Pimlico to be renovated and keep Preakness
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.