Digest (Sept. 5): Laurel Park opening fall schedule Friday

Laurel Park 's 61-day fall meet, which begins Friday, is highlighted by three Saturdays, serving up 18 stakes, two graded, worth $1.8 million in purses, three Mid-Atlantic Championship Series finals and the debut of a $150,000 turf race for 3-year-olds. The meet also will include the debut of a national Pick 5 wager. Ninety-seven horses have been entered on a 10-race program that starts with a 1:10 p.m. first post. Six races have been scheduled for Laurel's turf course, attracting 68 entries, an average of 11.3 starters per race. The stakes program gets under way Sept. 15 with seven stakes worth $900,000 in purses, highlighted by the 27th running of the $250,000 Frank J. De Francis Memorial Dash (G3). Overall, a total of 34 stakes worth $3.425 million in purses will be offered including both the $200,000 Baltimore-Washington International Turf Cup (G3) at 1 mile and the inaugural running of the $150,000 Bald Eagle Derby for 3-year-olds at 1½ miles Sept. 29. In addition, the Jim McKay Maryland Million will celebrate its 33rd year Oct. 20 with the debut of Laurel's Clubhouse Festival, an entertainment experience led by Grammy-nominated electronic dance music producers Deadmau5 and Steve Aoki . For the complete fall stakes schedule, go to Laurelpark.com/horsemen/fall-stakes-2018.

Varsity

South River promotesCamper to baseball coach

South River athletic director Dave Klingel kept it in house when he had to replace baseball coach Ken Dunn after Dunn retired following a 2013 season that ended with a Class 4A state championship. Klingel is sticking with a successful formula, replacing Gary Gubbings, who stepped down at the end of July to spend more time with his family, with assistant coach Brian Camper. "We are extremely excited to have Brian Camper take over as our new varsity baseball coach," Klingel said in a prepared statement. "Brian is a tremendous educator and coach who will maintain the high level of respect in the South River baseball program." Gubbings served in the South River program the past 12 years after successful stints at Southern, which included multiple region championships, Broadneck and Anne Arundel Community College. He aided Dunn in the 2013 championship run and succeeded him upon retirement. He steps down after five seasons, including an 8-13 campaign last spring. Although Gubbings replaced Dunn on the diamond, it was Camper who replaced Dunn in the Edgewater school, taking over Dunn's physical education position.

— Brian Burden, Baltimore Sun Media Group

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Coppin State to open witheight basketball road games

Eight teams that played in postseason tournaments, including five NCAA tournament qualifiers highlight the 2018-19 Coppin State men's basketball schedule, which was released Tuesday morning. The Eagles will host one of those teams, UMBC, for their home opener Dec. 3, before also welcoming Tennessee State to the Physical Education Complex Arena on Dec. 9. Coppin opens up with eight straight road games, tipping off the season at Wisconsin on Nov. 6. Four days later, the Eagles will travel to Dayton four the first of four matchups that are part of the Bad Boy Mowers Battle 4 Atlantis. Television information and game times will be announced at a later date. For the full schedule, go to coppinstatesports.com.

Women's college soccer: Mount St. Mary's freshman Maddie Tchou has been named the Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week. Tchou scored her first two college goals to lead Mount St. Mary's past Howard, 2-1, Friday.

Men's college soccer: Navy earned its first victory on Wednesday night with a 4-0 win over visiting Howard. Goalie Ian Bramblett recorded his first career shutout for the Midshipmen (1-3-1).

College field hockey: Maryland senior goalkeeper Sarah Holliday, who made 10 saves in a win over then third-ranked Duke on Sunday, was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week. The third-ranked Terps are 5-0. ... Salisbury's Emily Lemanski (Seton Keough) and Jillian Hughes swept the Capital Athletic Conference's Offensive and Defensive Player of the Week awards, respectively.

Women's college volleyball: Loyola Maryland made just seven hitting errors Wednesday night and eased to a 25-6, 25-10, 25-19 victory over visiting Coppin State. The Greyhounds' Ann Ernst led all players with 11 kills.Abby Hamilton, Haley Puddy and Alisah Cash each hadsix kills.

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