=== News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, July 29 ===
=== NCAA reaches settlement in concussion lawsuit ===
Indianapolis, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - The NCAA has reached a proposed
settlement in its concussion-related class action lawsuits.
The NCAA will provide $70 million for concussion testing and diagnosis of
current and former student-athletes as part of the agreement that needs to be
approved by Judge John Lee of the United States District Court for the
Northern District of Illinois.
It also includes educational initiatives and $5 million in concussion
research, resolving the 14 pending class actions that were consolidated in a
Chicago federal court.
"We have been and will continue to be committed to student-athlete safety,
which is one of the NCAA's foundational principles," said NCAA chief medical
officer Brian Hainline in a statement Tuesday. "Medical knowledge of
concussions will continue to grow, and consensus about diagnosis, treatment
and management of concussions by the medical community will continue to
evolve. This agreement's proactive measures will ensure student-athletes have
access to high quality medical care by physicians with experience in the
diagnosis, treatment and management of concussions."
Under the proposed agreement, all current and former NCAA student-athletes in
all sports and divisions who competed at an NCAA member school within the past
50 years may qualify for physical examination, neurological measurements and
neurocognitive assessments. The agreement covers academic accommodations for
student-athletes with concussions, return-to-play guidelines, educational
programs, research and plaintiffs' attorney fees.
Bodily injury claims are not part of this settlement.
The NCAA and plaintiffs' attorneys arrived at the $70 million figure by
calculating the cost to develop and administer the testing and diagnostic
program based on the number of current and former student-athletes, as well as
a progressive estimate of medical costs.
=== Report: Clips' Griffin has back fracture ===
Los Angeles, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Los Angeles Clippers forward Blake
Griffin reportedly has a back injury that forced him to withdraw from the U.S.
basketball team for this summer's FIBA World Cup.
According to the Los Angeles Times, Griffin has a small fracture in his back
that won't require surgery. Instead, rest should heal the injury and allow
Griffin to be ready for training camp in September.
Griffin was one of 19 players selected to the USA roster. The team will play
in Spain at the event previously known as the World Championship from Aug. 30-
=== Grizzlies keep Wallace as GM ===
Memphis, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - The Memphis Grizzlies signed general manager
Chris Wallace to a contract extension on Tuesday.
Wallace, who signed a multi-year deal, was serving as interim general
manager/director of player personnel since May 19 when Grizzlies controlling
owner Robert Pera shook up the front office by firing CEO Jason Levien and
director of player personnel Stu Lash.
"We are very pleased to announce Chris Wallace as our general manager," said
Pera in a statement Tuesday. "Chris has been at the forefront and a stable
presence throughout some of the Grizzlies' greatest successes. His strong
bonds and experience, not only within the organization and NBA but also within
the Memphis and Mid-South communities, make him the ideal fit to lead our
basketball operations. We believe Chris' skills and expertise to be vital in
our continued success of our franchise."
Wallace joined the Grizzlies' front office on June 18, 2007 and assembled much
of the talent that has helped guide the franchise to a club-record four
consecutive playoff appearances.
"I am honored to remain in Memphis. I love the city and the community," said
Wallace. "Robert Pera is strongly committed to the success of the Grizzlies,
and I am excited to continue working in tandem with Robert, our front office
and our coaching staff in helping realize his vision for the franchise."
Wallace has also worked for the Trail Blazers, Nuggets, Clippers, Knicks and
Heat in various scouting roles before a 10-year stint as general manager of
the Boston Celtics from 1997-2007.
=== Mavs sign forwards Aminu, Johnson ===
Dallas, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Dallas Mavericks announced on Tuesday
they have signed free-agent forwards Al-Farouq Aminu and Ivan Johnson to
Aminu, 23, spent the past three seasons with New Orleans and averaged 7.2
points and 6.2 rebounds in 80 games in 2013-14, starting 65.
He played his first season with the Clippers after being taken with the No. 8
overall pick of the 2010 NBA Draft and was traded to New Orleans as part of
the package that sent Chris Paul to Los Angeles.
