Construction of stalls at Laurel Park begins
Construction has begun on new stalls at Laurel Park, the Maryland Jockey Club announced. According to the 10-year agreement signed in December 2012, a minimum of 300 stalls need to be built by the MJC's parent company, The Stronach Group, as part of a backstretch revitalization project. "We broke ground before Christmas and 150 stalls will be finished with horses in them by April," Stronach Group chief operating officer Tim Ritvo said. "The Stronach Group has made great strides at Santa Anita and Gulfstream Park and Maryland is now our next big project. Within six months we hope to make an announcement of a solid plan of what racing will look like in the state. These plans have been on the drawing board for way too long and we are trying to focus on them right now and push forward."
Wagering: The MJC concluded its 2014 racing season last week, posting average wagering figures that were 2.2 percent lower than 2013. The average daily handle dropped from $2.52 million to $2.46 million per day. The year had 142 live racing dates, three fewer than the previous year, and 204 simulcast days.
Women's college basketball
Towson rallies, overwhelms William & Mary in overtime
Host Towson opened overtime with a 6-0 run and led by as many as 12 points in earning a 77-69 victory over William & Mary on Tuesday. The Tigers (5-9 overall, 1-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association) outscored the Tribe (6-7, 0-2) by 20-12 in overtime. William & Mary led by four at halftime and by as many as 15 points in the second half, but Towson chipped away and tied the game on a 3-pointer by Ciara Webb (Patterson) with seven seconds left. William & Mary's 3-point attempt with one second left missed. LaTorri Hines Allen led Towson with 21 points; Dominique Johnson added 20, and Webb (Patterson) had 18.
Men's college basketball
Loyola's Jones hurt again; his season might be over
Another injury has extended Jarred Jones' stay on the sideline, and this one could end the season for the Loyola Maryland starting forward. The Havre de Grace resident and John Carroll graduate had his wrist placed in a hard cast last week, and it appears that this injury will force the 6-foot-7, 188-pound junior to wait until next season to return to the court. "He went to the doctor last week, and he's probably going to be out for the year," coach G.G. Smith said Monday. "Right now, he's out three to four weeks with the hard cast, and they'll evaluate him after that. It's not 100percent that he's out, but that's probably the most likely scenario. So right now, he's out indefinitely." Jones hasn't played since Nov. 16.
Honors: The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association named Bowie State senior Cameron Knox (W.E.B. DuBois) Player of the Week and Darrell Brooks Coach of the Week.
Ray Lewis III will transfer from Miami to Coastal Carolina
Ray Lewis' son has found a new school where he will play college football. Ray Lewis III, the son of the retired Ravens middle linebacker, announced that he's transferring from Miami to Coastal Carolina. Lewis III wrote on Instagram that he would transfer after not playing last semester and focusing on his academics. "Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity," Lewis III wrote. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door! #Round 2." Lewis III attended Lake Mary Prep in Florida and redshirted as a freshman with the Hurricanes this season. Lewis never played a down for Miami, where his father was a consensus All-American before being drafted in the first round by the Ravens before their inaugural season in 1996. The 5-foot-9, 175-pound Lewis III rushed for nearly 10,000 yards and 100 touchdowns in high school. "I know my dad did leave a great legacy at the University of Miami and in the NFL," Ray Lewis III said when he signed with Miami. "I realize I'm following in his footprints, but I'm also trying to lead my own path."
NBA: The Wizards' 92-85 win over New Orleans on Monday night earned the team's highest average household rating (2.55) for a regular-season game in the Washington market on Comcast SportsNet in more than four years. The previous high (2.59) was for a home game against the Los Angeles Lakers on Dec. 14, 2010. The Wizards' average rating on Comcast SportsNet through 34 games this season is 1.47, which is an increase of 66percent over last season's rating at this time and 44 percent higher than last year's final average.
—Scott Allen, The Washington Post