Saturday, June 27, 2009

ELLINGTON JOINS THE HANSBROUGH “CHIP ON SHOULDER” CLUB

Wayne Ellington wasn’t all that pleased with being chosen 28th in the NBA Draft.

Ellington, the former star wing guard at Episcopal Academy (Class of 2006) and the University of North Carolina, was projected to go as high as the middle of the first round in last night's NBA draft. Instead, he slipped down to the No. 28 spot, two before the end of the round.

One of his first thoughts about those teams that neglected to take him?
"They'll be sorry," Ellington said, smiling.

Ellington's family and girlfriend, based for the past 3 years in Cary, N.C., hosted a private party for about 50 family members and friends at Vino in Philadelphia.

Yes, they may have all been urealistic about where the shooting guard would go in the draft, but why not?

The mood was festive early on as Ellington watched with a grin as former Episcopal classmate Gerald Henderson (Duke) was plucked at No. 12 by Charlotte. And again immediately thereafter at No. 13, when fellow UNC star Tyler Hansbrough went to Indiana.

After pick No. 14, the tension and sauna-like conditions inside the room became too much. Ellington walked to the back and stood at the top of a small set of stairs, looking back over his shoulder.

After about 18 picks Ellington started to stress turning his back to the television…

Every so often, a well-wisher would walk over and try to console the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player.

"It was hard. Very, very hard," Ellington said, referring to the lengthy wait and the vast disappointment it caused.

Out in the main room, the selection of others was not greeted warmly - "That guy?! You gotta be kiddin' me! He's terrible!"

Then the T-Wolves grabbed Ellington with the second-to-last pick in the first round.

"I'm excited," he said. "I have my opportunity. Make the best of it. I'm looking forward to getting out there to play. I can't wait. Show what I can do. [Going late] is motivation. Nothing new. Just have to work my way to where I want to be. It's all part of it."

Ellington said he'd worked out two different times for Minnesota, with the most recent occasion being 3 days ago. And that, like dad, he'd received a call from his agent to let him know right beforehand that the Timberwolves would indeed be the one.

"It was a long wait, but I'm happy," he said. "I'm in The League. I'm relieved. I'm ready to work and make the best of it. I definitely feel I can contribute. It's a great opportunity. They have a lot of talented young guys and I think I'll be able to fit in well."

DIFFERENT TEAM, SAME CHIP

Unlike Wayne Ellington, Tyler Hansbrough his used to it.

When he was drafted Thursday Night the crowd chanted “overrated.” Seriously, they’re primarily Knicks’ fans, what’s their beef? Or are they still drunk and stupid from last weekend's U.S. Open?

In Indianapolis, a crowd of about 4,500 Pacers’ fans also had a mixed reaction. According to the Indianapolis Star there were some boos and some cheers…This is nothing new to the North Carolina star.

"I think some people just love me or hate me. That's the way it is," said the 6-9 power forward the Pacers selected with the 13th pick. "Everybody has their opinion. Everybody is going to have their determined choices as far as how they feel my game translates or something like that."

Hansbrough goes to the Pacers as one of the most accomplished and dissected college players in years. He was a four-time All-American at a perennial power, giving fans and pundits more time for analysis than players who stay only a year or two.

The former national college Player of the Year brings a reputation for tenacious play along with four years of productivity at the highest level of college basketball. He also enters the NBA with questions as to whether his game translates to the pros.

But he has one big fan in a pretty good hoopster named Larry Bird. "Tyler's been beat down for four years," the Pacers president said.

"Everybody says his game won't translate to the NBA. He'll be fine. He'll do a good job."

"The way I look at it, people didn't think I was going to be a very good college player, and I was successful in college," Hansbrough said. "I am coming in there, ready to prove some people wrong."

Bird brushed aside the notion that Hansbrough has something to prove. "This guy can score and he will score."

QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Sometimes it’s hard to put those feelings aside. There’s something about our blood that makes it very hard to choose a Duke player."

– Michael Jordan of the Charlotte Bobcats on choosing Duke’s Gerald Henderson in the first round of the NBA Draft.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

A LONG WAY FROM FSU. New York Knicks 2009 first round draft pick Toney Douglas #23 looks on while fellow new Knick Jordan Hill(notes) #43 throws out the ceremonial first pitch of the game between the New York Mets and the New York Yankees on June 26, 2009 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.

(Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME...you saw somebody pole vault?

Daniel Kinsey pole vaults during the decathlon competition during day 2 of the USA Track and Field National Championships on June 26, 2009 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.




(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

A LITTLE CRAZY. You know we love our crazy people and the Grand Prix bike guys top our list. We suppose it's a little less crazy on the smaller bikes, but maybe not...

Here, Spaniard Sergio Gadea rides his 125cc to win the Dutch Grand Prix meeting race in Assen, on June 27, 2009.

