Other Sports
 
       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Wednesday, May 6 ===
 
 
            === Wells report: Pats intentionally deflated balls ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) - Ted Wells has completed his investigation
 into  deflated  footballs  used  by  the  New  England  Patriots  in  the  AFC
 Championship  Game and  concluded that  team personnel  deliberately tried  to
 "circumvent the rules."
 
 Wells,  the  NFL-appointed attorney who  conducted the probe, submitted a 243-
 page report on Wednesday.
 
 According  to the report, quarterback Tom Brady was "generally aware" that two
 Patriots   employees,   locker  room   attendant  Jim  McNally  and  equipment
 assistant  John  Jastremski, "participated  in a  deliberate effort to release
 air from Patriots game balls after the balls were examined by the referee."
 
 The league investigators found no evidence that Patriots ownership, coach Bill
 Belichick or head equipment manager Dave Schoenfeld knew of the practice.
 
 "To  say  we are  disappointed  in  its findings,  which  do  not include  any
 incontrovertible  or hard evidence of deliberate deflation of footballs at the
 AFC Championship game, would be a gross understatement," Patriots chairman and
 CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement.
 
 Kraft  added,  "We  will accept  the  findings  of  the  report and  take  the
 appropriate  actions based  on those findings as well as any discipline levied
 by the league."
 
 The  Patriots  rolled to  a 45-7  win over  the Indianapolis  Colts in the AFC
 Championship  Game  on January  18 at a  rain-soaked Gillette Stadium. Reports
 began  to surface  in the  hours  after the  contest that  footballs were  not
 correctly  inflated,  which  would  apparently  allow for  a  better  grip  in
 inclement weather.
 
 The  Colts complained that several footballs were under inflated. As a result,
 at  halftime,  the league tested  the air pressure of  the balls being used by
 both teams.
 
 The  NFL requires balls to be inflated between 12.5 and 13.5 pounds per square
 inch.  All eleven  of  the  Patriots' game  balls  tested  measured below  the
 minimum pressure level.
 
 Belichick,  Brady and Kraft all denied accusations that the team intentionally
 deflated its footballs.
 
 The Patriots went on to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in the Super Bowl.
 
 
                       === Ed Reed to retire a Raven ===
 
 (SportsNetwork,com)  - Nine-time Pro Bowl safety Ed Reed is retiring, and will
 do so as a member of the Baltimore Ravens.
 
 The  Baltimore Sun  reports that  Reed will  announce his  retirement Thursday
 afternoon at the Ravens' training complex.
 
 Reed,  who  was drafted  24th overall by  the Ravens out  of the University of
 Miami  in 2002,  spent his  first  11 seasons  as  a member  of the  Baltimore
 secondary  before splitting the 2013 season between the Houston Texans and New
 York Jets.
 
 The  36-year-old led  the Ravens  with  five interceptions  during his  rookie
 campaign  and finished  with 64, ranking sixth all-time in NFL history. He had
 the  most  multi-interception games with  13 and  is tied with Charlie Waters,
 Bill Simpson and Ronnie Lott for the most in postseason history with nine.
 
 A five-time First Team All-Pro, Reed recorded five tackles and an interception
 in Baltimore's 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII.
 
 In  addition to  his  interceptions, Reed  racked up  643  total tackles,  six
 sacks,  11  forced fumbles  and scored  14 defensive  touchdowns in 174 career
 games.  He is  also the  only player  in league  history to  score off  a punt
 return, blocked punt, interception and fumble recovery.
 
 
                        === Bears sign top two picks ===
 
 Lake  Forest, IL  (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Bears agreed to terms with
 first-round  draft pick wide receiver Kevin White on a four-year contract with
 a  fifth-year  option and  second-round  draft  pick defensive  lineman  Eddie
 Goldman on a four-year contract Wednesday.
 
 White  appeared  in 24 games  with 22 starts in  two seasons (2013-14) at West
 Virginia,  collecting  144 receptions for 1,954  yards and 15 touchdowns. As a
 senior,  he ranked fifth in the FBS in receptions (109) and sixth in receiving
 yards (1,447) to go along with 10 touchdowns.
 
 He was one of three finalists for the Biletnikoff Award (given to the nation's
 best receiver) and a Maxwell Award Semifinalist (College Player of the Year).
 
