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Sports briefs: Dec. 20

Weather pushes back NFL games, postpones several college events

Several sporting events from NFL games to harness races were postponed Saturday as a winter storm swept across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, dumping more than a foot of snow in some areas.

In Philadelphia, the Eagles-49ers game on Sunday was pushed back to 4:15 p.m. from 1 p.m., and the Bears-Ravens game in Baltimore also was pushed back to the late-afternoon slot.

The Bears' flight already was delayed — they hoped to leave Friday night, but never got off the ground. Travel across the region was crippled, and the storm caused widespread power outages.

Forecasts called for up to 20 inches of snow across the region, and authorities in Virginia said three people were killed by the storm. In Ohio, two people were killed in accidents on snow-covered roads hit by the same storm system.

Several college basketball games were postponed, too. Virginia's home game against UNC-Wilmington was put off until later in the season, even though the Seahawks were already in Charlottesville. Athletics Director Craig Littlepage said the school didn't want to make fans come out in heavy snow on slick roads.

In Washington, a men's game between Maryland-Baltimore County and American was rescheduled to Sunday, and George Washington's women's game against Mount St. Mary's also was postponed but hadn't been rescheduled yet. Georgetown postponed its women's game against Jacksonville State to later in the season.

New Jersey's Freehold Raceway canceled its live harness-racing card and simulcast wagering, saying it planned to reopen on Sunday, when only simulcasting is scheduled.


Reds give Rolen 2-year extension

Scott Rolen agreed to a two-year contract extension with the Cincinnati Reds through the 2012 season, an indication of how much they value the 34-year-old third baseman as a clubhouse leader. Rolen had one season left on an eight-year, $90 million deal that he signed with St. Louis. He will get $11 million next year, one of four Reds players scheduled to make that much. Cincinnati is trying to trade at least one of them to lower the payroll.

"Scott's signing is an indication of his feelings toward the club and the direction we're taking," Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty said in a statement. "He wants to stay here and, hopefully, he can end his career as a Red."

Rolen, a lifetime .284 hitter, will be 37 when he finishes his contract in 2012. Because of various injuries, he has averaged only 111 games per season since 2005.

The Reds got Rolen in a trade with Toronto last July, giving up third baseman Edwin Encarnacion and pitchers Josh Roenicke and Zach Stewart to get a clubhouse leader. Rolen batted .270 with three homers and 24 RBI in 40 games for the Reds.


Phelps, U.S. trounce Europeans in Duel

Michael Phelps helped his American team trounce a group of European All-Stars in the Duel in the Pool, anchoring a relay to one of the eight world records the United States set over the two-day meet in Manchester, England, that ended Saturday.

The U.S. team won 185-78 in the last major meet before the Jan. 1 ban on high-tech polyurethane suits.

Phelps, who already has reverted to wearing an old-style textile suit, anchored the U.S. victory in the 400-meter freestyle relay in a world-record time of three minutes, 3.3 seconds, but he didn't fare well in the individual races. In the 200 butterfly, the 14-time Olympic champion lost by a body length to Michael Rock of Britain, who was wearing a high-tech suit. And in the 200 freestyle, Phelps slumped to third. His only individual victory was Friday in the 100 butterfly.

"I'm disappointed a little bit because I would like to have swum a little faster, but this is more of a team event than anything else," Phelps said. "I'm not in great shape, and I know what I have to do to improve. I'd rather lose a race now than when it really counts."

Two world records were set by American women Saturday. Julia Smit clocked 2:04.6 to win the 200 individual medley. Rebecca Soni, who took down the 200 breaststroke record Friday, repeated the feat in the 100 by timing 1:02.7.

Horse racing

Baffert's Lookin At Lucky wins CashCall

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert capped a four-win day with a record fifth victory by probable 2-year-old champion Lookin At Lucky in Saturday's $750,000 CashCall Futurity at Hollywood Park.

Baffert, who saddled eventual Kentucky Derby runner-up Pioneerof the Nile to win his fourth Futurity in 2008, broke the record he shared with D. Wayne Lukas as Lookin At Lucky covered 11⁄16 miles on Cushion Track in 1:43.30 under jockey Garrett Gomez to finish three-quarters of a length clear of Noble's Promise.

The victory was the fifth in six starts for Lookin At Lucky a son of Smart Strike. He settled nicely just back of The Program on the backstretch as his stablemate set the fractions.

Lookin At Lucky paid a mere $2.60, matching the record low Futurity win mutuel set by Point Given in 2000. The winner's share of $400,000 boosted his earnings to $1,243,000.

Rapid Racer wins Gowell Stakes

Rapid Racer stalked a fast pace before getting clear by 13/4 lengths to win in the $50,000 Gowell Stakes on Saturday at Turfway Park, her first career stakes victory. Jockey John McKee guided the filly to victory for trainer Paul McGee with the win in the 6-furlong sprint for 2-year-old fillies. Henry's Posse was second, 43/4 lengths ahead of Offlee Funny. Rapid Racer has two wins and a second in four career starts for earnings of $64,621.


Bradley Open entry forms available

The 31st Bradley Open Tournament will be from Jan. 9-10 at Collins Bowling Centers-Eastland. The scratch singles event is open to the first 264 entries, and the entry fee is $200. First prize is $4,000 and a paid entry to the 2011 United States Bowling Congress Masters Tournament. Entry forms are available at either Collins center. For information, call Eastland at (859) 252-3429.

The last word

Bucks center Andrew Bogut was called for a foul on Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Wednesday night. Bryant converted the three-point play before sinking a buzzer-beater for the win in overtime. Afterward, Bogut was asked about the foul:

"If I gave you my honest opinion, I'd probably get fined."