NCAA investigators talk to principal about UK recruit Noel
The NCAA sent two members of its enforcement staff to Everett, Mass., to inquire about Nerlens Noel, who is the country's top basketball recruit and has committed to play at Kentucky, the New York Times reported on its Web site Tuesday.
Noel, a 6-foot-10 shot-blocking specialist, is in his final year of high school at a New Hampshire boarding school.
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Cindi Merrill and Frank Smith, assistant directors of enforcement with the NCAA, went to Everett High School on Tuesday to meet with school officials about Noel, who spent his freshman and sophomore years there.
The Everett High School principal, Louis Baldi, said the meeting lasted an hour and 15 minutes and centered on "concerns we had as adults" for Noel. He said the conversation was similar to one he had with a reporter in February about Noel's background and the people surrounding him.
"I didn't get any sense," Baldi said when asked about the conversation's tone. "It was a conversation, very collegial. That was really it. They didn't ask me any investigative-type questions."
Zenyatta in foal again, this time to Tapit
Zenyatta is pregnant with her second foal at Lane End's Farm in Versailles. The superstar mare's owners, Jerry and Ann Moss, announced on Facebook and Twitter on Tuesday that an ultrasound showed Zenyatta in foal after being bred to Tapit. Tapit is the sire of 2011 juvenile champion Hansen, who finished ninth in Saturday's Kentucky Derby just like his father did in the 2004 race.
The pregnancy period for a Thoroughbred lasts about 11 months.
Zenyatta, a former horse of the year, won 19 of 20 career races before retiring in November 2010. She gave birth to a colt sired by Bernardini in March after having an earlier miscarriage with the 2006 Preakness winner. That colt does not have a name yet.
I'll Have Another 'doing fantastic'
Kentucky Derby winner I'll Have Another was settled into his new home in Barn D at Pimlico Race Course on Tuesday morning. He was limited to light exercise. "He walked this morning for about 15 or 20 minutes," assistant trainer Jack Sisterson said. "He was just taking it all in and looking around. He's feeling good."
"He looks like he never ran," Sisterson said. "He's eaten everything up. He wants to get out of the barn. He's quiet once he's in there, but once he's out, it's like, 'OK, I want to go out to the track now.' That's something we want to see. After a race, especially one like the Kentucky Derby, you're always wondering if it has taken something out of him, but he's doing fantastic."
Sisterson said the colt may go to the track to jog Wednesday morning after the renovation break at 8:30 a.m.
■ Creative Cause, who finished fifth in the Kentucky Derby is likely to run in the Preakness, trainer Mike Harrington said Tuesday. "We're planning on it; we've got the flight booked," Harrington said. "We have to see how he bounces back."
■ Teeth of the Dog, who had been pointed to Saturday's Grade II Peter Pan at Belmont Park, was instead confirmed for a start in the Preakness. The son of Bluegrass Cat finished third in his stakes debut in the Grade I Wood Memorial at Aqueduct on April 7. "He came out of the Wood fine and has done well," trainer Michael Matz said.
Jockey Albarado enters not guilty plea
Suspended jockey Robby Albarado worries his racing career could be at risk as he fights an assault charge that sidelined the veteran rider for the two biggest racing days at Churchill Downs, his attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Scott Barton entered a not guilty plea for Albarado. The jockey did not attend.
Albarado was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree assault. He was accused of accosting a woman who said she was trying to break up with him. Last spring, the jockey faced a domestic dispute charge.
Churchill stewards suspended him indefinitely from the famed Louisville track, where he is third on the all-time jockey wins list.
Judge Ann Bailey Smith set a trial date for July 18.
"I think once the facts come out, everyone will see that he is absolutely not guilty," Barton told reporters. "I think ultimately everything is going to be fine, but ... he's not racing right now. That's his livelihood. He's absolutely concerned about that."
Derby TV ratings up over last year
The Kentucky Derby's television viewership was up from last year. Saturday's race earned a 9.0 rating and 20 share on NBC. The network said Tuesday that was a 6 percent increase from 2011.
Bats Cats travel to Bloomington to play IU
The Indiana-Kentucky basketball and football series have come to an end for the time being, but fans interested in a border battle can focus their attentions on baseball Wednesday. Kentucky (37-11) visits Bloomington for a non-conference game against Indiana (24-24).
The Hoosiers have won six of their past seven games and are in second place in the Big Ten Conference.
Kentucky, 22-2 in non-conference games this season, is ranked No. 7 in the nation by Baseball America. The Wildcats are coming off a series defeat at the hands of No. 6 Florida. UK lost the first two games, before rebounding for a 2-1 win Saturday.
Freshman right-hander Chandler Shepherd (3-0, 4.17 ERA) of Lawrence County is scheduled to start for Kentucky. The Hoosiers are expected to counter with sophomore right-hander Ryan Halstead (3-2, 5.61 ERA).
UK leads the all-time series with Indiana 17-15, having won three of the past four meetings.
Brodeur, Devils eliminate Flyers
Bryce Salvador, David Clarkson and Ilya Kovalchuk scored goals to lift New Jersey to a 3-1 Game 5 win over the Philadelphia Flyers on Tuesday night, sending the Devils into the Eastern Conference finals for the first time since 2003.
Martin Brodeur was strong in goal and has the Devils back in position to win their fourth Stanley Cup. The Devils await the winner of the New York Rangers-Washington Capitals series. The Devils rebounded this season under Coach Peter DeBoer after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 1996.
The sixth-seeded Devils scored twice in the first period and became the first East team to win four straight games in these playoffs.
Leaf pleads guilty to stealing painkillers
Former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf pleaded guilty to charges that he broke into a Montana home and illegally possessed painkillers, part of a deal with prosecutors that recommends he spend nine months in a secure drug treatment facility.
■ The Texans signed kicker Shayne Graham. The 34-year-old Graham has played for a dozen NFL teams in his career. He played for Cincinnati from 2003-09 and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2005 when he made 28 of 32 field-goal attempts.
The last word
Hunter Mahan on Tiger Woods:
"His problem isn't his swing. It's just playing golf. And that's everyone's problem."