 Goldman  appeared  in 37 games  (27 starts)  during three seasons (2012-14) at
 Florida  State,  recording 62 tackles,  six sacks,  12 tackles for losses, one
 forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
 
 In  2014,  he led  the Seminoles with  four sacks and  added eight tackles for
 losses  to  go along  with 35  defensive tackles, one  forced fumble, a fumble
 recovery and pass break-up.
 
 The Bears have now agreed to terms with five of their six 2015 draft picks.
 
 
                       === Cardinals claim CB Dennard ===
 
 Tempe,  AZ (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Cardinals have claimed cornerback
 Alfonzo Dennard off waivers from the New England Patriots.
 
 Dennard was waived by the Patriots on Tuesday.
 
 The  25-year-old Dennard  started 20  games and  logged five  interceptions in
 three seasons with New England, which selected the former Nebraska standout in
 the  seventh round of  the 2012 NFL Draft. He was active for only six games in
 2014 before landing on injured reserve prior to Week 17.
 
 Dennard  will likely compete for playing time behind veterans Patrick Peterson
 and Jerraud Powers in Arizona.
 
 
                      === Cubs activate Grimm from DL ===
 
 St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs activated reliever Justin
 Grimm from the 15-day on Wednesday.
 
 Grimm  has yet  to pitch this season because of right forearm inflammation. He
 made one rehab appearance for Triple-A Iowa, tossing a scoreless inning with a
 walk and two strikeouts on Monday.
 
 The  Cubs also  recalled outfielder Matt Szczur from Iowa, optioned outfielder
 Junior  Lake to their Triple-A club and designated pitcher Anthony Varvaro for
 assignment.
 
 
                       === Pirates place Lambo on DL ===
 
 Pittsburgh,  PA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Pittsburgh Pirates placed outfielder
 Andrew  Lambo on  the 15-day disabled list Wednesday with plantar fasciitis in
 his left foot.
 
 Lambo was just 1-for-25 in 20 games this season.
 
 Pittsburgh  selected the  contract of  infielder/outfielder Steve  Lombardozzi
 from Triple-A Indianapolis to replace Lambo on the roster.
 
 The  switch-hitting Lombardozzi  currently ranks  second in  the International
 League in batting (.379) and has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games.
 
 
                  === A's activate Crisp, send down Gentry ===
 
 Minneapolis,  MN (SportsNetwork.com)  - The  Oakland Athletics  activated Coco
 Crisp  from the  15-day disabled list Wednesday and optioned fellow outfielder
 Craig Gentry to Triple-A Nashville.
 
 Crisp  began the season on the disabled list after having arthroscopic surgery
 last month to remove loose bodies and damaged tissue in his right elbow joint.
 
 The  35-year-old veteran's recovery was expected to take between six and eight
 week, but he was back on the field in under five.
 
 He  went 2-for-8  during a two-game rehab assignment with Single-A Stockton on
 Sunday and Monday.
 
 Gentry  was batting just  .086 with a .175 on-base percentage in 16 games this
 season.
 
 The A's are in Minneapolis for a series against the Twins.
 
 
                  === Yankees activate Pirela; Petit to DL ===
 
 Toronto,  ON  (SportsNetwork.com) -  The  New  York Yankees  placed  infielder
 Gregorio  Petit on  the 15-day disabled list  due to a right hand contusion he
 sustained in Tuesday's game at Toronto.
 
 Rookie  infielder  Jose  Pirela  was  reinstated  from  the  15-day  DL  in  a
 corresponding  move and  will start at second base in Wednesday's game against
 the Blue Jays.
 
 Petit was forced to exit New York's 6-3 win over the Blue Jays after being hit
 in  the hand  while swinging at a  pitch in the eighth inning. The 30-year-old
 journeyman  was  batting .200 with  five RBI in  17 games since being acquired
 from Houston shortly prior to Opening Day.
 
 Pirela,  who went 8-for-24 with two triples and six runs scored in a September
 call-up  by the  Yankees  last season,  landed  on the  DL  after suffering  a
 concussion  when running  into the outfield wall during a spring training game
 on March 22.
 
 The  utilityman just  completed an eight-game minor league rehab assignment in
 which  he  hit .364  (12-for-33) with a  home run, five  doubles, four RBI and
 seven runs scored.
 
