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Sports briefs: Feb. 29

horse racing

Holy Bull winner Algorithmsoff Triple Crown trail with injury

Algorithms, who defeated champion Hansen in the Holy Bull Stakes on Jan. 29, is off the Triple Crown trail with a fractured splint bone in his right front leg, trainer Todd Pletcher announced Tuesday.

The son of Bernardini was scratched from the Fountain of Youth Stakes, where he was the morning-line favorite, when it was discovered he was injured. Follow-up X-rays revealed a fractured splint would have to be surgically removed, ending his connections' hopes for a Triple Crown run. Jack Wolf, one of the principles of Starlight Racing, said, "It's very disappointing he will have to miss the spring classics, but we look forward to having him back in the late summer or early fall. This really is the best long-term option for Algorithms."

Algorithms will be shipped to Ocala Equine Hospital on Wednesday to undergo surgery. Algorithms is unbeaten in three starts.

college baseball

UK's Reed beats Morehead in first start

In his first collegiate start Tuesday, freshman southpaw A.J. Reed allowed only one run in six innings, and Kentucky got two-hit games from freshmen Thomas Bernal and Austin Cousino and a two-RBI day from Luke Maile in the Wildcats' 3-2 victory against Morehead State at Cliff Hagan Stadium.

Reed, a 6-foot-4 235-pounder, gave up four hits and allowed one run for Kentucky (7-0). Cousino hit his Southeastern Conference-leading fifth double of the season. Maile hit a two-run single in the third inning to give UK a lead it wouldn't surrender.

Matt Robertson took the loss for Morehead State (4-5).


Bryant adds concussion to broken nose

Kobe Bryant has a concussion in addition to the broken nose he sustained in the All-Star game. The Lakers said Bryant saw a neurologist on Tuesday and was diagnosed. Bryant was knocked to the floor by Miami star Dwyane Wade, who said Tuesday that he has apologized to Bryant for breaking his nose.

Lamar Odom wasn't with the Mavericks for their first game after the All-Star break Tuesday, and he was expected to miss at least one more game after that. Odom missed the previous game Wednesday, and Coach Rick Carlisle said then that Odom was excused for a family matter. Mavericks owner Mark Cuban refuted rumors of a possible buyout of Odom's contract.


Opener moved to avoid Obama conflict

The NFL is making way for President Barack Obama. Opting to play a game on a Wednesday for the first time in more than 60 years, the NFL will open the regular season on Sept. 5 to avoid conflicting with Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention the next night. The Super Bowl champion Giants will host the Wednesday night opener; their opponent hasn't been announced. The NFL regular season has started on a Thursday since 2002.

■ Linebacker Ahmad Brooks has signed a six-year contract extension with San Francisco. Brooks, 27, was a regular starter for the first time in his six-year career last season for the NFC West champs.

■ The St. Louis Rams are willing to trade the second overall pick of the April draft. CEO Kevin Demoff said Tuesday that the team would make a deal but has not made any commitments.

college football

Tuberville accused of fraud in suit

Texas Tech Coach Tommy Tuberville has been sued in federal court, accused of defrauding investors out of more than $1.7 million in Alabama following his tenure at Auburn. The suit names Tuberville, John David Stroud and eight investment entities as defendants, claiming the two men misappropriated assets and falsified client statements and fund-performance reports as they "unjustly enriched themselves" at the expense of seven plaintiffs.

■ North Carolina State will be without starting linebacker D.J. Green for all of 2012 after he tested positive for a banned substance. Green said he was trying to gain weight and took a supplement given to him by someone from his hometown of Macon, Ga.

■ South Carolina linebacker John Watley has been arrested on burglary charges. Columbia police said Tuesday Watley was arrested when officers responded to a house around 7 a.m. Sunday after two people in the home woke up and found a man inside.


Tester defends handling of Braun sample

The person who collected Ryan Braun's urine samples that tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone said Tuesday he followed the collection program's protocol. Dino Laurenzi Jr. issued a statement confirming he handled the sample submitted following a playoff game on Oct. 1. He said he has been a collector for Comprehensive Drug Testing since 2005 and has taken more than 600 samples for Major League Baseball's drug-testing program.

Braun's 50-game suspension was overturned last week.

Laurenzi said he stored Braun's sample in his basement in accordance with procedure because there was "no FedEx office located within 50 miles of Miller Park that would ship packages that day or Sunday." Braun contends at least five FedEx locations within 5 miles were open until 9 p.m. and there also was a 24-hour location.

Laurenzi said he didn't tamper with the package.

Sports in the courts

Bodog founder among four indicted

The sports gambling site Bodog was shut down, and four Canadians were indicted, including founder Calvin Ayre, for illegal gambling that generated more than $100 million in winnings, federal prosecutors announced Tuesday.

The Web site's domain name was seized Monday and the indictments were unveiled Tuesday in Baltimore. Gamblers in Maryland and elsewhere were sent a least $100 million by wire and check from 2005 to 2012, the U.S. Attorney's office said. The operation allegedly moved funds from Bodog's accounts located in Switzerland, England, Malta, Canada and elsewhere to pay winnings to gamblers. The four Canadians face up to five years in prison for conducting an illegal gambling business and 20 years for money laundering.

"Sports betting is illegal in Maryland, and federal law prohibits bookmakers from flouting that law simply because they are located outside the country," said U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein.

Sports on tv

Driver, Navratilova to show off moves

Donald Driver and Martina Navratilova will represent athletes who dare to dance publicly on this season's Dancing with the Stars. Navratilova, the winner of 18 Grand Slam tennis singles titles, is still an athletic marvel at age 55. Driver, the Green Bay Packers' affable wide receiver, joins a long line of football-playing dancer-wannabes such as Chad Ochocinco, Jerry Rice, Michael Irvin and Emmitt Smith.

The last word

Golf Digest began releasing excerpts Tuesday of the book written by Tiger Woods' former swing coach, Hank Haney. In one excerpt, Haney said Woods was seriously considering becoming a Navy SEAL. Woods' father, Earl, was a green beret in the Army.

"I didn't know how he'd go about it, but when he talked about it, it was clear he had a plan. I thought, 'Wow, here is Tiger Woods, greatest athlete on the planet, maybe the greatest athlete ever, right in the middle of his prime, basically ready to leave it all behind for a military life.' "