Magna's third quarter similar to that in 2007
Magna Entertainment Corp., the Canadian-based owner of Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and other racetracks in North America, reported third-quarter revenues and net losses similar to the corresponding quarter a year ago. In the most recent quarter ending Sept. 30, Magna Entertainment had revenues of $81.58 million, a slight increase of about $100,000 over the same quarter a year ago. Net losses for the third quarter decreased slightly to about $48.4 million from about $49.8 million a year ago. The nine-month comparisons show a revenue decline of about $24.3 million to about $478.8 million and net losses increasing about $45.3 million to $116 million. Magna chairman and CEO Frank Stronach said in a statement that the company continues to carry large debt, and efforts to reduce that debt by selling non-core assets, such as real estate, have been "negatively affected by the weak real estate and credit markets." Stronach went on to say the company is reviewing its core operations "with a view to possibly selling or joint venturing one or more of MEC's core racetracks." A Magna official could not be reached for comment on the quarterly report. Officials of the Maryland Jockey Club, a Magna subsidiary that oversees the company's Maryland tracks, declined comment on whether Pimlico and Laurel might be affected. This week, company officials characterized Tuesday's voter approval of the Maryland slots referendum as a positive development that could lead to improvements at Laurel and Pimlico and preserve the Preakness Stakes in the state.
Rays' Pena headlines AL Gold Glove winners
Tampa Bay Rays first baseman Carlos Pena became the first player in franchise history to win the Gold Glove for fielding excellence. Pena, Texas Rangers shortstop Michael Young, Boston Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia and Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer were first-time winners. New York Yankees pitcher Mike Mussina, a former Oriole coming off his first 20-win season, added his seventh Gold Glove. (For a complete list of winners, see "For the record" below.)
GM meetings: : No more flip decisions. Rather than heads or tails, general managers, with their annual meetings ending in Dana Point, Calif., said they plan to recommend that sites for division and wild-card tiebreakers be decided by wins and losses. Head-to-head record between the tied clubs appears likely to be the first tiebreaker.
Padres:: Ace right-hander Jake Peavy probably will be traded by San Diego before the winter meetings next month in Las Vegas, general manager Kevin Towers said.
Yankees: : Reliever Damaso Marte's $6 million option was declined by the team, which chose to pay the left-hander a $250,000 buyout.
No. 10 Utah comes back, beats No. 11 TCU, 13-10
Brian Johnson threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Freddie Brown with 47 seconds left to cap an 80-yard drive that kept alive No. 10 Utah's Bowl Championship Series hopes with a 13-10 victory over No. 11 Texas Christian in Salt Lake City. Johnson threw for 230 yards for the Utes (10-0, 6-0 Mountain West). The Horned Frogs fell to 9-2, 6-1.
Black coaches: : Days after the election of the country's first black president, Barack Obama, a study by The Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport at the University of Central Florida shows the number of African-American coaches in major college football is the lowest in 15 years. With the recent dismissals of Tyrone Willingham at Washington and Ron Prince at Kansas State, the number of black head coaches in the 119-school NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision was reduced to four. In 1993, there were only three.
Leaf: : West Texas A&M; quarterbacks coach Ryan Leaf resigned, the school announced. Leaf, who also served as the school's men's golf coach, had been on a leave of absence for personal reasons. The Associated Press reported that police in Texas are investigating a minor drug allegation made against the former NFL quarterback. Canyon police chief Bobby Griffin confirmed the allegation was that Leaf obtained a controlled substance by fraudulent means.
Et cetera: : Ohio State coach Jim Tressel said wide receiver and punt returner Ray Small has been suspended for tomorrow's game at Northwestern "to start with." A team spokeswoman said the suspension was because of a repeated violation of team rules. ... Three Florida State players have been suspended for tomorrow's game against Clemson, coach Bobby Bowden said. Wide receivers Bert Reed and Jarmon Fortson and linebacker Nigel Carr are being disciplined for "not meeting their responsibilities."
Semin's two late goals lift Caps over Hurricanes
Alexander Semin scored twice in the final three minutes, getting the game-winning goal with 10.9 seconds left, to rally the host Washington Capitals past the Carolina Hurricanes, 3-2. The Capitals trailed 2-1 before Semin scored from close range with 2:43 to go. Then, with time running out, he ended a rush toward the net by beating Cam Ward with a wrist shot. The Capitals' Alex Ovechkin was held without a goal for a career-high eighth consecutive game. He had assists on all three goals.
WNBA: : Julie Plank, a longtime college and WNBA assistant, was hired as the Washington Mystics' 11th coach. The franchise begins its 12th season next summer. Plank, who was an assistant this year with the Minnesota Lynx, previously spent eight seasons with the Indiana Fever and also spent 10 years as an assistant at Stanford. Plank replaces interim coach Jessie Kenlaw.
Soccer: : D.C. United forward Jaime Moreno, Major League Soccer's all-time leading scorer, underwent knee surgery and is expected to be ready for next season.
NBA:: Hedo Turkoglu and Rashard Lewis scored 20 points apiece and the host Orlando Magic beat the Philadelphia 76ers, 98-88.
Varsity:: Severna Park girls soccer coach Gary Lam, who guided the Falcons to two state titles in his eight years, has stepped down to spend more time with his family. Lam went 110-21-6 in his eight seasons, capturing five Anne Arundel County championships. GLENN GRAHAM
Boxing:: Heavyweight Nick Kisner of Ferndale reached the quarterfinals of the International Boxing Association's Youth World Championships last week. Kisner, 17 and a senior at Old Mill, lost to Ivan Dychko of Kazakhstan at the event in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Tennis: : Venus Williams beat sister Serena Williams, 5-7, 6-1, 6-0, to reach the semifinals of the WTA Tour's season-ending Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar. Venus Williams is 3-0 in round-robin play of the tournament. Serena Williams is 1-1 but can still reach the semifinals.
Golf: : Henrik Stenson shot a 7-under-par 65 in Shanghai, China, to take a one-stroke lead after the first round of the $5 million HSBC Champions. ... Troy Matteson shot a career-low round of 9-under 63 for a one-stroke lead in the PGA Children's Miracle Network Classic at Disney in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.