Baltimore Brigade defensive lineman Khreem Smith was named the Arena Football League Defensive Lineman of the Year. The six-year AFL vet and former Oklahoma State player recorded nine sacks this season, tied for most in the league among defensive linemen, and two forced fumbles and a pass deflection. In six AFL seasons, Smith has 115 tackles, 13 forced fumbles and 36 sacks, which rank 23rd on the league's all-time list. His nine sacks in 2017 were a career high, outdoing the eight sacks he recorded as a rookie in 2006.
Junior quarterback missesTerps practice with injury
Redshirt junior quarterback Caleb Henderson, who transferred last year from North Carolina with hopes of winning a starting job going into the 2017 season, sat out Maryland's practice Friday with an apparent foot injury. At the practice, the third of four sessions opened to the media during the preseason, Henderson was seen wearing a protective boot on his right foot. Henderson suffered an ankle injury toward the end of spring practice that caused him to sit out the Red-White game. He later tweeted that he had broken the ankle. Even before the current injury, it appeared as if both sophomore Tyrrell Pigrome and freshman Kasim Hill had moved ahead of Henderson based on the fact that they were getting more of an opportunity to play with the No. 1 offense. Second-year Maryland coach DJ Durkin said recently that Henderson was about "95 percent" in terms of his recovery, the extent of which was never fully revealed. At last week's open practice, Henderson looked like he was moving well and even turned the corner on one run. Durkin doesn't appear to have an exact timetable for when he will name the starter for the season opener Sept. 2 at Texas.
Services planned todayfor late Coppin State coach
Funeral services will be held today at 10 a.m. for former Coppin State wrestling coach and assistant student activities director Kenneth Taylor, who died Sunday. Taylor led the wrestling program from 1994 until it was discontinued in 2001. He sent seven Coppin athletes to the NCAA wrestling championships during his seven seasons. The wake and funeral will begin at 9:30 today at Wylie Funeral Home on Liberty Road in Randallstown, followed by burial at King Memorial Park in Windsor Mill.
Horse racing: In addition to three stakes for Maryland-bred/sired horses worth $225,000 in purses, the final Saturday of Laurel Park's summer meet will offer horseplayers the chance to compete in Maryland Jockey Club Champions Handicapping Tournament today. Along with prize money, automatic berths will be on the line for national contests. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.laurelpark.com/sites/www.laurelpark.com/
Lacrosse: The Intercollegiate Men's Lacrosse Coaches Association announced that former Navy men's lacrosse coach Dick Szlasa, who directed the Midshipmen to 10 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances, is among seven coaching greats who have been named to the IMLCA's Hall of Fame Class of 2017. The Class of 2017 also includes Avery Blake Sr. (Swarthmore, Penn), Tom Hayes (Drexel, Rutgers), Sid Jamieson (Bucknell), Jack Kaley (NYIT) and Morris Touchstone (Army, Yale). They will be formally inducted to the IMLCA Hall of Fame on Dec. 8, at the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront. For tickets, go to www.IMLCACoaches.com.
— From Sun staff and news services