Digest: Champion jockey Jevian Toledo sidelined with fractured vertebrae
From Sun staff and news services|
Jan 21, 2018 | 11:03 PM
Jevian Toledo, the leading rider in Maryland with 144 wins in 2017, will be sidelined indefinitely after a spill during training hours Sunday morning at Laurel Park. Toledo, 23, was transported to Howard County Hospital in Columbia complaining of back and leg pain after going down when a horse he was exercising fell. Toledo's agent, Marty Leonard, said X-rays revealed compression fractures of T7 and T8 vertebrae in his middle back as well as a collapsed lung. Leonard said Toledo was waiting to be transferred to University of Maryland Medical Center's Shock Trauma unit Sunday afternoon for precautionary reasons. A native of Caguas, Puerto Rico, Toledo topped all jockeys in Maryland with purse earnings of $4,564,961 in 2017, leading Laurel's calendar year-ending fall meet with 61 wins and $1.8 million in purses. Toledo owns four meet titles.
Laurel Park: Deal Driven sprinted to a 21/4-length win in the fourth race at Laurel Park to give Mike Merryman his first career training victory. Ridden by Carlos Quinones, 4-year-old Into Mischief gelding Deal Driven ($4.40) ran about 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 46.15 seconds over a fast main track in the $23,000 claiming event for older horses. Deal Driven was the only horse in the five-horse field to be claimed out of the race, taken for $16,000 by trainer Anthony Farrior.
Report: Canada leading candidate to become offensive coordinator
Matt Canada, a well-traveled offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach who spent last season at LSU, has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Walt Bell at Maryland, according to ESPN. ESPN college football reported Adam Rittenberg tweeted Sunday that a deal with Canada, 46, "could be finalized soon." Bell left last week to take a similar position at Florida State. Canada played and later coached at Indiana, where he served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach from 2007 through 2010. Since then, he spent one season at Northern Illinois, where he had coached early in his career, one year at Wisconsin, three years at North Carolina State, one year at Pittsburgh and last season at LSU. Canada and LSU agreed to part ways after just one season despite the fact that he had signed a three-year contract. The Tigers finished 54th in the country in total offense (411.1 yards a game). LSU was 28th in rushing offense (207.6 yards) but was 84th in pass offense (203.5).
Karcz records Loyola Md.'s first triple double in victory
Loyola Maryland women's basketball sophomore Stephanie Karcz posted the program's first triple double and sophomore Alexis Gray tied the school's record for 3-pointers made in a game as the host Greyhounds earned a 70-55 win over Colgate (4-15, 0-8). Karcz finished with 14 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists while Gray made seven 3s to tie her career-high of 21 points. Freshman Isabella Therien added 16 points and sophomore Ashley Hunter finished with her second career double double of 11 points and 11 rebounds for Loyola (5-14, 3-5).
More women: Redshirt senior Brittani Burgess recorded her first career double double with 14 points and a career-high 12 rebounds, but host UMBC fell, 78-75, to Albany (17-3, 6-1 America East Conference). Senior Laura Castaldo led the Retrievers (2-17, 1-5) with 19 points. Jessica Fequiere paced Albany with 15 points as five Great Danes scored in double figures. ... Redshirt senior Raine Bankston scored 22 points and senior Mary Cuevas added 21 points and 12 rebounds to lift visiting Towson to an 83-58 win over College of Charleston (5-14, 1-7 Colonial Athletic Association). Junior Danielle Durjan (Harford Community College) scored 16 points to help the Tigers (8-11, 3-5) end a two-game losing streak.
Men:Travis Charles scored 21 points, David Nichols added 17 and Alex Foster had 13 rebounds as Albany dismantled visiting UMBC, 83-39. Ahmad Clark made two 3-pointers and the Great Danes had a 20-4 lead with just over seven minutes before halftime. Albany (16-6, 4-3 America East) never trailed. Jairus Lyles led UMBC (13-8, 4-2) with 14 points.
Major League Soccer: D.C. United claimed two Brazilians in the last round of the MLS draft and invited veteran right back Sheanon Williams to training camp, which will open today in Washington. In the fourth round, United selected Albany forward Afonso Pinheiro (Sao Paulo) and Virginia Commonwealth midfielder Rafael Andrade Santos (Rio de Janeiro) before passing on its final pick of the draft.