Sports digest: Tiz Chrome euthanized at Churchill Downs

April 19, 2010|By Baltimore Sun reporter

HORSE RACING

Tiz Chrome euthanized after collapsing at Churchill Downs

Tiz Chrome, a 3-year-old horse training for a final Kentucky Derby prep race, was euthanized after collapsing during a workout at Churchill Downs. Trainer Bob Baffert said the colt had a fatal fracture of the left front sesamoid during a workout Sunday morning. Tiz Chrome was scheduled to run in the Derby Trial on Saturday. Baffert said the colt was working with another horse and the two were heading into the far turn on the one-mile track when the injury occurred and Tiz Chrome fell, sending exercise rider Dana Barnes tumbling to the track. Barnes was not injured. Owned by the Lanni Family Trust, Mercedes Stable LLC and Bernard Schiappa, Tiz Chrome earned $67,850 with two wins in three starts.

WOMEN'S COLLEGE LACROSSE

N. Carolina ends 41-game win streak by Northwestern

In a rematch of last season's NCAA championship game, No. 2 North Carolina (13-1) beat host No. 1 Northwestern, 18-16, ending Northwestern's 41-game winning streak and handing the Wildcats (12-1) their first home loss in 59 games. Northwestern hadn't lost a game in nearly two years since a defeat at the hands of Pennsylvania on April 27, 2008. "A loss is never a fun thing, and this one is a tough one to take," said Northwestern coach Kelly Amonte Hiller, a Maryland alum. "I don't necessarily subscribe to the notion that a loss can be a good thing, but now that we have lost, we need to see what we can take from it."

More games: Christina Dove (Bel Air) had two goals and an assist as eighth-ranked Syracuse (9-4, 4-1 Big East) cruised to an 18-3 victory over visiting Villanova (7-6, 0-5). Dove increased her career point total to 301, making her the 23rd player in NCAA Division I history to surpass the 300-point plateau in her career. Grace Gavin (St. Paul's) scored seven goals and 13th-ranked Loyola (10-5, 4-2 Big East) beat host Connecticut (8-6, 1-4), 13-9. Nikki Marcinik (Southern-Anne Arundel) scored a game-high four goals and added two assists to lead 11th-ranked Towson (10-3, 4-1 Colonial Athletic Association) to its third straight win, a 12-6 victory over host 20th-ranked William & Mary (8-6, 2-2). Liz Falco had two goals and one assist and K'Leigh Vanaman added two goals, but it was not enough as host No. 10 James Madison (11-2, 4-0 CAA) defeated No. 16 Hofstra (9-4, 3-1), 14-8. Ali Libertini scored in double overtime to lift Delaware (5-9, 2-3 CAA) to a 12-11 victory over host Old Dominion (2-10, 0-4). Esther Rufolo (Chapelgate) tied a career high with four goals for her fifth hat trick of the season and Lucy Pompa (Bryn Mawr) recorded three tallies and an assist to lead Mount St. Mary's (8-8, 6-3 Northeast Conference) past Long Island (3-13, 2-7) in the NEC regular-season finale, 18-10. In its home finale, UMBC (9-6, 2-3 America East) dropped an 11-10 decision to Albany (11-2, 4-0). The Retrievers' Erika Braerman (Fallston) had three assists to give her 21 on the season, matching former teammate Meghan Keelan for the fifth-most in a single season in UMBC history. George Washington (5-11, 3-4 Atlantic 10) scored six unanswered goals in a span of 7:41 midway through the second half to tie the score, but host Duquesne (8-9, 3-4) closed with a 3-1 run to defeat the Colonials, 12-10. A victory over Duquesne would not have helped George Washington as Temple clinched the fourth and final A-10 Championship bid with an 11-6 victory over Saint Joseph's earlier in the afternoon. Karli Brentlinger (South River) led Longwood with four goals as the Lancers (7-8, 6-0 National Lacrosse Conference) defeated host Detroit Mercy (6-10, 3-3), 15-9. Carolyn Clark tallied a career-high five goals, but Monmouth (9-8, 7-2 Northeast Conference) scored the last three goals of the game in a 12-11 win over host Wagner (3-12, 2-7). Hannah Alley scored the game-tying goal with 1:34 left in regulation and netted the game-winning goal with 11 seconds remaining in sudden-death overtime to lead Boston College (10-4) to a 9-8 victory over host Brown (7-6).

Et cetera

Towson wins first CAA title, seals NCAA tournament berth

Towson claimed its first Colonial Athletic Association men's golf championship, winning by 11 strokes over runner-up William & Mary on the Homestead's par-70, 6,679-yard Cascade Course in Hot Springs, Va. The title earns the Tigers the CAA's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament, which begins in early May. It will be Towson's fourth men's golf trip to postseason play and its first since 2005.

Minor league baseball: The Hagerstown Suns (6-4), fresh off back-to-back blowouts of the Delmarva Shorebirds (6-4), outlasted the home team Sunday with a 9-7 victory in 12 innings. Shane Erb (1-0) got the win after pitching two innings and allowing just one run for Hagerstown.

--From Sun staff and news services

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