Racetracks across Australia were all but shut down Saturday, the country’s richest horse race is in doubt and losses could total more than a billion dollars after an outbreak of equine influenza. The highly contagious equine virus was discovered in 11 non-racehorses at the Centennial Park complex adjoining Sydney’s Royal Randwick racecourse.
There have been upsets before in the Travers Stakes, and Saratoga Race Course is called the “graveyard of favorites.” In 1930, Jim Dandy pulled off one of the biggest surprises in Travers history, beating Triple Crown winner Gallant Fox at odds of 100-1. In 1982, Runaway Groom delivered a stunner, defeating Kentucky Derby winner Gato del Sol, Preakness winner Aloma’s Ruler and Belmont Stakes…
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David Ortiz was ready to go home, so he went into his hurry-up offense. Big Papi homered in the fourth and fifth innings, both times on the first pitches he saw, as the Boston Red Sox routed the Chicago White Sox 10-1 Friday night to take both ends of a split doubleheader. “I just wanted to get it over with.
Outstanding performances by Oliver Perez and David Wright put the New York Mets in position to win. This time, their shaky bullpen held on. Perez outpitched Los Angeles Dodgers ace Brad Penny, and the Mets got a dazzling all-around effort from Wright in a 5-2 victory Friday night that helped increase their NL East lead to six games.
Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank wanted to suspend Michael Vick last month, even as his quarterback declared his innocence on dogfighting charges. On Friday, NFL commissioner Roger Goodell took care of that, indefinitely suspending the Falcons’ biggest star. Blank applauded Goodell’s decision, which came just hours after Vick acknowledged in court papers that he bankrolled gambling on dogfighting…
Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid’s son was jailed Friday for violating his bail after police said they found 33 pills, including the painkiller hydrocodone, on him. Britt Reid, 22, of Villanova, was stopped Thursday on suspicion of driving while impaired. Free on bail at the time, he’s awaiting sentencing for a January road-rage incident in which police say he brandished a gun at another driver.
Imagine rallied to beat Nakaba by 1 3/4 lengths to win the $103,565 Thoroughbred Owners of California Handicap on Friday at Del Mar. Ridden by Corey Nakatani, the heavily favored filly covered a mile and three-eighths in 2:13.18 and returned $3.40, $2.40 and $2.l0. Nakaba paid $2.80 and $2.20 and Galileo’s Star returned $2.80.
Jack Roush has a plan — or at least an idea — how he will follow NASCAR’s edict and eventually pare his Nextel Cup team from five cars to four.
Passing Cy Young didn’t faze Greg Maddux. Moving ahead of his older brother was a bit more exciting. Maddux became the first pitcher to win 10 games in 20 consecutive seasons, tossing seven solid innings in the San Diego Padres’ 14-3 rout of the Philadelphia Phillies on Friday night. Milton Bradley hit a pair of three-run homers and Adrian Gonzalez also connected twice for the Padres, who moved…
David Wells slipped a crisp, blue Dodgers cap onto his shaved head and wiggled into a baggy pair of baseball pants. Then he dashed up the runway to throw a quick bullpen session. Boomer is back in the pennant race — and he doesn’t have much time to prepare for his first start with Los Angeles. The 44-year-old Wells made it official Friday, signing with the Dodgers for the rest of the season.
The Atlanta Braves cut ties with struggling closer Bob Wickman on Friday, designating him for assignment. The move came a day after Wickman surrendered a game-winning two-run home run to the Reds’ Adam Dunn. Wickman is 3-3 with a 3.92 ERA and 20 saves in 26 chances. Manager Bobby Cox did not reveal his new closer, which could be one of several pitchers.