Barbaro's brother finishes 10th in debut
Nicanor's debut wasn't one to remember. Hurting himself on his first stride, the 3-year-old full brother of 2006 Kentucky Derby winner Barbaro finished 10th of 12 horses in a one-mile maiden race at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla., yesterday, hardly an encouraging step toward what his connections hoped would be a journey into this year's Triple Crown races. Under jockey Edgar Prado, who was aboard ill-fated Barbaro three years ago, Nicanor made a move near the half-mile mark but never got close to the lead and eventually slowed to little more than a gallop, beaten by 25 lengths by 30-1 shot Warrior's Reward. It was over at the start, when Nicanor essentially stumbled over his own feet. It's unclear when Nicanor will run again; his connections will have to wait to see how severe the injury is before figuring out the next move.
Laurel Park: : Russell Road improved his record to six wins in seven starts with a snappy performance in the $50,000 Dancing Count Stakes. Russell Road, a West Virginia-bred son of Wheaton who was ridden by Travis Dunkelberger, finished ahead of Great Love by 1 1/4 lengths in 1 minute, 9.79 seconds. St John's Gospel was third.
Ovechkin's goals in 3rd lift Caps past Wings, 4-2
Alex Ovechkin broke a third-period tie with another highlight-reel goal and added a power-play score less than two minutes later in the host Washington Capitals' 4-2 victory over Detroit that extended the Red Wings' losing streak to a season-high five games. Ovechkin looked to have overskated a feed from Viktor Kozlov along the left wing but reached behind himself, sneaked the puck through his own legs and used defenseman Brian Rafalski as a shield before pushing a low shot past Ty Conklin with 7:08 remaining. Detroit's Kirk Maltby was penalized for cross-checking with 5:58 left, and, six second later, Ovechkin popped in Nicklas Backstrom's rebound from the left post for his team-high 33rd goal. Mike Green and Kozlov also scored for Washington, which halted a two-game losing streak. Ville Leino and Johan Franzen had Detroit's goals.
Jamison's double double helps Wizards end skid
Antawn Jamison had 25 points and 12 rebounds, Nick Young added 22 points and rookie JaVale McGee tied his career high with 18 to help the host Washington Wizards break a five-game losing streak with a 106-94 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. The teams entered the game with a combined record of 19-73 - and the game lived down to expectations. Los Angeles committed a season-high 25 turnovers - 10 in the first quarter alone. Caron Butler added 16 points and had 12 rebounds and seven assists for the Wizards (10-37). Eric Gordon scored 25 for Los Angeles (10-37), which has lost five straight and 18 of 20. Three of Washington's victories have come against fellow doormats: the Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder and Sacramento Kings, who have combined for 31 wins.
Spurs 106, Hornets 93: : Tony Parker prevailed in a clash of All-Star point guards, scoring 25 points and stretching host San Antonio's Southwest Division lead over Chris Paul and New Orleans (28-16) to three games. Paul scored 38 on 15-for-22 shooting, including five three-pointers. Manu Ginobili added 22 points for the Spurs (32-14).
Mavericks 111, Heat 96: : Dirk Nowitzki scored 30 points as visiting Dallas beat Miami for the ninth straight time in the regular season dating to March 26, 2004. The Mavericks (27-19) shot a season-best 60 percent. Dwyane Wade scored 30 points for Miami (25-21), which lost for the second straight night.
Lakers 115, Grizzlies 98: : Kobe Bryant scored 25 points, Pau Gasol had 24 points and eight rebounds, and visiting Los Angeles beat Memphis, extending the Grizzlies' losing streak to 12 games. Rudy Gay (Archbishop Spalding) had 23 points for Memphis (11-35). The Lakers (37-9) lost center Andrew Bynum to a sprained right knee in the first quarter. X-rays were negative and further tests will be done today in New York.
Nets 85, 76ers 83: : Brook Lopez had 24 points and 17 rebounds to help New Jersey take advantage of host Philadelphia's fourth-quarter collapse. The Sixers (23-23) led by 12 early in the fourth, then went the final 10:37 without a basket. The Nets (21-27) won without Vince Carter, who sprained his right ankle in the second half.
Bulls 122, Suns 111: : Ben Gordon and Derrick Rose each scored 26 points, and visiting Chicago (21-27) won its third straight game, a day after chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he has been tempted to stand up and boo his team, calling this season "a disaster" and "embarrassing." Leandro Barbosa led the Suns (25-20) with 32 points.
Rockets 110, Warriors 93: : Yao Ming had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Ron Artest scored 27 and Houston beat visiting Golden State (15-33). The Rockets (29-19) played without Tracy McGrady (sprained ankle).
Bucks 110, Hawks 107: : Charlie Villanueva scored 27 points to help host Milwaukee (24-27) beat Atlanta (27-20). Mike Bibby led the Hawks with 24 points, and Joe Johnson scored 22, including the 10,000th of his career.
Knicks 122, Pacers 113:: Al Harrington scored 31 points and David Lee added 23 points and 17 rebounds to lead visiting New York (21-25) over Indiana. T.J. Ford scored a career-high 36 points for the Pacers (19-29).
Perry takes FBR lead with 33-foot putt
After erasing a four-stroke deficit in five holes, Kenny Perry wanted to be alone atop the FBR Open leader board. All it took was a 33-foot putt on the 18th hole in Scottsdale, Ariz., to give Perry a one-stroke lead over Scott Piercy through three rounds. Perry, 48, a 12-time winner on the PGA Tour, shot a 5-under-par 66 for a 12-under 201 total. Piercy also had a 66. Perry erased a four-stroke deficit between the 13th and 17th holes. He birdied the 17th to catch Piercy and birdied the 18th to surge past him.
College basketball: : North Carolina State women's coach Kay Yow was laid to rest, a week after her death after a long fight against cancer. Yow was buried in her hometown of Gibsonville, about 70 miles west of the campus in Raleigh. About 300 mourners, including the Wolfpack team and coaching staff, attended the graveside service on a chilly and windy morning.
Obituary: : Ingemar Johansson, the Swede who stunned the boxing world by knocking out Floyd Patterson to win the heavyweight title in 1959, has died. He was 76. Johansson died Friday at a nursing home in Kungsbacka on the Swedish west coast. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease and dementia more than 10 years ago.
College football: : Florida State wide receiver Preston Parker was arrested in Tallahassee and charged with driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. It's the third arrest for Parker, 21, since 2006. Tallahassee police arrested Parker early yesterday after officers found him passed out in his car in a McDonald's drive-through lane. According to police, Parker's blood-alcohol content was 0.054 percent. Florida's limit is 0.08 percent. Parker's urine sample was presumptive positive for marijuana.
NFL: : John Gordy, a former offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions and University of Tennessee who helped form the NFL Players Association, died at 73. The university said Gordy died Friday in Orange, Calif., after a long battle with cancer. ... The Tennessee Titans and Buffalo Bills will play in the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 9.