There’s good reason Street Sense is the overwhelming 3-5 morning-line favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course: The 3-year-old colt won the Kentucky Derby, and is coming off a solid victory in the Jim Dandy Stakes that boosted his record to five wins, three seconds and two thirds in 10 races.
New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting. Marbury spoke Monday about the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges against Vick while promoting his basketball shoe in Albany, N.Y. “I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9.
The Atlanta Hawks shook up their coaching staff on Wednesday, hiring Alton Lister as an assistant coach and giving two assistants new duties. Herb Brown and Greg Ballard, who had been on the bench with coach Mike Woodson, will work as a consultant and a scout, respectively. Lister, who had a 16-year career as a center in the NBA, will work with inside players.
Johnny Benson postponed a pit stop and then held off Brendan Gaughan to win the NASCAR Trucks Series’ O’Reilly 200 on Wednesday night.
Things have turned around for onetime NASCAR bad boy Kurt Busch.
India are 316-4 after day one of the third and final Test against England at The Oval.
B.J. Upton made the most of a rare mistake from Dice-K. Upton hit a two-run homer and Tampa Bay beat Daisuke Matsuzaka for the third time this season, as the Devil Rays edged the AL East-leading Boston Red Sox 2-1 on Wednesday night. “A lot of his pitches look the same,” said Upton, who had struck out four times and was hitless in seven previous at-bats against the Japanese right-hander.
Jake Peavy stepped off the mound and escaped to his own little island. While the crowd got revved up, he tried to settle down and envision a perfect sequence of pitches. Pretty neatly done. Prone to becoming overly excited, Peavy escaped an early bases-loaded jam and went on to lead the San Diego Padres to what he called a “must win,” beating the New York Mets 7-5 Wednesday night.
It’s a boy for Bridget Moynahan and New England Patriots’ quarterback Tom Brady. The actress gave birth to the baby in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Moynahan’s publicist Christina Papadapoulos said in a statement. “Both mother and baby are doing well,” she said. Other details were not immediately released.
Eli Manning defended his decision to rip former New York Giants teammate Tiki Barber on Wednesday, saying there are times when you just have to react to criticism. The quarterback also said there are also times to forgive and forget, and that he would like to put his disagreement with the halfback-turned-football-analyst behind them.
Basketball always came easily to Eddie Griffin. It was life off the court that he had trouble handling. The former Minnesota Timberwolves forward died last week when his sport utility vehicle collided with a freight train in a fiery crash, the Harris County medical examiner’s office said Tuesday. Investigators used dental records to identify Griffin, 25, who began his pro career with the Houston…