Sports Digest


November 20, 2005

Beckett may be dealt

Baseball notes

The Florida Marlins are deep in trade discussions involving pitcher Josh Beckett and first baseman Carlos Delgado, ESPNs Peter Gammons reported yesterday.

To get Beckett, the trading partner would have to take third baseman Mike Lowells contract.

The two teams interested in Beckett are reportedly the Texas Rangers and Boston Red Sox. The Orioles, New York Mets and New York Yankees are believed to be interested in Delgado.

Nationals -- Washington outfielder Jose Guillen will have arthroscopic surgery tomorrow on his left shoulder, which bothered him throughout the second half of last season. Guillen, speaking after helping the team unveil its new alternate caps and jerseys at a sporting goods store in Springfield, Va., yesterday, expects to be healed before next season.

Red Sox -- David Wilder, who has been the director of player development for the White Sox the past two seasons, interviewed as expected with Boston executives for the general managers job.

Mariners -- 2 Seattle apparently won the U.S. bidding for Kenji Johjima, the free-agent catcher from Japan, The Seattle Times reported. Though Johjima, 29, is thought to be close to an agreement with Seattle, the seven-time Gold Glove winner could still choose to remain with the Fukuoka Soft-Bank Hawks.

Ali headlines celebration for his center in Louisville

Muhammad Ali can still draw a big crowd.

The boxing great took center stage in his hometown of Louisville, Ky., last night to celebrate the opening of the Muhammad Ali Center, a six-story tribute to Ali's storied career and a legacy to his humanitarian ideals of peace and tolerance.

The star-studded event, at a performing arts center next door to the Ali Center, drew a large cast of actors, singers, athletes and even a former president, Bill Clinton - reflecting the champ's star appeal.

Another former heavyweight champion, Evander Holyfield, said Ali inspired him to become a boxer.

"He meant so much for the sport and to the people," Holyfield said.

Singer-actor Kris Kristofferson was with Ali on Friday when the champ toured exhibits showing him in his prime.

"I think he was awed by the realization of a dream," Kristofferson said last night while making a red-carpet entrance for the celebration. "I was so awestruck, myself."

Lonnie Ali has said her husband hopes the center, an $80 million project, will inspire visitors, especially youngsters, to reach their potential and promote peace.


Federer shuts out Gaudio, 6-0, 6-0

Roger Federer produced the first 6-0, 6-0 victory in the history of the year-ending ATP Masters Cup, routing Argentina's Gaston Gaudio in Shanghai, China, to reach his third consecutive Masters Cup final. He will play for the title today against Argentina's David Nalbandian, who defeated Russia's Nikolay Davydenko, 6-0, 7-5, in the other semifinal. Federer is trying to become the first player to win three consecutive year-end championships since Ivan Lendl (1985-1987).

Auto Racing

French motorcyclist killed in practice

French motorcyclist Bruno Bonhuil died from chest injuries after his bike rammed into a barrier during a practice round at the Macau Grand Prix in Macau. Bonhuil, 45, lost control of his bike near the "Mandarin Bend Exit" about five minutes into a half-hour morning practice session.

Horse racing

Evening Attire wins Aqueduct feature

Evening Attire outran West Virginia by a neck in the Grade III, $106,500 Stuyvesant Handicap for horses 3 and older at Aqueduct in New York. Ridden by Jose Santos, Evening Attire covered 1 1/8 miles in 1 minute, 51.38 seconds over the fast track and paid $9, $4.20 and $2.60. West Virginia paid $5.30 and $2.80, and Aggadan paid $2.20 to show.

Churchill Downs -- Sundrop swept five-wide in the turn and charged ahead in mid-stretch to win the Grade III, $175,050 Cardinal Handicap for fillies and mares by a length in Louisville, Ky. The win was Sundrop's second in seven starts this year. The Japanese-bred daughter of 1989 Kentucky Derby winner Sunday Silence paid $17.20, $6.20 and $5.

Hollywood Park -- Your Tent or Mine won his second straight start as a 2-year-old, beating Da Stoops by 2 1/2 lengths in the $100,000 Hollywood Prevue Stakes in Inglewood, Calif. Ridden by Patrick Valenzuela for trainer Neil Drysdale, Your Tent or Mine covered seven furlongs in 1:21 and paid $14.20, $5.80 and $4.20.


Chelsea ends slump with 3-0 victory

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