Off the wire
HORSE RACING Accelerate stuns Arrogate
Accelerate, the 7-1 second betting choice under jockey Victor Espinoza, went to the lead and never looked back en route to an 8½-length victory in the Grade II San Diego Handicap at Del Mar, spoiling the return of Arrogate, the top-rated horse in the world. Arrogate, returning from a four-month layoff, stunningly finished fourth under jockey Mike Smith, ending a seven-race victory streak. Arrogate, last early in the field of five, finished 15¼ lengths back. Accelerate ($17.80, $32.60, $22), trained by John Sadler, was timed in 1:42.15 for the 1 1/16thmile race. Donworth ($119.80, $67.40) and Cat Burglar ($38.20) ran second and third. Arrogate, carrying 126 pounds, came into the race 2-0 in 2017, winning the $12 million Pegasus World Cup in January and the $10 million Dubai World Cup in his last start on March 25.
Lady Eli perseveres
Lady Eli won the Grade I $500,000 Diana Stakes at Saratoga Race Course despite a shaky start when she broke through the starting gate and a steward’s inquiry after drifting in during the stretch run at Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Lady Eli, a 5-year-old mare ridden by Irad Ortiz Jr., she chased down pacesetter Quidura, and 123-pound highweight Lady Eli collected her fifth grade 1 victory.
GOLF Stallings solid in Alabama
Scott Stallings birdied the final hole for an 11-under 60 and a onestroke lead Saturday in the PGA Tour’s Barbasol Championship at Opelika, Ala. Stallings’ 12-foot putt on the par-4 18th caught the right edge and dropped in for the second 60 in two days at Grand National’s rain-softened Lake Course. Stallings birdied the final three holes. He had an eagle, 10 birdies and a bogey to tie the course record set last year by Jhonattan Vegas and matched by Chad Collins on Friday. Stalling had the lowest round of his PGA Tour career and broke the tournament 54-hole record at 19-under 194. He won the last of his three tour titles in 2014. Grayson Murray was second after his second consecutive 64. Collins followed his 60 with a 69 to drop into a tie for third with former Arkansas Razorback Tag Ridings (63) at 17 under. Rory Sabbatini shot a 62 to jump from 54th to a tie for 14th at 11 under. Jim Furyk, the only player to shoot two sub-60 rounds in PGA Tour history, had his second consecutive 68 to get to 8 under. The 47-year-old U.S. Ryder Cup captain is playing the event after failing to qualify for the British Open.
Nelly Korda leads Marathon
Nelly Korda birdied the final two holes for a 5-under 66 and a two-stroke lead Saturday in the Marathon Classic in Sylvania, Ohio. Korda, 18, the sister of LPGA Tour winner Jessica Korda and daughter of tennis major champion Petr Korda, had a 15-under 198 total at Highland Meadows. She opened with a 68 and had a 64 on Friday, the best score in the second round. In-Kyung Kim was second after a 68. Gerina Piller, the leader after each of the first two rounds, had a 70 to drop into a tie for third at 12 under with U.S. Women’s Open champion Sung Hyun Park (67), Lexi Thompson (69), Sandra Changkija (65), Aditi Ashok (68) and Peiyun Chien (69). Emily Tubert (Arkansas Razorbacks) is nine strokes off the pace (-6) and is in a tie for 24th. Stacy Lewis (Razorbacks) stands at -2 for the tournament and in a tie for 48th.
Ryder opens big lead
Sam Ryder shot a 9-under 62 on Saturday to open a seven-stroke lead at the Web.Com Tour’s Pinnacle Bank Championship at the Club at Indian Creek in Omaha, Neb. Ryder (17-under 196) leads four others at 10 under. Austin Cook (Jonesboro, Arkansas Razorbacks) is at 9 under, one stroke ahead of Andrew Landry (Razorbacks) and Sebastian Cappelen (Razorbacks). Zack Fischer (Little Rock) is at 4-under 209, while Matt Atkins (Henderson State) stands at 1-under 212.