Aminu owns career averages of 6.5 points and 5.5 rebounds in 303 career games,
including 171 starts, with the Clippers and New Orleans.
Johnson, 30, began his professional career in the NBA Development League and
averaged 6.5 points and 3.9 rebounds over 125 games with the Atlanta Hawks
He spent the 2013-14 season playing in China and started all five games for
the Mavericks at the Las Vegas Summer League this month, averaging 7.8 points.
=== Giants RB Wilson leaves practice ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - New York Giants running back David
Wilson left practice on Tuesday with what head coach Tom Coughlin called a
"burner" and was sent to a hospital for tests on his neck.
Wilson announced July 21 that he was cleared to practice after undergoing neck
surgery in January to fuse vertebrae and repair a herniated disk. The former
first-round pick was hurt in a Week 5 loss to Philadelphia last season.
A "burner" is a term that can be used to describe a nerve injury causing a
player discomfort or pain in their neck or arms.
"Obviously he was stung," said Coughlin.
Wilson, 23, was sent to the hospital for "a battery of tests," according to
the team's official website, which said he was hurt when he ran head-down into
the back of an offensive lineman after catching a pass during practice.
"We'll hear what they have to say first, but we were all praying that it would
not be an issue, that he would be able to come back and just go to work," said
Coughlin. "He was cleared. But we'll see. I'm not going to speculate what it
is. We'll have to see what the doctors say."
In two seasons, Wilson has rushed for 504 yards and six touchdowns over 21
games -- including six starts.
=== Seahawks add Thomas, Winston ===
Renton, WA (SportsNetwork.com) - The Seattle Seahawks have signed cornerback
Terrell Thomas and offensive tackle Eric Winston.
Thomas will rejoin his college coach, Pete Carroll, after spending his first
six NFL seasons with the New York Giants. He missed the 2011 and 2012 seasons
because of injuries, but returned last year and notched 67 tackles with an
interception in 16 games, seven of which were starts.
"I'm so thankful for the Seattle Seahawks giving me an opportunity to continue
my dream," Thomas wrote on Twitter. "Can't wait to hit the field with my new
The 29-year-old USC product has 12 career interceptions, seven forced fumbles
and three sacks. He was selected by the Giants in the second round of the 2008
Winston, the president of the NFL Players Association, spent his first six NFL
seasons with Houston, then played with Kansas City in 2012 and Arizona last
"Season finally starts for me today!" Winston wrote on Twitter. "Looking
forward to chasing a ring with the Seahawks!! Time go to work!"
The Miami-Florida product has started all 16 games in each of the last seven
Seattle also signed wide receiver Randall Carroll, waived cornerback Chandler
Fenner and guard Bronson Irwin, and placed wide receiver Taylor Price on the
=== 49ers add Smith to depleted running back stable ===
Santa Clara, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Francisco 49ers have signed
running back Alfonso Smith to a one-year contract.
Smith will help a depleted running back corps that has already lost Kendall
Hunter and LaMichael James in training camp.
Hunter suffered a torn ACL last week and will likely be out for the season.
James left practice this past weekend with an arm injury, reported to be a
dislocated left elbow that could keep him out for the entire preseason.
Smith spent four seasons with Arizona after signing as an undrafted free agent
in 2010. He has 156 yards and two touchdowns on 48 carries over 43 games, and
added 13 special teams tackles.
In 16 games with the Cardinals last year, Smith carried the ball 18 times for
54 yards with a score and chipped in six tackles on special teams.
The 49ers opened a roster spot by waiving guard Fouimalo Fonoti.
=== Panthers' Wharton retires ===
Spartanburg, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Carolina Panthers offensive lineman
Travelle Wharton announced his retirement Tuesday.
Wharton ranks seventh in games started and 12th in games played in franchise
history. His 115 games played and 111 starts ranks second among Panthers
"I had the pleasure of coaching Travelle for two seasons and he was a pro in
every sense of the word," says Carolina head coach Ron Rivera. "His
preparation was never lacking in any respect and he gave you complete effort
on the field. Most of all, you always knew you could count on Travelle."
