To Honor and Serve prevailsin Cigar Mile at Aqueduct
To Honor and Serve, the even-money favorite, beat Hymn Book by 1¾ lengths on Saturday in the $250,000 Cigar Mile at Aqueduct in New York. The lone 3-year-old in the field, To Honor and Serve improved to 3-for-3 at the Aqueduct, having won the Remsen and Nashua Stakes last fall.
The Pennsylvania Derby winner is 3-for-7 in 2011 and his Hall of Fame trainer Bill Mott said the colt deserved consideration for the divisional title. "I know they've got to throw him in the mix," Mott said. "People have something new to look at right now. This race against older horses is very important."
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Jose Lezcano was aboard as To Honor and Serve was clocked in 1:33.89. Calibrachoa finished third.
In other Aqueduct stakes, Awesome Feather is now 8-for-8 after an easy win in the $250,000 Gazelle Stakes for 3-year-old fillies. The winner of the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Fillies last season missed most of this season with a tendon injury.
Disposablepleasure overcame a bad stumble at the start to edge Wildcat's Smile by a nose in the $200,000 Demoiselle for 2-year-old fillies. Ramon Dominguez rode for trainer Todd Pletcher as the 6-5 favorite got her second win in four starts.
O'Prado Again pulled a 7-1 upset in the $200,000 Remsen for 2-year-olds. The gray colt got his second win in five starts with Kent Desormeaux aboard for trainer Dale Romans.
9-year-old Musketier wins at Calder
Nine-year-old Musketier held off Simmard by a half-length Saturday in the $150,000 Grade II W.L. McKnight Handicap on the turf at Calder in Miami, and Jimanator took the $100,000 Grade III Fred W. Hooper Handicap.
Vikings rule Peterson out vs. Falcons
Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson was ruled out of Sunday's game because of a sprained left ankle. The Vikings announced Saturday that Peterson had been downgraded on the injury report from doubtful to out and would not travel with the team to Atlanta to play the Falcons. This will be only the fourth game in Peterson's five-year NFL career that he will miss.
Toby Gerhart will be the featured runner in Peterson's place.
■ As expected, Michael Vick and Jeremy Maclin were ruled out for Sunday's game against the Patriots, according to Eagles sources. Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha, who hyperextended his left knee at Thursday's practice, will be a game-time decision.
Former heavyweight contender Lyle dies
Heavyweight contender Ron Lyle, who fought Muhammad Ali for the title in 1975 and later battled George Foreman, died in Denver at age 70. Mr. Lyle died from complications from a sudden stomach ailment, said Ron McKinney, a Salvation Army official in Denver.
McKinney, a family friend who hired Lyle to start the charity's boxing program in 2002, said Mr. Lyle retired from the program last December but continued to work out at the gym every day
"I just saw him yesterday (Friday)," McKinney said. "You looked at him and he looked like he was ready to step into the ring. Shake hands with him, and it's like shaking a piece of steel."
Mr. Lyle made a brief comeback in 1995 at age 54 and hoped to fight Foreman again in a fight jokingly billed as "Old and Older." He hoped for a better result than the 1976 match in which he took a beating from Foreman. He also toyed with the idea of fighting Mike Tyson but neither fight materialized.
High school football
Bowling Green wins battle of unbeatens
Bowling Green rode a wave of first-quarter momentum, crushing John Hardin 62-20 in the Class 5A state semifinals on Friday night. The Purples used three first-quarter turnovers to build a 34-0 lead and cruised from there, clinching their first state title appearance since 2007. Both teams entered the game unbeaten.
Bowling Green (14-0) set the tone defensively, with three turnovers and two three-and-outs on John Hardin's first five possessions.
The Purples' Scooter Hollis was 8-for-11 with 208 yards and three touchdown passes. The scores gave the senior 26 for his career, passing Trent Steelman's school record of 24.
■ Jerrell Wickware's interception with 1:20 to play sealed Franklin-Simpson's 20-15 win Friday over Collins, giving the school its first berth in a football state title game since 1995. Franklin-Simpson will play Highlands for the Class 4A state championship.
■ Glasgow (14-0) racked up 439 rushing yards in a 40-10 win at Murray in the semifinals of the Class 2A football playoffs on Friday, earning its first trip to the state championship since 2000. Senior running back Jalen Sublett ran for 271 yards and two touchdowns on 29 carries.
Ireland grabs lead in World Cup
Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell shot an 8-under 64 in better-ball play Saturday to give Ireland a two-stroke lead in the World Cup in Hainan, China. Americans Gary Woodland and Matt Kuchar (63) were tied for second with Germany's Alex Cejka and Martin Kaymer (61) and South Africa's Charl Schwartzel and Louis Oosthuizen (61).
■ K.T. Kim shot a bogey-free 5-under 67 to take a one-stroke lead over Bubba Watson going into the final round of the Australian PGA in Coolum, Australia.
■ South Africa's Hennie Otto shot a 7-under 65 to take a three-stroke lead in the South African Open in Johannesburg.
Federer to face Tsonga in ATP Finals
Roger Federer reached his 100th career finals, beating David Ferrer 7-5, 6-3 Saturday in the semifinals of the season-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London and gaining the year-end No. 3 ranking. Federer will be looking for his 70th title Sunday when he faces the winner Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. Tsonga beat Tomas Berdych 6-3, 7-5 in the late match, putting the sixth-seeded Frenchman into the finals of this event for the first time, in only his second appearance.
■ Sebastian Vettel, who already has the Formula One championship locked up, set the record for most poles in a season, capturing his 15th at the season-ending Brazilian Grand Prix on Saturday to break Nigel Mansell's 19-year record.
■ The Oakland Athletics hired Chili Davis as hitting coach to complete Bob Melvin's staff heading into 2012. Davis, one of the most accomplished switch-hitters, was a three-time All-Star and won three World Series titles while also playing for the Angels, Twins, Royals and New York Yankees. He is a career .274 hitter with 350 home runs, 1,372 RBIs, 1,240 runs scored and a .451 slugging percentage in 2,436 games.
■ Super heavyweight lifter Vasily Alekseyev, who dominated the sport throughout the 1970s and set 80 world records for the Soviet Union, died. He was 69. Alekseyev was unbeaten from 1970 to 1978, winning two Olympic gold medals and eight world titles. He held the world record of 1,419 pounds for three lifts. The record will stand because the triple competition is no longer held.
The last word
Former Denver Broncos quarterback Jake Plummer on current Broncos QB Tim Tebow:
"I wish he'd just shut up after a game and go hug his teammates. I think that when he accepts the fact that we know that he loves Jesus Christ, then I think I'll like him a little better. I don't hate him because of that. I just would rather not have to hear that every time he takes a good snap or makes a good handoff."