Digest (Jan. 20): Positive test for EHV-1 virus prompts Laurel Park restrictions

The Maryland Jockey Club has placed some restrictions on shipping in and out of Laurel Park. Sal Sinatra, president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said Saturday that a horse that shipped to Laurel had tested positive for the EHV-1 virus. The horse has been removed from the grounds but the barn he was stabled in has been placed under quarantine. The horse will be tested off property again Tuesday. If the horse tests negative restrictions will be lifted immediately. If he tests positive again, the restrictions will remain in place until Jan. 30. "We're asking horsemen in other states and at training centers to check their policies before entering," Sinatra said. ... Jacks Or Better Farm's multiple graded-stakes winning homebred Awesome Banner, winless in 12 starts competing against some of the country's top sprinters, returned to the winner's circle with a half-length victory in Saturday's $100,000 Fire Plug at Laurel Park. ... The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved Saturday at Laurel Park, growing the jackpot carryover to $10,290.05 for today's nine-race program. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.


Pole vaulter from Franklinis National Athlete of Week

Kentucky junior Olivia Gruver (Franklin) was named National Athlete of the Week by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association. Olivia Gruver cleared 15 feet, 1 inch to win the pole vault at the Kentucky Invitational inside Nutter Field House this past weekend. She broke her school record by two inches – which she cleared en route to the NCAA outdoor title last June. ... Johns Hopkins junior hurdler and long jumper Maya Hammonds was named the Centennial Conference Field Athlete of the Week. ... McDaniel junior hurdler Yusrah Adebayo was named the Centennial Track Athlete of the Week.

Women's ice hockey: Stevenson sophomore goalie Annie Smyth-Hammond was named Middle Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week and the United Collegiate Hockey Conference Goalie of the Week. Smyth-Hammond had 62 saves in a 1-0-1 week.

Women's college swimming: Washington College senior Jenni Clune was named the Centennial Swimmer of the Week.

Men's college basketball: Stevenson senior guard Danzel Wright is one of 100 players nationally on the watch list for the 2018 Clarence "Bevo" Francis Award. The award, in its third season, honors the top player in small college basketball, consisting of NCAA Division II and Division III, as well as the NAIA, USCAA and NCCAA. The award, presented by the organization Small College Basketball, is named after Bevo Francis, who played at Rio Grande College from 1952 to 1954. Wright has started all 16 games for the Mustangs this season and is averaging 22.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.9 assists per game while shooting 48.8 percent from the field, 43.5 percent behind the arc and 92.1 percent from the free-throw line.

Women's college basketball: Fourteenth-ranked Maryland will partner with Play4TheCure for the Terps' top -15 matchup vs. No. 8 Ohio State Monday at 7 p.m. (ESPN2). Play4TheCure is a fundraising platform for the National Foundation for Cancer Research. Fans can bid on Maryland memorabilia on the concourse beginning an hour before tipoff and running through the first half. All proceeds will benefit the National Foundation for Cancer Research.

Orioles: Individual game tickets for the 2018 season at Oriole Park at Camden Yards will go on sale Thursday Jan. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets will be available online at orioles.com/tickets, by phone at 1-888-848-BIRD and on-site at Oriole Park and the Orioles Official Team Store at the York Galleria in York, Pa.

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Baseball: The Bowie Baysox will host a Hot Stove Luncheon on Jan. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Wild Wings in Annapolis. Former Baysox and current Orioles outfielder Austin Hays and pitcher Jimmy Yacabonis will attend along with 2017 Baysox infielder Erick Salcedo. ... The regular meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" will be held on Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way. Columbia, MD. Ralph Peluso will discuss his book, "512". Call 410-992-1186 for more information.

Men's college lacrosse: Stevenson will host a competitive one-day prospective camp for student-athletes on Feb. 18 at Mustang Stadium from noon to 4 p.m. The camp is open to high school players who will graduate in the class of 2019 and 2020. Cost for the camp is $125.Including in the camp is a tactical skills session, full-field scrimmages, campus tours and a recruiting question and answer seminar. For more information or questions, contact assistant coach Tim Puls at 443-352-4298 or gtpuls@stevenson.edu.

Boxing: Jake Smith's Baltimore Boxing will host the "Super Brawl of Boxing" on Jan. 26 at Michael's Eighth Ave in Glen Burnie. Baltimore Boxing is also pleased to announce that five-time world champion and the subject of the movie "Bleed for This" Vinny Paz will be on hand to meet fans. Paz is a regular at Baltimore Boxing cards and local fight fans have adopted him as if he were one of their own. This Olympic style boxing card is headlined by a title unification between Maryland State Middleweight champ Deshawn Chase of Baltimore Boxing and East Coast belt holder Marquis Moore of Salisbury's Main Street Boxing Gym. This card also features the debut of former Maryland and NFL linebacker Leon Joe. The event also serves as a fundraiser for Tina Frost, who was shot during the mass shooting in Las Vegas last year. Tickets are available by going to Baltimoreboxing.com/events or calling 410-375-9175. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first fight is scheduled for 8:30 p.m.

College baseball: Mount St. Mary's will host a fundraising banquet Feb. 17 at 6 p.m. the Links of Gettysburg. Former NEC Pitcher of the Year and San Diego Padre Dustin Pease will be the guest speaker. For more information, Contact Kevin Robinson Jr. (301-447-5462 or krobinson@msmary.edu) or Scott Thomson (301-447-3806 or sthomson@msmary.edu).

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