Owner says Curlin won't race next year
Curlin, the 2007 Horse of the Year and the first North American-based horse to earn more than $10 million, will not race next year, his majority owner, Jess Jackson, announced yesterday. Jackson bucked an industry trend when he decided to race Curlin this year as a 4-year-old rather than retire him to stud. He considered racing Curlin another year but decided against it, in part, because he felt there was little left for the horse to prove. Jackson has yet to form plans for the horse's stud career. Should he not race again, Curlin's career will have ended with a fourth-place finish in the Breeders' Cup Classic. Curlin, unraced as a 2-year-old, won his first three starts before finishing third in the 2007 Kentucky Derby. Trained by Steve Asmussen and ridden by Robby Albarado, he rebounded to win the Preakness and concluded his year with victories in the Jockey Club Gold Cup and the 2007 Breeders' Cup Classic. He won the Jockey Club Gold Cup this year to became the first North American-based horse to break the $10 million mark in career earnings. He has won 11 of 16 career starts, earning $10,501,800.
Laurel Park: : Sweet Goodbye led from start to finish in the $50,000 Northern Dancer Stakes, beating Fascinatin' Rhythm by 4 3/4 lengths in the 1 1/8 -mile race. Sweet Goodbye won her fifth straight start. Three horses were scratched because of the ban on outside horses after a horse tested positive for equine herpesvirus earlier in the week.
Pittsburgh Steelers chairman Dan Rooney and his son will likely buy a controlling interest in the team from Rooney's four brothers. "It's not really [that] a deal has been reached, but we're coming along very well," Art Rooney Jr., one of the brothers, said. "...There's still things that have to be worked out, but it's headed that way." Dan Rooney was the only person interested in buying the team, which the brothers want to remain in the family, according to Art Rooney Jr. Art Rooney Jr. would not confirm that he and brothers Patrick, Timothy and John Rooney would get about $750 million after business debt is subtracted. That was the figure the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported on its Web site Friday night in a story about the probable deal. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported a price of $800 million. The team has been estimated to be worth as much as $1.2 billion. Each brother owns 16 percent of the team, adding up to 80 percent, with another Pittsburgh family, the McGinleys, owning 20 percent. Those shares are not being sold.
Dolphins: : Quarterback Chad Pennington was added to the injury report because of a sore foot, and he's listed as probable for today's game against the Raiders. The Dolphins didn't elaborate on the injury or say or when it happened. Pennington ranks sixth in the NFL in passing and has led surprising Miami to a 5-4 record. If Pennington can't play, rookie Chad Henne would make his first NFL start.
Davydenko, Djokovic advance to final
Nikolay reached the Masters Cup final in Shanghai, China, with a 7-5, 6-2 victory over Andy Murray, who seemed exhausted from his upset of Roger Federer a day earlier. "Murray was very tired," Davydenko said, adding that the Scotsman looked as if he were ready "to die." Davydenko will play for the title today against Novak Djokovic, who earlier rallied to oust France's Gilles Simon, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5. Now, Davydenko gets another opponent who is less than fresh - Djokovic needed nearly three hours to defeat Simon. Murray went all out against Federer even though he already had clinched a spot in the semifinals. He added that he gave 100 percent against Davydenko, but getting to bed at 2:30 a.m. after defeating Federer didn't leave much left in his tank. The final will be a rematch of a round-robin match this week, when Djokovic edged Davydenko in a 7-5 third set.
Bowyer captures Nationwide title
Carl Edwards won the season-ending Ford 300 in Homestead, Fla., but came up 21 points short in his attempt to overtake Clint Bowyer for the NASCAR Nationwide Series championship. All Bowyer had to do to keep Edwards from winning a second straight title was finish in the top eight, and he did that easily. He grabbed fifth to stay on top of the standings, right where he has been most of the year despite winning only one of 35 races.
NHL: : Zach Parise scored the only goal in the shootout, and the host New Jersey Devils ended Washington's five-game winning streak with a 6-5 victory over the Capitals. Alex Ovechkin sent the game into overtime with his second goal of the game, coming with a second remaining in regulation. The Capitals also got goals from Tomas Fleischmann, Viktor Kozlov and Nicklas Backstrom, who had four assists.
Swimming: : American Peter Marshall broke his own world record in the 100-meter backstroke the first day of the short-course World Cup meet in Berlin. Marshall, 26, clocked 49.64 seconds, 0.30 faster than his previous record.
Field hockey: : Host Maryland defeated Albany, 4-2, in the first round of the NCAA tournament. Senior Susie Rowe scored twice and assisted on one goal, and senior Danielle Keeley put home the game-winner early in the second half. The Terps will face Duke today at 2 p.m. at the Field Hockey and Lacrosse Complex.
Cross country: : The Johns Hopkins women's cross country team won the NCAA Division III Mideast Regional in Waynesburg, Pa., by 49 points to earn a spot in the national final next weekend.
Soccer: : Dave van den Bergh scored in the 28th minute and the New York Red Bulls defeated host Real Salt Lake, 1-0, in Major League Soccer's Western Conference finals to reach the MLS Cup. New York will take on the Columbus Crew next Sunday in Carson, Calif.
Golf: : Annika Sorenstam made up five strokes on leader Angela Stanford in the LPGA Lorena Ochoa Invitational in Guadalajara, Mexico, shooting a 5-under-par 67 to cut her deficit to just a stroke with one round left. Sorenstam eagled the par-5 10th and added six birdies. Australia's Katherine Hull (66) was two strokes back.