Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

March 14, 2007

Iditarod

L. Mackey wins race in just over 9 days

Lance Mackey won the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, becoming the first musher to win major long-distance North American sled dog races back-to-back. Mackey crossed under the famed burled arch in downtown Nome, Alaska, early yesterday evening, completing the 1,100-mile Iditarod in just over nine days. He celebrated as he came down Nome's Front Street, alternately waving a fist in the air, then high-fiving fans who lined the street. His family mobbed him at the finish line. On Feb. 20, Mackey won his third consecutive Yukon Quest International Sled Dog Race, a 1,000-mile race between Fairbanks and Whitehorse, Yukon. Mackey, 36, joins his father, Dick, and brother, Rick, as Iditarod champions.

Boxing

Tapia hospitalized in serious condition

Johnny Tapia, who won five titles in three weight classes during his career, remained hospitalized yesterday in Albuquerque, N.M., after an apparent cocaine overdose, police said. Tapia, 40, was in serious condition at Presbyterian Hospital, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Horse racing

Under Armour CEO buys Sagamore Farm

Sagamore Farm, the once world-famous breeding and training center on Belmont Avenue in Glyndon, has been sold. Kevin Plank, president, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Under Armour, has purchased the 400-plus-acre farm once owned by Alfred G. Vanderbilt. Farm manager Tom Mullikin confirmed there are plans to restore the property.

Sandra McKee

Doping

UCI will pursue Spanish probe

Despite a judge's decision to drop the case, UCI, cycling's governing body, vowed to pursue its investigation of riders implicated in a Spanish doping probe. Spanish magistrate Antonio Serrano dropped the investigation Monday and said blood doping had taken place, but there were no laws in place at the time to charge anyone involved.

Research -- Dr. Don Catlin, one of the world's leading anti-doping experts, is leaving the UCLA Olympic lab he founded to devote his time to creating better tests to catch drug cheats.

From staff and wire reports

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