War Story, Conquest Curlinate added to Belmont Stakes mix
May 20, 2015 | 1:57 AM
There's no shortage of challengers looking to upend American Pharoah in the Belmont Stakes and spoil his chance to win the Triple Crown. Two more horses have been added to the mix, raising to 10 the number of rivals the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner could face in the 11/2-mile Belmont on June 6. A field of 11 would match last year's, when Tonalist won the Belmont and ended California Chrome's Triple try. War Story and Conquest Curlinate are the most recent additions, and a few more 3-year-olds could join in the coming days. Tale of Verve, a surprise runner-up in the Preakness, will try again, and a bunch of Derby also-rans are expected back after skipping the Preakness: Frosted (fourth in the Derby), Materiality (sixth), Keen Ice (seventh), Mubtaahij (eighth), Carpe Diem (10th), Frammento (11th) and War Story (16th). Also probable is Peter Pan Stakes winner Madefromlucky. Conquest Curlinate was second in the Peter Pan. Materiality, Carpe Diem and Madefromlucky are all trained by two-time Belmont winner Todd Pletcher.
UMBC women's basketball coach Phil Stern signed a two-year contract extension that will keep him with the Retrievers through the 2018-19 season, the school announced. Stern, who took over the program for the 2002-03 season, has coached UMBC to three conference tournament championship games and the 2007 America East title. He's the school's all-time wins leader with 156.
Football: Former Maryland State player Calvert "Cal" Davidson, who was inducted into the UMES Athletics Hall of Fame in 2006, died May 3, the school announced. He was 77. Davidson played on offense, defense and special teams from 1957 to 1960.
Men's lacrosse: Virginia Tech's Matthew Schroeder (Loyola Blakefield) was named Men's Collegiate Lacrosse Association Coach of the Year and SouthEastern Lacrosse Conference Coach of the Year. ... Salisbury midfielders Thomas Cirillo and Preston Dabbs and defenseman Knute Kraus and Stevenson defenseman Callum Robinson were named to the USILA_All-America Division III first team. The third team included Stevenson attackman Stephen Banick, midfielder Josh Rufolo (Chapelgate Christian) and midfielder Connor Curro (St. Paul's).
Men's soccer: Matt Cooper (John Carroll) was named the top assistant coach at Randolph-Macon.
Baseball: Maryland sophomore pitcher Mike Shawaryn and sophomore second baseman Brandon Lowe were named to the All-Big Ten first team. Junior third baseman Jose Cuas made the second team and junior catcher Kevin Martir the third team.
Women's outdoor track and field: Maryland triple jumper Thea LaFond was named Big Ten Field Athlete of the Year.
Women's rowing: Navy seniors Virginia Brodie (coxswain), Kricket Masters, Katie Quinn and Cessily Skinner made the All-Patriot League first team. Navy seniors Emily Hornberger and Brooke Mackno and junior Darby Nelson made the second team. Navy's Mike Hughes was named Coach of the Year, and Navy's varsity eight was named Boat of the Year.
Maryland: Maryland coaches, athletic department staff and athletes will visit with alumni, donors and fans in Frederick on May 26, Annapolis on June 5, Baltimore on June 11 and Gaithersburg on Aug. 14. For details on each Maryland Pride Tour stop, go to terrapinclub.com or call 301-314-7020.
Salisbury: Michael Vienna, the athletic director since 1993, resigned to accept the same position at Emory.
Patriot League: Navy came from behind to win the Presidents' Cup, its third overall title in the past four seasons. The Midshipmen had 154 points; Bucknell was second with 150.5.
Four locals nominated for Army football all-star game
Gilman defensive lineman Ellison Jordan and offensive lineman Devery Hamilton, Franklin athlete Steven Smothers and McDonogh safety Eric Burrell were among 400 players from across the country nominated to play in the US Army All-American Bowl in January. The list, which includes 14 players from Maryland, will be trimmed to 90 for the annual East-West showdown Jan. 9 at the Alamodome in San Antonio. The selection tour will begin in September and run through December as the finalists are presented their jerseys at school pep rallies.
For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post on the nominees, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
Baseball: The Washington Nationals placed outfielder Jayson Werth on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left wrist and called up Wilmer Difo, 23, their top infield prospect, from Double-A Harrisburg. Werth, batting .208 with two home runs in 101 at-bats, was hit in the left wrist by a pitch Friday. ... The Chicago Cubs reinstated former Orioles left-handed pitcher Tsuyoshi Wada from the 15-day disabled list.
Ravens:Julie Macro, a fifth-grade teacher at Mars Estates Elementary in Essex, was named the grand-prize winner of the Touchdown for Teachers program, the Ravens and M&T Bank announced. The other finalists were Eager Street Academy's Gil Baguio, Timber Grove Elementary's Sheila Beyer, City's Edwin Perez and Highlandtown Elementary/Middle's Chad Shoales.
More NFL: The New Orleans Saints cut former Ravens kicker Shayne Graham, 37, who spent all of 2014 with the Saints, hitting 19 of 22 field-goal attempts.
Boxing: West Baltimore's Gervonta "Tank" Davis (10-0, nine knockouts as a pro) will fight Alberto "Ironman" Mora Zuniga (5-3-0) on Friday at the Claridge Hotel in Atlantic City, N.J.. Davis' bout on the "Rumble At The Claridge" fight card is scheduled for eight rounds.