Horse Racing

Sports Digest (July 29): Jockey Toledo has three-win day at Laurel Park

Jockey Jevian Toledo completed a three-win day at Laurel Park on Sunday with Oh So Lovely ($) in the ninth race, following Southern Wild ($3.60) in the sixth and Hollis ($3.60) in the eighth. Alex Cintron also registered back-to-back wins aboard Done Acting ($7.60) in the third and Brickyard Kitten ($6.40) in the fourth.

More horse racing: Raymond Mamone's Imperial Hint, who became a Grade 1 winner Saturday in Saratoga, might make his next start in the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) Sept. 15 at Laurel Park on his way to the Breeders' Cup . Trainer Luis Carvajal Jr. said Sunday that 5-year-old Imperial Hint emerged from his dominant 3 ¾-length victory in the Alfred G. Vanderbilt (G1) in good shape and had returned to his Parx Racing stable by mid-afternoon. … Hollis was the second of two winners on the day for trainer Dane Kobiskie, following If You Build It ($8.80) in the second. Kobiskie, a former jockey and leading trainer in Maryland, had three wins from five starters over the weekend at Laurel including Still There in Saturday's $75,000 Twixt Stakes … Live racing returns with a nine-race card Thursday, featuring carryovers of $1,090.11 in the $1 Super Hi-5 and $428.47 in the 20-cent Rainbow 6. First race post time is 1:10 p.m. ... One bettor was the winner of a total jackpot carryover payout of $26,786.44 in Saturday's 20-cent Rainbow 6 wager at Laurel Park. The winning ticket cost $2,520 and was purchased through the Lewiston, Maine hub.


Pro wrestling

Volkoff, WWE Hall of Famer with Maryland ties, dead at age 70


Nikolai Volkoff, a WWE Hall of Famer and Maryland resident, died at the age of 70 on Sunday morning, the WWE announced. His wife Lynn Peruzovic confirmed his death to the Associated Press. She said he has had heart problems, and that when she went to give him medicine, he was not responsive. Born Josip Nikolai Peruzovic in 1947 in then-Yugoslavia, Volkoff was one of the most notorious heels during the rise of the World Wrestling Federation in the 1980s. He portrayed a Soviet heel, drawing the ire of the fans during the Cold War, and his trademark was demanding the fans' attention and respect and then singing the Soviet anthem before matches. Volkoff was most famous for his time teaming with the Iron Shiek in the mid-80s. He was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2005. A Glen Arm resident, Peruzovic would become a mainstay in the local wrestling community. He regularly appeared at wrestling and wrestling-related events, and was inducted into the Maryland Championship Wrestling Hall of Fame in 2009. He worked at the Baltimore County Police Athletic League in Cockeysville. After entering semi-retirement, Peruzovic worked for Baltimore County as a code enforcement inspector and made an unsuccessful run for the House of Delegates in 2006.

— Aaron Oster, For The Baltimore Sun

Et cetera

Bayhawks clinch MLL berth; Rooney goal lifts D.C.

After two straight losses that all of a sudden complicated their postseason hopes, the Chesapeake Bayhawks (9-4) clinched a berth in the Major League Lacrosse playoffs with a 13-11 victory over the visiting Denver Outlaws (7-6). Ryan Tucker (Gilman), Josh Byrne and Steele Stanwick (Loyola Blakefield) each scored two goals for Chesapeake, which also clinched the No. 2 seed and will host a playoff game Aug. 11. The Bayhawks will close the regular season at the New York Lizards on Saturday.

Major League Soccer: Wayne Rooney scored his first MLS goal to help the host D.C. United beat the Colorado Rapids , 2-1, on Saturday night. United (4-9-5), who won for just the second time since May 19, took a 2-1 lead on an own goal in the 90th minute when Ulises Segura's cross deflected off Colorado's Niki Jackson into the net. Rooney, the 32-year-old English star who ranks second with 208 career Premier League goals, opened the scoring in the 33rd minute. Rooney ran onto a pass from Luciano Acosta and slipped it between the legs of Tim Howard into the net. Colorado's Kellyn Acosta, who was acquired in trade with FC Dallas on Monday, chipped a first-timer over goalkeeper David Ousted and inside the near post to make it 1-1 in the 82nd. The Rapids (4-12-5) are winless in their past five games.

College football: Three-star safety Trey Rucker committed to the Maryland football team, giving the Terps a boost in recruiting momentum less than a week from the start of preseason practice. The Flint Hill (Va.) rising senior also claimed offers from Virginia, Indiana, North Carolina State and North Carolina, among others. Rucker was named a first-team all-state defensive back in the Virginia Independent Schools Athletic Association's Division I.

— Jonas Shaffer