Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

February 26, 2007

Horse racing

Royal Highness wins at Gulfstream

Royal Highness edged Safari Queen by two lengths in the $100,000 Very One Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach, Fla. Royal Highness, ridden by Edgar Prado, ran 1 3/8 miles in 2 minutes, 12.36 seconds and paid $5.60, $3 and $2.20. Safari Queen returned $3.20 and $2.40, and Barancella paid $2.60 to show. Also, Audacious Chloe won the $76,500 Gaily Gaily Stakes by a half-length. Ridden by John Valazquez, Audacious Chole ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:41.36.

Aqueduct -- Olivine posted a front-running upset in the $69,745 Busher Stakes for 3-year-old fillies in New York. The time was 1:44.76 for the 1 1/16 miles. Olivine, trained by David Donk and ridden by Chuckie Lopez, scored her second win in four starts.

Skiing

Austria's Matt takes men's slalom

Mario Matt of Austria won a men's slalom in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany, for his seventh World Cup victory. Matt led after the first run by more than half a second and protected his margin in the second heat to beat Felix Neureuther of Germany. Matt had a combined time of 1 minute, 35.66 seconds. Neureuther was timed in 1:36.07 on his home slope.

Women's slalom -- Marlies Schild won a World Cup slalom in Sierra Nevada, Spain, to clinch the season discipline title with two races remaining. The Austrian, who has won six of the seven slaloms this season, also moved atop the overall standings. Schild skied the Neveros course in a two-run combined time of 1:43.61. Tanja Poutiainen of Finland was second, 0.32 seconds behind. Track and field

Webb captures indoor mile in 4:01.07

Alan Webb, who broke Jim Ryun's high school record in the outdoor mile in 2001, captured the mile at the U.S. indoor championships in Boston. He sat back during an excruciatingly slow first half while plotting when to make his break. "Even if I had to put on the brakes 100 percent," he said after winning in 4 minutes, 1.07 seconds - 6 seconds off his personal best indoors and 11 seconds off the American record, "my coach wanted me to practice not running from the front." With a final 200-meter lap of 55 seconds, Webb passed Gabe Jennings with a half-lap to go. In another race, Greg Nixon won the 400 in 46.75 seconds. James Carter (Mervo) finished fourth in 47.23.

Pro basketball

Johnson recalled for smile, ability

Former NBA players remembered Dennis Johnson for his athletic ability and his infectious smile during a memorial service in Austin, Texas, where there was far more laughter than tears. "In my lifetime I have never met such a dynamic person," former Boston Celtics teammate Cedric Maxwell told the crowd of nearly 200 people in the David Chapel Baptist Church. Johnson, who was part of three NBA championship teams with Boston and Seattle, died Thursday after collapsing following practice with the Austin Toros, the NBA Development League team he coached. He was 52. Bill Walton was among those in the crowd along with Celtics coach Doc Rivers and Texas Longhorns coach Rick Barnes.

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