Pim­lico to be ren­o­vated and keep Preak­ness

The State - - Sports -

The Preak­ness will re­main a fix­ture at time­worn Pim­lico Race Course, which will re­ceive a much-needed facelift fol­low­ing the pass­ing of a bill to re­de­velop Mary­land tracks.

Gov. Larry Ho­gan on Thurs­day per­mit­ted a bill to be­come law that would en­able the Mary­land Sta­dium Author­ity to is­sue up to $375 mil­lion in bonds to re­fur­bish Pim­lico and Lau­rel Park. The money would be paid back by the Mary­land Lot­tery and casino pro­ceeds al­ready des­ig­nated to sub­si­dize the rac­ing in­dus­try.

This year’s Preak­ness was sched­uled for May 16 at Pim­lico but was post­poned be­cause of the pan­demic. A new date has not been set.

For the past sev­eral years, the Preak­ness was run on the third Satur­day in May amid spec­u­la­tion that the pres­ti­gious race would ul­ti­mately be forced to leave Pim­lico, which opened in 1870 and was clearly show­ing its age. Now, with a pend­ing over­haul of Pim­lico and the ac­com­pa­ny­ing plan to aug­ment the sur­round­ing neigh­bor­hood, the sec­ond jewel of the Triple Crown will stay in Bal­ti­more for years to come.

The Rac­ing and Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Act is de­signed to up­grade Pim­lico for rac­ing and con­vert it into a mul­ti­pur­pose venue. When it’s not stag­ing races, the track’s club­house and fa­cil­i­ties will be used for other pub­lic pur­poses.

Col­leges

Mar­quette: The Golden Ea­gles added Gard­nerWebb trans­fer Jose Perez, who scored at least 15 points a game for his for­mer team each of the past two sea­sons.

Perez will sit out the 2020-21 sea­son be­cause of NCAA trans­fer rules be­fore play­ing for Mar­quette in 2021-22. The 6-foot-5 guard has two sea­sons of el­i­gi­bil­ity re­main­ing.

Ok­la­homa State: Ok­la­homa State and Oral Roberts have agreed to a home-and-home bas­ket­ball se­ries for the next two sea­sons. The first game will be played at Ok­la­homa State on Nov. 28, 2020. The date for the game at Oral Roberts’ Mabee Cen­ter in Tulsa has not been set. The schools are 79 miles apart.

NBA

Bucks: Giannis An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s so­cial me­dia ac­counts were hacked on Thurs­day af­ter­noon and sev­eral bizarre and of­fen­sive tweets were posted, ac­cord­ing to the Mil­wau­kee Bucks, An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s brother and the player’s rep­re­sen­ta­tives. More than a dozen tweets popped up in An­te­tok­oun­mpo’s feed in the span of about five min­utes, and they ap­peared to clearly be the work of some­one other than the reign­ing MVP. The tweets in­cluded racial slurs, pro­fane at­tacks on other play­ers and a claim that An­te­tok­oun­mpo had the coro­n­avirus.

NFL

Browns: Rashard Hig­gins’ sign­ing to a oneyear, $910,000 con­tract was made of­fi­cial Friday by the Browns, who brought back the free agent fol­low­ing a strange 2019 sea­son for the for­mer fifth-round draft pick. Hig­gins was lim­ited by a knee in­jury last sea­son, but he also fell from fa­vor with for­mer coach Fred­die Kitchens and fin­ished with four catches for 55 yards.

Jaguars: Jack­sonville agreed to terms with jour­ney­man quar­ter­back Mike Glen­non, giv­ing the Jaguars a vet­eran be­hind Gard­ner Min­shew. Jack­sonville also has fourthyear pro Joshua Dobbs and rookie Jake Lu­ton.

Pa­tri­ots: New Eng­land signed four mem­bers of its 2020 draft class: Lineback­ers Josh Uche and Cassh Maluia, kicker Justin Rohrwasser and of­fen­sive line­man Justin Her­ron.

Sea­hawks: Re­ceiver D.K. Met­calf says the best ad­vice he re­ceived as a rookie was to sit and ob­serve. Met­calf shared some of his ex­pe­ri­ences from last year with 547 rook­ies on the NFL's rookie we­bi­nar held vir­tu­ally af­ter the draft.

No­table

Idi­tarod: Race of­fi­cials said vet­eran musher

Lance Mackey has had his 21st-place fin­ish in this year’s Idi­tarod Trail Sled Dog Race va­cated be­cause of a failed drug test. Mackey is a four­time win­ner and can­cer sur­vivor who had ac­knowl­edged us­ing mar­i­juana on the trail be­fore the race be­gan test­ing in 2010. Thurs­day’s state­ment said a urine sam­ple taken at a check­point dur­ing this year’s race tested pos­i­tive for metham­phetamine.

WNBA: Las Ve­gas Aces cen­ter JiSu Park will sit out the 2020 sea­son to train in her home coun­try of South Korea this sum­mer. Park has started 11 of 57 games over two years with the Aces. The 21-year-old cen­ter av­er­ages 1.9 points and 2.4 re­bounds.

CFL: Cana­dian Foot­ball League Com­mis­sioner Randy Am­brosie said the league’s most likely sce­nario is to can­cel the sea­son be­cause of the COVID-19 pan­demic.

NHL: Montreal Canadiens goalie Carey Price reached out to two boys whose par­ents were killed last month in the Nova Sco­tia mass shoot­ing. Price sent a video mes­sage to 11-year-old Alex Blair and 10-yearold Jack, telling them: “I just want to let you know that you’re not alone. I’m think­ing about you, and you have a lot of peo­ple around you that care very deeply for you,” Price said. “It’s OK to talk to them about your feel­ings and what you’re go­ing through. You can and you will get through this be­cause of the char­ac­ter that was given to you by your par­ents.”

Soc­cer: Leipzig de­fender Lukas Kloster­mann has signed a con­tract ex­ten­sion through 2024.

NICK WASS AP

The Preak­ness Stakes will re­main at Bal­ti­more’s Pim­lico Race Course, thanks to the pas­sage of a bill to re­de­velop Mary­land tracks with $375 mil­lion in bonds.

JULIO CORTEZ AP

The Seat­tle Sea­hawks’ D.K. Met­calf shared some of his ex­pe­ri­ences from last year as part of the NFL’s rookie we­bi­nar held af­ter the draft.

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