(Photo by Robert Vos/AFP/Getty Images)

Friday, June 26, 2009

THINGS THAT MAKE YOU GO…

Hmmm…

If you don’t know by now that Michael Whacko Jacko Jackson died yesterday of cardiac arrest you may need to check your pulse or climb on out of the cryonic chamber long enough to grab some cable TV news.

Oh well, one less bankrupt pedophile superstar icon to kick around…

We will give him credit for revolutionizing the music video with Thriller and for some classic pop songs, but the rest of the circus…jeez.

While Ryan O’Neil and Farah Fawcett’s friend, who has been hawking the documentary of her BFF’s illness and ultimate death with great enthusiasm, are undoubtedly feeling a bit upstaged, the Governor of South Carolina, who “hiked” down the Appalachian Trail all the way to Argentina, must be greatly relieved that the spotlight has moved west…

Here is an odd, funny, sometimes scary and ultimately sad look at the the history of Jackson’s ravaged countenance.

EXTREME GOLF REACHES NEW HEIGHTS

For a mere $70 you can play the Legends Golf and Safari Restort within the Enabeni Safari Conservancy in the Limpopo Province of South Africa. That $70 will get you 18holes, a golf cart and lunch. Not bad (other than the absurdly long and expensive plane ride to get there…)

Now another $1,060 per foursome -a mere $265 per golfer - will get you a helicopter ride to the tee box of the Extreme 19th Hole. The hole is 642 yard par 3 that not even the U.S.G.A. would dare to add into a U.S.Open mix. The catch is the tee box is 1,430 feet above the green…

Players take a helicopter to the top of Hanglip Mountain to play the longest - and highest - par three on the planet. Taking the shot also requires some courage and a bit of balanas one needs to teeter terrifyingly close to the edge of the mammoth hillside. Might want have those beers on the ride back DOWN.

Indeed, the Extreme 19th Hole is so high the ball takes almost 30 seconds to reach the ground.

Cricket commentator Mark Nicholas recently joined an elite list to have parred the hole.

"It was awesome, riveting and phenomenal," Nicholas said. "It's like the end of the world when you get up there and it's an awful lot of fun. It's such an adrenalin rush taking the helicopter up and then rushing back down."

The resort offers a $1 million prize to the first golfer who makes a hole in one. Ireland’s Padrig Harrington became the first golfer to par the hole, prompting him to say, “This is the type of innovation and excitement we need to get more people playing golf.”

"I think this hole is awesome - I love the whole experience, the helicopter, the views, the drama and having the green the shape of Africa . And now I've got bragging rights over all the other professionals who have played this and not managed to make a three. I love everything about it."

In this photo composite Sergio Garcia and Retief Goosen take a shot at the $1 million. Evidently, neither made a hole-in-one.

ELBOW, NOSE LEAD ACC IN NBA DRAFT

A year after having one lone player drafted in the first round of the NBA draft, the ACC ACC led all conferences with seven first-round draft picks in the 2009 NBA Draft. The Pac-10 was second with six.

Duke's Gerald "Elbow" Henderson was the first ACCer selected when he went taken by the Charlotte Bobcats at No. 12. The Bobcats are coached by Larry Brown (UNC). Tyler "Nose" Hansbrough was chosen with the next pick by the Indiana Pacers.

Described frequently by NBA analysts as lacking the athleticism to make a major contribution in the NBA, it seems a bit ironic that Hansbrough was chosen by another unathletic-white-guy-multiple-NBA-Champion-MVP-member-of-the-Hall-of-Fame Larry Bird.

Since 1986, the ACC has had 88 players selected in the first round of the NBA draft, the Big East is second with 76 and the Pac-10 third with 67.

The ACC extended its streak of having at least one first-round draft pick in 21 consecutive NBA drafts. The ACC has had the most, or tied for the most, first-round picks in the NBA draft in five of the of the last eight years and in 11 of the last 17.

2009 NCAA Division 1 Men’s Basketball National Champion the University of North Carolina Tar Heels had three players selected in the first round for the second time in five years. Wake Forest’s James Johnson and Jeff Teague became the first Demon Deacon duo to be selected in the first round of the same NBA Draft, and for the second time in three years, Florida State had a first round draft pick as Toney Douglas became FSU’s 10th overall first round pick.

Duke has had at least one player selected in 11 of the past 12 years.

With the selection of North Carolina’s Ty Lawson by the Minnesota Timberwolves, 38 ACC Players of the Year have been drafted in the first round.