 
                  === Astros put Springer on concussion DL ===
 
 Houston,  TX  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Houston Astros outfielder George Springer
 was  placed  on the 7-day concussion  list during Wednesday's game against the
 Texas Rangers.
 
 Springer  went head-first  into the right-field wall as he made an outstanding
 catch  on Adrian Beltre during the seventh inning of Tuesday's 7-1 loss to the
 Rangers. He was removed from the game the following inning and did not play in
 Wednesday's series finale.
 
 The  25-year-old  has gotten  off to  a slow  start at  the plate this season,
 hitting  just .192 with four homers and 12 RBI and striking out 35 times in 99
 at-bats.
 
 Outfielder Preston Tucker, who leads the Pacific Coast League in home runs and
 RBI,  had his  contract selected from Triple-A Fresno to take Springer's place
 on the active roster.
 
 Tucker has amassed 10 homers and 32 RBI while batting .320 in 25 games for the
 Grizzlies.
 
 
       === Hartley, Laviolette, Vigneault named Jack Adams finalists ===
 
 New  York, NY  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Calgary Flames  bench boss  Bob Hartley,
 Nashville  Predators leader  Peter Laviolette and Alain Vigneault from the New
 York  Rangers  are  the  three  finalists for  the  Jack  Adams  Award,  given
 annually to the league's top coach.
 
 Hartley  led the  youth-oriented Flames  to  a 20-point  improvement over  the
 previous regular season and guided the club to their first playoff berth since
 2009.  Calgary  was among the  NHL's best late-game  teams, tying for first in
 overtime wins (9), ranking second in third-period goal differential (plus-31),
 and third in wins when trailing after two periods (10).
 
 Laviolette  engineered  a nine-win  and 16-point  improvement during his first
 season  at  the  helm in  the  Music  City  after  parts of  five  seasons  in
 Philadelphia.  The former  U.S.  Olympian is  a  second-time finalist,  having
 finished second to Buffalo's Lindy Ruff in 2006.
 
 Vigneault  presided over  a  club which  reached the  Stanley  Cup Finals  the
 previous  spring, and guided  the Rangers to 53 wins and 113 points along with
 the  franchise's first  Presidents' Trophy since 1994. He's a finalist for the
 fourth  time -- tying  St. Louis' Ken Hitchcock for the most among active head
 coaches -- and a winner with Vancouver in 2007.
 
 Members  of  the  NHL  Broadcasters' Association  submitted  ballots  for  the
 honor,  which  goes to  the head  coach who  has "contributed  the most to his
 team's  success," at  the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three
 vote-getters designated as finalists.
 
 The winner will be announced June 24, during the NHL Awards show in Las Vegas.
 
 
               === Ohio State's Meyer undergoes appendectomy ===
 
 Columbus,  OH  (Sports Network) -  Ohio State  head football coach Urban Meyer
 underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.
 
 Meyer had the procedure performed at OSU's Wexner Medical Center, according to
 The Columbus Dispatch.
 
 The  50-year-old  Meyer guided the  Buckeyes to the 2014 national championship
 and won two titles with Florida in 2006 and 2008.
 
 
            === Marshall RB charged in beating, kicked off team ===
 
 Huntington,  WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Marshall running back Steward Butler was
 kicked  off the team Wednesday after being arrested and charged in the beating
 of two gay men.
 
 Butler  turned  himself in  Wednesday  and  was  charged  with two  counts  of
 misdemeanor battery over the April 5 attack, the Herald-Dispatch reported.
 
 He is accused of shouting derogatory words at the men and punching them in the
 face moments after seeing them kiss on a street corner in Huntington.
 
 Marshall  athletic  director Mike Hamrick  tweeted Wednesday afternoon that he
 and  head coach Doc Holliday decided to dismiss Butler from the team "in light
 of additional information regarding his charges."
 
 Butler,  a  redshirt junior, was  Marshall's second-leading rusher last season
 with 798 yards on 107 carries in 12 games. He scored seven touchdowns.
 
 
        === Kyrgios stuns Federer; Nadal, Murray win Madrid openers ===
 
 Madrid,  Spain  (SportsNetwork.com) - Rising  Aussie star Nick Kyrgios stunned
 top-seeded  Roger Federer  in a  marathon second-round  match, while  two-time
 defending  and  four-time overall  champion Rafael Nadal  and Andy Murray were
 winners Wednesday at the clay-court Madrid Open.
 
