Monday, May 10, 2004

Sports digest

Bejarano could ride Zito trainee in Preakness

The Enquirer and wire reports

Tracy Farmer's Sir Shackleton, winner of the Grade III Derby Trial and listed as a "possible" starter in Saturday's Preakness Stakes at Pimlico, and The Cliff's Edge, who finished fifth in the May 1 Kentucky Derby, will ship from Louisville to Baltimore today.

Nick Zito, the trainer of both colts, said that if Sir Shackleton runs in the Preakness, he will be ridden by Churchill Downs-based and Turfway Park record-breaker Rafael Bejarano, who rode the colt in the Derby Trial and was aboard for a bullet workout Sunday at Churchill Downs.

JOCKEY CRITICAL: Jockey Rick Wilson remained in critical condition at University of Maryland's Shock Trauma Unit with head injuries after a spill Saturday at Pimlico.


NKU BASEBALL: Reliever Brad Baker pitched 4 2/3 innings of two-hit, scoreless baseball as the Norse won the Great Lakes Valley Conference Tournament with a 3-1 victory against the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

It marked the second time in three years NKU (37-23) has won the GLVC Tournament championship. The Norse also captured the 2002 title at Highland Heights, Ky.

NKU, ranked No. 4 in the North Central Region, qualified for the NCAA Division II Tournament. NKU has won 20 of its last 25 games.

Pro football

PATS SIGN MIGNERY: Andy Mignery, former quarterback at Hamilton High and tight end at the University of Michigan, was one of two undrafted free agents signed by the Super Bowl champion New England Patriots after last week's mini-camp. The Patriots will play the Bengals in an Aug. 23 preseason game at Paul Brown Stadium.


ITALIAN OPEN: Carlos Moya showed his clay-court mastery against David Nalbandian, winning 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 in Rome with a dominating game highlighted by a remarkable shot through his legs. Moya passed Andy Roddick for the most tour wins this year- 33. The Spaniard's play was reminiscent of 1998 when he won the French Open.

GERMAN OPEN: Venus Williams pulled out of the final in Berlin because of an ankle injury, giving the title to Amelie Mauresmo. The injury could threaten Williams' chances of playing the French Open.


WORLDS: Florida defenseman Jay Bouwmeester scored the winning goal, and Canada rallied to beat Sweden for the second straight year in the gold-medal game at the world hockey championships, 5-3 at Prague. Canada has won the world title a record 23 times, tying the Soviet Union-Russia. The United States won the bronze medal with a 1-0 win in a shootout over Slovakia.

OLYMPICS: Team USA will play Sweden and Russia in its group at the 2006 Turin Olympics. Canada will face the Czech Republic and Finland in the other group.


WILD FEATHER DRAW: Juan Manuel Marquez kept his WBA and IBF 126-pound titles late Saturday in Las Vegas, escaping with a draw with Manny Pacquiao after being knocked down three times in an opening round. He then dominated Pacquiao much of the rest of the way in a candidate for the fight of the year. A rematch is likely.


USA WINS FRIENDLY: Cindy Parlow, Mia Hamm and Lori Chalupny scored to lead the U.S. women's national team past Mexico 3-0 an exhibition match in Albuquerque. The Americans improved to 12-1-1 in international play and will play Japan June 6 in Louisville, in the third in their six-game tuneup for the Olympics in Greece.

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Mount grad one of three released
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Healthy Bennett heads up crowded Vikings backfield

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AL: Injuries, victories mount for Angels
AAA: Charlotte 10, Louisville 2

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