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Sports briefs: June 1

High schools

Former Bengal Collinsworth to coach Highlands receivers

NFL analyst Cris Collinsworth will coach the Highlands High School wide receivers this fall, the former Cincinnati Bengals star announced on his Twitter account Tuesday morning.

Highlands Coach Dale Mueller confirmed Collinsworth's announcement to Cincinnati.com later in the day.

Collinsworth is the lead analyst on NBC's Sunday Night Football. He said the ongoing NFL lockout opened the door for him to explore coaching. "I am so convinced that the NFL will not start on time, that I have taken a job as the receivers coach at Highlands High School. Start today," Collinsworth tweeted.

A short time later, Collinsworth linked to a post on FootballProsLive.com, where he is a contributing writer, to further explain his plans. "Dale Mueller called to ask if I would be interested in coaching wide receivers. I laughed," Collinsworth wrote. "He said he was serious. The pay wasn't much (zero), but he promised I would have fun."

Collinsworth's son, Jac, is a receiver for Highlands.

"I just got the playbook, and I feel like a first-year rookie all over again," Collinsworth continued. "The plays are scrambled eggs in my brain, and I feel a little anxious. But, I love coaching. I coached many of these kids in the junior football league, and they always kept me entertained."

Riley leaves Warren Central, joins WKU

Tim Riley, Warren Central High School's boys' basketball coach for the past 14 years, has stepped down from the job and taken a job as an assistant coach for Western Kentucky's women's basketball team. Riley led Warren Central to a state championship in 2004 and to a runner-up finish in the Sweet Sixteen in 2005.

"It's been a great run for the last 14 years," Riley told the Daily News of Bowling Green on Tuesday. "To win eight regional championships and be associated with so many great kids, it's something I'm very proud of. ... I'll always miss being at Warren Central, I always will."

Western Kentucky also added former Lady Toppers guard Camryn Whitaker to head coach Mary Taylor Cowles' staff. The Cynthiana native was an assistant at Missouri State last season.

Track and Field

Bolt wins 100 in 9.91 seconds

Usain Bolt remained unbeaten in two races this season, winning the 100 meters in 9.91 seconds Tuesday at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic. But he was unhappy with his time.

He pulled away from fellow Jamaican Steve Mullings to match his time in Rome last week. Mullings finished in 9.97 for second place, and Daniel Bailey of Antigua was third in 10.08.

The race was held with a slight headwind, but Bolt said he had expected to improve on his performance in Rome, where he edged Jamaican rival Asafa Powell. "My time, 9.91, is not bad, but it could be better," Bolt said. "I expected faster time.

"I'm just coming back from injury. It was just my second race in nine, 10 months. I just never come out and run 9.8 or 9.7. It's not going to happen. I'm taking a step at a time, a race at a time."

Veronica Campbell-Brown turned in a personal-best and world-leading time of 10.76 in the women's 100. Campbell-Brown is a two-time Olympic champion in the 200, but she looks likely to also be a contender in the shorter sprint at the worlds.

Horse racing

Belmont hopeful Prime Cut works

Prime Cut, considered possible to run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11, worked 5 furlongs in 1:03.60 at Churchill Downs on Tuesday. Exercise rider Dane Noel was in the saddle for trainer Neil Howard as the 3-year-old son of Bernstein covered the distance over a fast track in fractional splits of :13.40, :26.00 and :38.20 and galloped out 6 furlongs in 1:16.40.

Prime Cut finished third in his most recent start behind Alternation in Belmont's Grade II Peter Pan and was runner-up to Derby Kitten in the Grade II Coolmore Lexington at Keeneland prior to that.


Six horses die in Pennsylvania barn fire

An early morning barn fire in eastern Pennsylvania killed six horses that were "on the short list" for the 2012 Olympics, according to farm owner Evie Dutton. The blaze erupted around 12:30 a.m. Tuesday at True Prospect Farm in West Marlborough Township, about 35 miles southwest of Philadelphia.

Dutton, who owns the farm with her husband, rider Phillip Dutton, said the barn was leased to Boyd Martin, an internationally-known trainer and rider in three-day eventing. Evie Dutton told the Philadelphia Inquirer that the horses who died were Call Me Ollie, Charla, Ariel, Phantom Pursuit, Cagney Herself and Summer Breeze.

Martin rode another of his horses, Remington XXV, to a ninth-place finish at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event in Lexington in April. He guided Neville Bardos to a 10th-place finish at last year's World Equestrian Games at the Kentucky Horse Park.


Thrashers leave Atlanta for Winnipeg

First, the Flames. Now, the Thrashers.

The struggling NHL franchise was sold Tuesday to a group that will move it to Winnipeg next season, making Atlanta the first city in the league's modern era to lose two teams.

The Flames left for Calgary in 1980. The Thrashers are following them to Canada three decades later.

■ Center Manny Malhotra is unlikely to return from his career-threatening eye injury when the Vancouver Canucks open the Stanley Cup Finals against the Boston Bruins on Wednesday night. Malhotra was hit in the left eye by a deflected puck on March 16 and has since undergone at least two surgeries.

The last word

Golfer Paul Goydos is amused when he hears people say he gets the most out of his game:

"I'm not sure exactly what that means, quite frankly. The guy asked me, 'Who gets the most out of his game?' I go, 'Tiger Woods.' The guy won 71 tournaments, 14 majors. If he's not getting a lot out of his game ... my God."