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Baltimore's Franchon Crews eliminated at U.S. Olympic boxing trials

Franchon Crews, red, of Baltimore lost a 2-1 decision to Tika Hemingway in a challengers' bracket middleweight semifinal Thursday in Memphis, Tenn.
Franchon Crews, red, of Baltimore lost a 2-1 decision to Tika Hemingway in a challengers' bracket middleweight semifinal Thursday in Memphis, Tenn. (Craig Thompson/USA Boxing)

Baltimore boxer Franchon Crews' hopes of qualifying for the 2016 Olympics ended Thursday night in Memphis, Tenn., with split-decision loss to Tika Hemingway of Brackenridge, Pa., in the middleweight challengers' bracket of the U.S. trials. Crews, an eight-time USA Boxing national champion and a silver medalist at the 2012 world championships, lost the four-round bout, 2-1. Hemingway advanced to the Friday challengers' bracket final against 2015 USA Boxing national championships silver medalist Raquel Miller of San Diego.

Men's boxing: In a quarterfinal of a regional qualifier for the men's trials, Donald Wallace of Catonsville outdecisioned Gregory Soileau of Marion, La., 3-0, in Memphis.

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Perfect Title entered in Laurel Turf Cup

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A month after competing against some of racing's top turf distance horses in his graded stakes debut on grass, Matthew Schera's Perfect Title will make a second straight foray into stakes company in Saturday's $100,000 Laurel Turf Cup at Laurel Park. The 53rd running of the 11/2-mile Turf Cup for 3-year-olds and up is fourth on a 10-race program that begins at 12:35 p.m. Post time for the Turf Cup is 2:06 p.m. In his most recent start, Perfect Title finished sixth in the 11/2-mile Joe Hirsch Turf Classic (Grade 1) on Sept. 26 at Belmont Park.

More Laurel Park: Led by Federico Tesio runner-up Noteworthy Peach and stakes-winning veteran Behemoth in the featured $70,000 Jewel, a total of 110 horses were entered for the nine-race Claiming Crown Preview Day program Sunday. The card mirrors the nine Claiming Crown races to be held on opening day of the championship meet at Gulfstream Park on Dec. 5. The winner of each race will earn an automatic berth in the Claiming Crown.

Horse breeding: Heritage Stallions announced that graded stakes-winning millionaires Bourbon Courage and Imagining will retire to the Chesapeake City farm for the 2016 season. Bourbon Courage, by Lion Heart out of Shine Forth, by Carson City, winner of the Grade 2 Super Derby and track record-setter at Keeneland, retires with earnings of $1,129,187 and a record of 4-6-6 in 25 starts, 18 of which were in graded company. Grade 1 winner Imagining, a son of Giant's Causeway out of the A.P. Indy mare Daydreaming, earned $1,177,394 while posting a 9-5-2 record from 26 starts. He will continue to race through 2015 for owner and breeder Phipps Stable.

Women's college basketball: Maryland is ranked sixth in the USA Today coaches preseason poll, which was released Thursday. The Terps, who were 34-3 last season, received 620 points, behind Connecticut (800), South Carolina (757), Notre Dame (719), Tennessee (689) and Baylor (666). The next-highest-ranked Big Ten team was Ohio State at No. 10 with 435 points.

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