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Doctor Says Barbaro Has ‘Some Tough Days Ahead’

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

Barbaro’s perilous road to recovery has suffered its biggest setback yet.

The Kentucky Derby winner faces major problems for the first time since surgery to repair the right hind leg he shattered in the Preakness Stakes seven weeks ago.

Barbaro received a new cast for a sixth time Monday, the fourth change in a week.

The latest development followed three hours of surgery Saturday night, when doctors replaced a titanium plate and many screws and treated an infection.

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“I think we’re in for tough times right now. I think we’re going to have some tough days ahead,” Dr. Dean Richardson said at the University of Pennsylvania’s New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa. “When a horse has a setback like this, it’s a problem.”

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MOTOR SPORTS

Patrick Could Jump From IRL to NASCAR

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Danica Patrick could soon follow Formula One’s Juan Pablo Montoya to the NASCAR circuit, her agent and father said.

Patrick, the first female driver to lead the Indianapolis 500, could leave the Indy Racing League at the end of the season to try her luck in the stock car series.

“I’m trying to get her” into NASCAR, T.J. Patrick told the Chicago Tribune.

IRL IndyCar driver Felipe Giaffone and team owner A.J. Foyt have agreed to part ways. Outside of an eighth-place finish in the season opener at Homestead-Miami Speedway, the team’s best showing on an oval track is 15th at Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.

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PRO BASKETBALL

Hornets President Mott Leaves the Team

New Orleans Hornets president Paul Mott has left the organization. The departure was confirmed by Michael Thompson, director of corporate communications for the Hornets, but it was unclear whether Mott resigned or was fired.

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The Atlanta Hawks signed draft pick Shelden Williams, taken fifth overall, to a four-year deal that will earn the former Duke standout about $5 million the first two years.... Center Mouhamed Sene, the No. 10 pick, signed with the Seattle SuperSonics. He is expected to make a guaranteed $3.3 million in the first two years.

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FOOTBALL

Green Is Released From Hospital After Stabbing

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Baltimore Ravens linebacker Roderick Green was released from a hospital after being stabbed after an altercation at a bowling alley in Randallstown, Md., a hospital spokeswoman said.

Team officials said it was too early to know whether the 6-foot-2, 245-pound Green would be available for the start of training camp July 27.

Clemson offensive lineman Roman Fry was driving a personal watercraft that struck and killed the school’s assistant track coach last weekend.

The South Carolina Natural Resources Department said alcohol was not thought to be a contributing factor in the accident on Lake Keowee, where 32-year-old Jarrett Foster died from head injuries Saturday.

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HOCKEY

Three-Team Trade Sends Chicago’s Bell to Sharks

The San Jose Sharks acquired forward Mark Bell from Chicago as part of a three-team trade that sent Ottawa forward Martin Havlat to the Blackhawks.

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The Sharks traded defensemen Tom Preissing and Josh Hennessy to Chicago for Bell, who had career highs of 25 goals and 23 assists last season.

The Blackhawks then shipped Preissing and Hennessy to the Senators with defenseman Michal Barinka and a 2008 second-round draft pick in exchange for Havlat and forward Bryan Smolinski, a former King.

Peter Chiarelli, who was hired as the Boston Bruins’ general manager in May but had to serve out his term in Ottawa’s front office, was released from his obligations with the Senators five days early.

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TENNIS

Kendrick Beats Spadea at Hall of Fame Event

Robert Kendrick beat fifth-seeded Vince Spadea, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in Newport, R.I.

Kendrick held serve to go up 2-1 in the final set. He took control by breaking Spadea in the fourth game.

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Top-seeded Ivan Ljubicic defeated Albert Portas, 6-3, 7-6 (5), in the first round of the Allianz Swiss Open in Gstaad. He will play 341st-ranked Marco Chiudinelli, who upset 64th-ranked Davide Sanguinetti, 6-3, 6-2.

Top-seeded Nikolay Davydenko beat Alberto Martin, 6-4, 6-1, at the Swedish Open in Bastad, Sweden.

Tommy Robredo and Juan Carlos Ferrero were extended to three sets in their opening-round matches.

Second-seeded Robredo rallied to beat Gilles Simon, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4, and eighth-seeded Ferrero defeated wild card Ervin Eleskovic, 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.

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HIGH SCHOOLS

Ohio Standout Walker Has Used Up Eligibility

Bill Walker, one of the nation’s top high school basketball players, won’t be allowed to play this year because he has used up his eligibility.

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Walker, a 6-foot-6 forward who combined with O.J. Mayo to lead North College Hill to consecutive state championships, has completed his eight semesters of eligibility, the Ohio High School Athletic Assn. said.

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MISCELLANY

Bonds’ Trainer Appeals to Be Freed From Jail

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Barry Bonds’ personal trainer Greg Anderson asked a federal appeals court to allow him to leave prison on bail nearly a week after a judge ordered him locked up for refusing to testify to a grand jury investigating the San Francisco Giants’ slugger.

The Surfing America USA Championships are scheduled to begin today and will conclude July 18 at the North Jetty in Oceanside.


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