Wharton, who came to the team as a third-round draft choice from South
Carolina in 2004, played both guard and tackle for the Panthers, but spent
the majority of his career at guard.
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
Wharton returned to the Panthers last season and started 12 games.
=== Raiders eyeing San Antonio for relocation ===
San Antonio, TX (SportsNetwork.com) - The Oakland Raiders, whose lease at O.co
Coliseum expires next year, are apparently shopping for a new location,
landing in Texas almost two weeks ago.
The Express-News on Tuesday cited sources which claimed that Raiders owner
Mark Davis and two others involved with the franchise met with several movers
and shakers in San Antonio, including recently-departed mayor Julian Castro
and city manager Sheryl Sculley.
Also reported to be in the talks was former U.S. Secretary of Housing and
Urban Development, Henry Cisneros, who as mayor from 1981-89, spearheaded the
effort to build the Alamodome.
According to the paper, Davis told city leaders that he wants the Raiders to
play in a more intimate venue, but would ask they cit for a newer facility
once the Raiders proved themselves in their new home. The Alamodome, opened in
1993, has a current capacity of 65,000 for football.
Before a move can be consummated, however, a three-fourths majority of NFL
owners have to sign off on the relocation.
The city, whose population has swelled to more than one million since 2000,
ranks 37th in the country's top television markets. Davis told the paper he
believes the transition wouldn't hurt the club's fan base, which has a
significant Hispanic following.
San Antonio has fielded several professional football teams in the last 40
years, beginning with Wings of the World Football League in 1975. The
Gunslingers took the field for the 1984 and '85 spring seasons in the USFL,
the Riders participated in the World League of American Football's 1991
season, and the Texans were part of the CFL in 1995.
New Orleans Saints owner Tom Benson engaged in serious discussions with then-
mayor Phil Hardberger in 2005 about hosting the franchise after Hurricane
Katrina decimated the Superdome. The Saints played three games in the venue,
but eventually returned to Louisiana the next year.
=== Broncos activate CB Harris from PUP list ===
Englewood, CO (SportsNetwork.com) - The Denver Broncos announced Tuesday that
cornerback Chris Harris has been removed from the physically unable to perform
The Denver Post reported that Harris was given the go-ahead by noted
specialist Dr. James Andrews during a checkup in Florida, six months after
surgery to repair a damaged left knee.
The Broncos had placed Harris on injured reserve on Jan. 14, one day after an
MRI confirmed that he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in that knee during
the team's win over San Diego in the AFC divisional playoffs.
Harris emerged as an integral part of the top-seeded Broncos' defense in his
third pro season, recording 65 tackles, three interceptions and 13 passes
defensed while starting 15-of-16 games prior to last year's playoffs.
=== Blues ink F Mueller ===
St. Louis, MO (SportsNetwork.com) - The St. Louis Blues agreed to terms with
forward Peter Mueller on a one-year, two-way contract on Tuesday.
Mueller, 26, last played in the NHL during the 2012-13 season with Florida
after spending last season with Koten of the Swiss professional league, where
he scored 24 goals with 22 assists in 49 games.
The Minnesota native, who was selected eighth overall by the Coyotes in 2006,
has tallied 63 goals and 97 assists in 297 career NHL games spanning five
seasons with Phoenix, Colorado and Florida.
=== Hurricanes' Staal undergoes surgery ===
Raleigh, NC (SportsNetwork.com) - Carolina Hurricanes center Eric Staal
underwent surgery for a core muscle injury he suffered during offseason
training and is expected to be ready for the start of training camp.
The procedure was performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia.
"Eric notified us of the injury late last week, and flew to Raleigh and then
Philadelphia to be evaluated," said Hurricanes general manager Ron Francis in
a statement Tuesday. "By having this procedure now, Dr. Meyers believes Eric
will be able to return to action for training camp and be at full health for
the start of the regular season."
