August 27, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services

Horse racing

After surgery, Mine That Bird to skip Shadwell Travers

Owners Mark Allen and Dr. Leonard Blach and trainer Chip Woolley announced Wednesday that Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird will not enter Saturday's 140th running of the Grade I, $1 million Shadwell Travers, citing continued concerns about an entrapped epiglottis that was repaired Aug. 18. "We've decided to err on the side of caution and pass this race up and aim down the road to the Breeders' Cup," Woolley said. "There's one little spot underneath the epiglottis pushing up just a tiny bit, and after studying and looking at it, we're going to hold off and make sure the horse is OK and not take any chances with the rest of his career." Since discovering the entrapped epiglottis after a workout Aug. 17, Mine That Bird's connections said they would not run the gelding if he were anything less than 100 percent healthy. The surgery, performed at the Ruffian Equine Medical Center in Elmont, N.Y., was pronounced a success, and the gelding has had three endoscopic examinations in the week after the procedure. No specific plans were outlined for where Mine That Bird might make his next start, but his connections said they would consider the Grade I Goodwood Stakes at Santa Anita on Oct. 10


Riley to be Cal's starting QB for opener against Terps

Coach Jeff Tedford announced that Kevin Riley will be his starting quarterback when No. 12 California opens the season against Maryland on Sept. 5. Tedford made the announcement after practice Monday. Riley had been competing with Beau Sweeney and Brock Mansion since the start of fall camp. Tedford said Riley's experience, accuracy and consistency were the deciding factors. Riley started nine games for the Golden Bears a year ago and has made 10 starts in his career at Cal. He has completed 53.4 percent of his passes with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions.

Women's soccer: : Navy (2-0-0) will host the 10th annual Navy Soccer Invitational this weekend at the Glenn Warner Soccer Facility, facing Fairleigh Dickinson (0-0-0) at 7 p.m. Friday and Boise State (1-1-0) at noon Sunday. The event also features Boise State taking on Rider (0-0-0) at 4 p.m. Friday and Fairleigh Dickinson against Rider at 3 p.m. Sunday. Navy is coming off wins over USC Upstate and Francis Marion last weekend in South Carolina.

Men's soccer: : The defending national champion Terps men will host Villanova tonight at 7:30 p.m. at Ludwig Field in the final exhibition match before the start of the regular season. Maryland is undefeated in three regular-season matchups with the Wildcats.

Men's lacrosse: : The Colonial Athletic Association, with which Towson is affiliated, will add Saint Joseph's as an associate member in men's lacrosse beginning with the 2011 season, league commissioner Tom Yeager announced. The Hawks will join the Tigers, Delaware, Drexel, Hofstra, Massachusetts and Penn State to form a seven-team conference whose champion will receive an automatic bid to the NCAA men's lacrosse championship. Saint Joseph's currently competes in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Hawks captured the MAAC championship in 2000 and were the conference runners-up in 2003 and 2007.

Et cetera

Phelps among 110 named to USA Swimming national team

Fells Point's Michael Phelps headlines the roster for the 2009-2010 national team released by USA Swimming. Also among the 110 team members are Ryan Lochte, Rebecca Soni and Aaron Peirsol.

Professional soccer: : D.C. United announced it will induct former forward Raul Diaz Arce and late former team broadcaster Danilo Noel Diron into the team's Hall of Tradition at halftime of the home game against Seattle Sounders FC on Sept. 12.

WNBA: : Marissa Coleman (Maryland) and Monique Curry each scored 13 points to lead Washington, but the Mystics (13-15) fell to the host Seattle Storm, 78-68, on Tuesday night to remain in a three-way tie for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference. Janell Burse scored 14 and Sue Bird added 13 for the Storm, which went on an early 31-9 run and is one win away from clinching a postseason berth.

Pro football: : The Baltimore Mariners re-signed defender Joe Taylor, a Laurel resident who played at Morgan State, for the 2010 season. Taylor totaled 21.5 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery, and scored two touchdowns in nine games for the Mariners in the 2009.

- From Sun staff and news services

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