Agent says Velazquez broke collarbone in spill at Churchill
The agent for John Velazquez said the jockey broke his right collarbone in a spill at Churchill Downs.
Angel Cordero Jr. said Velazquez was expected to be released from a hospital in Louisville on Sunday, the track said in a release. Cordero said the jockey might have injured his kidney in the accident Saturday. His mount, Mr. Producer, broke down and Velazquez was thrown forward and kicked while on the ground by a trailing horse. Mr. Producer was euthanized.
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Velazquez, who rode Union Rags to victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, will be inducted into the racing Hall of Fame in August. He is based in New York and was at Churchill to ride Wise Dan in the Grade I Stephen Foster Handicap. The horse finished second before Velazquez was hurt in the ninth race.
Tomlinson to sign with Chargers, retire
LaDainian Tomlinson's brilliant NFL career will officially end when he ceremoniously rejoins the San Diego Chargers for a day.
The Chargers said Sunday that Tomlinson, who was the NFL MVP in 2006 with San Diego and is the fifth-leading rusher in league history, will re-sign with the team on Monday and then announce his retirement.
Tomlinson was drafted in the first round by San Diego in 2001 and became one of the biggest stars in team history, helping revive the Chargers after the devastating Ryan Leaf years and turning them into a force in the AFC West. He spent the first nine years of his career in San Diego. He played the last two seasons with the New York Jets.
Tomlinson won the MVP in '06, when he set NFL single-season records with 31 touchdowns, including 28 rushing, and 186 points. He ran for a career-high 1,815 yards that year, giving him the first of two straight league rushing titles.
Haas upsets Federer in finals in Germany
Wild card Tommy Haas defeated five-time champion Roger Federer 7-6 (5), 6-4 to win the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for the second time Sunday.
"If someone had told me beforehand that I'd win the title here against probably the greatest player of all time, I would not have believed it," said Haas, who has been ranked as high as No. 2 in the world but struggled with injuries.
The 87th-ranked Haas, the oldest player in the singles draw at 34, recovered from losing his serve in the first game by winning the opening set in a tiebreaker and then getting the decisive break in the ninth game of the second set.
"I'm very impressed with how he played today," Federer said of his good friend. "Tommy deserved to win."
Haas beat Federer in two of their first three meetings early in their careers but hadn't defeated the Swiss great in more than a decade, losing their last nine matchups.
"It was a long time coming since I had the chance to get to that point," said Haas, who started the season outside the top 200.
"It's my 13th title. ... It's probably up there (as the best), if not the sweetest one, especially considering the injuries."
Wigger runner-up in LPGA Futures event
Former Assumption star Leah Wigger finished second to Kristie Smith by three shots in the Symetra Tour event in Decatur, Ill., on Sunday. Smith shot her her third straight bogeyless round to clinch her second career victory on the LPGA's preparatory tour.
The runner-up finish moved Wigger to 11th on the tour's money list. The top 10 players at the end of the season will earn exempt status on the LPGA Tour in 2013.
Former University of Louisville standout Sara Maude Juneau, who finished in a tie for 23rd Sunday, is 10th on the money list.
Florida St. knocks out Stony Brook
Florida State capitalized on a throwing error to score six runs in the third inning, and the Seminoles ended Stony Brook's surprise appearance in the College World Series with a 12-2 victory on Sunday in Omaha, Neb.
Portugal, Germany advance at Euro 2012
Portugal and Germany advanced to the European Championship quarterfinals Sunday, with the tournament's star attraction finally coming alive. Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice, and saw two shots strike the post, in an outstanding display as Portugal came from behind to win 2-1 against the Netherlands. Germany also progressed as Group B winner, beating Denmark 2-1 to complete a perfect three-win record.
The last word
Warren Buffett was an NFL water boy — as an eighth-grader back in 1943 — long before he became a billionaire. Buffett told the Omaha (Neb.) World-Herald:
"My older sister, Doris, dated Dudley (DeGroot) Jr., whose father was the coach of the Redskins. I made a pest of myself. Finally, Dudley Jr. arranged for me to be a water boy. ... I got onto the bench. I got to see Sammy Baugh in the locker room. It was great. Then my sister broke up with Dudley Jr. I was cut immediately."