Staal will enter his 11th NHL season with Carolina and last year notched 21
goals with team bests of 40 assists and 61 points in 79 games. He has 289
goals and 399 assists for 688 points in 769 games.
The 29-year-old Ontario native was selected by the Hurricanes with the second
overall pick of the 2003 NHL Entry Draft and was named captain in January
2010. He is a four-time All-Star and helped the Hurricanes to the 2006 Stanley
Cup title, also winning Olympic gold with Team Canada at the 2010 Vancouver
=== Jets bring back Frolik for another year ===
Winnipeg, MB (SportsNetwork.com) - The Winnipeg Jets have agreed to terms with
forward Michael Frolik on a one-year contract worth $3.3 million.
Frolik was acquired by the Jets in a June 2013 trade from Chicago and notched
15 goals with 27 assists for 42 points in 81 games during his first season in
The 26-year-old Czech native has appeared in 430 games with Florida, Chicago
and Winnipeg during his six-year NHL career. He has 76 goals and 117 assists
for 193 points.
Frolik, who won a Stanley Cup with the Blackhawks in the spring of 2013, was
originally selected by the Panthers with the 10th overall pick of the 2006 NHL
=== Fontaine inks two-year deal with Wild ===
St. Paul, MN (SportsNetwork.com) - Minnesota Wild forward Justin Fontaine has
signed a two-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Fontaine notched 13 goals and eight assists in 66 games during his rookie
season with the Wild in 2013-14. He added a goal and an assist in nine playoff
games last spring.
The 26-year-old Alberta native also posted a plus-6 rating, the second-best by
a rookie in club history. He also became the first Wild rookie with a hat
trick when he collected three goals in a Jan. 9 game against the Coyotes.
=== Leafs retain Gardiner with 5-year deal ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - The Toronto Maple Leafs on Tuesday signed
defenseman Jake Gardiner to a five-year contract.
No financial terms were disclosed by the club, but multiple reports state the
deal is worth $20.25 million.
Gardiner enjoyed a career year with the Leafs last season, posting personal
bests of 10 goals, 21 assists, 31 points and 80 games played.
The 24-year-old Minnesota native, who plied his trade collegiately for
Wisconsin, has picked up 17 goals and 48 assists over 167 games in parts of
three seasons for Toronto.
=== Panthers agree to terms with Hayes ===
Sunrise, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Florida Panthers have agreed to terms
with forward Jimmy Hayes on a one-year contract.
Financial terms were not disclosed.
Hayes was acquired by the Panthers last November from Chicago and notched 11
goals with seven assists for 18 points in 53 games with Florida.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement with Jimmy," said Panthers
general manager Dale Tallon in a statement Tuesday. "We look forward to his
continued contributions to our team both on and off the ice."
The 24-year-old Massachusetts native has 17 goals and 14 assists for 31 points
in 96 NHL games over parts of three seasons with the Panthers and Blackhawks.
=== Blue Jackets sign D'Amigo ===
Columbus, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Columbus Blue Jackets have signed
forward Jerry D'Amigo to a one-year, two-way contract.
D'Amigo was acquired by Columbus in a July 1 trade with Toronto in a deal that
sent forward Matt Frattin to the Maple Leafs.
The 23-year-old New York native appeared in 22 games last season for the Maple
Leafs and notched a goal with two assists. He compiled 17 goals and 12 assists
in 70 games for Toronto's American Hockey League affiliate.
=== Padres reinstate SS Cabrera ===
San Diego, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - The San Diego Padres reinstated shortstop
Everth Cabrera from the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday.
Cabrera was placed on the DL July 2 with a strained left hamstring. He made
seven rehab appearances with Triple-A El Paso, hitting 7-for-20 with four runs
The 27-year-old, who has never played a full season since making his debut in
2009, is hitting .218 in 80 games for the Padres this year.
To make room on the active roster, pitcher Jason Lane was designated for
assignment. Lane, a former outfielder with the Houston Astros, made his first
career start on the mound Monday and pitched well in a 2-0 loss to Atlanta,
allowing just a run on six hits over six innings.
Lane hit 26 homers and drove in 78 runs in 2005.
