Digest: Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist retires, to start stud career in 2017
From Sun staff and news services|
Nov 01, 2016 | 3:00 AM
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has been retired and will begin his stud career next year in Kentucky.
Darley confirmed the news that had been expected since Nyquist was withdrawn from the Breeders' Cup Classic last weekend because of a "puffy ankle." Darley says Nyquist's stud fee will be $40,000.
Trained by Doug O'Neill, Nyquist had been scheduled to make his final career start in the $6 million Classic on Saturday at Santa Anita. The 3-year-old colt won his first eight starts, with five Grade 1 victories that included the Kentucky Derby, Florida Derby and BC Juvenile before losing his final three. Darley acquired Nyquist's stud rights last fall.
Orioles outfield prospect DJ Stewart has been selected to participate in this weekend's Arizona Fall League "Fall Stars Game." The game, which will take place Saturday at 8:08 p.m., will be broadcast on MLB Network and streamed on MLB.com. At least one player from each team was selected to participate. Stewart, who was the Orioles' first-round draft pick in 2015, is hitting .222/.375/.333 with no homers and five RBIs in 12 Arizona Fall League games playing for the Peoria Javelinas. He will play on the West Division All-Stars. Short-season Aberdeen pitching coach Justin Lord will be the pitching coach for the West Division, and high Class-A Frederick manager Keith Bodie will be a coach with the West. In his first full pro season, Stewart, from Florida State, hit .254/.377/.399 with 10 homers, 55 RBIs and 26 for 35 on stolen base attempts between low-A Delmarva and Frederick. Stewart saw his most success as a pro once he received a promotion to Frederick in May, hitting .279/.389/.448 with six homers and 30 RBIs in 59 games.
Terps ranked No. 25 in AP preseason men's basketball poll
A week after being voted No. 21 in the USA Today coaches' Top 25 poll, the Maryland men's basketball team was selected No. 25 in the Associated Press preseason media poll. Duke is the No. 1 team in the AP poll for the eighth time. The Blue Devils, who return three starters and have one of the top recruiting classes in the nation, received 58 of the 65 first-place votes. Kentucky, which had two No. 1 votes, is second, while Kansas is third. Defending national champion Villanova had four first-place votes and was fourth, while Oregon, which had the other No. 1 vote, is fifth. North Carolina, Xavier, Virginia, Wisconsin and Arizona round out the top 10. The Terps, who have one of the nation's top point guards returning in Melo Trimble, are one of five Big Ten teams picked in the preseason poll. In addition to Wisconsin, Indiana is No. 11, Michigan State is No. 12 and Purdue is No. 15. Michigan is the only other Big Ten team to receive votes. Maryland plays its lone preseason game Saturday against Catawba at Xfinity Center before opening the season Nov. 11 at home against American.
College football: Navy senior punter Alex Barta has been named a candidate for the Ray Guy Award, which is given to the nation's top college punter. Barta is averaging 43.3 yards per punt on 11 punts with a long of 55. Four of his 11 punts have been fair caught and four have been 50 yards or more. Ten semifinalists for the award will be announced Friday and the three finalists will be named Nov. 22. The winner will be announced live on ESPN during the College Football Awards on Dec. 8. … Navy's Ken Niumatalolo was named one of 18 coaches on the midseason watch list for the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award. Nebraska's Mike Riley, Ohio State's Urban Meyer, Michigan's Jim Harbaugh and Wisconsin's Paul Chryst were also selected.
Men's college soccer: Frostburg State sophomore Carvell Akuffo (Reservoir) was named Capital Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week.
College field hockey: Maryland seniors Welma Luus and Emma Rissinger were named to the National Field Hockey Coaches Association Division I Senior Game, which will be played Nov. 19 in Norfolk, Va., the site of the NCAA championship.
Women's college soccer: Junior midfielder Natalie Dzhandzhapanyan was named to the All-Patriot League second team, and teammates senior forward Rachel Feldman, junior forward Meghan Hegarty, junior forward Clare MacAdam and junior defender Megan Rogers were placed on the third team. Loyola Maryland senior defender Nicole Wahlig was selected to the second team.
Women's college volleyball: Freshman setter Marrisa Wonders was named Colonial Athletic Association Rookie of the Week.
Lacrosse: York (Pa.) men's coach Brandon Childs has joined the lineup of speakers at the 2017 US Lacrosse Convention. LaxCon is set for Jan. 20-22 at the Baltimore Convention Center. For registration and more information, go to uslacrosse.org/events/convention-and-fan-fest.
NBA: Former Morgan State guard Rasean Simpson was selected by the Santa Cruz Warriors in the Development League Draft on Sunday. Simpson was taken with the second pick of the fifth round by Santa Cruz, which is the official affiliate of the Golden State Warriors. Simpson was present for Santa Cruz's player workout in Oakland, Calif., earlier this month. He completed his senior season with the Bears by starting in 21 of 25 games played, and averaged 12.2 points and 6.8rebounds per game.