One of coach Jack Del Rio’s first decisions with the Jacksonville Jaguars was drafting Byron Leftwich. One of his toughest was letting him go. Del Rio and the Jaguars said Friday they are parting ways with Leftwich after four frustrating, injury-filled seasons. They hope to trade him, but are resigned to releasing the former first-round draft pick.
Icy Atlantic rallied in the stretch to beat Touched By Madness in Saturday’s Red Bank Stakes at Monmouth Park. Trained by Todd Pletcher and ridden by Joe Bravo, Icy Atlantic covered the mile over firm turf in 1:32.42. A 6-year-old son of Stormy Atlantic, Icy Atlantic paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.20. Touched By Madness, who took the lead in midstretch, returned $9 and $4.
Lawyer Ron pulled away in the stretch and won the $500,000 Woodward Stakes by 8 1/4 lengths at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, moving to the top of the handicap division. “I think he’s arguably one of the top older horses in training,” winning trainer Todd Pletcher said. Lawyer Ron added the Grade 1 Woodward to his win in the Grade 1 Whitney Handicap on July 28, a race in which the 4-year-old…
Jockey Edgar Prado was thrown from his horse after a race at Saratoga Race Course on Saturday, apparently injuring his ankle in the fall. Prado, who won the 2006 Kentucky Derby aboard Barbaro, had guided Admiral Bird to a second-place finish in the seventh race, and was galloping out around the clubhouse turn when the horse was bumped by another runner.
Boston Celtics forward James Posey was suspended by the NBA for one game on Friday for pleading no contest to reckless driving stemming from an incident in April. Posey’s agent, Mark Bartelstein, said his client will appeal, calling the April 9 arrest in Miami Beach a “bad arrest.” Posey was arrested on drunken driving charges while he was a member of the Miami Heat.
New York Knicks center Randolph Morris pleaded guilty Friday to reckless driving and agreed to pay a $100 fine. Morris, who was scheduled to appear in Fayette District Court for a preliminary hearing, didn’t attend. His attorney, Jim Lowry, entered the guilty plea on his behalf and said the fine and court costs would be paid Friday.
David Stern defended his current referees, blasted a pair of former ones, and vowed to wait until a review of the NBA’s officiating program is finished before he decides on any punishments stemming from gambling activities. The commissioner was in Las Vegas on Thursday to watch the United States play Argentina in the FIBA Americas tournament, and it wasn’t long before questions turned to gambling.
The New York Mets recalled pitcher Mike Pelfrey on Saturday to start against the Atlanta Braves. The Mets also recalled right-handed pitcher Philip Humber from Triple-A New Orleans and purchased the contract of left-hander Willie Collazo from New Orleans. The right-handed Pelfrey was 0-7 with a 5.92 ERA for the Mets this season and was 3-6 with a 4.01 ERA in 14 starts for New Orleans.
The Chicago Cubs recalled left-hander Will Ohman, infielders Ronny Cedeno and Eric Patterson, and catcher Geovany Soto from Triple-A Iowa on Saturday. The team also recalled right-hander Sean Gallagher from Double-A Tennessee. Ohman went 1-4 with a 5.06 ERA and a save in 47 relief appearances for the Cubs to start the season before being optioned to Iowa on Aug.
A son of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid failed a drug test while awaiting sentencing on drug charges. Garrett Reid tested positive for a small amount of morphine and will be allowed only limited leave from his family’s home in Villanova until his sentencing, a Montgomery County judge ruled. He is not permitted to drive, a prosecutor said.
The Houston Texans released 20 players on Friday, including Keenan McCardell and Chad Stanley, the only punter in franchise history. The Texans must release two more players to get to the league-mandated 53-player limit by 5 p.m. Saturday. McCardell was signed just before training camp to bolster Houston’s receiving group, but the emergence of third-round pick Jacoby Jones pushed the 37-year-old out…
Zanjero and Bwana Bull will renew their rivalry in the Pennsylvania Derby on Monday, a month after they battled down the stretch in the West Virginia Derby with Zanjero winning by a nose. The colts will take on nine other horses in the state’s first $1 million race. The derby, last run in 2005 for a $750,000 purse, was canceled last year while Philadelphia Park facilities were readied for a slot…