=== Reds place RF Bruce on bereavement list ===
Cincinnati, OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cincinnati Reds placed right fielder
Jay Bruce on the bereavement list Tuesday and recalled pitcher Curtis Partch
from Triple-A Louisville.
Bruce, who is hitting .215 with 10 home runs this season, can remain on the
bereavement list from three to seven days.
Partch, a right-hander, has appeared in five games for the Reds this season
without giving up a run in 6 1/3 innings. He has a 5.45 ERA in 30 games for
Louisville this season, including two starts.
The Reds are hosting Arizona in a three-game series.
=== Cubs P Ramirez lands on 15-day DL ===
Chicago, IL (SportsNetwork.com) - The Chicago Cubs placed relief pitcher Neil
Ramirez on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with right triceps soreness.
The move is retroactive to Saturday, a day after the rookie right-hander gave
up a single and threw a wild pitch in the eighth inning of a win over St.
Ramirez, 25, has an 0.96 ERA over 33 games this season with 36 strikeouts in
=== Tigers SS Suarez injures back ===
Detroit, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Detroit Tigers rookie shortstop Eugenio
Suarez left Tuesday's game against the Chicago White Sox in the fourth inning
with lower back tightness.
Suarez committed a throwing error in the third. He was pinch-hit for by Andrew
Romine in the fourth inning and is day-to-day.
Suarez, who singled in the second, is hitting .260 with three homers and 11
RBI in 42 games this season.
=== Vols PG Lopez to miss season with torn ACL ===
Knoxville, TN (SportsNetwork.com) - Tennessee point guard Brandon Lopez will
miss the upcoming season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in
his right knee playing basketball with teammates, the school said Tuesday.
Tennessee said in a news release the injury happened Saturday.
Lopez, a walk-on entering his senior season, has scored just five points in
three seasons for Tennessee but new Volunteers coach Donnie Tyndall said the
6-foot-1 guard "had worked himself into a position where he was competing for
a starting role."
"It's very disappointing for our team, but it's even more disappointing for a
great young man who has worked extremely hard this offseason," Tyndall said in
a statement. "Brandon's positive attitude and upbeat mentality will get him
through this tough time."
Lopez appeared in 31 games of the past three seasons. He attempted 10 shots in
2012-13, making two.
=== Two-time champion Haase ousted in Austria ===
Kitzbuhel, Austria (SportsNetwork.com) - The Kitzbuhel Cup lost its sixth
seed on Tuesday when two-time titlist Robin Haase exited the draw at this clay
court tennis event.
Italian Paolo Lorenzi whipped the Dutch Haase 6-2, 6-3, while seventh-seeded
Finnish veteran Jarkko Nieminen avoided an upset in his first match at this
tournament in eight years by handling Russian journeyman Teymuraz Gabashvili
6-4, 6-4 on the red clay at Kitzbuhel Tennis Stadium. Haase was the back-to-
back champion here in 2011 and 2012, accounting for both of his career ATP
Also on Day 2, Argentine Juan Monaco overcame Kazakhstan's Andrey Golubev 0-6,
6-2, 6-1; Belgian wild card David Goffin topped Frenchman Kenny De Schepper
6-2, 6-4; Argentine Diego Sebastian Schwartzman whipped German wild card
Alexander Zverev 6-1, 6-0; and Spaniard Pablo Andujar dismissed long-time
Austrian crowd favorite and 2008 Kitzbuhel runner-up Jurgen Melzer 6-3, 6-4.
The hot Andujar is fresh off his title in Gstaad, where he upended Monaco in
The former top-10 star Monaco was last year's Kitzbuhel runner-up to Spaniard
Marcel Granollers and captured the title here back in 2007. His second-round
opponent on Wednesday will be Nieminen.
The top seeds in Kitzbuhel are 2012 runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber and the
reigning champion Granollers. The German Kohlschreiber will open his stay
against Goffin, while Granollers will begin defense of his title against
Schwartzman on Wednesday.
This week's winner will claim $104,000.
