Wednesday, May 26, 2004

McGaughey, Desormeaux
tapped for Hall of Fame


The Enquirer and wire reports

Trainer Shug McGaughey and jockey Kent Desormeaux join thoroughbred champions Skip Away and Flawlessly as 2004's class of inductees in the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame. The winners, elected by more than 140 racing media, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 9 in Saratoga Springs, N.Y.

Desormeaux has ridden two Kentucky Derby winners - Real Quiet and Fusaichi Pegasus - and his 598 wins in one year still stand as a record. He joins Hall of Famers Chris McCarron and Steve Cauthen as the only jockeys to win Eclipse Awards as apprentices and regular riders.

McGaughey trained unbeaten Personal Ensign and Belmont Stakes winner Easy Goer. Skip Away was Horse of the Year at age 5, a champion 3-year-old and champion older male. He won 18 of 38 races, including a Breeders' Cup Classic, and earned more than $9 million. Flawlessly was a champion grass mare in 1992 and 1993.


UC BASEBALL: Catcher Steve Pickerell (Norwood) has been named second-team All-Conference USA. Pickerell was the team leader in almost every offensive category, including batting average (.375), home runs (14) and RBI (46).

NKU BASEBALL: Sophomore right-hander Derrik Moeves (Highlands) was named third-team Division II All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Moeves posted a 7-4 record. He finished with a 1.74 earned run average, ranking eighth in Division II.

MIAMI TRACK: Two-time All-America senior Andrea Kremer heads a list of eight RedHawks women this weekend at the NCAA Division I Mideast Regional in Baton Rouge, La. The eight RedHawks qualified in nine events for the chance to advance to the NCAA Championships in early June.

• Junior Erik Reynolds (Lakota East) and freshman Jake Dunkleberger lead a contingent of six MU men.

HANOVER TRACK: Leah Peelman (Purcell Marian) will compete in the 10,000 meters at the Division III meet Thursday at Millikin University in Decatur, Ill. Peelman, who is seeded 12th, has the 13th-best time in the nation in the 10,000 meters this season.

UK TENNIS: Junior Aibika Kalsarieva overcame a one-set deficit to eliminate Georgia's 32nd-ranked Shadisha Robinson 5-7, 7-5, 6-4 in the round of 32 at the NCAA Women's Singles Championships at Georgia.

BCS: With a few weeks left to make a decision that will shape the future of college football, Bowl Championship Series officials are narrowing their options for adding a fifth game to their multimillion-dollar package.

BCS chairman Mike Tranghese said opinions among the six major BCS conferences and the bowls are changing frequently between models that would add a week to the season and those that simply would add a fifth game and leave the structure unchanged.

Harness racing

HARNESS RACING: Carl Allen, who bred, trained and raced champions, died after a fall on his Ocala, Fla., farm. He was 74. Allen was recovering from a racing accident when he struck his head.

Allen raised and raced world champs as CR Kay Suzie, CR Commando, CR Renegade and Royal Troubador. The CR stood for Carl and Rod.


U.S. OPEN: This is the last chance for tour players not already eligible to qualify for next month's major, and most eyes are on John Daly and Colin Montgomerie.

Both need to move into the top 50 this week after the St. Jude Classic on the PGA Tour (Daly) and the Volvo PGA Championship in Europe (Montgomerie).


Bengals, Palmer open camp July 30

The Bengals, with Carson Palmer (above) at quarterback, will open training camp July 30, at Georgetown College near Lexington. The first practices will be July 31. The training camp will be the Bengals' eighth at Georgetown. On Tuesday, Palmer's college offensive coordinator, Southern Cal's Norm Chow, visited his protégé and said he saw a better, more mature pro quarterback.

NFL wants team in L.A. by 2008

The NFL would like to have a team back in Los Angeles by 2008, commissioner Paul Tagliabue said. Tagliabue said league owners were pushing for a decision on a stadium site by next spring, giving the NFL the time it needs to return a franchise to the country's second-largest television market by 2008. The league, which has not had a team in the Los Angeles area since the Rams departed for St. Louis 10 years ago, has been working with groups representing sites at Carson, the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.


Bettman warns of NHL lockout

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman promised again Tuesday that owners are determined to reach a radically different labor agreement no matter how long it takes. Bettman reported no progress toward finalizing a deal.

College Basketball

Stanford picks former assistant

Trent Johnson, 47, a former Stanford assistant coming off a breakthrough season at Nevada, was hired to replace Mike Montgomery. Athletic director Ted Leland contacted Johnson Friday as soon as Montgomery's hiring with the NBA's Golden State became official.

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