 The  20-year-old  Aussie Kyrgios  saved  two  match  points in  the  third-set
 tiebreak  in  order to  oust the former  world No. 1  great Federer 6-7 (2-7),
 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (14-12) in 2 hours, 37 minutes. Federer saved five match points
 to make Kyrgios sweat out the victory.
 
 Kyrgios  swatted  22 aces in  a 38-ace affair  that featured only four service
 breaks in 39 games at the Magic Box. This marked the second Top-10 victory for
 the young gun Kyrgios, the youngest player in the men's Top 50.
 
 The  33-year-old Federer headed to Madrid fresh off his title in Istanbul. The
 17-time Grand Slam  champion won  the Madrid  title in 2009  and 2012. He also
 prevailed  in  2006 when the tournament  was played in the fall on hardcourts,
 and  last  played at the  Magic Box  in 2013, falling  to Kei Nishikori in the
 round of 16.
 
 Meanwhile,  after  enjoying an  opening-round  bye,  the second-seeded  Murray
 outlatsed  German Philipp Kohlschreiber in a late-night battle, which ended at
 3 a.m. local time, winning 6-4, 3-6, 6-0.
 
 Murray,  who  won the title here  in 2008, also beat Kohlschreiber in Monday's
 final  at the  BMW Open in Munich. It was Murray's first-ever clay-court final
 and title.
 
 The  third-seeded  former world No. 1  Nadal eased past American two-time NCAA
 singles champion Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-3 at this Masters 1000 event.
 
 "I  went out there  to do a simple game with no complications," said Nadal. "I
 tried  to play easily.  I know how things work out when you come from losing a
 couple of matches. I know that you're a little bit nervous whenever you finish
 a game, as I finished the other day with [Fabio] Fognini in Barcelona.
 
 "I tried to start from the bottom and just go up. I think, especially the last
 three games, I finished pretty well. I managed to do a couple more things with
 my backhand."
 
 Nadal  captured a  second straight Madrid title last year by beating Nishikori
 in the final.
 
 Up  next for  the  nine-time French  Open  king will  be  Simone Bolelli,  who
 overcame qualifier fellow Italian Luca Vanni 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Day 4.
 
 Nishikori, the No. 4 seed, snuck past David Goffin 6-2, 4-6, 6-4.
 
 In  other action  involving Top-10 seeds, No. 6 Czech and 2012 runner-up Tomas
 Berdych  topped last  week's Estoril  champion Richard  Gasquet of  France 7-6
 (7-3),  7-5; No.  7 David Ferrer took care of qualifier fellow Spaniard Albert
 Ramos-Vinolas 6-4, 6-0; Spain's Fernando Verdasco ousted No. 9 U.S. Open champ
 Marin  Cilic of Croatia 6-7 (5-7), 7-6 (7-5), 6-3; and No. 10 Bulgarian Grigor
 Dimitrov came from behind to defeat Italian Fabio Fognini 3-6, 6-2, 7-5.
 
 Also  on  Wednesday,  Argentine  Leonardo Mayer  erased  11th-seeded  Spaniard
 Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (8-6); 12th-seeded Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
 outlasted  game American  Jack Sock  6-3, 1-6,  7-6 (7-4);  Spanish wild  card
 Marcel  Granollers took  out 13th-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 7-6 (8-6), 6-7
 (7-9),  6-4; 14th-seeded Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut dismissed American Sam
 Querrey  7-5, 6-4;  and 16th-seeded  American  John Isner  held off  Brazilian
 qualifier Thomaz Bellucci 7-6 (7-5), 6-7 (11-13), 6-1.
 
 
              === Serena, Sharapova sneak into Madrid quarters ===
 
 Madrid,   Spain  (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Two-time champion Serena Williams and
 reigning  titlist Maria Sharapova were a pair of hard fought, three-set third-
 round winners Wednesday at the Madrid Open tennis event.
 
 The world No. 1 Williams survived triple match point down before escaping with
 a  7-6 (7-5),  3-6, 7-6 (7-1) victory over unseeded former top-ranked star and
 two-time Madrid runner-up Victoria Azarenka in 2 hours, 43 minutes on  the red
 clay at the Magic Box.
 
