Knowing their favored horses won’t start the Kentucky Derby on the rail left Richard Mandella and Bob Baffert more relieved than happy.
What matters for the Hall of Fame trainers is turning workable starting spots into victory — and a long-sought celebration for Mandella.
Omaha Beach is the 4-1 early favorite for Saturday’s 145th Run for the Roses after drawing the No. 12 post position Tuesday. That could be a good sign for the colt and Mandella, considering that the horse favored to win the Derby has taken the past six.
“I hope it comes out that way,” Mandella said.
Baffert-trained Game Winner is the 5-1 second choice from the No. 16 post in the 20-horse field for the first leg of the Triple Crown. Game Winner will start inside stablemate Roadster, the 6-1 co-third choice with Improbable, a Baffert colt who will go off from the No. 5 hole in the 1¼-mile race at Churchill Downs.
USA Gymnastics’ official lasts 1 day
Edward Nyman’s appointment as the first full-time director of sports medicine and science at USA Gymnastics lasted just one day.
The beleaguered organization announced it had removed Nyman barely 24 hours after naming him to the position. It cited an unspecified conflict of interest as its reason for re-opening the job.
Nyman’s very short stint with the organization is the latest in a series of high-profile missteps that have one of the U.S. Olympic movement’s marquee programs reeling and still dealing with the fallout from the Larry Nassar sexual-abuse scandal.
College basketball: Former Duke forward, current television analyst and NBA co-owner Grant Hill will become one of five new members of the NCAA’s Board of Governors.
The move fulfills one of the key recommendations made by the Commission on College Basketball — adding perspectives from outside campus leadership. Joining Hill on the board will be former American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault, former university president Mary Sue Coleman, former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy and Denis McDonough, who served previously as President Obama’s chief of staff.
• North Carolina hired Princeton’s Courtney Banghart as its women’s basketball coach.
Banghart, 40, went 254-103 in 12 seasons with the Tigers. She replaces Sylvia Hatchell, a Hall of Fame coach who resigned April 18 after an external investigation found she had made “racially insensitive” comments and pressured players to compete through medical issues.
College baseball: Brandon Wulff hit his 16th homer of the season, a two-run shot, and Kyle Stowers also hit a two-run homer as second-ranked Stanford (32-7) rolled to a 7-1 win at Santa Clara (10-32).
NFL: The Indianapolis Colts signed running back Spencer Ware, who spent the past three seasons with Kansas City.
Soccer: Ajax Amsterdam dominated early and beat host Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
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