Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

The Kickoff

April 21, 2005

Wygod retires Sweet Catomine

Sweet Catomine, last year's champion 2-year-old filly, has been retired less than two weeks after her fifth-place finish in the Santa Anita Derby triggered controversy about her physical condition.

Owner Martin Wygod said yesterday he had Sweet Catomine evaluated by a veterinarian when he fired trainer Julio Canani and transferred her to the barn of John Shirreffs. Based on the vet's opinion, Wygod decided to retire the filly and breed her to A.P. Indy.

Wygod declined to be specific about the vet's recommendation.

"It's the only right decision based on all the circumstances," he told the Associated Press. "It's not difficult for me because I'll always do what's in the best interest of the filly."

Sweet Catomine will be shipped to Kentucky's Mill Ridge Farm.

As the even-money favorite, she was beaten five lengths by 30-1 shot Buzzards Bay in the Santa Anita Derby on April 9, the first time in seven career starts that she finished worse than second. After the race, Wygod said Sweet Catomine bled after her final workout and was ovulating for the first time.

Boxing

V. Klitschko has back surgery

World Boxing Council heavyweight champion Vitali Klitschko underwent back surgery that will prevent him from fighting until at least September. Bernd Boente, Klitschko's personal manager, said that a small spur was removed from Klitschko's spine. Plans called for Klitschko to defend his championship against Hasim Rahman this summer, but that will have to wait.

Horse racing

Churchill jockeys won't protest insurance

Churchill Downs and the Jockeys' Guild announced a deal that will keep riders from boycotting mounts to protest medical insurance and safety issues. The agreement comes a few weeks before the May 7 Kentucky Derby. Churchill Downs previously sought an injunction to prevent the riders from a boycott that could have disrupted the Derby and other races during the track's spring meet. The Jockeys' Guild has agreed to instruct its members not to stage any activities that would disrupt racing.

Hockey

Season won't open on time without CBA

The NHL won't start next season on time if a new collective bargaining agreement hasn't been reached with the players association. Commissioner Gary Bettman said a deal must be in place before the fall. "If we do not have a new collective bargaining agreement, we will not open the season on time," Bettman said.

Pro football

Raiders agree to trade with Jets for 26th pick

The Oakland Raiders agreed to a trade with the New York Jets that will send tight end Doug Jolley to the Jets and give Oakland a first-round pick in this weekend's NFL draft. Jolley, a fourth-year tight end out of Brigham Young, goes to New York for the Jets' 26th overall pick, one Raiders source and one NFL source said.

Packers: Green Bay matched the Vikings' offer for defensive end Aaron Kampman, keeping the restricted free agent in Green Bay. The 6-foot-4, 284-pound Kampman started all 16 games for the Packers last season and also started their one playoff game.

Et cetera

Armstrong is third in Georgia 2nd stage

Lance Armstrong was edged at the line in the second stage of the Tour de Georgia. Armstrong positioned himself for a second straight victory in the event, even though he finished behind Austria's Peter Wrolich and Italy's Manuel Quinziato.

College basketball: Pat Ewing Jr. is transferring to Georgetown, his father told a Houston TV station. Houston Rockets assistant coach Patrick Ewing told KRIV television that his son will transfer from Indiana to his alma mater. "My son chose Georgetown. He was also considering Miami and North Carolina," said Ewing, who led the Hoyas to the NCAA championship in 1984.

College softball: Jillian Kiley set a Towson record by striking out 14 batters in the opening game of the Tigers' 12-0 and 14-0 sweep of visiting Maryland Eastern Shore.

Golf: Vijay Singh, 42, became the youngest male player to be elected to the World Golf Hall of Fame and will be formally inducted in St. Augustine, Fla., this fall. Singh was the lone player named on the PGA Tour ballot by a vote of his peers.

Good Morning

Randy Johnson

So you lose to the Devil Rays at home, big deal. It's not like the Boss issued a statement about it.

OVERHEARD

"We do not want a kind of bidding war in the last days by the candidate cities to say, `I promise you that' ... This is not good for the Olympic movement."

JACQUES ROGGE, president of the International Olympic Committee, scolding New York and London for unveiling new incentives in an effort to win an Olympic bid

WHAT TO WATCH

Pro football

NFL draft preview

Who's moving up? Who's moving down? All will be revealed. And some of it will actually be true. 7:30 p.m., ESPN

THE QUIZ

Nickname game: The Astros announced this week that they will retire three-time All-Star Jim Wynn's No. 24 jersey in a ceremony in July. What was his nickname? Answer, 8E

Quiz answer

The Toy Cannon.

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