Dance Smartly, who in 1991 became the first Canadian-bred horse to win a Breeders’ Cup race, died after an injury in her paddock. She was 19. The horse was euthanized last weekend because of an irreparable injury related to an arthritic joint in her knee, according to Sam-Son Farm, where the horse was bred.
Ricky Rudd is almost 51 and the grueling Nextel Cup schedule has finally taken its toll on the one-time NASCAR ironman.
A steady rain on Sunday forced NASCAR to postpone the 3M Performance 400 Nextel Cup race until Monday.
The NBA on Tuesday chose former federal prosecutor Lawrence B. Pedowitz to oversee a review of its policies regarding gambling and its referees in the wake of the Tim Donaghy scandal. Pedowitz and his partners at the New York law firm Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz will study the NBA’s antigambling efforts, as well as the processes the league uses to hire, train and monitor its officials.
Bad Rex was back at his worst Monday night. Not that the Chicago Bears needed any reminders of what happens when Grossman goes awry — even in the preseason. After struggling for most of Grossman’s 26 plays, the Bears’ backups bailed him out and eventually overcame the miscues to beat the Indianapolis Colts 27-24 in what had been billed as a Super Bowl rematch.
Gerard Warren was dealt from Denver because he didn’t fit into the Broncos’ new defensive system. Warren Sapp doesn’t see how the former No. 3 overall pick fits onto the Oakland Raiders’ roster. “I wouldn’t want to go to a team three weeks after their training camp and try to make their team, with my talent,” Sapp said.
Daryl Johnston is one of the lucky ones. Despite breaking his neck opening holes for Emmitt Smith, he walks without a cane or a limp and is able to hold down a lucrative second career in broadcasting. Yet Johnston sympathizes with broken-down former players who need help with medical bills and aren’t getting it.
Ricky Rudd said he plans to retire from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series after this season.
By Bruce Martin PA SportsTicker Contributing Editor
Sebastien Loeb won the Germany Rally for the sixth straight year and closed in on series leader Marcus Gronholm for the world title on Sunday. Loeb picked up his 33rd rally win in his Citroen and finished 20.3 seconds ahead of Belgium’s Francois Duval with Finland’s Mikko Hirvonen third. “I am delighted to have won again,” Loeb said.
Brady Quinn’s strong debut wasn’t enough for him to muscle into Cleveland’s quarterback competition yet. Quinn shined in his NFL introduction, leading the Browns on two long touchdown drives in the final 9:20 of a 23-20 loss to Detroit. The rookie threw a pair of scoring passes — against Lions backups — and played with composure and confidence in his first action as a pro.
Soon-to-be father and star quarterback Tom Brady knows he can’t make all the calls. He’d like a few days off to be at the birth of his first child — “I hope so,” he said Monday — but the Patriots’ schedule and coach Bill Belichick might get in his way. “Bill has a lot to say,” Brady said, “so we’ll deal with it when it happens.” New England plays the third of its four exhibition games — the one…