 Azarenka  served for  the  match at  6-5  in a  dramatic  69-minute third  and
 deciding set, even bringing up 40-0 and triple match point in that game.
 
 But she fell to pieces with three double faults in a dramatic collapse, before
 losing the game and the resulting tiebreak.
 
 "I  think overall  it was  a great  match," Azarenka  said. "I  think the  one
 negative  part I  can take about today is  the result -- overall I felt like I
 played a pretty high level, I was there on every point.
 
 "It just didn't go my way in the end, but overall I should take more positives
 out of today."
 
 Williams  eased through  her first  two matches  but had  a much  tougher test
 against  the hard-hitting  31st-ranked Azarenka, who is rediscovering her form
 after an injury-plagued 2014.
 
 "She's  absolutely on  her way back," Williams said of the two-time Australian
 Open champ Azarenka.
 
 "It's  so  good to  see a  Grand Slam champion  like her  playing so well. I'm
 always  rooting for  her when she plays. Yeah,  so it's good to see her on her
 way back -- she's clearly doing great."
 
 Williams  is  now 15-3  lifetime against the  Belarusian Azarenka, including a
 win in the 2012 Madrid final.
 
 The  33-year-old Williams, who captured back-to-back Madrid titles in 2012 and
 2013,  still  has  yet  to  lose  this year,  going  23-0,  and  the  powerful
 American has  won her last 26 matches overall dating back to November.
 
 This is the second-longest winning streak of Williams' career. She won 34 in a
 row in 2013.
 
 Williams'  quarterfinal opponent  on  Thursday will  be  nifty Spaniard  Carla
 Suarez Navarro.
 
 Meanwhile,  the third-seeded  former world  No.  1 Sharapova  held off  rising
 Frenchwoman Caroline Garcia 6-2, 4-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 34 minutes on Day 5.
 
 Four  years  ago, Garcia produced a  brilliant -- albeit losing -- performance
 against Sharapova in the second round at the French Open, leading to favorable
 reviews  from many  experts, most famously Andy Murray, who earmarked her as a
 future  No. 1. The  path to the top since has been occasionally rocky, but the
 destination has rarely been in doubt.
 
 "I've  played  against her a few  times and she's been young and up-and-coming
 for a few years," Sharapova said of Garcia. "She's already done a great job of
 getting in a good position. She's winning titles and beating top players."
 
 The  French Open  champion  Sharapova  topped Romanian  Simona  Halep in  last
 year's  Madrid final and was the 2013 runner-up here to Williams.
 
 Up  next for  Sharapova  will be  fifth-seeded fellow  former  No. 1  Caroline
 Wozniacki,  who  waltzed past ninth-seeded  Pole Agnieszka Radwanska 6-3, 6-2.
 Wozniacki was a Madrid runner-up back in 2009.
 
 Fourth-seeded  2011 Madrid  titlist Petra Kvitova reached the quarterfinals by
 handling Russian Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova 6-1, 6-4.
 
 In  other  action involving seeds,  the No. 10 Suarez  Navarro upset No. 7 and
 former  top-ranked star  Ana Ivanovic  7-5, 1-6,  6-4 and  No. 13  Czech Lucie
 Safarova got past Italian Roberta Vinci 6-4, 6-7 (6-8), 6-0.
 
 Next  up  for Safarova  is Svetlana Kuznetsova,  who outlasted Samantha Stosur
 5-7, 6-2, 7-6 (7-5).
 
 Another third-round result saw Romanian Irina-Camelia Begu douse Czech Barbora
 Strycova  6-4, 6-4.  Begu is rewarded with a quarterfinal against the reigning
 Wimbledon champ Kvitova.
 
 
               === RCR's tire penalty upheld in final appeal ===
 
 Concord,  NC (SportsNetwork.com)  - Richard  Childress Racing  lost its  final
 appeal  of penalties  assessed by  NASCAR  to Ryan  Newman's No.  31 team  for
 altered  tires used on Newman's car in the March 22 race at Auto Club Speedway
 in Fontana, California.
 
 RCR presented its position to National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer Bryan
 Moss  on Wednesday.  The hearing,  held at  NASCAR's Research  and Development
 Center,  lasted  roughly nine hours.  Moss, the former president of Gulfstream
 Aerospace  Corp., noted  in his  decision that  "Based on  a preponderance  of
 evidence,  the Appellants  (RCR's No. 31 team) violated the Rules," and "Based
 on a preponderance of evidence, the National Motorsports Final Appeals Officer
 upholds the penalty as amended by the National Motorsports Appeals Panel."
 
