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.
The Washington Wizards hired former Charlotte Bobcats president Ed Tapscott as director of player development on Wednesday. The team also hired Dave Hopla as an assistant coach for player development. “Ed and Dave have an extensive coaching background and have proven to be very successful in working with and developing players throughout their careers,” Wizards coach Eddie Jordan said.
New York Knicks guard Stephon Marbury defended Michael Vick, calling dogfighting a sport and comparing it to hunting. Marbury spoke Monday about the federal dogfighting conspiracy charges against Vick while promoting his basketball shoe in Albany, N.Y. “I think it’s tough,” Marbury said, according to Albany TV station Capital News 9.
Esteban Loaiza won in his season debut by outpitching A.J. Burnett, and the Oakland Athletics beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 Wednesday to complete a three-game sweep. Oakland (64-64) has won four straight and eight of 10, reaching .500 for the first time since it was 44-44 at the All-Star break. Toronto dropped to .500 at 63-63.
Dave Trembley will return next season as manager of the Baltimore Orioles after leading the team to a winning record over the last two months. Trembley replaced Sam Perlozzo on June 18, then was given the job through the rest of the season on July 31. The Orioles announced Wednesday that his contract has been extended through the 2008 season, with a club option for 2009.
Garret Anderson got the first curtain call he can remember, going to the top step of the Angels’ dugout and doffing his helmet to a roaring crowd. After setting a club record with 10 RBIs, he certainly deserved it. Anderson’s grand slam in the sixth inning gave him 10 RBIs and kept 44,264 fans on their feet until one of the most reserved players on the team grinned shyly and took his bow.
Lou Piniella pulled Cliff Floyd aside before the game and reminded the slugger of his importance to the Chicago Cubs’ playoff hopes. Floyd had been away from the team for nine days dealing with the death of his father, then found his rhythm in a hurry. Floyd hit a go-ahead two-run single in the ninth inning, when the Cubs rallied against Tim Lincecum for a 5-1 victory over the San Francisco Giants…
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SARATOGA SPRINGS, New York (Ticker) — Street Sense was tabbed the overwhelming 3-5 favorite on Wednesday for this weekend’s $1 million Travers Stakes at Saratoga Race Course.