Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

January 14, 2007

College football

Florida's Nelson, Moss to enter draft

Florida All-America safety Reggie Nelson and defensive end Jarvis Moss confirmed that they will leave school early and enter the NFL draft. Nelson had six interceptions this season. Moss, who had two sacks in the 41-14 victory against Ohio State, also said he had made up his mind. Receiver Andre Caldwell said Friday that he plans to return for his senior season.

Skiing

Miller within 2 wins of Mahre's record

Bode Miller skied aggressively in the final turns before crashing across the finish line to win the Lauberhorn downhill in Wengen, Switzerland, moving within two wins of Phil Mahre's U.S. record for World Cup victories. Miller was timed in 2 minutes, 28.89 seconds for his 25th World Cup win, 0.65 of a second faster than Didier Cuche of Switzerland. It was Miller's fourth World Cup win in downhill. Mahre had 27 victories - all in slalom, giant slalom and combined - before retiring in 1984.

College basketball

4 Colo. State women suspended for prank

Four Colorado State women's basketball players were suspended for setting off a chemical bomb in a prank outside a teammate's apartment. No injuries and no structural damage resulted, police said. The four will be charged with one count of reckless endangerment. The four suspended players are freshmen: starting guards Emily Neal and Kelly Jo Mullaney and reserves Raysha Ritter and Brittney Stirling, police Detective David Grant said.

Pro soccer

Beckham won't play anymore for Madrid

David Beckham won't play again for Real Madrid after announcing his departure at the end of the season for the Los Angeles Galaxy of Major League Soccer. "He is not going to play anymore. He will practice, but he is not going to play," coach Fabio Capello said at a news conference. Beckham announced last week that he will not extend his contract with Real Madrid when it expires in June and is leaving for the Galaxy.

Skeleton

Bernotas, Uhlaender give U.S. sweep

Eric Bernotas and Katie Uhlaender gave the United States a sweep of the gold medals in World Cup skeleton races on the 1998 Nagano Olympic track. Bernotas had the fastest run (54.74 seconds) and finished with a total time of 1 minute, 50.64 seconds. World Cup leader Uhlaender posted her fourth straight victory with runs of 57.16 and 57.07 for a total time of 1:54.23.

Baseball

Cards' Pujols to miss White House trip

Albert Pujols will miss going to the White House with his World Series-winning St. Louis Cardinals teammates. Instead, Pujols will be on a humanitarian mission to his home island in the Dominican Republic. His foundation - the Pujols Family Foundation - is sponsoring the trip that will bring doctors, food and clothing to villages and orphanages. "This is a trip we've been planning for almost a year right now," Pujols said. "I'm taking six doctors and two assistants."

Horse racing

Hard Spun wins at Fair Grounds

Fox Hill Farms Inc.'s undefeated Hard Spun beat six other 3-year-olds in the $100,000 Grade III Lecomte Stakes at Fair Grounds Race Course in New Orleans. Hard Spun, ridden by Mario Pino for trainer Larry Jones, was the even-money choice of the wagering public. He covered one mile in 1 minute, 37.87 seconds and paid $4, $3 and $2.10 in the 6 1/2 -length victory. A son of Danzig, Hard Spun had never raced around two turns, but proved his ability beyond sprint distances to stamp himself worthy of Triple Crown consideration. Hard Spun took the field through early fractions of 23.76 seconds, 46.78 seconds and 1:11.10. With his fourth win from as many starts, Hard Spun increased his career earnings to $160,970. The Pennsylvania-bred colt, who won Philadelphia Park's Nursery Stakes in his previous race Dec. 18, has drawn comparisons to 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Smarty Jones, who won that same Philadelphia event before his Triple Crown season three years ago.

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