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
The Mid-Atlantic Championship—which takes place at the TPC Potomac golf course at Avenel Farm starting May 27—will offer a series of tips—called "Fore U"—on social media to help followers make sense of the sport.
Golf enjoys strong popularity among area residents. With several good golf courses in the area, and a couple tournaments coming up, it's both a spectator sport and an active sport in Potomac. But for those just starting out, the terminology can be tricky. To help with that, the Mid-Atlantic Championship—a premier stop on the Web.com Tour and which takes place at the TPC Potomac golf course at Avenel Farm from May 27 through June 2—is offering a series of tips—called "Fore U"—that will be passed along each day of the tournament on its Facebook (www.facebook.com/machampionship) and Twitter (twitter.com/MidAtlantChamp) pages, according to a news statement from the tournament's organization. "The Fore U concept was developed to provide a …
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Wootton's furious fourth quarter comeback fell short.
No. 1 Churchill High School hosts No. 3 Wootton High School in the 4A/3A West Region finals for boy's lacrosse. The winner advances to Friday's state semifinals. Replay our CoverItLive blog for a game recap and photos.
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. …
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Churchill head boys lacrosse coach Jeff Fritz helps preview the game.
No. 1 Churchill hosts No. 3 Wootton at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the MPSSAA 4A/3A West Region lacrosse finals. The winner advances to Friday's state semifinal game. On April 24, Churchill knocked off Wootton by a single goal in the teams' lone meeting of the season. Bulldogs head coach Jeff Fritz answered a few questions to help preview the game. Patch: Wootton is a traditional rival for you guys. Does it get any better—for you, for the team, for the fans—than this environment for a chance to play in the state semifinals? Fritz: No, it doesn’t get any better. All you can ask for is an opportunity to play against your rival for the right to compete in the state final four. Patch: The game is a rematch of your April 24 win over the Patriots, a …
The Koa Sports Joe Horton Scholarship Fund recently offered three students baseball scholarships.
Joe Horton and his brother Andy successfully completed the 50-mile North Face Endurance Challenge last summer to raise money to establish a sports scholarship fund for unprivileged children, Patch reported. Through the Koa Sports Joe Horton Scholarship Foundation, three students from Washinton, DC, Maryland and Virginia recently were given more than $3,000 in scholarships to help them pursue their passions in baseball. “We couldn’t have planned it any better to get one [each] from DC, Virginia and Maryland, so we are spreading the joy,” Joe Horton said. One of the scholarship recipients, St. John's High School senior Harry Thomas, says that the opportunity can help jump-start his baseball career. “This scholarship is important to me …
Monday, May 13, 2013
NFL owner weighs in on the debate over the team's name.
Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder made a bold statement in an interview with USA Today last week about the controversy over the name of his pro football franchise. "We'll never change the name," Snyder told USA Today. "It's that simple. NEVER—you can use caps." Washington-area residents had something to say about that on Twitter. @makingcjc, of Arlington, VA, supported Snyder: "'We’ll never change the name, it’s that simple NEVER - you can use caps' Never thought I'd say this, but Thank-You Dan Synder." @RolandoComedy, of Rockville, wondered why everyone is so worked up about the issue: "Really? Is the name Redskins affecting your life? Is it keeping you awake at night? Is it hurting your inner child? #Redskins" @JadoreCherelle, of …
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
The first-round series between the Capitals and the New York Rangers has folks talking.
The Washington Capitals took care of business at home, but lost to the New York Rangers at Madison Square Garden on Monday, narrowing their lead to 2-1 in the best-of-seven Eastern Conference quarterfinal series. The series has Montgomery County residents who love to "rock the red" tweeting. @score429 tweeted: The Rangers-Caps series is the best of the 1st round.Tough, two-way hockey.The team that wins will be tough to beat in the East. #nyr #caps @moneymetalcakes of Olney encouraged fans to grow a playoff beard like the players: "Join me, grow a playoff beard at http://po.st/TLWWBR . The fan who raises the most $ now thru 5/10 at 730 pm wins a #Caps signed jersey." @fatbradpitt of Silver Spring thought Caps defensive lapses contributed to…
Friday, May 3, 2013
The team won all nine of its spring 2013 games.
For the first time ever, Churchill High School's junior varsity boys lacrosse team had a perfect season, winning all nine of its games, according to a Patch source. The team finished its winning spring 2013 season Wednesday evening with a 9-3 win over Clarksburg. Congratulations to the 9-0 team and to Head Coach Dave Blumenthal!
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 …