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Digest (Feb. 6): Handicapping contest scheduled for Laurel Park

The Maryland Jockey Club will host its annual Cure the Winter Blues handicapping tournament over six consecutive Saturdays beginning with the Feb. 16 Winter Carnival program at Laurel Park . Weekly and grand prizes will be available to the first, second and third-place finishers in the Cure the Winter Blues tournament, which runs through March 16. In the tournament, participants must make mythical $2 win-place wagers on the final five live races at Laurel along with two designated races from Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Entry fee is $10, with sign-ups taken at the guest services booth. Laurel Park will match the weekly pot up to $300 each week. The prize pool is based on entry fees and the matched pool amount. For more information, visit laurelpark.com/events/cure-winter-blues-0. The Winter Carnival features five stakes worth $800,000 in purses Feb. 16 led by the $250,000 Barbara Fritchie (G3) and $250,000 General George (G3) for older sprinters and the $100,000 Miracle Wood and $100,000 Wide Country for 3-year-olds.

Laurel jackpots: Live racing returns to Laurel Park today with an eight-race program and a $6,028.78 carryover in the Late Pick 5 and a $5,411.06 carryover in the Rainbow 6. The Rainbow 6 sequence begins in the third race with a one mile claiming event that attracted a field of seven while the Late Pick 5 kicks off with the fourth race, a non-winners of two claiming event at 6 furlongs. First race post time is 12:30 p.m.

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Football

Morgan State tackle Milesinvited to NFL combine

Morgan State offensive tackle Joshua Miles (Western Tech) has been invited to the NFL scouting combine in Indianapolis after performing well at the East-West Shrine Game. The combine will take place Feb. 26 to March 1. He's hoping to become the first Morgan State player drafted since Visanthe Shiancoe . The tight end was drafted by the New York Giants in the third round in 2003. Miles, who missed his junior year will focusing on raising his grades, returned to the team, shifted his position and earned the attention of pro scouts. The 6-foot-6, 305-pound Baltimore product was a preseason All-Mid Eastern Athletic Conference pick.

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High Point upsets Dukein men's lacrosse, 13-9

High Point (2-0) scored seven fourth-quarter goals to pull off the first big upset of the men's college lacrosse season, stunning second-ranked Duke, 13-0, in Durham, N.C., on Wednesday night. Senior attackman Chris Young led the Panthers with four goals and an assist. Sophomore attackman Hayden Baker added three goals and sophomore Asher Nolting added two goals and three assists for High Point. Senior midfielder Jake Seau , the son of late NFL Hall of Famer Junior Seau, led Duke with two goals and an assist.

Women's college basketball: The 10th-ranked Maryland women's basketball team (20-2, 9-2 Big Ten) will host Northwestern (14-8, 7-4) tonight at 6:30 at the Xfinity Center in the Terps' annual Play4Kay Pink Game to support breast cancer awareness. The Terps will sport pink and fans are encouraged to do the same. The first 500 fans will receive a pink pom pom. There will be a silent auction benefiting Play4Kay before the game at Gate B with the winners announced via email after the game. The Terps-Wildcats game will be streamed around the world on the BTN2Go app and BTN2Go.com. ... Mount St. Mary's freshman guard Michaela Harrison was named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week for the third straight week and a league-high fifth time this season. Harrison led the Mountaineers with a team-high 24 points while also adding six rebounds and three assists in Saturday's contest against St. Francis Brooklyn.

College track & field: For the second time this season, Coppin State 's Joseph Amoah has been named the MEAC Men's Track & Field Athlete of the Week. A junior from Greater Accra, Ghana, Amoah won the 200-meter dash at Boston University's Bruce Lehane Scarlet & White Invitational in 20.90 over the weekend. It is the second-fastest time in the MEAC and ranks 14th in NCAA Division I. To round out the day, Amoah ran the fastest official split overall in the 4x400m Relay, clocking a 46.527 which put the Eagles in the lead after the second leg. Coppin finished the race second in 3:13.13 which is the second-fastest relay currently in the MEAC.

Running: A 50-kilometer run will be added in Washington on the same day as the Marine Corps Marathon on Oct. 27. This new event diversifies the MCM Weekend with more distance options. The new distance joins the 10K and 26.2-mile races. Registration for the MCM50K opens at noon Feb. 27 at marinemarathon.com.

From Sun staff and news services

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