California Chrome heads home
2014 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes winner California Chrome, already scratched from the Royal Ascot, will return from England without running in July 4th's Coral-Eclipse Stakes, either. The bruised foot that ruled him out of the Ascot just won't let him train enough, said Rae Guest, who's hosted the Art Sherman-trained 4-year-old at Newmarket for the past three months. So he'll be sent back to the U.S.
California Chrome's last race was a runner-up finish at the Dubai World Cup in March.
COLLEGE BASEBALLLouisville's McKay receives freshman honor
Baseball America named Louisville pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay their College Freshman of the Year. The left-hander, 9-3 with a 1.77 ERA, also hit .308 with 4 home runs.
Since Dan McDonnell took over as the Cardinals manager, McKay is their first recruit to both start as a pitcher and play regularly as a position player.
Missouri lineman's condition improves
Missouri defensive lineman Harold Brantley has improved to good condition after undergoing surgery on his left leg following a car accident on Sunday.
Rex Sharp, Missouri's associate athletic director for sports medicine, said in a news release Monday that Brantley will undergo knee surgery in three to four weeks to repair ligament damage. Brantley also suffered several rib fractures.
Missouri women's basketball player Madeleine Stock was treated and released for injuries she suffered in the accident.
The university says Brantley's long-term prognosis is good but it's too early to say when he will return to the football team.
Ex-UK employee named Syracuse AD
Boise State Athletic Director Mark Coyle, who in seven years at the University of Kentucky rose to Deputy Director of Athletics in 2010, was named by Syracuse as its new Athletic Director.
Former Syracuse athletic director Daryl Gross stepped down in March shortly after the NCAA finished an eight-year investigation into the basketball and football programs. The NCAA punished men's basketball coach Jim Boeheim and the university for violations which officials said showed the school had lost control of the athletic department. Coyle said he read the NCAA report before accepting the job.
The 70-year-old Boeheim, whose coming season at his alma mater will be his 40th, announced in March that he would coach no longer than three more seasons and that longtime assistant Mike Hopkins is in line to succeed him.
"It's a special place because of its history, its tradition," Coyle said Monday at his introductory news conference after being handed a Syracuse jersey with his name and No. 1 on the back.
Ferry officially done as Hawks' GM
Despite being partially cleared of the racially-tinged comments that led to his indefinite absence, Danny Ferry officially stepped down as general manager of the Atlanta Hawks on Monday.
Ferry took leave of the team in August 2014 after audio was publicized in which he said All-Star Luol Deng had "some African in him." Ferry claimed to have been reading off a third-party scouting report, and an independent investigation commissioned by the team confirmed that the words weren't his.
According to ESPN, Atlanta's Mike Budenholzer, named the NBA's Coach of the Year, will also assume the role of head of operations. Assistant GM Wes Wilcox will take Ferry's place.
■ The Charlotte Hornets won the bid to host the 2017 NBA All-Star game, people familiar with the situation said Monday.
The Hornets have scheduled a press conference for Tuesday that will include NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, team owner Michael Jordan and Charlotte Mayor Dan Clodfelter.
The Charlotte Observer first reported the news.
Kentucky Hall of Fame events this weekend
The Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame holds its annual induction ceremony at the Brown Theatre in Louisville on Friday night.
Entering the Hall of Fame this year are Jacob Tamme from the University of Kentucky, Aaron Jones from Eastern Kentucky, Doug Buffone from Louisville and Gil Mains from Murray State.
Tickets are available for $25 by visiting www.kentuckycenter.org and clicking on "Calendar."
The Hall of Fame is also conducting a four-man golf scramble Friday morning. Attendees will have an opportunity to see some of the NFL's greatest players from Kentucky or join them for a round of golf. To register, call (859) 276-3488.
Saturday's induction ceremony begins at 7 p.m.
Proceeds from the events will support the Kosair Children's Hospital's congenital heart center.
Isiah Thomas denied ownership, for now
The WNBA and New York Liberty have agreed to suspend Isiah Thomas' ownership application indefinitely.
"The process will resume at a future time as determined by the Liberty," said the statement from the WNBA.
A former Knicks team president, Thomas was the subject of a sexual harrassment lawsuit by a former Madison Square Garden employee. The suit cost over $11 million, but the Hall of Fame player maintained his innocence and said he was never found personally liable. Even after the settlement, Knicks and Liberty owner James Dolan kept Thomas in an unspecified role with the NBA team.
The last word
Dodgers pitcher Brandon McCarthy, via his Twitter account, on allegations that the Cardinals hacked the Astros' player database:
"In keeping with baseball tradition, a Houston exec should walk into the St. Louis offices and hit their best front office guy with a fastball."