Trainer Kenny McPeek, who upset War Emblem's bid for a Triple Crown with Sarava in 2002, said Thursday morning that he will more than likely point The Truth or Else toward the Belmont Stakes on June 6. The Truth or Else is coming off a 11/2-length allowance victory May 22 at Belmont Park, where American Pharoah will try to become the first Triple Crown winner since 1978. "My horse loves the Belmont track," McPeek said. "He has two starts and two wins on a dry track at Belmont. And he's out of a Colonial Affair mare [Lakenheath], so he should get the distance." Two-time Belmont Stakes winner and Hall of Famer Edgar Prado will have the mount. Trainer Mark Casse said Conquest Curlinate will not run in the Belmont. Conquest Curlinate was not nominated to the Triple Crown and would have had to be supplemented to the Belmont for $75,000. He will be pointed instead to the Queen's Plate.
Men's college basketball: Terry Larrier, a forward who announced plans to transfer from Virginia Commonwealth after Rams coach Shaka Smart left to go to Texas, told Scout.com he is headed to Connecticut. In picking the Huskies over Maryland, which he visited last week, Larrier cited his previous relationship with UConn coach Kevin Ollie, who had recruited the former four-star prospect at a prep school.
College baseball: Navy pitcher Luke Gillingham was named to the Louisville Slugger All-America second team. ... Frostburg State freshman pitcher Greg Schneider made the D3Baseball.com Championship All-Tournament team. The Bobcats (43-9) were eliminated in the semifinals Monday in Appleton, Wis.
College academics: Maryland placed 74 athletes on the All-Big Ten Academic team, including one with a 4.0 cumulative GPA: sophomore lacrosse midfielder Zoe Stukenberg (Marriotts Ridge). ... UMES was recognized by the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference for having the league's highest graduation success rate for the sixth consecutive year. UMES earned an 88 percent rate for student-athletes who competed from 2004 to 2007.
Junior colleges: Anne Arundel Community College won the Jack Cistriano Maryland Junior College Athletic Conference Sportsmanship Award for the second consecutive year and the sixth time overall.
Varsity: Six scholar-athletes from the Baltimore area were among 14 honored statewide at the Maryland Public Secondary Schools' Athletic Association's eighth annual Minds In Motion Scholarship Luncheon. Dulaney's Adolfo Carvalho, Perry Hall's Anna Ciattei and Julia Ciattei, Dunbar's Annie McPherson, River Hill's Elizabeth Oldhouser and Mount Hebron's Emily Purnell received scholarship awards of $1,000 at M&T Bank Stadium.
For more of Katherine Dunn's blog post on the winners, go to baltimoresun.com/varsityletters.
NHL: Washington Capitals center Nicklas Backstrom had arthroscopic hip surgery, a minimally invasive procedure, and is expected to recover fully before next season begins, the team announced.
Major League Soccer: Maximiliano Urruti scored the lone goal in the fifth minute as the host Portland Timbers (4-5-4) earned a 1-0 victory over D.C. United (6-3-4) on Wednesday night.