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Horse racing

Trainer says he was told horse had virus

Trainer Charles Frock said last night he has been told by Maryland Department of Agriculture officials that News Reporter, his 5-year-old gelding that was euthanized Jan. 2 after showing severe symptoms of the equine herpes virus at Pimlico Race Course, had the herpes disease. "The state official said my horse had a very high A and B blood count of 2500 that indicated he definitely had the herpes virus," said Frock, 62, from his 85-acre farm in Westminster. "What I want to know is where it came from and how it is picked up." Besides News Reporter, five other horses were showing signs of infection Thursday and moved into isolation, while the rest of the horses in Barn 5, the barn News Reporter called home, were put under a "Hold" order by the MDA and are not being allowed to leave the track. A Maryland Jockey Club spokesman said a meeting is planned for this morning and more information could be available later today.

Sandra McKee

College football

Fla. State's Sims to enter NFL draft

Florida State linebacker Ernie Sims has decided to give up his senior year to enter the NFL draft. He is the second Florida State defender in as many weeks to announce plans to leave for the draft. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie, who missed the 2005 season with a knee injury, also said he's turning pro. A speedy, undersized junior - listed at 6 feet and 220 pounds - the 21-year-old Sims made 93 solo tackles in his three seasons, two as a starter. He finished fourth on the team with 20 solo stops this year, including two in Florida State's 26-23 Orange Bowl loss to Penn State. Sims also has been troubled with concussions.

Wisconsin -- Reserve running back Booker Stanley was charged with sexual assault, battery and bail jumping in connection with a pair of alleged fights with his girlfriend.

Louisiana Tech -- Running back Mark Dillard was arrested after an acquaintance accused him of rape, university police said.

Olympics

Decision delayed on skeleton coach

A New York Supreme Court judge will not decide until at least today whether to grant embattled U.S. skeleton coach Tim Nardiello's request to have his suspension temporarily overturned. Nardiello has been suspended since Dec. 31 after two allegations of sexual harassment.

Swimming -- Eric Namesnik, a silver medalist at the 1996 Summer Games, was in critical condition after suffering two punctured lungs and head injuries in an ice-related traffic accident Saturday in Michigan.

Soccer

Rampone returns to women's team

Defender Christie Rampone is returning to the U.S. women's soccer team for the first time since having a baby in September. Rampone was among 20 players picked for the Four Nations tournament in China that starts Jan. 18. She had a baby girl, Rylie, on Sept. 29.

Et cetera

Texas Tech, Martin part ways

Freshman guard Terry Martin is off the Texas Tech basketball team, the second player in a month to leave. Guard Drew Coffman also left the team.

Indiana basketball -- Forward D.J. White is expected to miss four to six weeks with his second foot injury in two months.

Auto racing -- Elizabeth Toomes Petty, the mother of racing great Richard Petty and the widow of NASCAR pioneer Lee Petty, died at 88. She died Sunday.

Hockey -- Wayne Gretzky is mourning the death of his grandmother, three weeks after his mother died. Betty Hockin died Saturday at 84.

Lacrosse -- The Greater Baltimore Chapter of US Lacrosse will induct the Class of 2006 into its Hall of Fame on Jan. 28 at the Masonic Home in Hunt Valley. Lindsay Sheehan Bradley, Mary Corrigan D'Ambrogi, Harry "Mac" Ford III, Katherine A. Hearn, G. Brian Kroneberger Jr., H. Downman McCarty, Alice Collins Margraff, Linda R. Ohrin, Francis G. Riggs, Joseph Seivold and Dennis L. Wedekind Sr. will be inducted. For tickets, contact Heather Lapointe at hlapointe@comcast.net or Sue Diffenderffer at suediff@comcast.net.

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