Dominguez wins 5 races, including 3 stakes, at Aqueduct
Jockey Ramon Dominguez celebrated his 36th birthday with three stakes wins at Aqueduct on Saturday, including a thrilling victory for Stay Thirsty by a nose over the filly Groupie Doll in the $350,000 Cigar Mile. Dominguez also brought home Overanalyze in the $250,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds and Dance Card in the $350,000 Gazelle for 3-year-old fillies.
Dominguez wasn't the only one celebrating a stakes hat trick. The team of trainer Todd Pletcher and owner Mike Repole also sent out three winners: Stay Thirsty, Overanalyze and Unlimited Budget in the $250,000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies with John Velazquez aboard.
Dominguez, Aqueduct's leading rider, finished with five wins on the afternoon.
Stay Thirsty went out a winner in his final race. The 4-year-old will be retired to stud with a record of five wins in 17 starts. The Cigar Mile was his first victory since the 2011 Travers Stakes at Saratoga, and he needed an all out effort to edge Groupie Doll, the lone filly in the five-horse field.
Fresh from her win in the Breeders' Cup Filly & Mare Sprint, Groupie Doll was the even-money favorite. She battled her way to the front in the stretch, only to be nailed at the finish line in the photo finish. "Groupie Doll was game," Dominguez said. "She was hard to get by."
Overanalyze also won by a nose in the Remsen for his third win in five starts, holding off Normandy Invasion. The 8-5 favorite, Overanalyze paid $5.50 to win and earned 10 points under the new qualifying system to determine starters in next year's Kentucky Derby.
McIlroy, Donald tied for lead in Dubai
Rory McIlroy sank a short birdie putt on the 18th hole Saturday to remain tied with Luke Donald as the world's two top-ranked golfers pulled three shots clear of a star-studded field after the third round of the Dubai World Championship.
The top-ranked McIlroy, who has already wrapped up the European and PGA Tour money titles, struggled early when he bogeyed the first hole and missed several makeable birdie putts. But he improved on the back nine, sinking a 30-foot eagle putt on 14 to go with three birdies for a 6-under 66. Donald also had a 66 and is tied with McIlory with a 17-under total of 199.
"I've done a majority of my scoring this week on the back nine and that's the way it went today," McIlroy said. "Took me a few holes to adjust. But once I got comfortable, I started to hit some good shots and give myself opportunities for birdies."
Durant scores 37 in Thunder win
Kevin Durant scored 37 points, Russell Westbrook had 30 and the Oklahoma City Thunder beat the Philadelphia 76ers 116-109 in overtime Saturday night.
Serge Ibaka added 18 points for the defending Western Conference champions, who've won nine of 11 to go to 10-4.
Thad Young had a season-high 29 points and career-high 15 rebounds, and Evan Turner scored 26 points for Philadelphia, which has lost two in a row after winning three straight.
Jeff Teague had 19 points and 11 assists, Zaza Pachulia added 19 points and 12 rebounds, and the Atlanta Hawks won their fifth straight game with a 104-93 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday night.
Blake Griffin scored 22 points and Chris Paul had 19 for the Clippers. Los Angeles has lost a season-high three consecutive games after winning six in a row.
Lou Williams finished with 18 points and Josh Smith added 17 for Atlanta.
'Macho' Camacho dies in Puerto Rico
Former championship boxer Hector "Macho" Camacho died Saturday at the hospital in Puerto Rico where he has been unconscious since he was shot in the face in an attack in his hometown of San Juan. Camacho went into cardiac arrest in the pre-dawn hours and he was then taken off life support and died shortly thereafter, said Dr. Ernesto Torres, the director of the Centro Medico trauma center.
Camacho's mother, Maria Matias, said Friday night that she had supported removing him from life support after his three sons had arrived from the U.S. mainland and had a chance to see their father for the last time. They managed to visit him before he died, said former pro boxer Victor "Luvi" Callejas, a longtime friend.
"The family is destroyed," Callejas said outside the hospital.
Doctors had declared Camacho brain dead on Thursday. Matias had said she decided it was time for doctors to disconnect life support over the objections of the boxer's eldest son, Hector Jr., because there was no chance of recovery.
"I lost my son three days ago. He's alive only because of a machine," she said Friday night. "My son is not alive. My son is only alive for the people who love him," she added.
The last word
Kansas City Chiefs Coach Romeo Crennel is one of the few coaches in the NFL with some success against Peyton Manning, having gone 6-3 in matchups against him. All six of those wins came when Crennel was defensive coordinator with New England from 2001-04. As head coach of the Cleveland Browns, Crennel was 0-2 against Manning, but the losses were by scores of 13-6 in 2005 and 10-6 in 2008. And in Crennel's only matchup as defensive coordinator of the Chiefs against Manning, the Colts prevailed 19-9 at Indianapolis in 2010. Still, Crennel could only think of one way to rattle the future Hall of Fame quarterback:
"It's very hard to surprise him. I might be able to throw 12 guys out there, and that might surprise him."