King Leatherbury a first-time finalist for Hall of Fame

King Leatherbury a first-time finalist for Hall of Fame
Shady Side trainer King Leatherbury, 81, is pointing Ben's Cat to the Mister Diz Stakes at Pimlico on April 5. (Courtesy photo, Capital Gazette)

Laurel Park-based trainer King Leatherbury, who turns 82 this month, is one of 10 finalists for induction to the National Museum of Racing and Hall of Fame. It's Leatherbury's first appearance on the ballot. The class of 2015 will be announced April 20, with the ceremony taking place Aug. 7 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Leatherbury, a Baltimore native who attended Maryland, is one of five trainers to top 6,000 career wins, ranking fourth with 6,449 and counting. His horses have won 23 graded stakes.

More horse racing: Maryland-based trainer Howard Wolfendale can earn his 1,500th win today at Laurel when he saddles Robert Cole's Changingoftheguard in the third race. Wolfendale saddled his first winner at Laurel in 1977 at age 21 and saddled his 1,000th at Laurel in 2005. ... Yes I'm Lucky, who won the Laurel Futurity in September by 61/2 lengths, returns to the races today off an 11-month layoff in the $75,000 Silks Run at Gulfstream Park.



Virginia loses lacrosse star Pannell for rest of season

Virginia junior attackman James Pannell will miss the remainder of the season because of a knee injury suffered Thursday in practice. Pannell was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Offensive Player of the Week on Monday after his six goals helped the No. 7 Cavaliers defeat No. 9 Cornell, 15-14. He had 11 goals and four assists in six games.

Women's lacrosse: No. 2 North Carolina used a 5-0 run in the second half to pull away and win, 10-6, over No. 20 Albany (4-1) in a game played at St. Paul's School for Girls. The Tar Heels (7-1) were led by Aly Messinger, Molly Hendrick and Sammy Jo Tracy, all with two goals. ... Host Stevenson (3-3) used a 6-3 run in the first half and held off a rally to win, 9-8, over Farmingdale State (0-1). Kathryn Merrick (Bel Air) had two goals and an assist and Leanne Bittner (Loch Raven) had seven saves. The Rams drew within one with 2:47 left in the game.

Wrestling: Sixth-seeded Johns Hopkins senior Paul Bewak advanced to the NCAA 125-pound quarterfinals with two wins in the opening session of the NCAA Division III championships in Hershey, Pa.

Women's basketball: No. 4 Maryland will host an NCAA selection show viewing party Monday at Xfinity Center. Doors will open at 6 p.m.

Et cetera

Redskins add cornerback Culliver, lose LB Orakpo

Free-agent cornerback Chris Culliver has joined the Washington Redskins, leaving the San Francisco 49ers after four years marked by off-field problems. Culliver and former Denver Broncos defensive tackle Terrance Knighton signed their free-agent contracts with Washington on Friday, the same day the Redskins found out that linebacker Brian Orakpo had left the team to go to the Tennessee Titans. In other NFL news, former Ravens linebacker Josh Bynes signed a two-year contract with the Detroit Lions, the team he played for in 2014.

Tennis: Fourth-ranked Andy Murray, a two-time Grand Slam winner, will return to Washington this year to play at the Citi Open tournament that begins Aug. 1. No. 5 Kei Nishikori has also committed to play in the annual tennis tournament at the Rock Creek Park Tennis Center. No player ranked above No. 5 in the world has played in the tournament since American Andre Agassi did in 2003 as the world No. 1.

Kelyn Soong, The Washington Post