Sports Digest

SPORTS DIGEST

March 31, 2007

Horse racing

It's True Love wins Laurel Park stakes

Edward Seltzer's It's True Love won her third race in six starts since abandoning the turf, this time taking the $55,000 Winter Blues Overnight Stakes for older fillies and mares at Laurel Park. The time for the one-mile race on the main track for seven runners was 1 minute, 39.14 seconds.

Business

Man U the richest team in soccer

Manchester United is the richest team in world soccer and Ronaldinho the highest-earning player, according to a survey by Forbes magazine. Despite having only the fourth-highest annual revenue at $310 million, United is reported by the American business magazine to be worth $1.453 billion. Real Madrid is ranked second at $1.036 billion. Barcelona star Ronaldinho moved to the top of the richest soccer player list, relegating David Beckham to second. The Brazilian is worth $29.5 million, according to Forbes, with Beckham at $29.1 million.

Pro football

Players' fraud suit is moving forward

A lawsuit filed by six current and former players against the NFL and its union seeking to recoup $20 million they lost in an alleged fraud scheme is moving forward. A judge denied a motion to dismiss, meaning the case in federal court in Atlanta can proceed. The NFL and the NFL Players Association had contended the lawsuit should be thrown out because under the league's collective bargaining agreement players are solely responsible for their own finances.

Buccaneers -- Running back Lionel Gates was arrested and charged with hitting a pregnant woman in the face and pushing her into a wall during an argument in Tampa, Fla.

Volleyball

Greece suspends sports after death

The Greek government suspended play in all professional team sports for two weeks after a fan was killed in a riot before a women's volleyball match in Athens. The ban includes soccer, basketball and volleyball.

College football

Purdue's Lymon critical after stabbing

Purdue wide receiver Selwyn Lymon was hospitalized in critical condition, hours after being stabbed in the chest. Lymon arrived at a hospital about 2:45 a.m. with a stab wound to the upper chest and told medical workers he was attacked at a nightclub near the campus, said John Walker, deputy chief of West Lafayette Police Department. Lymon, 20, of Fort Wayne, Ind., was listed in critical but stable condition.

Tennis

Canas, Djokovic advance to final

Guillermo Canas advanced to the Sony Ericsson Open final in Key Biscayne, Fla., by beating Ivan Ljubicic, 7-5, 6-2. The first qualifier to reach the men's final at Key Biscayne, Canas won the same way he did in the fourth round against Roger Federer - with dogged defense and steady shot-making that repeatedly forced his opponent to hit another shot. Tomorrow, Canas, 29, will play Novak Djokovic, who beat Andy Murray, 6-1, 6-0. Djokovic is 19.

Et cetera

McDonogh's Milam is top sophomore

McDonogh's Shane Milam had a pin and outscored five others by a combined 55-5 for yesterday's 145-pound Sophomore Nationals title in Virginia Beach. In Junior Nationals, Northeast's Maurice Fleming (135) was third after winning six of seven bouts, with a 3-1 semifinal loss to eventual champ Jason Chamberlain (Utah), and Annapolis' Bubby Graham (160) was sixth. Their placement among the top eight in their divisions earned All-America honors.

College baseball -- Bluffton played its first game since its bus crash in Atlanta that killed the driver, his wife and five players. Bluffton lost to visiting College of Mount St. Joseph, 10-5.

College lacrosse -- Delaware scored five of the final six goals of the game, but the No. 13 Blue Hens fell behind by seven goals early and never caught up in dropping a 12-6 decision to host No. 5 Duke.

Skiing -- Marco Sullivan won his first national title in five years, and Kaylin Richardson took the women's downhill in the opening day of the U.S. Alpine Championships in Girdwood, Alaska.

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