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Churchill Downs to observe Barbaro anniversary

The Baltimore Sun

Barbaro's owners will return to Churchill Downs today to honor the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner on the first anniversary of his death.

Neither the Jacksons - Roy and Gretchen - nor Churchill Downs would elaborate on plans. The Kentucky Derby Museum, a few hundred feet from the finish line in Louisville, has offered to set up a memorial for the colt in whatever manner the Jacksons deem appropriate.

Barbaro was euthanized Jan. 29, 2007, after an eight-month fight for survival after his breakdown in the 2006 Preakness.

Soccer -- Argentine midfielder Marcelo Gallardo signed with D.C. United, the biggest of five South American additions to the Major League Soccer club in the past week. The team also added Peruvian goalkeeper Jose Carvallo and Argentine defender Gonzalo Peralta. Gallardo, 32, played in the 1998 and 2002 World Cups.

College basketball -- Connecticut guards Jerome Dyson and Doug Wiggins were ticketed by campus police last week for having alcohol, a day before their suspension from the team. The 20-year-old sophomores were discovered by police Thursday night in Storrs, Conn., in a car in a campus parking lot with a bottle of vodka and a bottle of cognac, police said. Both were cited for possession of alcohol by a minor.

College football -- Larry Smith, the emotional coach who led Southern California to the Rose Bowl three times and won 143 games with Tulane, Arizona, USC and Missouri, died in a Tucson, Ariz., hospital after a long bout with chronic lymphatic leukemia. He was 68.

NHL -- Teemu Selanne, 37, returned to the Stanley Cup champion Anaheim Ducks after missing the first half of the season while contemplating retirement. The unrestricted free agent signed a one-year deal.

WNBA -- The players union neared ratification of a new six-year contract with the league in a deal that includes increases in wages and a dual salary cap system.

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