Rachel Alexandra won’t run in Belmont Stakes

From Staff And Wire Reports

Preakness winner Rachel Alexandra will not run in the Belmont Stakes, opening the way for jockey Calvin Borel to return to Kentucky Derby winner Mine That Bird in his quest for a personal Triple Crown.

Jess Jackson, Rachel Alexandra’s co-owner, said Friday the spectacular filly “deserves a well-earned vacation.”

Rachel Alexandra, the first filly to win the Preakness in 85 years, had been set to work out Monday at Churchill Downs in Louisville, and no announcement was expected until after that. But Jackson said she simply needed a rest after running -- and winning -- four graded stakes races since March 14.




76ers appear set to hire Jordan

The Philadelphia 76ers have an agreement in principle with Eddie Jordan to become their next head coach. A person familiar with the decision told the Associated Press that Jordan was offered the job and has an agreement to coach the team. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because an announcement has not been made. The person said the 76ers have scheduled a news conference for Monday.




Pac-10 sanctions UCLA tennis

The Pacific 10 Conference has penalized UCLA’s men’s tennis program for allowing a player to compete while ineligible during the 2008 season, which resulted in USC’s being declared Pac-10 champion.

The conference said the Bruins must forfeit all singles and doubles matches in which the player participated last season. As a result, team results of UCLA’s matches against USC and Arizona State were reversed and the final team standings adjusted. USC wound up with a 7-0 record; the Bruins dropped into a second-place tie with Stanford at 5-2.

New Mexico football Coach Mike Locksley, on the job less than six months, has been accused of sexual harassment, age discrimination and retaliation by a former administrative assistant.

Sylvia Lopez filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. She worked under Locksley at the football office before transferring last month, then quit her university job May 15.

Duke’s former starting quarterback, Zack Asack, has been kicked off the team. Coach David Cutcliffe said Asack was dismissed immediately for an undisclosed violation of team policy.




Stricker leads at Colonial

Steve Stricker shot his second straight 63 at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, giving him a 14-under-par 126 total that set records for 36 holes and for any consecutive rounds at the Crowne Plaza Invitational -- yet was barely enough to top a leaderboard filled with players taking advantage of light wind and pillow-soft greens.

Tim Clark, Vijah Singh and Sean O’Hair shot 64s and were lined up right behind Stricker. Clark was one shot back, Singh two back and O’Hair three shots off the pace.

David Lingmerth aced the third hole and won his match in the semifinals, helping fourth-seeded Arkansas advance to the NCAA Division I men’s team championship against Texas A&M; in Toledo, Ohio.

Champions Tour newcomer Olin Browne, former University of Iowa player Lonnie Nielsen and Bruce Vaughan shot four-under 67s to share the first-round lead in the Principal Charity Classic in West Des Moines, Iowa.




Mayfield must wait for ruling

Suspended NASCAR driver Jeremy Mayfield must wait until next week for a judge to rule whether his suspension for a failed drug test should be overturned. Mayfield filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the indefinite suspension, saying NASCAR did not follow its drug-testing policies and left the driver with no way to prove his innocence.

David Reutimann ran a lap of 156.794 mph and won the pole at Dover International Speedway in Delaware, four days after he won his first Cup race. The trucks race scheduled at the speedway was postponed because of rain and rescheduled for 3 p.m. today.



Menchov closes in on Giro win

Russia’s Denis Menchov all but wrapped up the Giro d’Italia, keeping the leader’s pink jersey after a stage that took riders up the slopes of Mt. Vesuvius in Italy.

Carlos Sastre won the 19th stage with a solo attack up the volcano. Lance Armstrong fell midway through the stage but seemed unhurt and got back on his bike after repairs.



Motion denied in TYR lawsuit

Motions to dismiss antitrust claims by swimsuit manufacturer TYR were denied in federal court this week in Santa Ana.

TYR filed the lawsuit about a year ago against USA Swimming, Speedo and USA Swimming’s Mark Schubert, alleging “an unlawful restraint of trade.”

The matter is expected to proceed to trial in March of next year.

-- Lisa Dillman



Ruby, Olympic snowboarder

Karine Ruby, a former Olympic snowboarding champion who had been training to become a mountain guide, died as the result of a climbing accident on Mont Blanc in France. She was 31. A 38-year-old man also died in the accident.