=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Monday, July 28 ===
=== Lakers hire Byron Scott as their new coach ===
El Segundo, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers officially signed
Byron Scott to a multi-year contract as head coach on Monday.
The former Lakers guard has reportedly agreed to a four-year, $17 million deal
to replace Mike D'Antoni in Los Angeles.
"After an extensive and thorough search, we're proud to welcome Byron back to
the Lakers family as our next head coach," said Lakers general manager Mitch
Kupchak. "Byron has proven himself at the highest levels of the game as both a
player and a coach in his almost 30 years of NBA experience. His leadership
skills and track record for success make him the ideal person to lead this
Scott was fired in April 2013 at the end of his third season as head coach of
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
He has also coached the Nets and Hornets since a 14-year playing career that
included three NBA title runs with the Lakers in the 1980s. Scott has a
coaching record of 416-521.
D'Antoni resigned as Lakers coach in April after one of the worst seasons in
franchise history and less than 18 months after he was brought in to replace
Mike Brown early in the 2012-13 season.
Kobe Bryant's rookie season came with Scott on the floor in his final NBA
season with the Lakers. Now, Scott has a chance to coach Bryant.
"I am ecstatic to once again be a Laker and to have the opportunity to work
alongside Mitch and the Buss family," said Scott. "I know firsthand what it
takes to bring a championship to this city, and as someone who both grew up in
L.A. and played the majority of my career here, I know how passionate and
dedicated our fans are. I will give everything I have to fulfill the
championship expectations that our supporters have for us, and that we have
=== Judge rules against Donald Sterling ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Judge Michael Levanas ruled against
Donald Sterling on Monday in his attempt to prevent the $2 billion sale of the
Los Angeles Clippers to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.
The Los Angeles Superior Court Judge favored with Donald Sterling's estranged
wife Shelly Sterling on all counts in the tentative ruling, upholding the
removal of her husband as trustee of the Sterling Family Trust, which owns the
Clippers, on grounds of mental incapacitation.
"We are pleased that the court has affirmed Shelly Sterling's right to sell
the Los Angeles Clippers to Steve Ballmer. We look forward to the transaction
closing as soon as possible," the NBA said in a statement.
Shelly Sterling negotiated the sale of the team after the 80-year-old Donald
Sterling was banned for life from the NBA and fined $2.5 million for making
offensive racial remarks about African-Americans.
She got authority to remove her husband from the trust that owned the
franchise when doctors found out that he had signs of Alzheimer's disease and
was unable to manage his affairs.
Donald Sterling claimed his wife deceived him about the medical examination.
The Donald Sterling ban came after an audio recording in April by TMZ.com
surfaced of Sterling scolding his young girlfriend for bringing black men to
=== Lakers sign Wesley Johnson ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Los Angeles Lakers re-signed
forward Wesley Johnson on Monday.
General manager Mitch Kupchak made the announcement. Terms of the agreement
were not released, although multiple reports have it at just under $1 million
for one year.
"I'm happy to welcome Wesley back to our team and am excited to see him
develop further after taking such great strides last season," Kupchak said.
Johnson, like many other young Lakers last season, had a breakout year playing
under former head coach Mike D'Antoni. Johnson averaged career highs with 9.1
points and 4.4 rebounds per game while appearing in a team-high 79 contests.
A four-year vet out of Syracuse, Johnson spent his first two seasons with the
Timberwolves after they made him the fourth pick in the 2010 NBA draft, and a
year with the Suns before signing with Los Angeles last offseason.
=== Browns' Pinkston not medically cleared ===
Berea, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason
Pinkston has not been medically cleared for training camp.
The Browns and Pinkston's agents released a joint statement Monday, but did
not include details about the fourth-year veteran's condition.
"Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Jason Pinkston has not been medically
cleared to participate in football activities," the statement read. "The team
has been in communication with Jason and his representatives and will respect
their wishes to not provide any further details at this time."
Pinkston started 16 games as a rookie in 2011, then battled a blood clot in
his lung the following year and played just six games. He sustained a
significant ankle sprain during the 2013 preseason and played just three games
upon his return in November.
=== Redskins sign LB Brown ===
Richmond, VA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Washington Redskins signed linebacker
Everette Brown to an undisclosed deal on Monday.
