Souper Lucky takes $50,000 allowance at Laurel Park

Live Oak Plantation's Souper Lucky rallied off the pace to take Saturday's $50,000 allowance feature at Laurel Park, an effort that will set up a stakes appearance on Presidents Day weekend. Sent to post as the 2-1 favorite under Julian Pimentel for trainer Mike Trombetta, Souper Lucky took the widest way around Laurel, racing outside horses down the backstretch and around the turn and bidding for the lead as the horses straightened for home in the 11/16-mile test. He won by 11/2 lengths over pacesetter A. P. Cino, with Concealed Identity taking third. "I had a really good trip," Pimentel said. "I spoke to Mike this morning and he really liked him in this spot. He told me to get him to relax and make one big run. He is a very nice horse. Mike thinks he has a bright future." Souper Lucky, a son of Giant's Causeway, covered the distance in 1 minute, 43.66 seconds and paid $6.60. Since entering the Trombetta barn last summer, the 4-year-old has won four of six starts. Trombetta will look at the $100,000 John B. Campbell Handicap at 11/8 miles on Feb. 14 and the $250,000 General George Handicap at 7 furlongs on Feb. 16.



Heading to pros, WR Diggs signs with D.C.-based agent

Former Maryland wide receiver Stefon Diggs has signed with Washington-based agent Adisa Bakari of the Sports Entertainment Group at Kelley Drye. Bakari represents noteworthy NFL players such as Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte and Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le'Veon Bell. Bakari is also representing other NFL draft prospects such as former Indiana running back Tevin Coleman. Diggs recently decided to forgo his senior season at Maryland and enter the NFL draft. The 6-foot, 190-pound Gaithersburg resident had 62 catches for 792 yards and five touchdowns in 10 games for the Terps this season. projects Diggs will be selected in the fourth round.

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Park grad O'Keefe wins cyclo-cross race at nationals

Park graduate Samuel O'Keefe won the USA Cycling Collegiate Cyclo-cross Nationals Division 2 men's race Saturday in Austin, Texas. O'Keefe, who competes for Middlebury College, finished in 57 minutes, 27 seconds to beat second-place finisher Jack Kisseberth of Tufts, who finished in 59:21. USA Cycling includes over 2,700 clubs and teams, and more than 62,000 members, including coaches, mechanics, race directors and competitive cyclists of all ages and abilities.

Major League Soccer: Bryan Namoff's lawsuit against D.C. United, stemming from a concussion that ended his career five years ago, will not go to trial. According to D.C. Superior Court online records, the case is closed and a pretrial conference last week was canceled. A jury trial had been scheduled to begin Feb. 23.

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Youth squash: Four girls represented Baltimore at the British Junior Open Squash Championships last week. In girls under-17, Casey Wong (Roland Park) finished 17th and Eleonore Evans (McDonogh) finished 33. In girls under-13, Emily Schuster finished 12th and her sister, Abigail, was 17th; the girls attend St. James Academy in Monkton. This was the first year the United States sent a team to the event.