Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

October 16, 2005

Piniella says he might stick with TV gig

Lou Piniella is having so much fun with his postseason TV gig that he's considering spending the 2006 season in the booth.

"I might be doing this next year," Piniella told the Associated Press yesterday before working the Fox Sports broadcast for Game 4 of the American League Championship Series at Angel Stadium. "It's not for sure - nothing's for sure. I like it. I'm enjoying this."

Piniella, 62, parted ways with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays earlier this month after three difficult seasons as manager.

There is speculation that if New York manager Joe Torre doesn't return that the Yankees might express interest in Piniella.

More baseball

3 Nationals groups emerge, report says

Two Washington-area groups and an Indianapolis-based media executive have emerged as the front-runners in the bidding to become the new owners of the Washington Nationals because of the support they have within Major League Baseball, according to Washington Post sources. The top candidates include a Washington-based syndicate headed by businessmen Fredrick V. Malek and Jeffrey Zients; the Lerner family, which runs a Bethesda-based real estate empire; and Jeffrey Smulyan, founder and chairman of an Indianapolis-based media conglomerate, the sources said.

Pro soccer

Moreno's kick gives D.C. 2-2 tie

Jaime Moreno's penalty kick in the 75th minute left host D.C. United and the Columbus Crew tied 2-2 last night in the teams' MLS regular-season finale before 22,463 at RFK Stadium.

Pro football

Report: Culpepper was on boat

As the investigation continues into an alleged sex party involving Minnesota Vikings players, the Minneapolis-based Star Tribune yesterday named quarterback Daunte Culpepper as one of several team members on Lake Minnetonka charter boats where the incident is believed to have occurred. In addition to Culpepper, left tackle Bryant McKinnie, cornerback Fred Smoot, running back Mewelde Moore, All-Pro defensive tackle Kevin Williams, tight end Jermaine Wiggins, safety Darren Sharper, running back Moe Williams, cornerback Ralph Brown, wide receivers Nate Burleson, Troy Williamson, Travis Taylor and Koren Robinson were passengers, reported the newspaper, citing an unnamed source with direct knowledge of the case. Culpepper declined to comment, and McKinnie said, "I'm upset my name is on the list, but I'm going to let my lawyer handle that."

Horse racing

18-1 Sweet Talker wins in photo

Sweet Talker, the longest shot in the seven-horse field, prevailed in a three-horse photo finish in the Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup at Keeneland in Lexington, Ky. Sweet Talker, off at 18-1, held off Karen's Caper by a nose, with Gorella an additional head behind in the $500,000, Grade I race for 3-year-old fillies. The daughter of Stormin Fever finished the 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 51.2 seconds on firm turf.

Calder Race Course -- Consider Thesource beat Stolen Prayer by 1 3/4 lengths in the $400,000 My Dear Girl Division of the Florida Stallion Stakes, one of eight stakes races in the Festival of the Sun in Miami.

Santa Anita Park -- Aragorn held off Eastern Sand by a nose to win the $150,000 Oak Tree Derby in Arcadia, Calif.

Delaware Park -- Thunder Touch won the $100,000 Vincent A. Moscarelli Memorial by disqualification in Stanton. Forest Park crossed the finish line first with Mario Pino astride, but was placed second by the stewards for interfering with Thunder Touch in the stretch.

Tennis

Blake reaches final in Stockholm

Sixth seed James Blake beat fifth-seeded Belgian Olivier Rochus, 6-4, 6-3, at the Stockholm (Sweden) Open to reach his first ATP European final. Blake will face Thailand's Paradorn Srichaphan, who rallied past Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, the top seed, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3. Blake is playing his first tour event since his run to the U.S. Open quarterfinals, where he lost to Andre Agassi.

WTA Kremlin Cup -- Third seed Mary Pierce defeated Russian teen Dinara Safina, 7-6 (2), 6-3, and will play today for the title in Moscow against Francesca Schiavone of Italy.

Ironman triathlon

Faris Al-Sultan takes world title

Germany's Faris Al-Sultan, 27, won the world championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, finishing in an unofficial 8 hours, 14 minutes, 16 seconds - the fourth-fastest time in race history.

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