Brown was originally selected by the Carolina Panthers in the second round
(43rd overall) of the 2009 NFL Draft and has since appeared in 38 career games
with three starts for the Panthers (2009-11), San Diego Chargers (2011-12)
and Dallas Cowboys (2013).
Brown, who also spent time on the rosters of the Detroit Lions (2012) and
Philadelphia Eagles (2013), has recorded 59 tackles (42 solo) with seven
sacks, four forced fumbles, three passes defensed and an interception.
Last season, he appeared in seven games for the Cowboys and notched a sack in
his season debut versus Minnesota in Week 9.
=== Raiders sign Deering ===
Napa, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders signed safety Jeremy
Deering on Monday.
Deering was originally signed by the New England Patriots as an undrafted free
agent in May before being waived later in the month.
In four seasons at Rutgers, he played in 48 games, seeing action at running
back, wide receiver, kick returner and safety. He finished his collegiate
career with 130 rushes for 578 yards and two touchdowns, 21 receptions for 415
yards and one touchdown, 41 kickoff returns for 1,100 yards and one touchdown
and 45 tackles (28 solo), one interception and one pass defensed.
=== Panthers' Wharton to announce retirement ===
Spartanburg, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Offensive lineman Travelle Wharton will
announce his retirement in a press conference at Carolina Panthers training
camp on Tuesday.
Wharton was drafted by the Panthers in the third round of the 2004 NFL Draft.
He was a starter for the Panthers for eight seasons before signing with the
Cincinnati Bengals prior to the 2012 season.
The 33-year-old blew out his knee in the preseason and did not appear in a
regular season game for the Bengals that year.
Wharton returned to the Panthers last season and started 12 games. For his
career, Wharton started 111 of 115 games.
=== Padres shelve Quentin, activate Gyorko ===
Atlanta, GA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres have placed outfielder
Carlos Quentin on the 15-day disabled list and activated infielder Jedd Gyorko
from the DL.
Quentin has a sore left knee and last played Saturday against Atlanta. He has
struggled mightily in 50 games this season after starting the year on the DL
because of a bruised knee, batting just .177 with four homers and 18 runs
Gyorko had been sidelined since June 6 with plantar fasciitis in his left
foot. He missed 44 games because of the injury and hit .294 in six games of a
rehab stint with Triple-A El Paso after batting just .162 in 56 games for the
San Diego also optioned infielder Brooks Conrad to El Paso to make room on the
25-man roster for pitcher Jason Lane, who was scheduled to start Monday
against the Braves in place of Ian Kennedy. Kennedy has a sore left oblique.
Lane, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros, will make his first big
league start as a pitcher. The 37-year-old lefty was 6-8 with a 4.67 ERA in 19
starts for El Paso and made two relief appearances for the Padres in June,
surrendering just one hit in 4 1/3 innings.
=== Cubs trade Barney to Dodgers ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs have traded infielder
Darwin Barney and cash considerations to the Los Angeles Dodgers for a player
to be named later.
Barney was designated for assignment on July 22 after batting .230 with 10
doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 72 games for the Cubs this season.
The 28-year-old Barney has a career batting average of .244 with 88 doubles,
18 home runs and 146 RBI in 542 games with the Cubs. He won the 2012 National
League Gold Glove after tying a major league single-season record with 141-
consecutive errorless games at second base.
=== Phils release OF Gwynn ===
Flushing, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - The Philadelphia Phillies released
outfielder Tony Gwynn Jr. on Monday.
Gwynn had been designated for assignment last Monday.
The 31-year-old hit just .163 with three RBI in 67 games as a reserve
His father, Hall of Fame outfielder Tony Gwynn, passed away on June 16.
=== D-backs activate Pacheco ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Arizona Diamondbacks reinstated
infielder/catcher Jordan Pacheco from the 15-day disabled list and placed
infielder/outfielder Nick Evans on unconditional release waivers.
Pacheco is hitting .375 (3-for-8) with a double and two runs scored in eight
games for the D-backs since being claimed off waivers from the Rockies on June
12. In 30 games this season between the Rockies and Diamondbacks, he is
batting .250 with seven doubles and eight RBI.
Evans hit .273 (6-for-22) with two doubles, two home runs and seven RBI in 18
games for the D-backs this season.
=== Rays activate Peralta ===
St. Petersburg, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Tampa Bay Rays activated reliever
Joel Peralta from the 15-day disabled list and designated left-hander Erik
Bedard for assignment on Monday.
