The Towson University football team has been ranked No. 25 nationally in the Athlon Sports 2020 Football Championship Subdivison Preview.
Towson, which opens season Sept. 5 at Maryland, is coming off its second consecutive winning season, earning seven victories. Four of those wins came against teams either nationally ranked or receiving votes in the polls. Towson was nationally ranked all season long in 2019, including as high as No. 5 after Week 3.
Last week, Shane Simpson, the 2018 Colonial Athletic Association Special Teams Player of the Year who missed most of 2019 because of injury, was selected as a HERO Sports Preseason All-American. Aaron Gryzmkowski and Shane McDonough are returning 2019 All-CAA players. Head coach Rob Ambrose enters his 12th season at the helm of his alma mater.
This is the second straight year in which the Tigers are in the publication’s preseason Top 25 after being No. 11 at the start of 2019.
Five CAA teams stand in the Top 25, including Towson, James Madison at No. 4, Villanova at No. 8, New Hampshire at No. 15 and Albany at No. 23.
Women’s college basketball: Loyola Maryland announced on Thursday that Devyne Newman will join the program as a transfer addition for the 2020-21 academic year.
Newman spent her first two college seasons at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she received the team’s Best Defensive Player Award as a sophomore. She was previously a four-year letterwinner at Herndon High School in Virginia.
Pro wrestling: The Maryland State Athletic Commission has fined two professional wrestling companies for the use of weapons and blood in matches late last year.
All Elite Wrestling, a rising competitor to industry giant World Wrestling Entertainment, agreed to pay a $10,000 fine for actions taken by wrestlers Tyson Smith (who performs as Kenny Omega) and Jonathan Good (who performs as Jon Moxley) in the main event of the company’s Nov. 9, 2019 show at Royal Farms Arena.
Ring of Honor Wrestling, owned by Hunt Valley-based Sinclair Broadcast Group, agreed to pay $4,000 for actions taken by wrestlers Mark LoMonaco (who performs as Bully Ray) and Mark Haskins on the company’s Dec. 13, 2009 show at UMBC. That fine could be reduced to $2,000 if the company commits no further violations in the next year.
Both companies agreed to consent orders with the athletic commission “in the spirit of conciliation and cooperation in an effort to avoid litigation.” Either could be suspended from the state for future violations.
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Running: The Marine Corps Marathon Weekend is proceeding as planned for October while implementing safety measures and following the guidance of government and public health officials. In addition to the planned live version, the MCM10K scheduled for Oct. 25 will now be offered as a virtual event.
Registration for the virtual MCM10K opened to the public at noon Wednesday at marinemarathon.com and costs $33 per entry. There are limited entries available to anyone interested in running the popular 6.2-mile event, which must be run between October 1-25. All participants who complete the virtual event will receive a bib, technical shirt, digital finisher certificate and an impressive finisher medal.
On a space availability basis, runners who register for the virtual MCM10K may seek to transfer to the live MCM10K at a later date. Runners should consider the virtual event as a stand-alone option. Registration in the virtual doesn’t imply guaranteed access to a live MCM10K.
Horse racing: Live racing will return to Laurel Park on Friday with a nine-race card and huge carryovers in the 50-cent Late Pick 5, 20-cent Rainbow 6 and $1 Super Hi-5 wagers.
Neither the Late Pick 5 nor the Rainbow 6 were solved Monday. The 6-5 favorite, Keepr in Spite, was the lone horse alive to take down both wagers and held a short lead nearing the wire but was edged late by Mary Alice ($7.80) to force carryovers of $73,628.67 in the Late Pick 5 and $31,438.17 in the Rainbow 6.
The Late Pick 5 begins in Race 5 on Friday, with the Rainbow 6 kicking off in Race 4. There will also be a Super Hi-5 carryover of $30,908.58 in the opener, scheduled for 12:40 p.m.
Women’s college lacrosse: Navy associate head coach Gabby Capuzzi was elected as a Division I representative for the Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association board of directors.