The Hershey Harrisburg Sports & Events Authority announced that Team Maryland has made its final roster selections for the Big 26 Baseball Classic. Pennsylvania hosts the annual event in Harrisburg at FNB Field, home of the Washington Nationals ' AA affiliate Harrisburg Senators. Incoming juniors and seniors were eligible to try out. This year's matchup is scheduled for July 19-22 and features a Buddy Challenger Game, pro-style scout workout and a three-game series for Pennsylvania vs. Maryland. Archbishop Curley's Brooks Norris will be Maryland's head coach. Baltimore-area players on Maryland's roster are: Nate Beal, pitcher, Loyola Blakefield; Gavin Evans, catcher, Archbishop Curley; Brendan Foster, pitcher, Howard; Bryce Frederick, infielder, Dulaney; KJ Jarrett, outfielder, Long Reach; Josh Moylan, first baseman, Archbishop Spalding; Tyler Martinez, outfield, Gilman; Austin Mumaw, pitcher, Loyola Blakefield; Danny Rosenfield, pitcher, Gilman; Nico Santoro, infielder, John Carroll; Ben Smith, third baseman, McDonogh; Matthew Spind, utility, McDonogh; John Toroella, pitcher, Mount Saint Joseph; and Gavin Wingard, outfielder, John Carroll.
Maryland sailors help earnBermuda division victories
Maryland sailors helped boats Grundoon and Wizard win their divisions of the 51st Newport Bermuda Race. Chuck O'Malley (Arnold) and Philip McKee (Annapolis) helped sail Grundoon to victory in the Columbia 50 division. Arnis Baltins (Annapolis), Chris Larson (Annapolis) and Peter Askew (Riderwood) helped sail Wizard to a victory in the Volvo Open 70 division. The 51st Newport Bermuda Race was co-organized by the Cruising Club of America and the Royal Bermuda Yacht Club in a partnership dating back to 1923. It is managed by the Bermuda Race Organizing Committee, a joint working group of the two clubs. Wizard competed in Class 15 that featured the largest and fastest boats in the Newport to Bermuda Race. Heading the list was Rambler 88, a record-setting speed machine. Rambler 88 captured line honors as expected, completing the 635-nautical mile course in 50 hours, 31 minutes and 51 seconds. Warrior came across second in 55 hours, 20 minutes and 9 seconds. Wizard crossed the line off Hamilton Harbour just shy of 17 minutes after Warrior.
Special Envoy to launchcampaign in Laurel stakes
Mr. and Mrs. Bertram Firestone's homebred Special Envoy, who capped last season with three consecutive stakes victories, is set to launch his 7-year-old season against familiar company in today's $75,000 Edward Evans Stakes at Laurel Park . The 1-mile Edward Evans is among four $75,000 stakes restricted to Virginia-bred/sired horses 3 years old and up over Laurel's turf course that help comprise the 11-race program. It is joined by the Nellie Mae Cox at 1 mile and M. Tyson Gilpin at 5½ furlongs, each for fillies and mares, and the 5½-furlong White Oak Farm. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. Special Envoy, trained by Fair Hill-based Arnaud Delacour, was a comfortable 1½-length winner of last year's Evans to begin a sweep of Laurel's trio of Virginia-bred/sired stakes that included the Hansel and Bert Allen, both at 11/16 miles.
Friday's feature: Tom O'Grady's Maryland-bred Dirty, racing for the first time in his home state, split horses at the top of the stretch and caught front-running Jarvis Steel at the eighth pole before drawing away to a five-length victory in Friday's featured ninth race at Laurel Park. It was the second straight win, both over older horses, and third from four starts since being moved to the grass for the 3-year-old Dirty ($5.60), who ran 5½ furlongs in 1:01.88 over a Dahlia turf course rated firm in the $35,000 restricted allowance for 3-year-olds and up.
Spirit goalkeeper Bledsoe named Player of the Week
Washington Spirit goalkeeper Aubrey Bledsoe was voted the National Women's Soccer League Player of the Week.The Spirit host the Orlando Pride tonight at 7 at the Maryland SoccerPlex. ... The Spirit placed midfielder/forward Yanara Aedo (Chile) on waivers.
Major League Soccer: United defender Taylor Kemp will miss the remainder of the season after undergoing surgery on his labrum on June 21.
— From Sun staff and news services