Peralta missed nine games because of an illness. The right-hander is 2-3 with
a 4.15 ERA in 43 games this season.
Bedard went 4-6 with a 4.76 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) for the Rays this
season. He was dropped from the rotation in early July.
=== A's place Gentry on DL ===
Houston, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Athletics placed outfielder
Craig Gentry on the 15-day disabled list with a broken right hand on Monday.
Gentry was batting .264 with 10 RBI and 18 stolen bases over 80 games with the
A's this season. This is Gentry's second stint on the DL as a lower back
strain put him on the shelf at the beginning of the season.
To take Gentry's spot on the roster, Oakland selected outfielder Billy Burns
from Double-A Midland. The A's will make a move to clear a spot for Burns on
the 40-man roster later Monday.
=== Orioles place McFarland on bereavement list ===
Baltimore, MD (SportsNetwork.com) - The Baltimore Orioles placed relief
pitcher T.J. McFarland on the bereavement list and recalled pitcher Preston
Guilmet from Triple-A Norfolk.
McFarland, a lefty, has gone 4-2 with a 3.07 ERA in 23 games for the Orioles
The right-handed Guilmet has posted a 5.23 ERA in 10 games with the Orioles
this season, striking out 12 batters and walking two in 10 1/3 innings.
=== Cishek, deGrom share NL weekly honors ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Miami Marlins reliever Steve Cishek and
New York Mets starter Jacob deGrom have been named co-National League Players
of the Week for the period ending July 27.
In five appearances last week, Cishek converted a major league-best five save
opportunities. The 28-year-old right-hander fanned eight in five innings of
work and allowed just two hits while tying for the major league lead in
The rookie deGrom tied for the National League lead in wins and innings
pitched last week, going 2-0 with a 0.68 ERA, allowing one run on 13 1/3
innings with 11 strikeouts and three walks over two outings.
=== Santana earns AL Player of the Week honors ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Cleveland Indians infielder and
designated hitter Carlos Santana was named the American League Player of the
Week on Monday.
Santana batted .556 (15-for-27) with three doubles, six homers and 10 RBI on
his way to his first career Player of the Week honor and second straight for
the Indians -- Jason Kipnis won the award last week.
Santana led all hitters in batting average, homers, hits, runs scored (8),
total bases (36) and slugging percentage (1.333) for the week
The 28-year-old slugger became the first player this season to hit five home
runs in a single series when the Indians lost three out of four games to the
Kansas City Royals to end the week.
Houston's Jose Altuve, Oakland's Yoenis Cespedes, Chris Sale of the White Sox,
Boston's David Ortiz and Zach Britton of the Orioles were all considered for
=== Yankees recall Almonte, DFA Francis ===
Arlington, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - Before Monday's game against the Texas
Rangers, the New York Yankees recalled outfielder Zoilo Almonte from Triple-A
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and designated pitcher Jeff Francis for assignment.
Almonte has appeared in 10 games for the Yankees this season, going 4-for-25
with one homer.
The Yankees had acquired Francis from the Oakland Athletics earlier this
month. The left-hander went 1-0 with a 5.40 ERA in two relief appearances for
=== Royals acquire Kratz, Hendriks from Blue Jays for Valencia ===
Kansas City, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kansas City Royals have acquired
catcher Erik Kratz and pitcher Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays in
exchange for infielder Danny Valencia.
Valencia hit .282 with two homers and 11 RBI in 36 games for the Royals this
Kratz has split time between Toronto and Triple-A Buffalo this season. In 34
games for the Jays this year, he hit .198 with three homers and 10 RBI. He was
traded to Toronto this offseason from the Phillies' organization, where he
spent three years.
Hendriks made 16 starts for Buffalo this season, going 8-1 with a 2.33 ERA.
The young righty went 1-0 with a 6.08 ERA in three starts for Toronto this
The Royals will recall infielder Christian Colon from Triple-A Omaha on
Tuesday. Catcher Brett Hayes was designated for assignment.
=== Red Wings sign Tatar to 3-year deal ===
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - The Detroit Red Wings signed forward Tomas
Tatar to a three-year contract on Monday.
Tatar, 23, had 19 goals and 20 assists in 73 games for the Red Wings last
season. He ranked second on the team in goals and third with a plus-12 rating.
In 100 career games, all with Detroit, the Slovakian has registered 24 goals
and 47 points.
