Horse Racing

Sheldon Russell rides four winners at Laurel Park

Jockey Sheldon Russell, who earned his 1,000th career victory last weekend, rode four winners on Laurel Park's 10-race program Saturday. Russell rode the early double aboard Middletown Gal ($2.80) in the first and Dragon Attack ($12.40) in the second. He won the fourth race aboard Easy Comparison ($7.20) and the sixth with Big Guy Ian ($6.20). Trevor McCarthy, last year's leading rider in Maryland, won his first race since returning from a broken wrist suffered in December. McCarthy won aboard Golden Glint ($3.80) in the ninth race. It was McCarthy's first day riding in Maryland after riding Thursday and Friday at Gulfstream Park in Florida.

Women's college lacrosse


UMBC suspends five players from team

Five UMBC women's lacrosse players have been suspended from the team for violating team rules. School officials declined to elaborate, issuing a statement that said: "The Athletic Director and other University leaders are following all applicable policies and practices as we work to fully understand the situation and support our student athletes." A call to co-coach Tony Giro was not immediately returned Saturday night. The Retrievers are 5-3 this season after beating Manhattan, 12-11, on Saturday.


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Ex-Terps men's hoops aide Purnell resigns at DePaul

DePaul men's basketball coach Oliver Purnell has resigned after five seasons. The school announced that the former Maryland assistant is stepping aside after leading the Blue Demons to a 54-105 record. DePaul hired Purnell, who was born in Berlin in Worcester County and attended Stephen Decatur, hoping he could revitalize a once-proud program, but the Blue Demons lost at least 20 games in four of his five years, including a 12-20 mark this season. They have not reached the postseason since the 2006-07 team made the National Invitation Tournament and their most recent NCAA appearance was in 2004. Purnell is 448-384 in 27 seasons at Radford, Old Dominion, Dayton, Clemson and DePaul. He was a Terps assistant from 1985 to 1988.

Women's track and field: Coppin State junior Deandra Daniel finished third in the high jump at the NCAA Division I indoor championships Friday in Fayetteville, Ark. Daniel tied her personal best and school-record mark of 1.87 meters (6 feet, 1.5 inches). Georgia's Leontia Kallenou won with a clearance of 1.93 meters (6-4). Maryland senior Thea LaFond finished fifth (6-1/2) and Terps senior Amber Melville was ninth at the same height.

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Povich Center to honor Maryland alum Klemko

Robert Klemko of Sports Illustrated's "Monday Morning Quarterback" will receive the 2015 "Rising Star" award from the Shirley Povich Center for Sports Journalism at a luncheon April 2 at the Samuel Riggs IV Alumni Center at Maryland. CBS' James Brown, this year's Sam Lacy-Wendell Smith Award winner, also will be honored, as will two "All-Star Students," Aaron Kasinitz and Rhiannon Walker, who are former Baltimore Sun interns. The Povich Center created the "Rising Star" award to honor a young Maryland alumnus who is progressing and succeeding in the sports journalism field. Klemko will be the first recipient of the award. For more information about the luncheon, contact Beth Mechum at or 301-405-4605.

NFL: The Washington Redskins will host former Seattle Seahawks safety Jeron Johnson for a free-agent visit today and Monday, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Signed by Seattle as an undrafted free agent out of Boise State in 2011, Johnson has spent the past four seasons as a backup to strong safety Kam Chancellor, a three-time Pro Bowl pick. The 5-foot-10, 212-pound Johnson also ranked among the Seahawks' top special teams tacklers.


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NFL honors: The DC Touchdown Club will present Hall of Fame coach Mike Ditka with the inaugural Founder's Award at the club's awards dinner March 26. Former quarterback Joe Theismann will receive a Career Achievement Award, and former coach Roy Lester will be inducted into the Touchdown Club's Circle of Legends. For ticket information, go to or contact Steve Beck at 301-370-5454 or

Youth tennis: Elaine Chervinsky, a fifth-grader from Reisterstown who trains at the JTCC club in College Park, was on the Angels girls team that defeated the Firecrackers, 6-4, to win the USTA National Spring Team Championships this week in Mobile, Ala.

Men's lacrosse: US Lacrosse will hold tryouts June 29-July 1 at Stevenson for the 2016 U.S. men's under-19 national team. High school and college players born between Sept. 1, 1996, and July 6, 2000, are eligible. The application deadline is April 24. For information, go to

National Women's Soccer League: The Washington Spirit signed forward Laura Del Rio, pending the receipt of her international transfer certificate. Del Rio, who is a Spanish citizen, holds a green card and therefore will not take up an international roster spot.

Baseball: The Washington Nationals optioned infielder-outfielder Jeff Kobernus to Triple-A Syracuse. ... Mitchell Nathanson will discuss his book "A People's History of Baseball" at a meeting of "Talkin' Baseball" on April 4 at 9 a.m. at Brighton Gardens, 7110 Minstrel Way, Columbia. For information, call 410-740-1145.