Saturday, May 18, 2013
Orb, the Kentucky Derby winner, finished fourth.
Oxbow, a 15-1 longshot, went nearly wire-to-wire to win the 138th Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday giving trainer D. Wayne Lukas the all-time lead in Triple Crown race victories with 14. The bay colt, ridden by 50-year old Gary Stevens and owned by Calumet Farm, took the lead early from Goldencents and won the $1 million Middle Jewel of the Triple Crown by 1 ¾ lengths holding off Itsmyluckyday and Mylute in 1:57.54. Oxbow also ended hopes for a Triple Crown winner for another year. Orb, the winner of the Kentucky Derby, never got started from his No. 1 post position and finished a disappointing fourth. "I get paid to spoil dreams," Lukas said after the race. "You can’t mail it in, it’s a different surface, a different …
Friday, May 17, 2013
Many cyclists joined a convoy running from Greenbelt to DC.
Dozens of Prince George's County residents took two wheels to work Friday as part of Bike to Work Day, according to blogger Jeff Lemieux. Lemieux, who headed up a convoy of bikers from Greenbelt to DC, reported that 80 people visited a pit stop along the route and 30 bikers completed the ride. Attached is a video Lemieux submitted to Patch.
The tryouts will be held in Riverdale on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 6 p.m.
Experienced teen baseball players can try out for the Prince George’s County Baseball Alliance's summer league. The alliance will be holding tryouts this weekend starting Friday evening at 6 p.m. at at Riverdale Park Field #1 (5400 Haig Drive, Riverdale, MD, 20737) Teens should be ages 13 to 18, experienced and looking for more opportunities to play and hone their skills. No cost is associated with the tryouts and reservations are not needed. If there is inclement weather call 301-927-0822 for information. For additional information about the Summer Travel Baseball League Tryouts, contact Byron Thompson at 301-446-6800; Byron.Thompson@pgparks.com or contact Sean O’Connor at email@example.com. Sign up for classes and activities at…
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
The 138th running of the Baltimore tradition will be held this Saturday.
We're in the final stretch before the 138th running of the Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Here's what you need to know. When is it? The Triple Crown race will be held at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Pimlico. NBC (WRC, WBAL) and Horse Racing Radio Network (WSPZ-AM in Washington is the only area affiliate) will have the call, which will also be streaming on the radio network's website. The first post on the day is at 10:45 a.m. Tickets? They are still available. Infield tickets are $60. Admission to the grandstand starts at $25, with box seats starting at $110. Tickets for the infield Mug Club, which include unlimited beer, are sold out. Weather? It's forecast to be partly sunny in Baltimore Saturday, with a high of 78. …
Sunday, May 5, 2013
Orb won the first leg of the Triple Crown Saturday, making up major ground in the home stretch to win the Kentucky Derby.
Orb, a thoroughbred with Maryland ties, won the Kentucky Derby Saturday, setting up a potential homecoming story later this month at the Preakness. Ridden by Joel Rosario, Orb began well back in the 20-horse field, before closing very strong in the home stretch. "I was really far back," Rosario told NBC. "I said hopefully he can go faster than that. I was saying maybe I was too far back, but it was so easy." See video of the race on NBCSports.com. The horse is owned by northern Baltimore County resident Stuart S. Janney, an executive with a New York-based financial firm, according to The Sun. Orb's father, Malibu Moon, is owned by Bel Air's Pons family of Country Life Farm, The Sun reported last month. The winning time was 2:02.89, as Orb…
Thursday, May 2, 2013
Metrorail to go to OT if Caps do.
Metrorail, which has a station near Verizon Center (Gallery Place/Chinatown), will stay open an hour later if any Washington Capitals hockey playoff games run late or go into overtime, according to The Washington Post. The Capitals open their quest for the Stanley Cup against the New York Rangers on at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Last year, Game 3 of the Capitals’ playoff series against the Rangers went to triple overtime, ending well after midnight—when Metro typically closes on weekdays. The Post reports that an announcement will be made inside the Verizon Center by 11 p.m. Metro riders will be able to exit the transit system at any station, but will only be able to enter at Gallery Place (all entrances), Judiciary Square (only on F Street) and …
Sunday, April 21, 2013
One Nationals fan is leading the charge to eliminate the organized cheer.
Fans standing up in unison in their section, raising their arms up over their heads, then sitting down again. Then the next section, and the next, until every section of the stadium has done it in order. We’re talking, of course about the ubiquitous interactive fan cheer, the Wave. You either love it or hate it. At nearby Nationals Stadium, a dedicated campaign to end the Wave is gaining more power than Bryce Harper’s bat. Last September, in speaking with Washington Post writer Sarah Kogod, Nats fan Ryan Mattheus called the Wave “the worst thing in sports. Sit down and watch the game....The thing about it is, you should be into what’s going on on the field, not what’s going on in the stands. It takes away from the game. I definitely …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Nine-time Boston marathoner Mark Engelbert crossed the finish line 24 minutes before bomb blast.
30-year-old Mark Engelbert, a University of Maryland graduate student and Hyattsville's lone entrant into this year's Boston Marathon, reports that he is safe and sound and headed home after his beloved race was transformed into scene of indescribable calamity. This is the Engelbert's ninth Boston Marathon. He has run it every year since 2005. "It's ordinarily a wonderful event," said Engelbert. "It's very sad to see the race marred by such a tagedy." Luckily, Engelbert finished the race less than 25 minutes before dual explosions tore through rows of street side spectators, event staff and first responders. Engelbert, who is studying philosophy, finished the race with a time of 3 hours 45 minutes. The explosions happened at around the 4 …
Monday, April 15, 2013
Mike Gimbel, a local runner who has run the marathon eight times, said today's explosions hit the most crowded portion of the course.
An explosion Monday at the Boston Marathon came at the worst place at the worst time, according to a Maryland runner who has participated in the prestigious race numerous times. Mike Gimbel, who has run the Boston Marathon eight of the last 10 years, said the area of the explosion near Boylston Street is one of the most populated areas. "The majority of the fans and police are located in that area," said Gimbel. "There's 23,000 runners and everyone is there, some times 100 deep, trying to see their loved ones finishing the race. It's the place to be; it's the highlight of the race." Gimbel was scheduled to run the race again this year but withdrew after a leg injury. "I've run it so much the last time I was there I knew where the potholes…
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
A university commission is weighing which, if any, teams should be restored.
Wednesday, April 10
Kelyn Soong Capital News Service University of Maryland officials said Monday they are considering bringing back some of the athletic teams eliminated last year because of a budget deficit. Members of a university commission that includes faculty, students and alumni studying the transition from the ACC to the Big Ten have been meeting since January and will make recommendations to university President Wallace Loh by June 30. The committee will “make recommendations on which, if any, teams that were eliminated should be restored and in what timeline and what order of priority,” Nan Ratner, one of the committee’s vice chairs, said Monday at a public forum to discuss the Big Ten transition. Seven athletic programs were cut last year to …