Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

The Kickoff

July 18, 2005

`Island' wins Delaware 'Cap

Island Sand charged past Gunther and pacesetting Two Trail Sioux in mid-stretch to post a 3 3/4 -length victory in the $1 million, Grade II Delaware Handicap yesterday in Stanton, Del.

With Jerry Bailey aboard, Island Sand was content to sit back through the first six furlongs. She then swung to the outside on the final furlong, where she went after the leader before drawing off late.

Island Sand covered 1 1/4 miles over a fast track in 2 minutes, 2.89 seconds. Two Trail Sioux finish second and Personal Legend was third, another three lengths back in the field of 11 fillies and mares 3 years old and up.

Isola Piu Bella, the 6-5 favorite, acted up in the starting gate and faded to eighth.

Trained by Larry Jones, Island Sand won her fifth career race and $600,000 to increase her career earnings to more than $1.1 million.

Island Sand returned $13.20, $8, $5.40, Two Trail Sioux was $5.20 and $3.80 and Personal Legend was $4.60.

In other results, Smokume won for the third time in four races this year, coming from just off the pace to edge Willy o'the Valley by one length and win the 31st running of the $150,000 Tom Fool Handicap at Belmont Park in Elmont, N.Y.

Smokume covered seven furlongs in 1:21 4/5 over a sloppy racing surface.

Golf

Lee gets first win in Canadian Open

Meena Lee became the LPGA Tour's record-tying fourth straight first-time winner, closing with a 3-under 69 for a one-stroke victory over playing partner Katherine Hull in the Canadian Women's Open in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lee finished at 9-under 279 and earned $195,000 to jump from 13th to seventh on the money list with $643,933. Janice Moodie, the leader after each of the first three rounds, needed a birdie on the par-5 18th to force a playoff, but three-putted for a double bogey for a 75 that left her three strokes back.

PGA B.C. Open: Jason Bohn won his first PGA Tour event, closing with a second straight 6-under 66 for a one-stroke victory and a tournament record total in Endicott, N.Y. Bohn finished with a 24-under 264 in becoming the 13th player to make this tournament his first triumph.

Nationwide Scholarship America Showdown: Jason Gore won his second straight Nationwide Tour event, closing with a 3-under 67 for a four-stroke victory over Bill Haas in Hudson, Wis. Gore, who finished at 14-under 266, won his fifth career Nationwide Tour title four weeks after shooting a 14-over 84 in the final round of the U.S. Open to drop from a tie for second to a tie for 49th in the major championship.

Auto racing

Bourdais captures second win of season

Sebastien Bourdais, the reigning Champ Car World Series champion, came from a 10th-place start after crashing in qualifying Friday and captured the inaugural Grand Prix of Edmonton. It was his first victory since the season opener in April at Long Beach.

Tennis

Smashnova wins Modena final

Anna Smashnova won her 10th career title when Tathiana Garbin retired with sunstroke during a first-set tiebreaker in the final of the Modena International in Italy. The fifth seed from Israel was leading the tie break 3-0 when the unseeded Italian asked for a break in play and collapsed on a bench. Grimacing from cramps and nearly fainting, Garbin was treated by the tournament doctor and then carried on a stretcher to the club's infirmary.

Et cetera

Japan to meet U.S. in softball Cup final

Japan advanced to play the United States in the championship game of the inaugural World Cup of Softball by beating Australia, 1-0, in eight innings in Oklahoma City. Yukiko Ueno threw a five-hit shutout for Japan, which will play the United States for the title tonight.

Soccer: Abel Aguilar scored on an improbable 40-yard shot to help Colombia stun Mexico, 2-1, in the quarterfinals of the CONCACAF Gold Cup in Houston. Heavily favored Mexico, which won Group C with a 2-1 record in the first round, was eliminated. Colombia will meet Panama in the semifinals in East Rutherford, N.J., on Thursday. Panama advanced after beating South Africa, 5-3, on penalty kicks after tying 1-1 in regulation and through stoppage time.

Amateur baseball: The Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League will hold its inaugural All-Star Game tonight at 7 at Ripken Stadium. The game features seven former Sun All-Metro players. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children 12 and under. Admission is free for children in baseball or softball uniforms and members of the military with identification.

Good Morning

Tiger Woods

The only better front-runners are those people who constantly call in on sports talk radio shows.

OVERHEARD

"If nothing else, Bay should win a year off from all steroid testing."

JERRY GREENE, of the Orlando Sentinel, on the Pirates' Jason Bay going without a homer in the Home Run Derby

WHAT TO WATCH

Tennis

Top 5 Reasons You Can't Blame ...

The program is about John McEnroe, and the topic is his outbursts, not that awful hair that stuck out like Bozo's when he wore a headband. Competing for your attention at the same time, however, is Hulk Hogan's announcement (WWE Raw, Spike) on whether he's coming to Washington for SummerSlam. 9 p.m., ESPN Classic

THE QUIZ

Early lead: Last year, the Twins' Ron Gardenhire became the fourth major league manager to start his career with three consecutive first-place finishes. The first three managed the Astros in 1997-1999, Yankees in 1961-1963 and Tigers in 1907-1909. Name them. Answer, 8D

Quiz answer

Larry Dierker, Ralph Houk and Hughie Jennings.

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