Street Sense will be the horse to beat again at Saratoga Race Course — this time the Kentucky Derby winner was made the overwhelming 3-5 favorite for Saturday’s $1 million Travers Stakes. Last month, Street Sense won the Jim Dandy as the odds-on choice in his first start since his Triple Crown chances ended with a narrow loss in the Preakness on May 19.
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.
Ricky Rudd said he plans to retire from the NASCAR Nextel Cup series after this season.
Brian Bannister doesn’t want to pitch for a last-place club. His sights are set on fourth place. For the Kansas City Royals, baby steps are necessary. Billy Butler homered and drove in three runs to back Bannister’s strong outing, and Kansas City held off the Chicago White Sox 7-6 on Wednesday. The clubs are tied at the bottom of the five-team AL Central at 56-70.
Add Cole Hamels to the growing list of injured Philadelphia Phillies. The All-Star left-hander was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with a strained elbow, a major blow for a team in the hunt for an NL East title and the wild card. Hamels (14-5, 3.50 ERA) received some good news when an MRI revealed no structural or ligament damage in his elbow.
A 25-day holdout helped make Larry Johnson the most highly paid player in Kansas City Chiefs history. The downside is the Pro Bowl running back doesn’t think he’ll be ready for a full role in the season opener. Asked Wednesday if he thought he’d be 100 percent ready by Sept. 9 when the Chiefs open at Houston, Johnson said, “No, it’ll take a little bit more than that.” “Obviously, coaches are going…
Tommy Urbanski navigated his electric wheelchair through a narrow path in a hospital flower garden and parked under the shade of a cherry-blossom tree. “Isn’t this a great place?” said Urbanski, paralyzed from an inch above his belly button on down. “This is my favorite spot.” Urbanski, a former pro wrestler, was shot four times on Feb.
An NAACP leader said Michael Vick should be allowed to return to the NFL, preferably the Atlanta Falcons, after serving his sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation. “As a society, we should aid in his rehabilitation and welcome a new Michael Vick back into the community without a permanent loss of his career in football,” said R.L.
Logan Avenue Linda defeated Charming Legacy by a neck to win Wednesday’s $50,000 feature at Del Mar. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, Logan Avenue Linda covered 1 1-16 miles on the turf in 1:42.68 and paid $8.40, $4.60 and $3.80. Charming Legacy returned $3.60 and $3, while Missatacama was another head back in third and paid $12.60.
The rare chance to relax came early for Carlos Silva and the Twins. Minutes into Wednesday’s matinee against Seattle, their ragged offense broke loose for a seven-run first inning fueled by Michael Cuddyer’s grand slam. “I’m going to sound like a broken record again,” Cuddyer said, smiling. “Hopefully, we can sustain this, and hopefully we can carry it into the next series and be able to put some…
Major league ERA leader Chris Young returned to San Diego on Wednesday to get his ailing back examined, and the playoff-contending Padres weren’t sure when he would pitch again. The All-Star righty was forced to leave Tuesday night’s game against the Mets after only five innings because of lower back pain.