Jockey 'not likely to walk' after accident, agent says
Jockey Rene Douglas may be paralyzed after being thrown from his mount during a race at Arlington Park, his agent said. Dennis Cooper said Douglas spent seven hours in surgery on Sunday at Chicago's Northwestern Memorial Hospital and afterward doctors told him his client could not feel his lower limbs. Cooper said doctors won't know Douglas' status for certain until swelling reduces in about two weeks. "They said he might not walk again ... he'll probably have use of his upper body, but they gave it to me straight that he's not likely to walk," Cooper told Bloodhorse.com. Douglas, who has nearly 3,600 North American victories, including the 1996 Belmont Stakes on Editor's Note, was aboard Born to Be during Saturday's Arlington Matron Handicap when the horse clipped hooves with another horse and fell at the top of the stretch. Born to Be flipped and tossed Douglas over her head, then landed on him. Jamie Theriot, the other horse's jockey, has been suspended for 30 days, according to stewards at Arlington Park. Theriot was riding Sky Mom, who was disqualified and placed last in the race for causing interference in the stretch.
Belmont Park: : Bribon beat Smooth Air by a half-length to win the $600,000 Metropolitan Handicap in Elmont, N.Y. Ridden by Alan Garcia, Bribon swept into contention with a four-wide move turning for home. The 6-year-old continued down the center of the track, outdueling Smooth Air for his eighth win in 27 starts.
Hollywood Park: : Thorn Song set the pace and then survived a two-horse photo finish to win the $250,000 Shoemaker Mile by a head in Inglewood, Calif. The 6-year-old gray-roan shipped in from Kentucky to win the Grade I race after owner Ahmed Zayat paid a $5,000 supplemental fee to get him in.
Philadelphia Park:: Roberto Alvarado Jr. earned his 2,000th victory in the seventh race in Bensalem, Pa., aboard Taleitlikeitain't.
Mike Tyson's daughter, 4, on life support, police say
Police in Phoenix say boxer Mike Tyson's 4-year-old daughter is on life support after she was found with her neck on a treadmill cable. Police Sgt. Andy Hill said the accident happened Monday morning at Tyson's home when the girl's 7-year-old brother found her on a treadmill with her neck on a cable attached to the exercise machine. The boy told the girl's mother from another room. She took the girl off the cable, called 911 and tried to revive her. Hill said the girl is now in "extremely critical condition" and on life support. Hill said Mike Tyson was out of town but returned to Phoenix immediately after learning of the accident.
St. Jude, Open qualifying next for Daly: 'I'll be ready'
John Daly's suspension on the PGA Tour is over, and the two-time major champion plans to return in three weeks for the St. Jude Championship and U.S. Open qualifying. Daly was suspended for six months in November after a series of off-course incidents that brought negative publicity, the most recent a photo of him in an orange jail suit with his eyes half-closed after being locked up overnight in North Carolina to get sober. He has played eight times overseas during his suspension, including a month in Europe, where he tied for second in the Italian Open. "I know I'll be ready to play," Daly said. "I'm not going to be [half-trying] like I've done in the past. I know I may not play the tour if something good doesn't happen. It's making me work harder."
U.S. OPEN QUALIFYING: : Peter Hanson earned a trip to the U.S. Open by making a hole-in-one on the second playoff hole at Sunningdale in Tadworth, England, to grab the 11th and final spot in a European qualifier.
The NHL has fined Chicago Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville $10,000 for harsh criticism of officiating in his team's loss to Detroit in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals. Quenneville fumed over a roughing call against defenseman Matt Walker during a scrum as the first period ended Sunday. The Red Wings scored on the ensuing power play 1:13 into the second period extending their lead to 3-0, and went on to win 6-1 and take a 3-1 edge in the series. "I think we witnessed probably the worst call in the history of sports there," Quenneville said after the game. The Blackhawks will try to avoid elimination Wednesday in Detroit.
CYCLING: : Tour de France champion Carlos Sastre of Spain won the grueling 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia in 100-degree temperatures in Monte Petrano. Denis Menchov of Russia kept the leader's pink jersey. Levi Leipheimer was the day's big loser, cracking on the final climb and dropping from third to sixth in the overall standings.
College baseball: : Tournament top seed Texas (41-13-1), which won the Big 12 tournament for the fourth time, will host one of 16 four-team, double-elimination regionals that begin Friday. The other national seeds, in order, are: Cal State Fullerton (42-14), LSU (46-16), North Carolina (42-16), Arizona State (44-12), UC Irvine (43-13), Oklahoma (41-18) and Florida (39-20). The Atlantic Coast Conference had seven teams selected: Boston College, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina and Virginia. Binghamton, Cal Poly, Georgia State, Kansas State and Xavier are making their first appearances.
COLLEGE TENNIS: : Mississippi's Devin Britton and fellow freshman Mallory Cecil from Duke won singles titles at the NCAA tournament in College Station, Texas.
RUNNING: : Wesley Korir set a course record of 2 hours, 8 minutes, 24 seconds in capturing the Los Angeles Marathon, the 11th straight year a Kenyan man won. Ethiopia's Tariku Jafar was second in 2:09:32, and Kenya's Laban Kipkemboi was third in 2:10:29. Russia's Tatiana Petrova was the top woman. ... Tilahun Regassa of Ethiopia won the men's division of the Bolder Boulder (Colo.) in the fastest time since 1995. Regassa, 19, finished in 28 minutes, 17 seconds. Teammate Mamito Daska, 25, won the women's division in 32:48.
NFL: : A New Orleans Saints team spokesman says tight end Jeremy Shockey was taken to a hospital Sunday in Las Vegas but is doing fine after being treated for dehydration.
NBA: : Former NBA player Jayson Williams was arrested after authorities say he punched someone in the face outside a Raleigh, N.C., nightclub. He was charged with one count of simple assault and released on $1,000 bond.
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