 On  March 31, NASCAR handed down the severe penalties to the 31 team following
 a  tire audit conducted after the race in Fontana. The infractions resulted in
 a P5 level penalty on NASCAR's six-level penalty scale.
 
 Luke  Lambert,  the crew chief for  the No. 31, received a six-race suspension
 and  was  placed on probation  until Dec. 31 as  well as fined $125,000. James
 Bender, the team's tire technician, and Philip Surgen, the team engineer, were
 also  suspended  for six races  and put on probation  for the remainder of the
 year.
 
 Newman  had been penalized with a loss of 75 points in the driver championship
 standings, while Richard Childress was docked the same number of points in the
 owners' standings.
 
 The  National  Motorsports Appeal Panel  heard RCR's initial appeal and upheld
 the penalties on April 16, but the panel reduced the loss of points from 75 to
 50  for both  driver Newman  and car  owner Childress  and lowered  crew chief
 Lambert's fine from $125,000 to $75,000.
 
 The suspension period for Lambert, Bender and Surgen includes: Kansas (May 9),
 Charlotte  (May  24), Dover (May 31),  Pocono (June 7), Michigan (June 14) and
 Sonoma  (June 28) as well as the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race at Charlotte (May
 16). They are eligible to return on the first weekend of July at Daytona.
 
 Todd  Parrott will  fill-in for Lambert as Newman's crew chief, beginning with
 this weekend's race at Kansas.
 
 "We  do not agree with the final appeal ruling," Richard Childress Racing said
 in  a statement.  "We feel we had a  compelling case and still feel we were in
 the  right  and the  facts  presented  today would  have  proved  that. We  do
 appreciate the opportunity to be heard.
 
 "We  stand behind our suspended team members and look forward to their return.
 We  will  now move on  and continue  or goals of  winning races and making the
 Chase for the Champion."
 
 Newman is currently 14th in the Sprint Cup Series point standings.
 
 
                    === Uchiyama retains title with TKO ===
 
 Tokyo,  Japan  (SportsNetwork.com) -  Takashi Uchiyama  defended his WBA super
 featherweight  title  with  a  second-round  technical  knockout  of  Jomthong
 Chuwatana on Wednesday.
 
 Uchiyama  improved to  23-0  with one  draw  and registered  his  19th win  by
 knockout. Chuwatana suffered his first loss in 10 professional fights.
 
 Also,  Ryoichi  Taguchi (22-2) retained his  WBA light flyweight title with an
 eighth-round TKO of Kwanthai Sithmorseng (49-4).
 
 
                === Belmont Stakes attendance to be limited ===
 
 Elmont,  NY (SportsNetwork.com)  -  Attendance for  this  year's $1.5  million
 Belmont Stakes will be limited to 90,000 people.
 
 The New York Racing Association (NYRA) announced Wednesday that attendance for
 1  1/2-mile final  jewel in racing's Triple  Crown will be capped at 90,000 on
 Saturday, June 6.
 
 "This  step  is similar to  the policies  and practices of professional sports
 teams," the NYRA said in a statement, "and will not only result in an enhanced
 experience for Belmont guests, but will further improve access to and from the
 Belmont property on Saturday."
 
 The 2004 Belmont Stakes has the record for attendance at 120,139, breaking the
 old  mark  of 103,222 set two  years earlier. The 2014 attendance was 102,199,
 the third highest in Belmont Stakes history.
 
 
           === Jockey and horse added to 2015 Hall of Fame class ===
 
 Saratoga  Springs,  NY (SportsNetwork.com) -  The Historic Review Committee of
 the  National Museum of Racing has announced that a pair of early 20th century
 racing  figures  have been elected to  the National Museum of Racing's Hall of
 Fame.  The committee  selected jockey Vincent Powers and racehorse Billy Kelly
 to be inducted.
 
 These two join two-time Santa Anita Handicap winner Lava Man, filly Xtra Heat,
 trainer King Leatherbury and late jockey Chris Antley as the newest members of
 the  Racing Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony is to be held on Friday, Aug.
 7 in Saratoga Springs.
 