=== Blue Jackets re-sign Tyrell ===
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have re-signed
forward Dana Tyrell to a one-year, two-way contract.
Tyrell was acquired from Tampa Bay in a March 5 trade and has yet to suit up
for Columbus. He spent most of the 2013-14 season in the American Hockey
League and appeared in seven games for the Lightning.
The 25-year-old Alberta native has seven goals and 17 assists for 24 points in
132 NHL games, all with the Lightning.
=== Maple Leafs bring in Winnik ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Maple Leafs signed Toronto native Daniel
Winnik to a one-year contract on Monday.
The 29-year-old forward set career highs in assists (24) and points (30) while
playing 76 games for the Anaheim Ducks last season.
For his career, Winnik has totaled 49 goals and 101 assists in 490 games with
Phoenix, Colorado, San Jose and Anaheim.
=== Austria's Thiem advances on home soil ===
Kitzbuhel, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - Heavy Austrian crowd favorite Dominic
Thiem was a hard-fought opening-round winner Monday at the Kitzbuhel Cup
The fifth-seeded 20-year-old outlasted Brazilian qualifier Joao Souza 7-6
(7-4), 3-6, 7-5 in 2 hours, 40 minutes on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis
Stadium. Heavy rain delayed play for about an hour after the second set.
In the second game of the match, Souza walked off the court after being warned
by the chair umpire for taking too much time between serves.
Souza sat on his chair for several minutes, but decided to continue after the
umpire refused to call the supervisor.
Meanwhile, Argentine qualifier Maximo Gonzalez upset eighth-seeded rising
Spaniard Pablo Carreno Busta 6-3, 4-6, 7-5.
Also on Day 1, Spaniard Pere Riba handled German Dustin Brown 7-6 (8-6), 7-5;
Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer topped wild card fellow countryman Gerald
Melzer 6-2, 7-6 (7-1); Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos-Vinolas overcame
Croatian qualifier Viktor Galovic 6-7 (5-7), 7-5, 6-2; and Czech Jiri Vesely
dismissed German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4.
The top seeds in Kitzbuhel are German 2012 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber and
Spaniard Marcel Granollers, who is the reigning champion. Granollers beat
Argentine former champion Juan Monaco in last year's finale.
This week's winner will claim $104,000.
=== Petkovic advances in Stanford ===
Stanford, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Eighth-seeded Andrea Petkovic was an easy
winner on Monday in the opening round at the Bank of the West Classic, a U.S.
Open Series tennis event.
Petkovic topped Croat Ajla Tomljanovic 6-1, 6-4 on the hardcourts at Taube
Family Tennis Center, easily advancing to the second round. The 26-year-old
German will face Japanese Naomi Osaka, who was a 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), 7-5 winner
over Australian Samantha Stosur.
Petkovic is seeking her fifth career title and first in Stanford.
Also on Day 1, American qualifier Sachia Vickery crushed China's Zhang Shuai
6-1, 6-2; 2012 runner-up Coco Vandeweghe bested fellow American Kristie Ahn
6-2, 7-5; and Czech Karolina Pliskova drubbed 43-year-old Japanese Kimiko
Date-Krumm 6-1, 6-3.
Pliskova is rewarded with a second-round match against world No. 1 star Serena
Williams. This week's top seed is the American great and two-time champion
Williams, who is set to play her first tennis since Wimbledon.
Slovak Dominika Cibulkova upset Pole Agnieszka Radwanska in last year's final.
The 2014 Stanford champion will claim $120,000.
=== Ginepri advances in D.C. ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Veteran American Robby Ginepri was an
easy first-round winner Monday at the $1.4 million Citi Open tennis event.
The qualifier and 31-year-old Florida native got past Colombian Alejandro
Falla 6-4, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
The one-time world No. 15 Ginepri is rewarded with a match against top-seeded
Czech star Tomas Berdych.
An all-American affair saw Tim Smyczek douse qualifier Alex Kuznetsov 6-3,
6-0, while France's Benoit Paire took out Canadian Frank Dancevic 6-4, 6-0.
In another all-American matchup, Rajeev Ram outlasted Jared Donaldson by a 6-7
(1-7), 6-4, 7-5 score. American Donald Young moved on with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 win
over Yuichi Sugita of Japan.
