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Michael Baze Dead: Jockey Found Dead In Vehicle At Churchill Downs
Post Date: 2011-05-11 09:22:20 by Fred Mertz
LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- A 24-year-old jockey who rode this year's Kentucky Derby second-place finisher to his only win was found dead in his vehicle Tuesday at Churchill Downs. Michael Baze of Glendora, Calif., was pronounced dead at 4:47 p.m. EDT in his vehicle parked in the stable area of the track, Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Jim Wesley said. There were no signs of foul play and the case was being treated as a death investigation, Louisville police spokeswoman Alicia Smiley said. An autopsy was planned. Baze was a cousin of Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze, the all-time leading rider in thoroughbred racing, and son of retired jockey Mike Baze, Churchill Downs spokesman John Asher ...
KENTUCKY DERBY PREVIEW - Pick Your Winner!
Post Date: 2011-05-06 23:31:55 by Fred Mertz
Whether a byproduct of skill or luck, selecting the right horse in America's most famous horse race is the goal for any observer. And Saturday's 137th running of the $2 million Kentucky Derby (G1) sets up to be quite a challenge. The road to the 2011 Kentucky Derby has lacked clarity, with major upsets in the Arkansas Derby (G1), Blue Grass S. (G1), Santa Anita Derby (G1), Louisiana Derby (G2) and Wood Memorial (G1) as well as a slower-than-expected winner of the Florida Derby (G1), and that makes it difficult to separate the top contenders. The race feels wide open, with more than half of the 20-horse field having the potential to wind up in the winner's circle, and it's ...
Uncle Mo won't race Saturday
Post Date: 2011-05-06 09:04:48 by Fred Mertz
Uncle Mo will not run in Saturday's Kentucky Derby. Uncle Mo galloped Friday morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., without his Derby saddle towel. The announcement was later made at the track. Uncle Mo's owner, Mike Repole, was not present during the morning workout. The sleek bay colt has been recovering from a stomach ailment but has looked good as he galloped in recent days. Last year's juvenile champion, Uncle Mo had been the 9-2 second choice behind 4-1 early favorite Dialed In. On Thursday, Repole was awaiting results from the latest vet exam. "If he's not what we deem to be 100 percent tomorrow, he's not going to be 100 percent on ...
Trump Pulls Out Of Pace Car Duties
Post Date: 2011-05-05 14:41:55 by Skip Intro
'The Donald' Cites Time, Business Constraints INDIANAPOLIS -- Outspoken billionaire businessman Donald Trump has withdrawn as the pace car driver for the 2011 Indianapolis 500 amid growing controversy. In a statement released by the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Thursday, Trump cited his presidential bid and increasingly busy schedule for the decision to pull out. I very much appreciate the honor, but time and business constraints make my appearance there, especially with the necessary practice sessions, impossible to fulfill, Trump said. I look forward to watching the race from New York. Some fans claimed "the Donald' would tarnish this ...
On Deck: Ethier looks for 28
Post Date: 2011-05-02 18:44:49 by socalv8
Streaking -- Los Angeles' Andre Ethier looks to extend his hitting streak to 28 against the Cubs tonight. Chicago starts left-hander James Russell, who Ethier's only faced once. In their lone matchup, Ethier grounded out to Russell on July 8, 2010. Ethier is hitting .219/.242/.344 against left-handers this year. Cubs at Dodgers, 10:10 p.m. ET
Being No. 1 overall doesn't ensure QB success
Post Date: 2011-04-30 23:52:23 by war
For all the pertinent and impertinent questions surrounding Cam Newton before the Carolina Panthers chose him No. 1 overall in last week's grab bag of college talent, the only question now is this: What will he accomplish as an NFL quarterback? Will he soar to the Pro Football Hall of Fame? Will he level off as more solid than spectacular? Will he deteriorate into a backup? Will he be a bust? Over the years, other quarterbacks chosen No. 1 overall, no matter how touted or scouted they were, have been the answers to all those questions. In the 81 previous drafts, counting six American Football League stock shows in the early 1960s, 29 quarterbacks were selected No. 1 overall, but only ...
