St. Louis Rams offensive lineman Todd Steussie broke his left foot in the first half of Thursday night’s preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs. Steussie, 36, is entering his 14th season and has missed only two games since joining the league in 1994. He made 15 starts last year for the Rams, filling in due to injuries with eight starts at left guard and seven at left tackle.
Human error was likely responsible for the spread of equine influenza which has hit two Australian states, curtailing horse racing and costing millions of dollars in lost jobs and revenue, Australia federal agriculture minister Peter McGauran said Friday. “It’s going to be human error, there’s no question, but were the quarantine procedures adequate?” McGauran said in a radio interview.
Fun Logic rallied to beat Dona Amelia by 1 3/4 lengths Thursday in the $104,820 Adoration Handicap at Del Mar. With Joe Talamo aboard, Fun Logic ran a mile in 1:39.64, and paid $8.60, $4.60 and $3. Dona Amelia returned $4.80 and $2.80, and Screen Giant paid $2.60 to show. Fun Logic earned $69,012 to increase her career total to $342,772.
Matt Albers is showing the Houston Astros how badly he wants to stay in the majors. The 24-year-old right-hander pitched seven innings of three-hit ball, Lance Berkman homered for the second consecutive game and Houston beat the St. Louis Cardinals 2-1 on Thursday. “I felt pretty good,” Albers said. “My fastball was down in the zone and I mixed my curve in.
Baseball commissioner Bud Selig would like to see Cecil Cooper hired permanently as manager of the Houston Astros. Cooper was named interim manager of the Astros after Phil Garner was fired on Monday. In an interview with Houston television station KRIV, Selig said Cooper has earned the opportunity to be retained as permanent manager.
With No. 7 emblazoned across his chest, the high school senior preparing for the season opener Friday night drops back and throws a dart to a receiver in the back of the end zone. Wow, this kid really is the next Elway. Jack Elway is the 17-year-old son of Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway, who is tutoring his kid this season as Cherry Creek High School’s quarterbacks coach.
The last time the Indianapolis Colts visited for the final preseason game, their starters could have driven over in a minivan and had plenty of room left for all their equipment. Their return trip could be just as meager. Two years ago, the Colts played only two starters — both on defense — in the final preseason game in Cincinnati.
Chargers coach Norv Turner decided Thursday that quarterback Philip Rivers and tight end Antonio Gates wouldn’t play in that night’s exhibition finale against the San Francisco 49ers. Turner “wants to see more of others,” team spokesman Bill Johnson said in an e-mail to the media. As it is, reigning NFL MVP LaDainian Tomlinson has been held out of exhibition games to avoid a possible injury.
Thoroughbred trainer Patrick Biancone will serve a 15-day suspension next month after one of his horses was found to have prohibited drugs in its system after a race. The Kentucky Horse Racing Authority said Thursday that L’Aziza tested positive for caffeine and theophylline after winning the fifth race on May 3 at Churchill Downs.
Footlights, one of two mares in a field of eight, earned her first Grade I victory Thursday when she won the $150,000 New York Turf Writers Cup steeplechase at Saratoga Race Course. Xavier Aizpuru rode the 7-year-old daughter of Pleasant Tap on the 2 3-8 miles on the turf in 4:33.01 and returned $18, $7.80, and $5.70 for the win.
Joe Gibbs Racing has scheduled a news conference for Wednesday and several published reports say the team will announce it has signed a deal to field Toyotas in the Nextel Cup series.
San Antonio Spurs center Francisco Elson injured his left eye during a game this summer and will have surgery in the coming week. Elson suffered a “blowout fracture” of his left eye orbit during a game against Belarus on Aug. 19 while playing for the Dutch national team, the Spurs said. Elson should be cleared for full-contact play by mid- to late September but will have to wear a protective face…