With poor weather conditions forecast this weekend because of Hurricane Florence, the Maryland Jockey Club announced that its Sept. 15 stakes program — highlighted by the De Francis Memorial Dash (G3) and three finals of the MATCH Series — has been rescheduled to Saturday, Sept. 22. The stakes moved to Sept. 22 also include the Laurel Futurity, Laurel Dash, The All Along Stakes, the Selima and Laurel Turf Cup. Sal Sinatra, president and general manager of the Maryland Jockey Club, said nominations to all seven races now to be run Sept. 22 will be reopened through Wednesday, Sept. 12 at midnight. Five stakes restricted to Virginia-breds, originally scheduled for Sept. 22, will now be run Sunday, Sept. 23. First race post time Sept. 22 will be 12:30 p.m. Sinatra said Laurel is scheduled to run its regular races this weekend, "but we will continue monitoring Hurricane Florence." "We believe it's in the best interest of everyone to move the races to the 23rd," he added. "With the MATCH series races and the De Francis, we're hoping everyone can breeze this week and then, hopefully, have a great day and fast track on the following Saturday. We also reopened nominations through Wednesday for those who said previously the races were coming up a little too soon."
Navy's Willams earns AAC weekly defensive honor
Navy senior safety Sean Williams was named American Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week for his performance on Saturday against Memphis. Williams recorded a team-high nine tackles and forced two Memphis fumbles that Navy recovered to lead the Midshipmen to a 22-21 win over the preseason West Division favorites.
More college football: Maryland will host Minnesota on Sept. 22 at Capital One Field at Maryland Stadium in a game that will kick at noon and air on the Big Ten Network, the Big Ten announced.
Major League Lacrosse : Former Wounded Warrior Project C-Level Executive Adam Silva joined the Chesapeake Bayhawks as vice president of corporate sales and sponsorships. Silva will lead the Bayhawks sponsorship business in addition to managing the ticket and hospitality sales team.
Arena Football League : The Washington Valor promoted Benji McDowell, who led the team to the ArenaBowl XXXI title, to head coach. McDowell was named interim coach May 16 after the Valor started the season 0-4. Under McDowell's leadership, Washington earned victories against Albany and Philadelphia and two wins against Baltimore, including a 14-point win in ArenaBowl XXXI.