Early Derby favorites say uncle
Post Date: 2011-04-23 16:53:01 by Fred Mertz
In the often rocky and surprising journey through a Triple Crown season, we generally have a favorite for the Kentucky Derby by now. Nothing certain, mind you, since projecting virtually untested 3-year-olds is risky business indeed. You usually can pick up a clue coming out of the prep races in Florida, Arkansas, New York, Louisiana, and California. But this year was going to be different. There were murmurs of a true contender for the Triple Crown which, of course, hasnt been won since Affirmed swept through the spring in 1978. Uncle Mo was the horse with the big mo (i.e. momentum), coming out of the Breeders Cup Juvenile as an undefeated 2-year-old. Horse racing ...
CINCINNATTI REDS How much faster can a fastball go? The 105 mph fastball is like the 4-minute mile: it's a new barrier to break
Post Date: 2011-04-19 11:55:26 by A K A Stone
Tony Gwynn Jr. summoned his training and experience, but mostly the pedigree bestowed upon him as the son of a Hall of Fame batting champion. Yet, at the moment of truth Sept. 24, staring at Aroldis Chapman's 105-mph fastball, Gwynn did what most of us would do - he froze. "You're not even going to put the bat on the ball," the San Diego Padres outfielder explained to reporters later, not without trimming away the excesses of a normal hitting sequence. You needed a shorter stride and faster hands, maybe even prayer, because there was nothing normal about Chapman's performance against San Diego that night. Not only did the Cincinnati Reds' left-hander make history ...
Toy Track Comes to Life for Indy 500 Jump
Post Date: 2011-04-14 10:27:49 by diva betsy ross
www.indystar.com/article/...7/104130347/1004/SPORTS/T http://oy-">www.indystar.com/article/...04130347/1004/SPORTS/Toy- track-comes-life-Indy-500-truck-jump?odyssey=nav|head "Ladies and gentlemen, start your Hot Wheels." That essentially will be the message at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, about an hour prior to the start of the 100th-anniversary Indianapolis 500, when a custom- built vehicle is released on a life-size Hot Wheels track from a nine-story platform. The goal is to make a world-record jump. Mattel, the maker of Hot Wheels, is calling this stunt "Fearless at the 500." I have been going to the Indianapolis Speedway since I was born.. and I have ...
Tennessee hires Cuonzo Martin
Post Date: 2011-03-27 20:23:46 by Ibluafartsky
Updated: March 27, 2011, 8:02 PM ET Tennessee hires Cuonzo Martin KNOXVILLE, Tenn. -- Tennessee has hired Missouri State's Cuonzo Martin to take over a Volunteers program facing punishment by the NCAA for recruiting violations. The 39-year-old Martin takes over for the popular Bruce Pearl, who was fired March 21, a month after being charged with unethical conduct for lying to NCAA investigators. Martin went 61-41 in three seasons at Missouri State and was chosen this season's Missouri Valley Conference coach of the year. Missouri State finished 26-9 and won the MVC regular-season championship. Tennessee athletics director Mike Hamilton said Sunday that school officials are ...
Tiger's Woody Back in Action w/ a Brand New Blonde
Post Date: 2011-03-20 12:15:56 by Happy Quanzaa
Woods scores a new blonde Tiger's back on the prowl. Randy duffer Tiger Woods has gotten his paws on a beautiful, young blonde -- a Florida college student who's the stepdaughter of a major sports-agency exec, according to a published report. Woods and Alyse Lahti Johnston, 22, a student at Ohio-based Northwood University, have been seeing each other for several weeks, Radar Online reports. Johnston, whose biological father is former St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Jeff Lahti, was introduced to Woods by her stepfather, Alistair Johnston. ALYSE LAHTI JOHNSTON
Michael Waltrip Triggers 14-Car Wreck Early in Daytona (Video)
Post Date: 2011-02-20 20:20:57 by Murron
Michael Waltrip Triggers 14-Car Wreck Early in Daytona (Video) By Jay Busbee DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. We knew that the two-by-two racing would play a significant role in Sunday's Daytona 500. And we knew that Michael Waltrip would have a significant role on the 10th anniversary of his landmark 2001 win. As it turns out, both storylines blended early in the race, with catastrophic effect. In Lap 29, Michael Waltrip, pushing David Reutimann, got misaligned and spun Reutimann, triggering a wreck that took out literally one-third of the field. Jimmie Johnson, Jeff Gordon, Brian Vickers, Greg Biffle, Marcos Ambrose and feel-good story Brian Keselowski were among those collected in the ...