=== LPGA to start 2015 season in Florida ===
Daytona Beach, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The LPGA Tour announced the addition
of the Coates Golf Championship on Tuesday and that the event will kick off
the 2015 season.
The tournament will be contested at Golden Ocala Golf and Equestrian Club in
Ocala, Fla. The event will run from January 28-31, which is Wednesday to
Saturday as it is being played the week of the Super Bowl.
The Pure Silk-Bahamas LPGA Classic, which opened the 2014 season, will be
contested the week after the Coates Golf Championship.
"We are excited to partner with Coates Golf to have the 2015 LPGA season begin
in Florida," said LPGA Commissioner Michael Whan. "Playing back-to-back events
in Florida and the Bahamas in the East Coast time zone will be a great way for
our fans to watch our first two events of the year live on Golf Channel."
This will mark the second straight year the LPGA has played an official event
in January. Prior to 2014, the last official tour event in January was in
=== LeFevour, Chick highlight CFL's top weekly players ===
Toronto, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Hamilton quarterback Dan LeFevour and
Saskatchewan defensive end John Chick were selected as the top players for
Week 5 of the CFL season.
LeFevour was named the Offensive Player of the week after racking up 470 total
yards in his first career start. LeFevour threw for 361 yards on 21-for-30
passing while running for 109 yards on 13 carries. The former Central Michigan
star also tossed a 53-yard touchdown on Hamilton's first possession.
Chick earned Defensive Player of the Week honors for his two-sack performance
in a blowout win over Toronto. The Utah State product has at least one sack in
each of Saskatchewan's four games this season and is first in the league with
Also winning Player of the Week honors were Winnipeg kicker Lirim Hajrullahu
and Saskatchewan linebacker Samuel Hurl.
Hajrullahu went a perfect 5-for-5 on field goals and scored 17 points in
Winnipeg's road win over BC to claim Special Teams Player of the Week. He also
averaged 43 yards on five punts and added a single in the third quarter.
Hurl was named Canadian Player of the Week after racking up seven tackles and
a fumble recovery in the Roughriders win. He is currently tied for fourth in
the league with 21 tackles.
=== Father Patrick favored for 89th Hambletonian ===
East Rutherford, NJ (SportsNetwork.com) - Saturday's 89th edition of the $1
million Hambletonian at The Meadowlands has drawn a field of 11 3-year-old
trotters going a mile in harness racing's most prestigious race.
The Hambletonian is the opening leg of the Trotting Triple Crown which also
includes the Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity.
Leading the field are Father Patrick, Nuncio and Trixton, all trained by Jimmy
Takter who is a two-time Hambletonian winner with Malabar Man (1997) and
Muscle Massive (2010).
Takter is looking to become the first trainer to sweep first, second and third
in the modern era of the Hambletonian. Father Patrick is the 4-5 morning line
favorite and will be driven by Yannick Gingras from post 10. Trixton is 7-2
and will break from post 7 with Takter driving and Nuncio is 9-2 with Hall of
Fame driver John Campbell leaving from post 5.
"At this point, I have three really good horses and they're racing scary
good," Takter said. "I've got to keep them fresh and make sure nothing goes
wrong. I have the three best horses, and I would be extremely disappointed if
I don't win the Hambletonian this year. My goal is to win the Hambletonian.
It's fun. The Hambletonian is the biggest race in our sport and something you
work hard to win."
Father Patrick, the 2013 champion 2-year-old male trotter, is perfect this
year in six starts for $510,931 and is ranked second in the current
Hambletonian/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll.
"He's the best horse I've ever developed," Takter said. "He's just different.
He has all the things I like in a horse. He's a good sound horse. You can't
find any fault with him. You can do anything you want with him. He's so handy.
Patrick, to me, is the perfect horse."
Owned by Father Patrick Stable, the colt has wins this season in the Earl Beal
Jr. at Pocono Downs and the Stanley Dancer Memorial at The Meadowlands. He has
won 15 straight starts since losing to Nuncio in his second career effort.
