Digest: Leading jockey Vargas rides three straight winners at Laurel Park
Mar 05, 2018 | 11:25 PM
Jorge Vargas Jr. rode three straight winners late in Monday's card to punctuate a four-win afternoon at Laurel Park for the current winter-spring meet's leading jockey. Vargas picked up his first winner with Belfour ($3.20) in the second race and Mila Jane ($10.80) in the sixth, first-time starter Three Hawk ($7) in the seventh and Kaitain ($4.40) in the eighth. Vargas leads apprentice Weston Hamilton atop the jockey standings, 32-19, and is also the leading rider in purses earned with more than $1 million. The winter-spring meet runs through March 31. ... The 20-cent Rainbow 6 went unsolved, growing the jackpot carryover to $42,563.90 for the return of live racing Friday. ... Jockey Ricardo Chiappe had two winners, aboard Dutch Blitz ($4.20) in the first race and Stay West ($6) in the fifth. Trainer Mike Trombetta saddled back-to-back winners with Truly Hot ($11.20) in the third and Springtime Wind ($3.40) in the fourth.
Men's college basketball
Poly's Lewis receives offer from Maryland
Maryland has offered Poly boys basketball sophomore Justin Lewis, he tweeted Monday, making the four-star forward the first Baltimore-area prospect in either the Class of 2019 or 2020 to receive a Terps scholarship offer. The 6-foot-7, 225-pound Lewis is rated the No. 63 overall prospect in the 247Sports.com Composite rankings for sophomore recruits. He also claims offers from Georgetown, Penn State , Boston College , Kansas State and Texas Christian, among others, and has participated in several U.S. men's junior national team minicamps. Lewis, a Calvert Hall transfer, has helped lead No. 4 Poly (21-4) to the Class 3A state semifinals. The Engineers will face Stephen Decatur of Worcester County on Thursday at the Xfinity Center in College Park.
IronBirds to honor military as Star-Spangled Banners
The Aberdeen IronBirds, the Orioles' Short-A affiliate, will change their name to the Aberdeen Star-Spangled Banners this season for Sunday home games and Military Appreciation Night on Aug. 9 to honor the military and Maryland as the birthplace of the national anthem. The IronBirds will wear uniforms that feature a patch for the branches of the military and the lyrics to the anthem on the jersey's tail. They will be auctioned later in the year to benefit the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, a nonprofit that offers care to those who have lost a service member. The IronBirds will be again be called the Steam Crabs for one game, Aug. 24. The team will release a schedule of all-you-can-eat crab feasts Friday, which is National Crab Meat Day.
Baltimore-based heavyweight Cassius Chaney extended his record to 12-0 with a second-round knockout of Tim Washington on Saturday night in New York. The fight, on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev-Igor Mikhalkin main event on HBO, was Chaney's second under the tutelage of Baltimore trainer Calvin Ford. Chaney grew up in Baltimore but moved away when he was 14 and only returned last year to work with Ford at the Upton Boxing Center. Chaney had been knocked down in his previous fight but quickly backed Washington (6-6, four knockouts) into a corner in the second round and pummeled him with head and body shots. He landed a clean right hand with 1 minute, 28 seconds left in the round, and the referee waved off the fight without a count.
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Men's college lacrosse:Ethan Walker scored three goals and Trevor Baptiste went 12-for-20 on faceoffs to lift visiting No. 4 Denver (4-1) to a 10-6 win over No. 9 North Carolina (6-1).
Women's college lacrosse:Kylie Ohlmiller had four goals and two assists to lead No. 1 Stony Brook (5-0) to a 16-3 rout of host Michigan (2-5).
Women's college volleyball: Maryland hired AJ Bonetti as an assistant coach. Bonetti, a graduate of East Stroudsburg and George Washington, previously served as an assistant at Tennessee for two years. Before his stint at Tennessee, Bonetti spent seven years at UNC Wilmington .
Men's college track and field: Stevenson freshman Dimeon Wright (Winters Mill) qualified for the NCAA Division III indoor championships in the long jump, becoming the first male Mustang to qualify for nationals.