Digest: Preakness heads Pimlico's $3.7 million spring stakes schedule

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2016 Preakness logo(Maryland Jockey Club)

The Maryland Jockey Club announced that it will offer a $3.7 million stakes schedule this spring at Pimlico Race Course, highlighted by the $1.5 million, Grade 1 Preakness, $250,000, Grade 2 Black-Eyed Susan and $300,000, Grade 3 Pimlico Special. The 141st Preakness, the middle jewel of racing's Triple Crown to be held May 21, will be one of eight stakes races on the day — four graded — including the $250,000 Longines Dixie Stakes (G2), the $150,000 Gallorette Stakes (G3) and the $150,000 Maryland Sprint Stakes (G3). The Black-Eyed Susan will highlight a program of seven stakes Friday, May 20 that includes the Pimlico Special and Allaire DuPont Distaff Stakes (G3). The 28-day meet, which begins May 12, will also include the $100,000 Stormy Blues Stakes on June 4. The complete stakes schedule can be viewed at: pimlico.com/horsemen/spring-stakes. Tickets for the Preakness may be purchased by calling the Preakness ticket office (877-206-8042) or by go to ticketfly.com/org/1780.

Varsity girls lacrosse


McDonogh wins in Fla.; streak hits 134 games

The No. 1 McDonogh girls lacrosse team opened its season with its 134th straight victory, a 13-8 win at Vero Beach while on spring break in Florida on Wednesday. The Eagles scored the first three goals — one by Julia Hoffman and two from Savannah Buchanan — and built from there. The Indians (9-2) were within 6-3 with 1:55 left in the first half. In the final minute of the half, however, Andie Aldave fed Buchanan and scored a goal. Eagles goaltender Gabbe Cadoux then made a point-blank save to preserve the 8-3 lead at the half. To start the second half, Rachel Anderson scored off a feed from Hoffman and then dished off to Maddie Jenner to give the Eagles a 10-3 lead less than three minutes into the half. The Indians scored three of the last four goals to bring the margin back to five. Buchanan finished with three goals. Aldave, Hoffman and Anderson had two goals and an assist each. The Eagles, who have won all four meetings with Vero Beach, will play two more games in Florida — against Ponte Vedra (Fla.) tonight and Milton (Ga.) on Saturday afternoon — before returning home to open Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference play at St. Mary's on April 30. They've won seven straight A Conference titles and haven't lost a game since 2009.

Katherine Dunn

More girls lacrosse: No. 7 Roland Park won, 19-15, over host Garrison Forest (0-1). The Reds broke a tie at 12 with a 6-0 run that started when Grizzlies goalie Max Ferguson (eight saves) was injured and replaced by a field player for the final 14 minutes of the game. Cameron McGee led Roland Park with three goals and four assists. Garrison Forest had three players with three goals each: Sam Fielder, Marina Lazarides and Anna Bennett.

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Navy QB Reynolds a finalist for James E. Sullivan Award

Navy senior quarterback Keenan Reynolds has been named one of seven finalists for the AAU James E. Sullivan Award, which honors the amateur athlete in the United States whose outstanding athletic accomplishments are complemented by qualities of leadership, character and sportsmanship. The Sullivan Award is determined by fan voting, which will close at midnight Wednesday. The voting results will be kept secret until the award presentation April 10 at the New York Athletic Club in Manhattan. Reynolds finished his career with a 32-13 record, which are the most wins in school history by a quarterback. He finished fifth in the Heisman Trophy voting this year and was named a third-team All-American by the Associated Press. He led the Midshipmen to a school record 11 wins against just two losses in 2015, which included wins over Air Force and Army West Point to win the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy and a victory over Pittsburgh to win the Military Bowl. The Mids won the Lambert Trophy, which signifies the best team in the East, for the first time since 1963 and finished the year ranked 18th in the country in both the Associated Press and coaches' poll. The other six finalists are Olympic gymnast Simone Biles, Olympic speedskater Brittany Bowe, Olympic wrestler Jordan Burroughs, Nebraska women's volleyball player Mikaela Foecke, Alabama running back Derrick Henry and Connecticut women's basketball player Breanna Stewart.

More Navy: Chet Gladchuk was named one of four finalists for Athletic Director of the Year by the SportsBusiness Journal. The others are Oklahoma's Joe Castiglione, Stanford's Bernard Muir and Ohio State's Gene Smith. The winner will be announced May 18. Navy's football conference, the American Athletic Conference, is a finalist for Sports League of the Year with Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, NASCAR, the NBA and the PGA Tour.


Women's college beach volleyball: Stevenson became the first NCAA Division III program to compete in the sport when the team debuted Sunday against Carson-Newman at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sophomores Annika Schwartz and Megan Hren (Mount de Sales) became the first tandem to record a point, winning at No. 2, 21-18, 18-21, 17-15. The Mustangs lost a pair of dual matches, 4-1 and 5-0, and fell, 5-0, to Florida Gulf Coast on Tuesday in Estero.

Men's college soccer: Maryland forward Sebastian Elney has been named to the U.S. under-20 national team for the Dallas Cup. The tournament begins group play Sunday. As a Terps freshman this past year, Elney scored a team-high seven goals. The 6-foot-1, 185-pound forward previously has played on the under-17 and under-18 national teams.

Wells Dusenbury, Tribune Newspapers

Baseball: The Miami Marlins optioned former Orioles minor league left-handed pitcher Tim Berry to Double-A Jacksonville. ... The Long Island Ducks of the independent Atlantic League signed outfielder-bench coach Lew Ford, a former Oriole.

NFL: The Washington Redskins re-signed backup center-guard Josh LeRibeus, a third-round pick in 2012 who started the bulk of last season's games at center with Kory Lichtensteiger sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Mike Jones, The Washington Post