Overall, Father Patrick has banked $1,254,988 with 16 wins in 17 starts.
Co-owned by the trainer's wife Christina, Trixton has six wins this year in
eight starts for $283,855. He was third to Father Patrick in the Dancer
Memorial and is coming off a victory in a division of the Reynolds Memorial at
The Meadowlands. Trixton, sixth in the harness poll, has career earnings of
$337,542 with 10 wins in 16 starts.
"He's the kind with a big future as a 4-year-old. He's improving, getting more
professional and very confident." the trainer/driver noted.
Nuncio, owned by Stall TZ Inc., finished second to his stablemate in both the
Earl Beal Jr. and Stanley Dancer Memorial, his only losses this year in seven
"I'm very happy with the way he's been coming along," Campbell said. "Jimmy
trained him from behind all winter and we've qualified him that way, and raced
him that way, and he's started to figure it out.
Nuncio, 10th in this week's poll, has earned $342,003 in 2014 and has 10 wins
and seven seconds from 17 lifetime starts for $803,077. John Campbell has won
the Hambletonian a record six times with the most recent victory coming with
Glidemaster in 2006.
Here is the Hambletonian field in post position order: Resolve, Corey
Callahan, 20-1; JJ Alex, Francisco Del Cid, 50-1; Doncango, Ake Svanstedt,
20-1; Datsyuk, Charlie Norris, 12-1; Nuncio, John Campbell, 9-2; Royal Ice,
Ron Pierce, 20-1; Trixton, Jimmy Takter, 7-2; Il Sogno Dream, Aaron Merriman,
50-1; Harper Blue Chip, Brian Sears, 12-1; Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras,
4-5 and Don Dorado, Tim Tetrick, 20-1.
The 89th Hambletonian has an approximate post time Saturday of 5:11 p.m. ET.
=== Coltimus Prime gets it done in Prince of Wales Stakes ===
Fort Erie, ON (SportsNetwork.com) - Coltimus Prime, once on the Kentucky Derby
trail, went wire-to-wire to win Tuesday's 79th edition of the $500,000 Prince
of Wales Stakes at Fort Erie.
The 1 3/16-mile Prince of Wales, the second leg of Canada's Triple Crown,
drew a field of 10 Canadian-bred 3-year-olds with Coltimus Prime sent off as
the 5-1 fourth choice behind 8-5 favorite Ami's Holiday, the Queen's Plate
Trained by Justin Nixon and ridden by Eurica Rosa da Silva, Coltimus Prime
broke sharply from the gate and took the lead from the start. The colt, owned
by Cabernet Racing Stables, led every step of the way in a rare start on dirt.
Around the final turn, Coltimus Prime had the lead along rail with Lynx to
his outside and Smart Spree third. Coming into the stretch, Coltimus Prime and
Lynx were alone on the lead, but Coltimus Prime quickly speeded away for a
Coltimus Prime increased his lead down the stretch and posted a 3 1/2-length
victory over Lynx with Ami's Holiday getting third.
Smart Spree finished fourth followed by Rhythm Blues, East Side, Lions Bay,
Ascot Martin, Matador and Money Talks.
The time for the Prince of Wales was 1:54.58 on a fast track.
There has not been a Canadian Triple Crown champ since Wando in 2003. Queen's
Plate winner Lexie Lou, a filly, did not run Tuesday. The Triple Crown also
includes the Breeders' Stakes at Woodbine.
Coltimus Prime notched his first stakes victory and collected $300,000. The
colt has won three of nine career starts for $414,988.
Earlier this year he was given a chance to compete against Kentucky Derby
quality 3-year-olds after ending 2013 with a second in Woodbine's Display
Stakes. In March he finished ninth in the Tampa Bay Derby and the following
month fifth in the Blue Grass Stakes.
Back at Woodbine, Coltimus Prime was second and first in a pair of allowance
races before finishing ninth in the Queen's Plate.
Coltimus Prime returned $12.80, $6.50 and $3.90. Lynx paid $6.00 and $3.80,
and Ami's Holiday paid $2.70 to show.
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