PACKERS WIN THE 2011 SUPER BOWL
Post Date: 2011-02-06 23:18:00 by Murron
PACKERS WIN THE 2011 SUPER BOWL
31 - 25
Post Your Super Bowl Predictions Here! [Full Thread]
Post Date: 2011-02-05 15:02:00 by Fred Mertz
Packers 24 - Steelers 20 I'm not giving out any prizes, but good luck!
Super Bowl Fans Scramble As Flights To Dallas Canceled Because Of Another Winter Storm
Post Date: 2011-02-04 11:43:50 by Brian S
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Super Bowl fans may have to scramble for alternate flights after American Airlines and its regional carrier canceled 630 flights to and from its Dallas hub on Friday because of another winter storm. Snow continued to fall in Texas two days after a massive winter storm grounded flights throughout the nation. More than 100,000 football fans were expected to converge on Dallas for the face-off between the Pittsburgh Steelers and Green Bay Packers on Sunday. "We've had snow overnight and this morning," said Tim Smith, spokesman for American Airlines. Smith said the main runways at the airport are open, but ramps and taxiways "are a bit messy." ...
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street
Post Date: 2011-01-29 15:55:05 by Godwinson
The Great American Stickup: How Reagan Republicans and Clinton Democrats Enriched Wall Street While Mugging Main Street [Paperback] Robert Scheer From Publishers Weekly Following Ronald Reagan' s obsession with the radical deregulation of financial markets through its apotheosis under the Clinton administration to Obama' s reform efforts--which rely, oddly enough, on Clinton cronies to clean up (and profit from) the mess they made--Scheer (The Pornography of Power) proves that, when it comes to the ruling sway of money power, Democrats and Republicans, Wall Street and Washington make very agreeable bedfellows. Scheer names names (Robert Rubin, Lawrence Summers, Alan Greenspan), ...
Don Meredith Passes At 72
Post Date: 2010-12-06 11:02:37 by Murron
Don Meredith Passes At 72 Somewhere, Don Meredith is singing that tune right now. The one that he sang on countless Monday nights, when he concluded that the game he was calling with Frank Gifford and Howard Cosell no longer was in dispute, to the certain dismay of ABC executives who would have preferred that the audience didnt receive a musical invitation to change to one of the two other channels that were available at the time. Then again, who changed the channel? Monday Night Football was appointment viewing, with Merediths goofy, good-ol-boy shtick balancing out Cosells biting vocabulary and staccato delivery. Directing traffic and/or staying out of the way ...
Hall of Fame Manager Sparky Anderson Dead At 76
Post Date: 2010-11-04 15:21:07 by Brian S
THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. (AP)Sparky Anderson, the white-haired Hall of Fame manager who directed Cincinnatis Big Red Machine to back-to-back World Series championships and won another one in Detroit, died Thursday. He was 76. Anderson died from complications from dementia, family spokesman Dan Ewald said. A day earlier, Andersons family said he had been placed in hospice care. Anderson was the first manager to win World Series titles in both leagues and the only manager to lead two franchises in career wins. His Reds teams featuring Pete Rose, Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan that won crowns in 1975 and 1976 rank among the most powerful of all time. Led by Kirk Gibson and Alan ...
Spartans Stun Irish 34-31 With Fake FG In OT
Post Date: 2010-09-19 00:04:40 by Brian S
EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Aaron Bates threw a 29-yard touchdown pass to Charlie Gantt on an audacious fake field goal in overtime, giving Michigan State a 34-31 victory over Notre Dame on Saturday night. With Dan Conroy lining up for a 46-yard attempt to tie the game in the first overtime, Bates took the snap, stood up and had time to wait for Gantt to come open downfield. Gantt caught the pass for an easy touchdown, giving the Spartans (3-0) the victory and a measure of revenge for a heartbreaking 33-30 loss in South Bend last season. David Ruffer had given the Irish (1-2) the lead with a 33-yard field goal on Notre Dame's overtime possession.
