Maryland said Thursday that it expects men's lacrosse coach John Tillman -- who had attracted interest from Navy -- to remain in College Park. ... Three days after powering Virginia to the NCAA championship, Steele Stanwick, a Baltimore native, took home the Tewaaraton Award. ... The Orioles are looking to add to their stable of young arms in next week's draft. ... Action sports wild man Travis Pastrana, who hails from Davidsonville, is bringing Nitro Circus Live to Las Vegas. ... Animal Kingdom, the horse that won the Kentucky Derby and took second place in the Preakness, is headed to the Belmont Stakes early.
Orioles top pitching prospect Dan Klein is a fast riser, but whether he is a reliever or starter hasn't been decided. ... Orioles second base prospect LJ Hoes was promoted Monday. ... A select group of Ravens -- primarily offensive skill players -- will gather at Towson on Tuesday for the first of three straight days of conditioning drills. ... Shackleford wasn't the only big winner at the Preakness. ... Navy hired Penn State's Ed DeChellis as men's basketball coach.
Vladimir Guerrero's two-run homer on Sunday powered the Orioles to a 2-1 win and a series victory over the Nationals. ... Brian Roberts will go to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to have a consultation with a renowned expert in sports-related concussions. ...
Preakness 2011: All week, George Bolton told anyone who would listen that Astrology was better than a 14-1 long shot in the 136th Preakness, even if he had run only two races as a 3-year-old, and even if he smashed his head on the starting gate last time out.
Preakness 2011: But Linda Gaudet, the Prince George's County-based co-owner of Concealed Identity — which finished 10th in the Preakness — and her relatives remained tied to the state out of affection, habit and family connections.
Another long, hot, sticky day in the Infield has come and gone. But the event we all came to Pimlico Race Course to see -- well, at least the one the people in the grandstand came to see -- was over in a hurry. Shackleford led for most of the race and set a frantic pace in the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes, holding off an impressive late charge from Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness morning-line favorite Animal Kingdom to win by three-quarters of a length.
The Infield shenanigans at the Preakness are legendary -- and they were years before Kegasus came along with his whole ¿Be legendary¿ spiel -- but for young newcomers who came Pimlico today to see drunk people running on porta-potties or playing dodgeball with full beer cans, the Infield is much tamer than expected. Score one for the Maryland Jockey Club, which has succeeded in cleaning up the Infield.
You would think these bikini-clad women would be distracted by the sounds coming from the track, the loud rock music and the catcalls of frat boys who are many mugs deep. But Heather Hughes, playing on her first professional beach volleyball tour, said the Preakness is an ¿awesome¿ place to hold an event.
I got a tip that Ravens kicker Billy Cundiff was competing in the Preakness Infield cornhole tournament. If I wasn¿t looking for Cundiff -- who was wearing a polo, shorts and a pair of shades -- I wouldn¿t have recognized him among all the college kids and young professionals tossing bean bags inside the tent.
You might have heard that the world is coming to an end sometime before the 136th running of the Preakness Stakes. Meanwhile, beer-guzzling Baltimoreans have been mugging Kegasus wherever he galloped today. Might this worship of a pagan god have something to with this whole "Rapture" thing?
Within five minutes of arriving in the Infield at Pimlico this morning, I got snubbed by a centaur who had more important matters to attend to. Fortunately, after watching Mr. Greengenes play a song or two, I stumbled into Stacy Keibler.
The predicted ascension of the righteous into heaven will likely have little effect on those headed to Pimlico Saturday, so why not use the harbingers of the end of times to figure out which horse to bet on?
Betting on the ponies -- along with Black-Eyed Susans, husky centaurs and drunk people running on urinals -- is one of the first things that we think about when we hear the word ¿Preakness.¿ You have to place at least one bet on Saturday, even if you¿re throwing a $2 bet on a horse just because you like its name.
The Yankees unloaded on Brad Bergesen Thursday night, scoring five runs in the first on the way to a 13-2 thrashing of the Orioles. ... The Orioles placed the right side of their infield -- Brian Roberts and Derrek Lee -- on the disabled list. ... The Orioles continued to shake-up their roster as they demoted Troy Patton and Chris Jakubauskas and called up Nolan Reimold and Ryan Adams. ... Derrick Mason says that the Ravens' workouts at Towson will be light.