Texan wins U.S. Amateur
Noah Goodwin rallied to beat Matthew Wolff 1 up in 100-degree heat Saturday in the U.S. Junior Amateur final in Andover, Kan., to become the third player to win a year after losing the title match. Goodwin, from Corinth, Texas, was four holes down with eight to play at Flint Hills National before pulling off the second-biggest comeback in tournament history. The match ended when Wolff conceded Goodwin’s 6-foot birdie putt on the par-5 36th. Wolff drove left into the water hazard and was facing a putt for double bogey. Goodwin plans to graduate from high school early and enroll at SMU in January. Wolff, from Agoura Hills, Calif., will be a freshman at Oklahoma State. Last year, Goodwin fell 2 and 1 to Australia’s Min Woo Lee at The Honors Course in Tennessee. Mason Rudolph (1950) and Tim Straub (1983) also won a year after falling in the title match.
TENNIS Roddick, Clijsters to Hall
Andy Roddick said jokingly that he can now keep Roger Federer from a unanimous selection for the International Tennis Hall of Fame. As a new inductee, Roddick gets to vote on future candidates. He jested ahead of his enshrinement Saturday that he’ll use it to get back at Federer, who stood in his way during at least four Grand Slam finals. Roddick joins inductees Kim Clijsters, six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman and journalist and historian Steve Flink. Tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden was to be inducted posthumously. Roddick won one Grand Slam and lost to Federer in the finals four times. He said he doesn’t ask himself what would have happened if he hadn’t come along at the same time of perhaps the greatest player. He said the first text he got when he woke up Saturday was from Federer. “He makes it extremely hard not to like him as a person,” Roddick said.
Ex-Hog Doohan dies
Former tennis professional Peter Doohan, whose best-known victory was over Boris Becker at Wimbledon in 1987, has died at 56, Tennis Australia said in a statement Saturday. Doohan was diagnosed nine weeks ago with a particularly aggressive form of motor neurone disease. On July 1, the Australian celebrated the 30th anniversary of his victory over Becker in the second round at Wimbledon, which was then considered one of the biggest upsets in the tournament’s history. It was the earliest defeat by a defending men’s champion in 20 years. Becker was the top seed and two-time defending champion while Doohan was ranked 70 after beginning the year ranked 301. He won 7-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4, earning the nickname “the Becker Wrecker.” Doohan won one ATP singles title and five doubles titles, and reached a best singles ranking of 43 and a doubles ranking of 15 before he retired in 1996. Before turning pro, Doohan played at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where he won an NCAA doubles title with Pat Serret and made All-American.
FOOTBALL Jaguars’ CBs out
The Jacksonville Jaguars could be down two cornerbacks, including starter Jalen Ramsey, when they open training camp Thursday. The team placed Ramsey (core muscle) and nickel cornerback Aaron Colvin (foot) on the physically unable to perform list Saturday. Both players reported to the facility with injuries Friday. Ramsey started every game as a rookie last season and finishing with 65 tackles.
BASKETBALL MVP Moore paces West
Maya Moore scored 23 points, reigning league MVP Nneka Ogwumike added 22 points and the West outlasted the East 130-121 in the WNBA All-Star Game on Saturday in Seattle. The veteran West squad with 55 total All-Star Game selections on its roster, pulled away after a close first half. Moore made 9 of 17 shots, including five three-pointers.
VOLLEYBALL Walsh Jennings hurt
Five-time Olympian Kerri Walsh Jennings injured her shoulder during the semifinals of a beach volleyball tournament in Poland and forfeited the bronze medal match. Walsh Jennings and new partner Nicole Branagh were tied in the third set of their match against Canada on Saturday when Walsh Jennings dove for the ball with her right arm and twisted her hand in the sand. After a four-minute delay, Canada went on to win the third set 16-14 and advance to the gold medal match.