Off the wire

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - THE SECOND PAGE -

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.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.