Sports Digest

Horse Racing

Breeder, owner Young dead at 85; his 'Cat' took 1994 Preakness


William T. Young, one of thoroughbred racing's most prominent breeders and owners who won the 1994 Preakness with Tabasco Cat, died Monday in Gulf Stream, Fla. He was 85.

Young, who operated Overbrook Farm in Lexington after building his fortune selling peanut butter, received an Eclipse Award in 1994 as the nation's top breeder, and in 1999 was chosen Breeder of the Year.


He owned 1996 Kentucky Derby winner Grindstone and 1996 Belmont Stakes winner Editor's Note. He was co-owner of 1994 Preakness and Belmont winner Tabasco Cat.

Figure Skating

Slutskaya out of Europeans, may be back for worlds

Irina Slutskaya of Russia will skip next month's European championships, but she plans to skate at the March world championships despite being idle all season with heart problems and other ailments.

Slutskaya, who was second at the 2002 Olympics to American Sarah Hughes, is back on the ice for limited practices, though still taking medication for an inflamed sac around her heart. She has not skated competitively this season.

"She is practicing again," her agent, Ari Zakarian, said.

Et Cetera

Zwierlein hired to rebuild St. Bonaventure's program


Ronald Zwierlein was hired as the athletic director at St. Bonaventure, which is recovering from a basketball eligibility scandal last season.

Zwierlein was the senior associate vice president for student affairs at Bowling Green. He replaces Gothard Lane, who resigned as AD last April over his role in the scandal.

TENNIS: World No. 1 Justine Henin-Hardenne opened her 2004 season with a 6-4, 6-1 victory over Conchita Martinez at the Adidas International in Sydney, Australia.

HIGH SCHOOLS: Jim Haluck has been named boys lacrosse coach at South River.

Haluck, the school's athletic director since 1989, replaces Greg Carroll, who had served as lacrosse coach since the school opened in 1978.

BANQUET: The Old-Timers Baseball Association of Maryland will hold its annual Hall of Fame banquet at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 23 at Del Capri in Dundalk.


Jack Walters, Robert Pitt Sr. and Robert Wolfe are this year's inductees, and Paul Bernstorf of St. Paul's will receive the John Steadman High School Coach Award. For ticket information, call 410-256-9636.

The quiz

Coming of age: Jim Mora Jr., 42, hired last week by the Falcons, became the third-youngest coach in the NFL. Who are younger? (Answer in For The Record)

Quiz answer

The Buccaneers' Jon Gruden and Jaguars' Jack Del Rio, both 40.