I don't know about you, but I am captivated by time-lapse video and photography. Maybe it's that whole MTV generation phenomenon. If you, too, have a short-attention span, you will probably enjoy this time-lapse video of Pimlico preparing for Saturday's 136th running of the Preakness Stakes.
Monday night was another one of those Fenway nights that start with such promise and end with the Orioles wondering how it all went wrong. ... The injury that forced Derrek Lee out of the 8-7 loss and an injury to Cesar Izturis almost certainly will lead to at least one roster move. ... Brian Matusz was satisfied with his rehab outing in Frederick but said he still has some things to work on. ... Trainer Graham Motion said he is leaning strongly toward bringing Kentucky Derby winner and Preakness hopeful Animal Kingdom to Pimlico on Saturday instead of Friday night.
Preakness spokescentaur Kegasus held his first press conference at Pimlico on Monday morning, and as was the case during our chat two months ago, he didn't really say anything of substance. Thankfully, I don't think any of the reporters on hand were expecting to glean a useful sound bite out of the hairy, husky guy in half of a horse costume. They were all there to see the spectacle for themselves, and we got a sneak preview of what Kegasus will look like on Preakness Day. I was hoping his costume would be a two-person operation, but I'm told his hind legs were on wheels.
This Saturday afternoon, while legendary rock bands such as Puddle of Mudd perform in the Infield at Pimlico and college kids try be legendary like a guy wearing half of a horse costume, there will be horse races.
Rookie starter Zach Britton pitched nine scoreless innings Thursday night, but it took extra innings for the Orioles to beat the Mariners. ... Despite allowing five runs in his past seven outings, Orioles reliever Jason Berken says his shoulder feels great. ... Brian Matusz is scheduled to make a pair of rehab starts next week and could return to the Orioles soon. ... Maryland's 2011 recruiting class has dwindled from three members to zero now that Nick Faust, Sterling Gibbs and Martin Breunig have been granted releases from their letters of intent.
Preakness organizers just released another Kegasus commercial to get beer-chugging, centaur-loving college kids fired up for next weekend's InfieldFest at Pimlico. I'm still confused by the advertising campaign, but it has apparently worked: Ticket sales are up 17 percent. So while I try to figure out what I'm missing here, check out this video of Kegasus blow-drying his hair/mane:
Chris Tillman pitched six effective innings and Adam Jones had a career-high-tying four hits as the Orioles beat the Mariners, 4-2, on Wednesday night. ... Hitless in his past 14 at-bats, Mark Reynolds was held out of the starting lineup for the first time this season. ... Alfredo Simon made his second start for Double-A Bowie. ... New Terps basketball coach Mark Turgeon wants to "do some great things" at Maryland. ... Rex Ryan says the Ravens choosing John Harbaugh over him is "a major chip" on his shoulder. ... Pimlico owners may discuss moving the Preakness to Sunday in the future.
The Orioles' four-man rotation is set. Brian Matusz will start Saturday and Chris Tillman gets the nod for Sunday. ... Earl Weaver will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at Monday's home opener and Thurmont¿s Richard Troxell will sing the National Anthem. ... Jennifer Royle from The Fan has filed an $800,000 defamation suit against WNST owner Nestor Aparicio and two of his hosts. ... A four-member Towson entourage expects to conclude interviews at the Final Four and announce a new basketball coach next week.
I've had a day to wrap my head around the Maryland Jockey Club's new Preakness advertising campaign, "Be Legendary," and its spokes-centaur, Kegasus. I'm not offended by the beer-bellied half-horse, half-man. I'm just confused.
The choice of "Kegasus," a partying centaur, as the mascot for Preakness raises eyebrows and questions. ... Maryland center Jordan Williams has tentatively filed to enter the NBA draft. ... Maryland started spring football practice Tuesday with a new head coach, a new playbook and significantly stricter team rules. ... The Orioles have set their 25-man roster. ... The Orioles finished up their spring training schedule with a loss to the Blue Jays. ... The Capitals lost to the Hurricanes.
A year after the Maryland Jockey Club encouraged Baltimore to get its ¿Preak¿ on in a feather-ruffling advertising campaign for last year¿s Preakness party, event organizers are turning to a centaur named ¿Kegasus¿ to generate interest