Horse Racing

Digest (Sept. 27): Champion returning to defend turf crown at Laurel Park

Jump Sucker Stable's Blacktype could be the bridge from the Commonwealth Turf Cup and the renamed Baltimore/Washington International Turf Cup (G2) to be run Saturday at Laurel Park. Blacktype, a French-bred son of Dunkerque trained by Christophe Clement, won by a half-length in last year's Commonwealth Turf. He returns to Laurel to try to become the first repeat winner of the 1-mile Grade 2 race on the grass. The $200,000 Baltimore/Washington International is the headliner for Laurel Park's "Class on the Grass" event. The 12-race program includes eight turf stakes, three of them graded, with $850,000 in purse money. There are two featured Grade 3 stakes for 3-year-olds, the $200,000 Commonwealth Derby and $150,000 Commonwealth Oaks.



Columbia Jr. tennis teamto compete for national title

A junior tennis team from Columbia will compete in the USTA Junior Team Tennis 18-and-under National Championships at the USTA National Campus at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla., this weekend. The event features the top 32 teams at intermediate and advanced levels from USTA Sections throughout the country. This is the first time the event will be held at the USTA National Campus. The Tennis ADDicts, who are representing the USTA Mid-Atlantic Section, are competing in the intermediate division.


Wizards broadcasts: Kara Lawson was named the primary analyst for Wizards' broadcasts by CSN Mid-Atlantic. A native of the Washington area and a former member of the Washington Mystics, Lawson has covered college and professional basketball for 14 years. She will serve alongside play-by-play announcer Steve Buckhantz to lead CSN's 2017-18 Wizards coverage. Lawson, Buckhantz and courtside reporter Chris Miller will be joined during coverage by secondary analysts Phil Chenier and Drew Gooden, who will be used for select games.

Major League Soccer: D.C. United forward Patrick Mullins (Maryland) has been voted the MLS Player of the Week by the North American Soccer Reporters. Mullins scored a career-high four goals to lead the team to a 4-0 victory over the San Jose Earthquakes on Saturday.

Men's college soccer: Loyola Maryland sophomore Barry Sharifi was named Midfielder of the Week and freshman midfielder TJ Walker the Rookie of the Week by the Patriot League. ... Johns Hopkins senior goalkeeper Bryan See and Washington College junior goalkeeper Josh Samuels were named Centennial Conference Co-Defensive Players of the Week. ... St. Mary's senior goalkeeper Zack Haussler (Glenelg) earned his fifth career Capital Athletic Conference Defensive Player of the Week award.

Women's college soccer: Johns Hopkins senior forward Michelle Santangelo was selected Centennial Conference Offensive Player of the Week. ... Salisbury senior striker Ruthie Lucas (Centennial) was picked CAC Co-Player of the Week.

College field hockey: Salisbury sophomore Lindsey Elgin was named CAC Defensive Player of the Week.

College volleyball: For the first time in its 33-year program history, Johns Hopkins has been voted into the top 25 of Division III volleyball with a No. 24 ranking.

Women's college golf: Maryland freshman Laura Van Respaille was named Big Ten Co-Golfer of the Week

Maryland men's lacrosse: The Terps will hosting their third annual Team IMPACT Walk Saturday in College Park. Registration for the event begins at 9 a.m. between gates G & F of the Maryland Stadium (horseshoe end). The 3-mile walk around campus will begin at 9:45 a.m. Maryland's women's basketball, wrestling and softball teams will also be joining the lacrosse team at Saturday's event. The walk is free, but those who donate $15 or more in support of Team IMPACT will receive a Terp Trot shirt. For information, go to


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