Horse racing Bruise keeps Prado off Gulfstream mounts...

Sports Digest

January 06, 2000

Horse racing

Bruise keeps Prado off Gulfstream mounts; `Appeal' victorious

Edgar Prado, the nation's winningest jockey the past three years, did not ride his scheduled mounts yesterday at Gulfstream Park in southern Florida.

Prado, who lives in Howard County, suffered a bruised right foot Monday when Shamrock City, his mount in Gulfstream Park's opening-day stakes, threw him and stepped on his foot. Prado rode Shamrock City to a third-place finish in the Appleton Handicap but then limped back to the jockey's room and took off his final mount.

The next morning, X-rays proved negative, but doctors told Prado he had suffered a bad bruise. Steve Rushing, Prado's agent, said yesterday that Prado would return to riding today or tomorrow.

Spectacular Bid Stakes: BL's Appeal held off American Bullet by a head to win the $75,000 Grade III event for 3-year-olds yesterday at Gulfstream Park. BL's Appeal, ridden by Mike Smith, finished in 1 minute, 10.60 seconds.

Baseball

Ripken among 3 spokesmen for new Tomorrow Fund

The Orioles' Cal Ripken, Giants' Barry Bonds and Mariners' Alex Rodriguez agreed to become spokesmen for the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, a $10 million joint venture of the commissioner's officer and players association.

The venture hired Jessica Betts, who had been at Random House, to oversee the fund, which will award grants for the construction and refurbishment of fields, and also will pay for equipment, coach training and other matters associated with youth baseball and softball.

"I look at this as an investment in our youth and our sport," Ripken said.

Soccer

Hospitalized Maradona tests positive for cocaine

Blood and urine samples taken from former Argentina captain Diego Maradona tested positive for cocaine use, a day after he was hospitalized in Punta Del Este, Uruguay, for high blood pressure and an irregular heartbeat.

Maradona, 39, who is in stable condition, was suspended for 15 months by the Italian League in 1991 for cocaine use.

Obituary: Soviet star Viktor Kolotov, who played on Soviet and European championship teams, died of heart disease in Kiev, Ukraine. He was 51.

Et cetera

Frazier's daughter turns pro, targets fight with Laila Ali

Jacqueline Frazier-Lyde, daughter of boxing great Joe Frazier, has a license, a promoter, two trainers, a fight date and a guaranteed $25,000 purse, the largest for a debut in women's boxing.

The 38-year-old lawyer and mother of three will fight Italian Salvatore Di Salvatore on Feb. 6 in Scranton, Pa. She said her goal is to fight Laila Ali -- the 21-year-old daughter of Muhammad Ali -- in September, which is the 25th anniversary of the "Thrilla in Manila," the last and most famous of the Ali-Frazier trilogy.

Swimming: Amy Van Dyken, who won four Olympic gold medals in 1996, had surgery to remove scar tissue around her right rotator cuff and expects to be back in the pool by March.

Pro football: Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown was sentenced in Los Angeles to six months in jail for refusing to accept terms of his probation for vandalizing his wife's car. Municipal Court Judge Dale S. Fischer stayed the jail term pending appeal.

The quiz

Double time

The Orioles have the active leaders among major-leaguers in double plays grounded into and double plays induced. What players top those charts? (Answer, 7C)

Quiz answer

Cal Ripken (325) and Scott Erickson (265).

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