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       === News Summaries from The Sports Network - Tuesday, July 29 ===
             === NCAA reaches settlement in concussion lawsuit ===
 Indianapolis,  IN  (  -  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  (  - 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-
 Sept. 14.
                      === Grizzlies keep Wallace as GM ===
 Memphis, TN ( - 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  ( -  The Dallas  Mavericks announced on Tuesday
 they  have signed  free-agent forwards  Al-Farouq  Aminu and  Ivan Johnson  to
 undisclosed contracts.
 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
 from 2011-13.
 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  ( - 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 (  - 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
 NFL Draft.
 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
 reserve/injured list.
            === 49ers add Smith to depleted running back stable ===
 Santa  Clara, CA  ( -  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 (  -  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
 offensive linemen.
 "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
 that year.
 Wharton  returned  to the Panthers  last season and  started 12 games.
               === Raiders eyeing San Antonio for relocation ===
 San Antonio, TX ( - The Oakland Raiders, whose lease at
 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 ( - 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  ( - 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  (  -  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 ( - 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
 Entry Draft.
                 === Fontaine inks two-year deal with Wild ===
 St.  Paul, MN ( - 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  ( - 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  ( - 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 (  -  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 ( - 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 ( - 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 ( - 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
 28 innings.
                    === Tigers SS Suarez injures back ===
 Detroit,  MI (  -  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 (  - 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 (  - 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 finale.
 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  ( - 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  (  -  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 ( -  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 ( - 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
 clear advantage.
 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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