The Maryland Horse Breeders Association, Maryland Thoroughbred Horsemen's Association and Maryland Jockey Club announced the finalists for the first Renaissance Awards. Winners of the top Maryland owner, trainer and jockey, as well as the champion Maryland-breds of 2017 will be announced Feb. 12 at the Sagamore Pendry Baltimore along the waterfront at Recreation Pier in Fells Point. Tickets are $150 with a portion of the proceeds to benefit local charities: Beyond the Wire, the Maryland Horse Industry Foundation and Maryland horse industry scholarships. Owner of the Year finalists are Larry Johnson, Sagamore Farm and James Wolf. Trainer of the Year finalists are Claudio Gonzales, Kieron Magee and Mike Trombetta. Jockey of the Year finalists are Horatio Karamanos, Feargal Lynch and Jevian Toledo. To purchase tickets and for more information, including a list of horses that are finalists for awards, go to MarylandThoroughbred.com.
Laurel Park: Multiple graded-stakes winning homebreds Awesome Banner and millionaire Favorite Tale will have their 10 rivals surrounded when they load in the gate for Saturday's $100,000 Fire Plug. The 22nd running of the Fire Plug for 4-year-olds and up and the 32nd renewal of the $100,000 What a Summer for fillies and mares 4 and older, both at 6 furlongs, highlight a nine-race program that begins with a first post of 12:30 p.m.
Ravens' Yanda, ex-Terp Duda picked for JuCo Hall of Fame
Ravens guard Marshal Yanda and Maryland alumnus Mark Duda have been selected for the National Junior College Athletic Association Football Hall of Fame, it was announced Tuesday. Yanda spent two seasons at North Iowa Area Community College, twice earning all-region honors and being named an All-America honorable mention in 2004. After a "slacker" lifestyle in high school, he raised his grades and rededicated himself to improving his football strength, skills and knowledge at community college. The Cedar Rapids native then moved on to Iowa, where he won a starting job and received All-Big Ten second-team honors as a senior. The Ravens selected him in the third round of the 2007 NFL draft. Until a season-ending ankle injury in Week 2 this season, Yanda had been a mainstay in Baltimore. A six-time Pro Bowl selection and two-time first-team All-Pro honoree, he is considered one of the top interior linemen in the NFL. Yanda is under contract through the 2019 season after signing a four-year, $32 million deal in 2015. Duda, a four-time Northeastern Football Conference Coach of the Year at Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa., is the NJCAA's active leader in career wins. He was defensive coordinator in the Falcons' inaugural season in 1993 and took over as head coach the next year. Since then, his teams have 166 wins and a career winning percentage of .680. At Maryland from 1979 to 1982, Duda had 19 sacks, including 13 his senior season, and he was enshrined in the school's Wall of Fame in 1994. He was selected in the fourth round of the NFL draft in 1983 by the St. Louis Cardinals and played 55 pro games, including 34 starts, through 1987, amassing 9.5 career sacks.
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Ravens: The Ravens' top decision makers are traveling to Florida this week for the annual offseason planning meeting at owner Steve Bisciotti's home. Bisciotti traditionally hosts a group that includes team president Dick Cass, general manager Ozzie Newsome, assistant general manager Eric DeCosta, senior vice president of football administration Pat Moriarty and head coach John Harbaugh. The meeting usually lasts about two days and includes a review of the previous season, where the team stands with the salary cap and thorough discussions about several decisions the front office will need to make in the offseason. Team officials frequently say the summit provides a blueprint for the offseason.
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Capitals: The Capitals unveiled the jerseys and pants they will wear for their NHL Stadium Series outdoor game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium on March 3. In a nod to the Navy, Washington will take the ice in Annapolis in a predominantly navy blue uniform for the first time in franchise history.
Major League Lacrosse: The Chesapeake Bayhawks selected a dozen players in Wednesday's supplemental draft. The Bayhawks chose defenseman Luke Duprey (Duke) in the first round. Others players selected were: midfielders Matt Rees (Navy), Mark Glicini (Yale), Brian Masi (Sacred Heart), Tyler Young (Towson) and Kyle Weber (Bates); defensemen Goran Murray (Maryland), Jack Sikora (Rutgers) and Jason Crane (Loyola Maryland); attackmen John Glesener (Army) and Jeff Froccaro (Princeton); and goalie Austin Geisler (High Point).
Women's college lacrosse: Senior Emily Dees (John Carroll) and juniors Jillian Petito, Marley Heller (Perry Hall) and Taylor Carhart (Manchester Valley) have been named team captains for Mount St. Mary's.
Pro basketball: The Baltimore Shuckers signed Antonio Wright (Meade, CCBC-Essex), who will be playing his fifth season for Baltimore.