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AP source: Favre tells Vikings he will not return
Post Date: 2010-08-03 11:54:52 by reaganisright
MANKATO, Minn. (AP)A person with knowledge of the situation tells The Associated Press that Brett Favre(notes) has informed the Vikings he will not return to Minnesota for a second season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Tuesday because the team had not made an official announcement. The person says the 40-year-old Favre called coach Brad Childress to say his injured ankle is not responding as well to surgery and rehabilitation as he had hoped. With Favre, of course, nothing is ever necessarily final. He also told the Vikings last year he wouldnt play, but ultimately changed his mind and joined them immediately after they broke training camp. Favre hurt his left ...
AP Source: Bengals reach deal with TO
Post Date: 2010-07-27 20:16:30 by reaganisright
CINCINNATI (AP)A year after they were featured on HBOs Hard Knocks, the Bengals have scripted their own reality show. T.O. and Ocho. Two self-conscious stars, one NFL team. How will they fit? How will it work? Which receiver will provide most of the drama? And, more importantly, will any of it help the Bengals get back to the playoffs? The Bengals reached a contract agreement with receiver Terrell Owens on Tuesday, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press. Hes expected to report to training camp in a day or two. The Bengals were his first choice, giving him a chance to team with close friend Chad Ochocinco, who has already dubbed the ...
Bengals owner wants to sign TO
Post Date: 2010-07-26 18:02:52 by reaganisright
CINCINNATI (AP)Bengals owner Mike Brown wants to bring receiver Terrell Owens aboard. Brown said on Monday that the team has discussed a contract with Owens and his agent, Drew Rosenhaus. The Bengals passed on the chance to sign the 36-year-old receiver after a tryout in March, but have given it more thought now that he remains a free agent. Brown noted that Owens caught the winning 57-yard touchdown pass in Dallas 31-22 victory over the Bengals in 2008. I think that I would rather have him line up on our side of the ball than the other side of the ball, Brown said, at the teams annual preseason luncheon. I can remember playing Dallas a few years ago ...
D-line a hot spot in August heat
Post Date: 2010-07-20 11:20:33 by Badeye
D-line a hot spot in August heat By GEOFF HOBSON Posted 17 hours ago When Bengals training camp gets underway at Georgetown College in Georgetown, Ky., next week, all eyes are going to be on The Ocho, his band of receivers trying to find an NFL niche, and that big tall guy wearing No. 9 throwing the ball to them. But dont sleep on the defensive side of the ball. There is just not one massive roster fight, but three and they are led by the position that used to always come up last in such discussions. We dont want to be the ones where everybody is always frowning on us, says Frostee Rucker, one of those new breed of Bengals down linemen that can play anywhere at ...
Flacco says this year’s Ravens team is his best
Post Date: 2010-07-19 10:01:36 by Badeye
Flacco says this years Ravens team is his best Posted: July 18th, 2010 | Adam Rank | Tags: Baltimore Ravens, Joe Flacco Ravens QB Joe Flacco told the Baltimore Sun on Saturday that this years team is the best on which he has ever played. And that should mean something, too, considering hes a veteran of two NFL seasons. Weve got the talent to go as far as we want to, Flacco said. Its about playing up to our capabilities. I think weve done that for the most part. But in fairness to Flacco, he does have three playoff wins under his belt, including a trip to the AFC Championship Game. And what else is he going to say, that this ...
Ripken could return to O’s sooner than expected (they need help)
Post Date: 2010-07-14 22:44:41 by reaganisright
BALTIMORE (AP)Cal Ripken Jr. is exploring the possibility of joining the Baltimore Orioles as a part-time adviser, which would ease his transition into a permanent position after his son graduates high school in 2012. Ripken, who turns 50 next month, has been meeting on a regular basis with Orioles owner Peter Angelos and president of baseball operations Andy MacPhail. The conversations have centered on finding the Hall of Fame infielder a position in the front office on the team he played for throughout his 21-year career. Should they come up with a plan that would allow Ripken to remain dedicated to his family while serving the Orioles, he would be willing to get back in the game ...
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