Sports briefs: July 23

July 23, 2013 

NFL

Doctors give RGIII go-ahead to practice

Robert Griffin III passed a major test toward his goal of playing in Week 1, getting the go-ahead from the team doctors days before the Washington Redskins open training camp.

"Doctors cleared me to practice. Coach is going to ease me in," Griffin announced Monday on Twitter.

The two sentences represent hurdles past and future. Even though Griffin said he has the medical OK, it is now up to Coach Mike Shanahan to determine how often and how vigorously Griffin practices when the Redskins open camp Thursday in Richmond, Va.


Horse racing

Oxbow to arrive at Monmouth on Friday

Preakness winner Oxbow is scheduled to arrive at Monmouth Park on Friday, two days before the Grade I, $1 million Haskell Invitational. Trainer D. Wayne Lukas' 3-year-old colt is expected to be driven from Saratoga for a role as the probable favorite in Sunday's race at Oceanport, N.J.

A field of five or six is expected for the Haskell with Wood Memorial winner Verrazano expected to be Oxbow's main competition.

Other possible entrants are Micromanage, who finished second in the Easy Goer stakes here, Kentucky Derby runner-up Golden Soul and possibly Pick of the Litter and Uncaptured.


Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships

Second-seeded Ward out in opener

James Ward, Britain's No. 2 player behind Andy Murray at No. 260 in the ATP rankings, defeated Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Fifth Third Bank Tennis Championships on Monday night at UK's Hilary J. Boone Tennis Complex.

Rochus, ranked No. 148 and seeded second in the men's field, wasn't pleased with the result.

"His serve was really good," he said. "And I had so many double faults; I was giving him everything."

Ward said the last time the two men met, in Dallas earlier this year, he was the one on the losing end.

"I knew I had to be mentally tough and not make too many mistakes," he said. "I had to keep with my plan and today it worked."

■ Rising sophomore Nadia Ravita, the last remaining player with UK ties remaining in singles qualifying, lost 7-5, 3-6, 6-1 to the No. 5-ranked women's college player in the country, Lauren Herring.

Former UK standouts Eric Quigley and Alex Musialek are already in the main draw and will play Tuesday. Quigley will face Canada's Peter Polansky and Musialek will play Steven Diez, also a Canadian.


Minor-league baseball

Legends push winning streak to eight

Christian Binford pitched six solid innings to lead the Lexington Legends to their eighth straight victory, 7-3 against the host Greenville Drive. Binford gave up five hits and had five strikeouts to improve to 6-4 with a 2.00 ERA this season. Outfielder Terrance Gore scored two runs and stole his 54th base of the season.


The last word

Who does DeMarcus Cousins consider to be his best competition to be the big man at Team USA's mini-camp?

"Nobody."

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