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Digest (April 2): Laurel Park hosting Derby party Saturday

Storms forced the cancellation of five races at Laurel Park on Thursday.
Storms forced the cancellation of five races at Laurel Park on Thursday.

In addition to live racing on the final weekend of its spring meet, Laurel Park will play host to a Kentucky Derby party featuring live music, food and drink specials and family activities Saturday. Laurel will open its doors at 10 a.m. with a special live first-race post time of 12:15 p.m. Post time for the Kentucky Derby (G1), featuring Maryland-based contender Win Win Win, is scheduled for 6:50 p.m. Admission is free to Laurel’s Derby party, which runs from noon to 7 p.m. offering bourbon, whiskey, wine flight, cigar roller, yard games, live music, pony rides, a petting zoo, raffles and prizes. Kids’ activities end at 5 p.m. For more information, go to laurelpark.com/events/2019-05-04/kentucky-derby-party. … A severe thunderstorm bringing heavy rain and lightning through the area forced Laurel Park to cancel the final five races on Thursday’s 10-race card. The storm moved in as horses were being saddled for the sixth race. Live racing returns to Laurel with a 10-race program Friday, May 3. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.

College football: Two University of Florida students have accused former St. Frances quarterback Jalon Jones of sexual battery. The university released two reports Thursday that stem from an April 6 incident at an on-campus residential housing complex. Jones has not been charged. The incident reports likely will be forwarded to the state attorney's office, which will investigate the case before determining whether to charge Jones with any crimes. Jones, a freshman from Richmond, Va., played in Florida's spring game a week after the alleged battery. He ran for a game-high 63 yards and a touchdown.

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Pro football: Former Ravens tight end Maxx Williams is signing a free-agent deal with the Arizona Cardinals, he tweeted Thursday. Terms of the contract have not been disclosed, but it’s reportedly for one year.

Hockey: Capitals center Lars Eller will represent Denmark at the IIHF World Championship in Bratislava and Košice, Slovakia.

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Women’s college lacrosse: After finishing the regular season 17-0 and winning the Big Ten with an undefeated 6-0 record, eight members of the No. 1 Maryland women's lacrosse team earned All-Big Ten honors Thursday. Seniors Julia Braig (St. Paul’s), Jen Giles (Mount Hebron) and Caroline Steele (Severn) were all unanimous selections while graduate student Erica Evans, seniors Shelby Mercer (Century) and Megan Taylor (Glenelg) and juniors Lizzie Colson (Manchester Valley) and Kali Hartshorn also made the team. … Johns Hopkins redshirt senior midfielder Ellie McNulty (Broadneck), junior attacker Maggie Schneidereith (Towson) and sophomore defender Jeanne Kachris earned All-Big Ten honors for the Blue Jays.

Women’s basketball: Maryland rising senior Stephanie Jones (Aberdeen) has accepted an invitation to participate in the 2019 USA Women's Pan American Games Team trials. Trials to select the 12-member team will take place May 16-20 at the United States Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. The team members will return to Colorado Springs for training camp July 23-Aug. 5, before competing in the women's basketball tournament at the 2019 Pan American Games from Aug. 6-10 in Lima, Peru.

-- From Sun staff and news services

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