Other first-round wins came from Tunisia's Malek Jaziri, Slovak Lukas Lacko,
Russian Evgeny Donskoy and Australians Bernard Tomic and Marinko Matosevic.
Three-time champion Juan Martin del Potro, who is not defending his title this
year, beat two-time runner-up John Isner in last year's D.C. finale.
The top seeds this week are the former Wimbledon runner-up Berdych and rising
Canadian Milos Raonic.
This week's U.S. Open Series winner will earn $316,400.
=== Kuznetsova wins D.C. opener ===
Washington, DC (SportsNetwork.com) - Former top-five star Svetlana Kuznetsova
was an easy first-round winner Monday at the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series
The sixth-seeded Russian and two-time Grand Slam champion routed Slovenian
Polona Hercog 6-3, 6-2 on the hardcourts at FitzGerald Tennis Center.
Third-seeded Alize Cornet of France was upset by American wild card Shelby
Rogers 7-5, 4-6, 6-4, and seventh-seeded American Madison Keys was also an
early casualty on Monday as she suffered a 7-5, 6-3 defeat at the hands of
Japan's Kurumi Nara.
In the last match of the evening, eighth-seeded Romanian Sorana Cirstea
outlasted Kiki Bertens of the Netherlands, 6-4, 4-6, 6-3.
Meanwhile, American Vania King drubbed Canadian wild card Francoise Abanda
American qualifier Taylor Townsend bounced back from a first-set loss to nab a
3-6, 6-2, 6-3 victory over German Julia Goerges, and Kazakhstan's Zarina Diyas
cruised to a 6-4, 6-0 win over American qualifier Tornado Alicia Black.
Japanese qualifier Hiroko Kuwata whipped American Alison Riske 6-0, 7-5.
Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova beat German Andrea Petkovic in last year's finale
to capture her second straight title in the nation's capital.
The top seed this week is Czech Lucie Safarova.
The 2014 D.C. champion will claim $43,000.
=== Clark moves inside top 100 of world rankings ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - Tim Clark earned his first victory in
four years at the Canadian Open on Sunday, and that win moved him inside the
top 100 of this week's world rankings.
Clark birdied five of his last eight holes to rally past third-round leader
Jim Furyk and earn his second career win on the PGA Tour. His first win came
at the 2010 Players Championship.
With that victory, Clark vaulted 78 places up the rankings from 153rd to 75th.
The top five players in the rankings remained the same, with Adam Scott
maintaining the top spot ahead of Rory McIlroy, Henrik Stenson, Justin Rose
and Sergio Garcia.
Furyk's third runner-up finish of the season jumped him up two spots to
eighth, causing Jason Day and Tiger Woods to each drop a place and they sit at
ninth and 10th, respectively.
Jordan Spieth, Martin Kaymer, Phil Mickelson and Zach Johnson maintained their
positions from 11th through 14th.
Hideki Matsuyama moved up a pair of slots to 15th, while Dustin Johnson and
Graeme McDowell both fell a spot to 16th and 17th. Rickie Fowler, Jimmy Walker
and Steve Stricker all held firm to round out the top 20.
=== Not much change in women's world rankings this week ===
Philadelphia, PA (SportsNetwork.com) - With the International Crown in
action last week, there was barely any change to this week's women's world
Stacy Lewis, who was a member of the United States team that was eliminated
after the third round of the International Crown, remains in the No. 1 slot,
followed by Lydia Ko and Korean team member Inbee Park.
Suzann Pettersen remained at No. 4, Lexi Thompson is still No. 5 and this
year's U.S. Women's Open champion Michelle Wie stayed put at No. 6. Karrie
Webb, Shanshan Feng, So Yeon Ryu and Cristie Kerr rounded out the top 10.
Anna Nordqvist, Paula Creamer, Angela Stanford, Lizette Salas, Amy Yang,
Jessica Korda and Catriona Matthew are 11 through 17 respectively, the same
spots they were in last week.
The first change in the top 20 was at 18 and 19. Sun Ju Ahn and Na Yeon Choi
swapped spots with Ahn taking over at No. 18 and Choi dropping a spot to No.
19. Rounding out the top 20 is Azahara Munoz, who is No. 20 for another week.
Julie Greciet, who earned her first LET victory at the Sberbank Golf Masters
in the Czech Republic on Sunday, jumped 163 spots from No. 346 to No. 183.
