Funeral services for John Sykes Sr., former City College and Morgan State football star, will be held this weekend. The wake and viewing is scheduled for Friday, July 19, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Wylie Funeral Home, 9200 Liberty Road. On Saturday, a service celebrating Sykes’ life will be held at 11 a.m. in the Murphy Fine Arts Center at Morgan State University, 2201 Argonne Drive. A family hour (10 a.m.) precedes that service.

Sykes, 70, of Pikesville, died July 8 of an apparent stroke. A standout running back in high school and college, he led City to two undefeated campaigns; at Morgan State, he became the first player to rush for more than 1,000 yards in a season.


Baseball: When a wild pitch flew by Southern Maryland Blue Crab Tony Thomas, he hesitated briefly before taking off and becoming the first player ever to steal first. Until July 11, stealing first base was never a possibility, but after the All-Star break, four new rules were added to the partnership between Major League Baseball and the independent Atlantic League. The Atlantic League, which consists of eight teams including the Blue Crabs of Waldorf, is a player gateway to the MLB and helps test rules before they are instituted in the MLB. Now, with the latest round of rules, “Batters may ‘steal’ first base on any pitch not caught in flight (the batter can be thrown out if he attempts to run).”

— Giana Han

Fishing: Fishing League Worldwide Tour pro Bryan Schmitt of Deale won Saturday’s T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) tournament on Lake Champlain after catching five bass weighing 19 pounds, 10 ounces. For his win, Schmitt earned $7,209 and 250 points in the Northeast Division standings. The winner of the division’s Angler of the Year title after five tournaments will win $3,000. Robert Wedding of Welcome caught the heaviest bass in the Co-angler Division, a fish weighing in at 5 pounds, 2 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $275.

College football: Maryland sophomore running back Anthony McFarland Jr. and Navy senior quarterback Malcolm Perry were named to the preseason watch list for the Maxwell Award for the National Player of the Year. Maryland senior defensive back Antoine Brooks Jr. earned a spot on the preseason Bednarik Award watch list for the National Defensive Player of the Year.

National Women’s Soccer League: The Washington Spirit acquired defender/midfielder Elise Kellond-Knight from Reign FC in exchange for goalkeeper Sammy Jo Prudhomme. Kellond-Knight played with the Brisbane Roar of the Australian W-League for seven years, from 2008 to 2015, while also having stints with Fortuna Hjørring of the Elitedivisionen and Iga FC Kunoichi of the Nadeshiko League.

NHL: The Washington Capitals have re-signed defenseman Colby Williams to a one-year, two-way contract. Williams’ contract will carry an average annual salary of $700,000 ($90,000 AHL). Williams, 24, recorded 10 assists in 36 games with the Hershey Bears (AHL) last season.

College track and field: Ozzie Brown was named McDaniel men’s and women’s indoor and outdoor track and field coach. Brown spent the past two seasons as the track and field head coach at Scranton, serving as the program’s first head coach.

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