Joseph Dockery, maintained the mark through seven subsequent editions. Gordon, who served as a helmsman and trimmer on Warrior, was among four crew members with Annapolis ties. Program manager Jan Majer and pit man John von Schwarz both grew up in Annapolis. Ryan Breymaier, who served as a watch captain along with Majer, lived in Annapolis for several years at the beginning of his professional sailing career. Black Pearl, a Carkeek 47 skippered by Stefan Jentzsch of London, was the second boat to finish. The German-flagged entry, which started alongside Warrior on Saturday morning, crossed the line at 12:58 p.m. Monday in 49:53:40.Hooligan, a TP52 raced by members of the Naval Academy Varsity Offshore Sailing Team, finished just after 4 p.m. Monday.

—Bill Wagner, Baltimore Sun Media Group

Et cetera

Varsity softball: Kaitlin Beasley-Polko of Leonardtown was named Gatorade Maryland Softball Player of the Year. The 5-foot-6 senior right-hander had a 21-2 record in the circle with a 0.36 ERA this season, leading the Raiders (21-2) to the Class 4A East Region championship game. She allowed just 43 hits and struck out 331 batters in 157 innings and had six no-hitters, including one perfect game, and 15 shutouts. Beasley-Polko batted .590 with eight doubles, a .640 on-base percentage and a .794 slugging percentage.

NBA: Guards Justin Robinson (Monmouth) and Marcus Keene (Central Michigan), forwards Kris Jenkins (Villanova) and Xavier Rathan-Mayes (Florida State) and centers Przemek Karnowski (Gonzaga) and Landen Lucas (Kansas) are scheduled to participate in a predraft workout today for the Washington Wizards.

Horse racing: Highlighted by a program of six stakes June 24, Laurel Park will offer 21 stakes worth $1.6 million in purses during its summer meet, which opens Friday. The 33-day summer stand will run Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Aug. 20.