Moon Philly wins Md. Media by 91/4 lengths
Moon Philly circled the Laurel Park oval Saturday to the delight of her scores of owners at Country Life Farm. Along with the bettors who had backed her down to odds of 1-5, the Malibu Moon filly was the popular winner of the $125,000 Maryland Racing Media Handicap. Jeremy Rose placed Moon Philly behind the pacesetter Touch the Birds at the start of the 11/8-mile test and stayed outside of that one until the far turn. A nudge from Rose was all she needed to move into the lead and gallop home a 91/4-length winner in 1 minute, 54.57 seconds over the good racing surface. Access to Charlie wore down Touch the Birds to take second. Moon Philly paid $2.40, and the victory boosted her career earnings to $268,195.
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Towson handed its first setback of season, 5-3
Junior left-hander Taylor Byrd and three relief pitchers combined to pitch a five-hitter as Nicholls State (4-2) handed Towson (4-1) its first loss of the season with a rain-delayed 5-3 victory in Thibodaux, La. The Tigers' 4-0 start had matched their best since 2002.
Friday: Maryland (2-3) combined for 23 runs on 26 hits to sweep a doubleheader against visiting Oakland (0-2) on Friday night. The Terps used a seven-run fifth inning and a six-run eighth inning to win the opener, 15-4, and a five-run sixth inning to take the nightcap, 8-4. Maryland tied a program record with 10 stolen bases, including three by Charlie White, in the first game; the Terps had four, including two by White, in the second game.
Shuckers roll, 143-115, clinch APBL Colonial Division
The Bay Area Shuckers (10-4) clinched the American Professional Basketball League's Colonial Division title with a 143-115 win over the Alexandria Avengers (2-11). The Shuckers' Mike McKenzie (Meade) had 27 points, eight assists and four steals, Gus Chase (St. Frances) added 24 points and Danny Thompson posted 19 points and 18 rebounds. Anthony Thomas (North County) contributed 10 points and 11 rebounds. The Shuckers set a franchise record with their 28-point margin of victory and tied the team record with 143 points in regulation time.
Baseball: Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen pitched during the playoffs, including the disastrous Game 5 of the National League Division Series, with significant pain in his back, CBSSports.com reported. "He was having real bad back spasms," right fielder Jayson Werth told CBSSports.com. "That was the third day [pitching] in a row. He was banged up, man. No one knew. For him to just have the [guts] to go out there, that says a lot about him. … I'm not blaming his injury. He just wasn't healthy." On Saturday, manager Davey Johnson insisted Storen's back had nothing to do with his performance, when he allowed four runs that turned a 7-5, ninth-inning lead into a 9-7, season-ending defeat. He attributed the bad inning — which came after a near-flawless month for Storen — to inexperience.
—Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post
NFL: The Washington Redskins filled their vacant position of wide receivers coach by promoting offensive assistant Mike McDaniel. McDaniel, 29, has served as an offensive assistant for Washington the past two seasons.
—Mike Jones, The Washington Post
College football: Led by junior defensive tackle Arnold Farmer (Poly), who was honored for the third straight year, Towson placed 14 players on the Colonial Athletic Association football academic all-conference team. Also making it were freshman linebacker Bryton Barr, sophomore quarterback Joe Brennan, freshman linebacker Riley Davis (River Hill), junior kicker Drew Evangelista, sophomore linebacker Greg Grant, freshman fullback Emmanuel Holder (Calvert Hall), sophomore tackle Jay Kenney, senior tight end Cory Kirby, junior cornerback Ryan Mays (Franklin), sophomore running back Clayton Minnott, sophomore tackle Derek Pittman (St. Vincent Pallotti), sophomore wide receiver Mac Sanders and junior linebacker Eric Schuster (Reservoir).
Men's basketball: Bowie State senior forward Byron Westmorland (Mervo) was named to the All-Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association team.
Women's soccer: Salisbury has named Kwame Lloyd coach. Lloyd, who grew up in Silver Spring, comes to the Sea Gulls after two years at Wittenberg, where he led the Tigers to a 19-14-4 record, including a North Coast Athletic Conference regular-season title.
—From Sun staff and news services