=== Palace Malice leads poll heading into Whitney ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Palace Malice, undefeated in four starts
this season, tops the NTRA Thoroughbred Poll going into Saturday's Whitney
Invitational at Saratoga.
Owned by Dogwood Stable, Palace Malice received 32 first-place votes from the
38 cast and has 373 points for a 50-point lead. The 4-year-old colt, trained
by Todd Pletcher, is expected to be favored for the 1 1/8-mile Whitney.
"It's a huge race," Pletcher said. "The horse is doing fantastic. He's off to
a great start this year, and we're just hoping for more of the same from him.
He's been super consistent and impressive. We know he likes Saratoga from the
way he ran here the last two years, so we're excited about the Whitney."
Two-time Horse of the Year Wise Dan is back in training at Saratoga and is
probable to start in the coming weeks. Trained by Charlie LoPresti for Morton
Fink, Wise Dan has five top votes and 323 points for second behind Palace
"I'm not trying to set him down to make the Fourstardave," said LoPresti. "If
he just jumps up and is dragging us around and acting like he has to run,
we'll run. If he doesn't run in the Fourstardave (Aug. 9), maybe he'll run in
the Bernard Baruch (Aug. 30). He's been through a lot. I'm sure there will be
people that say, 'That wasn't one of his blistering works, he's not the old
Wise Dan.' He had colic surgery nine weeks ago; I wouldn't want him to do
something like that, and I wouldn't make him do something like that."
Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner California Chrome is third with a single
first-place vote and 283 points.
Leading older female Close Hatches is fourth with 200 points followed by
Game On Dude (132), Haskell winner Bayern (126), Shared Belief (109), Jim
Dandy champ Wicked Strong (98), 3-year-old filly Untapable (85) and Lea (71).
The National Poll continues through the Breeders' Cup on Nov. 1.
=== Nine set to go in West Virginia Derby ===
Chester, WV (SportsNetwork.com) - Louisiana Derby winner Vicar's in Trouble
heads a field of nine 3-year-olds for Saturday's 45th running of the 1 1/8-
mile, $750,000 West Virginia Derby at Mountaineer Park.
Owned by Ken and Sarah Ramsey, Vicar's in Trouble will start from post 4 with
Alan Garcia aboard the colt for the first time.
Vicar's in Trouble, trained by Mike Maker, comes into Saturday's race off a
third-place finish behind Jessica's Star in the Iowa Derby on May 31. The colt
began the year by winning the Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds followed by a
third in the track's Risen Star Stakes.
After his victory in the Louisiana Derby, Vicar's in Trouble finished last in
the 19-horse Kentucky Derby. He has three wins and three thirds in seven
lifetime starts for $813,900.
Candy Boy, trained by John Sadler, has drawn the outside post in the nine-
horse field with Corey Nakatani back to ride the colt for the first time since
the debut start more than 11 months ago.
Owned by C R K Stable, Candy Boy was second to Shared Belief four weeks ago in
the Los Alamitos Derby. The colt won the Robert B. Lewis Stakes to begin the
year and was third behind California Chrome in the Santa Anita Derby. Candy
Boy was sent off at 9-1 but could do no better than 13th in the Kentucky
Candy Boy has two wins and three seconds in nine career starts for $525,600.
Here is the field for the West Virginia Derby from the rail out: Key for
Success, Rex Stakes; For Goodness Sake. Brian Hernandez Jr.; Classic
Giacnroll, Kendrick Carmouche; Vicar's in Trouble, Alan Garcia; Tapiture,
Rosie Napravnik; Gold Appointment, Rex Stokes; Divine View, Kerwin Clark; Only
I Know, Christian Pilares and Candy Boy, Corey Nakatani.
Post time for the West Virginia Derby will be approximately 5:45 p.m. ET.
=== Moore, Latta named WNBA Players of Week ===
New York, NY (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Lynx forward Maya Moore earned
her third straight WNBA Western Conference Player of the Week award, the
league announced Monday.
Washington Mystics guard Ivory Latta was named the Eastern Conference's best
performer for the past week.
Moore averaged 25.7 points and 8.3 rebounds, helping the Lynx go 3-0 and
clinch a playoff berth. In a 112-108 double-overtime win over the Atlanta
Dream, Moore scored 48 points, the second-highest total in a game in league
Latta averaged 20.3 points in three wins for the Mystics. She also led the
East with 5.3 assists per game.
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