Source: Breeders' Cup will be hosted by Santa Anita in 2012
A person familiar with the decision says the 2012 Breeders' Cup will be held at Santa Anita Park in Arcadia, Calif. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Breeders' Cup has not announced the host track for next year's event.
This year's two-day event will be held for a second consecutive year at Churchill Downs on Nov. 4-5. The Breeders' Cup features 15 races worth $25 million in prize money. Also in the running for the 2012 Breeders' Cup were Belmont Park in New York and Churchill Downs.
Breeders' Cup president Craig Fravel would not confirm the 2012 site, saying only that invitations to a "special announcement" luncheon Wednesday in Los Angeles have been sent.
■ Star British racehorse Canford Cliffs is being retired to stud after a career that included five Group One victories. Trainer Richard Hannon said the 4-year-old horse has a leg injury, and it was decided to end his career rather than risk further problems. He is set to stand at Coolmore Stud in Ireland. Hannon said Thursday "it's a terrible shame — it's heartbreaking, but I don't want to see him end up with a bad injury." Canford Cliffs lost by 5 lengths to Frankel in the highly anticipated Sussex Stakes at Goodwood on July 27. Canford Cliffs had won his five previous Group One races, including a stunning victory over the great mare Goldikova in the Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot in June.
Union chief doubts there will be season
NBA Players Association executive director Billy Hunter said Wednesday that if he "had to bet on it," he would wager that the entire 2011-12 season would be wiped out by the lockout. "We're $800 million apart per year," Hunter said, adding that NBA commissioner David Stern was being limited in negotiations by hard-line owners.
Asked whether there would be a 2011-12 season, Hunter replied: "If I had to bet on it at this moment, I would probably say no."
The NBA had no immediate response after being apprised of Hunter's comments, spokesman Tim Frank said.
The lockout began July 1. The NBA believes the economic model needs to change because, it says, 22 of its 30 teams are unprofitable. Among other changes, owners want to significantly reduce the players' share of basketball revenue from 57 percent.
Ex-Vols coach offered D-League job
The Texas Legends have made Bruce Pearl an offer and are waiting to see if the former Tennessee coach will take over the reins of the NBA D-League team. Legends owner Donnie Nelson on Thursday presented Pearl with what he labeled the "most aggressive package in D-League history." Reports have put the offer as high as $500,000 per season. Pearl said he would return to Knoxville to talk to his family before making a decision.
Duke-Tennessee among Maui matchups
Duke will face Tennessee in the championship round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational, which is undergoing its first expansion since 1986. Other matchups at the Lahaina Civic Center on Nov. 21 include Michigan vs. Memphis, UCLA facing host Chaminade and Georgetown playing Kansas. The winners meet in the semifinals on Nov. 22, with the championship game on Nov. 23. Duke has won a record four EA Sports Maui Invitationals in as many appearances. For the first time since the field expanded from four to eight teams in 1986, there will be "regional games" that will include four schools — Towson, North Carolina-Greensboro, Belmont and Middle Tennessee State — which will play games on the mainland that will culminate on Nov. 20. Connecticut beat Kentucky 84-67 to win last year's Maui Invitational. The teams went on to meet in the Final Four in Houston four months later with eventual national champion Connecticut winning again, 56-55.
NCAA considers changes in recruiting
The NCAA's Leadership Council wants to deregulate electronic communications as part of an overall overhaul of Division I men's basketball recruiting. The committee says, in a release posted on the NCAA's Web site, it has reached a consensus on several parts of the package. Among possible changes are: Allowing juniors to begin making official visits after the NCAA championship game is played; deregulating the types of communication allowed between coaches and recruits; allowing unlimited communication after Aug. 1 for soon-to-be juniors and allowing two weekend evaluations during non-school related events in April. Those evaluation periods would have some restrictions. The committee has not yet signed off on any summer recruiting changes.
Ballard sophomore commits to U of L
Quentin Snider, who started as a freshman at Ballard High School last season, has committed to play basketball at the University of Louisville, according to a report by Scout.com. It would be U of L's first commitment for the class of 2014.
Transy tops Heartland pre-season poll
The Transylvania volleyball team was picked to win the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship in a pre-season poll of the 10 coaches. The Pioneers, who were 26-8 last season, received seven first-place votes. Coach Casey Dale returns two All-HCAC selections: senior Rebecca Luking and sophomore Katie Ash.
Klinsmann shakes up U.S. roster
Jurgen Klinsmann is mixing it up for his first game as U.S. coach, taking a look at some up-and-coming players and restoring some old faces for the Aug. 10 friendly against Mexico in Philadelphia. Michael Orozco Fiscal, Break Shea, Bill Hamid, Edgar Castillo and Timothy Chandler were among the 22 players Klinsmann selected Thursday for the game against Mexico, a rematch of the disappointing Gold Cup finals that led to Klinsmann's hiring last week. It's the first call-up for goalkeeper Hamid, while the others have made two or fewer appearances for the United States. Klinsmann also brought back DaMarcus Beasley, who hasn't played for the U.S. since the World Cup in South Africa, and one-time phenom Freddy Adu. Veterans Tim Howard, Landon Donovan and captain Carlos Bocanegra also were selected. With the U.S. traveling to Brussels for a Sept. 6 exhibition against Belgium, Klinsmann left several European-based players off his roster, including Clint Dempsey and Jozy Altidore.
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Ex-NBA player arrested at airport
Former NBA player Darius Miles was arrested after guards found him trying to take a loaded gun through security at Lambert Airport in St. Louis, a jail official said Thursday. Miles, 29, was booked then released on Wednesday and no charges have been filed, according to Ginna Jones, a bonding specialist at the St Louis County jail. Miles last played in the NBA in 2009. He was invited to try out for the Charlotte Bobcats in 2010 but did not make the team.
The last word
Nam Ohan, the first Vietnamese-American athlete in the Ultimate Fighting Championship, on his chosen profession:
"If I didn't do this, yeah, I'd probably be a lawyer or an engineer. And, yes, I'd be rich, but I'd absolutely hate my life."