 Powers,  born June 6, 1891 in Westfield, New York, is the only jockey in North
 American history to top the national standings as both a flat and steeplechase
 jockey.  He  was North America's  champion jockey in  1908 (324 wins) and 1909
 (173  wins) and champion steeplechase rider in 1917 (15 wins). He later became
 the champion steeplechase trainer of 1927 (19 wins). Powers trained until 1946
 and died Oct. 19, 1966.
 
 Billy  Kelly raced  from 1918, as a 2-year-old, until his 7-year-old season of
 1923. He won 39 of 69 career starts  with 14 seconds and seven thirds, winning
 a total of 19 stakes. The gelding was purchased as a 2-year-old for $25,000 by
 J. K. L. Ross and trained for the majority of his career by H. Guy Bedwell.
 
 Billy  Kelly was a  stablemate of Hall of Fame racehorse Sir Barton, the first
 Triple  Crown  winner in  1919.  Billy  Kelly got  the  best  of his  champion
 stablemate in eight of 12 races.
 
 The   Historic  Review  Committee  considers  candidates  whose  careers  were
 completed more than 25 years ago.
 
 
                  === Canada rallies past Sweden at Worlds ===
 
 Prague,  Czech Republic  (SportsNetwork.com) - Tyler Ennis netted the deciding
 power-play  goal  with 6 1/2 minutes  remaining, as Team Canada rallied from a
 3-0  deficit to down  Sweden, 6-4, in a matchup between the top two nations in
 Group A on Wednesday at the World Championships
 
 Tyler  Seguin put the clincher into the empty net for the Canadians, who moved
 to 4-0 and have pumped home a tourney-high 28 goals in the process.
 
 Aaron  Ekblad, Taylor  Hall, Sean Couturier and Patrick Wiercioch also lit the
 lamp and Mike Smith made 28 saves.
 
 Anton  Lander,  Victor Rask and  Filip Forsberg  tallied in the strong opening
 frame for the Swedes, who also received offense from Oscar Moller.
 
 Anders  Nilsson was dented for five goals on 38 shots in the setback, Sweden's
 first in regulation.
 
 Norway flipped the script on Slovakia, rallying from a two-goal deficit to win
 its first of the tournament by a 3-2 count.
 
 Tomas  Surovy  and Marek Daloga  tallied to give their  nation a 2-0 lead less
 than  22 minutes  in. Mattias Norstebo scored twice, including the winner less
 than  two minutes into the third period. Mats Rosseli Olsen provided the other
 marker for the victors.
 
 Earlier  in the day,  Russia continued its strong play with a 5-2 victory over
 Denmark  in Group  B action. Sergei Mozyakin  picked up a pair of goals, while
 Evgeny Dadonov added a goal and assist and Evgeni Malkin contributed a pair of
 helpers.
 
 Latvia also picked up its first win of the tournament, toppling Switzerland by
 a  2-1  count in overtime.  Kaspars Daugavins netted  the winner 2:19 into the
 extra session and Edgars Masalskis backed it up with a 35-save effort.
 
 
                 === Smith, White cruise to Four-Ball title ===
 
 San Francisco, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Nathan Smith and Todd White cruised to
 a  7  & 5 win over  Sherrill Britt and Greg  Earnhardt on Wednesday to win the
 inaugural U.S. Amateur Four-Ball championship,
 
 Smith,  a four-time U.S. Mid-Amateur champion, and White lost just one hole in
 the title match and never trailed in either their semifinal or final match.
 
 The pair took out Austin Connelly and Sam Burns 2 & 1 earlier in the day.
 
 Smith  and White won  the first four holes with a birdie and three pars. Britt
 and  Earnhardt birdied the fifth to get one back, but White answered with a 9-
 foot birdie putt on No. 6 to regain their 4-up advantage.
 
 The  teams  halved the next four  holes, but pars at  11 and 12 were enough to
 stretch  Smith and  White's cushion to 6-up  with six to play. A birdie on the
 13th closed out the resounding victory.
 
 Britt  and Earnhardt  birdied  the 19th  hole of  their  semifinal match  with
 reigning U.S. Mid-Amateur champion Scott Harvey and Todd Mitchell to reach the
 final.
 
 
 
 
 05/07 00:38:46 ET