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Lindisfarne, Majestic Affair win stakes races at Laurel

Lindisfarne broke quickly from the gate, backed off two challengers who raced to her inside and then powered by them down the stretch to win the $100,000 Marshua Stakes for 3-year-old fillies, the first of two stakes Thursday at Laurel Park. Majestic Affair dominated in the co-feature, taking the $100,000 Frank Whiteley Jr. Stakes for 3-year-olds. Both races were postponed Saturday because of snow. Lindisfarne, trained by Rudy Rodriguez and ridden by Victor Carrasco, won by 11/2 lengths, covering 6 furlongs in 1 minute, 11.40 seconds over the fast main track and paying $12.80 to win. Lake Sebago was second and Comforter third. Majestic Affair won by 53/4 lengths ahead of long shot Measured, who nipped Notional Debt for second. The winner, trained by Chad Brown and ridden by Kendrick Carmouche, covered the 7 furlongs in 1:23.88 and paid $2.40.

Men's college basketball: UMBC leading scorer Wayne Sparrow no longer is eligible to play during the 2014-15 season, the team announced Thursday. Sparrow, a first-team All-Metro selection for St. Frances in 2010, graduated in four years from Richmond and had a year of eligibility remaining. He enrolled as a graduate transfer for the fall semester, but UMBC said he was unable to matriculate in a particular graduate school program for the spring semester, which began Monday, and therefore he is no longer eligible to play. Sparrow, a guard, was averaging 13.8 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.2 assists for the Retrievers (3-18, 1-7 America East).

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Orioles: The Orioles are going back to their previous season-ticket plans, meaning the popular 13-game option has returned for new customers who want to purchase it. Heading into the offseason, the Orioles had decided to change their season-ticket plans for new customers — adding 20- and 40-game plans and eliminating the 13-game option (which was still available for renewal by existing customers). However, the club is changing gears, scrapping the 20- and 40-game plans. Now, new customers can purchase what the three plans that have been offered since their days at Memorial Stadium: 13-game, 29-game and 81-game plans. The Orioles will be in contact with customers who had already committed to the new plans to find out how they want to proceed under the current changes.

Eduardo A. Encina

More baseball: Washington Nationals outfielder Jayson Werth has pleaded guilty to reckless driving and been sentenced to five days in jail for driving 105 mph on the Capital Beltway in July. Werth, 35, was convicted last month in Fairfax County and sentenced to 10 days in jail, but appealed his conviction to Circuit Court. The Washington Post reported that Werth, a former Orioles minor leaguer, entered a guilty plea Thursday. He will serve his sentence on weekends to minimize disruption to his shoulder rehabilitation.

Varsity girls basketball: Two recruits who have committed to play at Maryland, Kiah Gillespie, a 6-foot-1 forward from Capital Preparatory Magnet in Hartford, Conn., and Brianna Fraser, a 6-foot-3 forward from South Shore Victory in Brooklyn, N.Y., will play for the East in the McDonald's All America Game on April 1 at 5:30 p.m. at the United Center in Chicago. The game will be televised on ESPNU.

NBA: Goran Dragic scored 20 points to lead five Phoenix players in double figures and the host Suns held on to beat the worn-out Washington Wizards, 106-98, on Wednesday night. The Wizards, who were playing their fourth game in five nights, trailed by 22 in the first half and 18 early in the fourth quarter before twice cutting the deficit to four.

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