PICK-TEAM-PLAYER-POSITION-SCHOOL
12 Charlotte - Gerald Henderson SG Duke
13 Indiana - Tyler Hansbrough PF North Carolina
16 Chicago - James Johnson PF Wake Forest
18 Minnesota to Denver - Ty Lawson PG North Carolina
19 Atlanta - Jeff Teague PG Wake Forest
28 Minnesota - Wayne Ellington SG North Carolina
29 Los Angeles Lakers - Toney Douglas SG Florida St.
46 Cleveland - Danny Green SG North Carolina
51 San Antonio - Jack McClinton SG Miami (FL)

TAR HEELS NOMINATED FOR ESPY

The 2009 NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketball National Champion North Carolina Tar Heels' basketball team has been nominated for the made-for-cable award in the team category, along with UConn's women's basketball team, the L.A. Lakers, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins.

Fans will determine the winners in 37 different categories by voting online at www.espys.tv. The show will be aired July 19.

The ESPYs are a serious awards show designed to commemorate the very best of athletic performances and occasionally the likes of Carrot Top (OK, it’s really snowboarder Shaun White) and those rarely recognized or properly honored “Game Show Babes.”

PICTURE OF THE DAY

N.J. TURNPIKE EXIT # ADIOS. Vince Carter now of the Orlando Magic poses for a portrait on June 24, 2009 at the RDV Sportsplex in Maitland, Florida after he was traded draft day from the Nets to the Magic.

(Photo by Fernando Medina/NBAE via Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

THE TRADITIONAL WHITES OF WIMBELDON. India's Mahesh Bhupathi (L) partners Mark Knowles (R) of the Bahamas during a Men's Doubles match on the fifth day of the 2009 Wimbledon Tennis Championships at the All England Tennis Club, in southwest London, on June 26, 2009.

The outfits look nice, but are they waterproof?

(Photo by Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 3

THIS SPORT USED TO BE ON TV. Track and field, like boxing, horse racing and hockey has fallen from a spot of prominence as basketball, football and NASCAR now occupy the majority of the nation’s attention and media.

Here, runners clear the water hurdle during the 3000m steeplechase heats during day 1 of the USA Track and Field National Championships on June 25, 2009 at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon.

(Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

KRZJCHVNS8SKI EARNS THREE TIMES MORE THAN HIS BOSS

DURHAM, N.C. (AP)—Coach K remains Duke’s highest-paid employee.

The school’s most recent IRS documents were obtained Wednesday by The Associated Press. They show that Duke paid men’s basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEFS’-kee) more than $3.6 million during the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2008.

The Hall of Fame coach made about $2.2 million the previous year.

Krzyzewski’s salary is about 3 1/2 times that of Duke’s next highest-paid employee. Chancellor emeritus Dr. Ralph Snyderman made about $983,000.

Former women’s basketball coach Gail Goestenkors, who’s now at Texas, also made the school’s list of top earners. Duke paid her nearly $500,000 in deferred compensation.

The salaries were first reported by The Herald-Sun of Durham.

DUKE'S WILLIAMS TO TRANSFER


Elliot Williams, whose move into the starting lineup provided Duke with a late-season spark, is leaving the Blue Devils' men's basketball team after one season because of unspecified family medical reasons.

School officials said Wednesday that Williams plans to transfer closer to his hometown of Memphis to be near family. He is expected to ask the NCAA to waive its transfer rule that would require him to sit out this season, Duke officials said in a statement.

What K said: "We fully support him in his efforts to be closer to (his family) during this trying time," coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "He is a good young man with an opportunity to become an outstanding player. We wish him well as he determines his future. He will always be a part of our program and we will always be in his corner."
(What K meant: "I don't really care how well he does when he goes to another school, I just hope he doesn't beat us in some future game.")

Williams' late-season emergence was one of the reasons the Blue Devils won the Atlantic Coast Conference tournament and reached the regional semifinals of the NCAA tournament.

The high-energy guard spent most of his freshman season as a reserve. His late-February move into the starting lineup seemed to spark the Blue Devils; he started 11 of the team's final 12 games and Duke finished 10-2 during that stretch. He averaged 4.2 points and 2.3 rebounds.

His departure leaves senior Jon Scheyer and junior Nolan Smith as the only returning guards on the roster.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

SIX-TIME CHAMPS. The Louisiana State University Tigers celebrate the win over the Texas Longhorns during Game 3 of the 2009 NCAA College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium on June 24, 2009 in Omaha, Nebraska. The Tigers defeated the Longhorns 11-4 to win the national title.

(Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

PICTURE OF THE DAY 2

NO MORE AIR. Illinois' Jeff Jordan, son of former NBA great Michael Jordan, practice with his teammates in Champaign, Ill. Jordan, a second-year player who walked on with the Illini last season said Wednesday, June 24, 2009, he would not be playing basketball at Illinois next year but plans to focus on his studies.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

T.A.H. MAILBAG

Yesterday at 1pm we received this comment from a “dude” who calls himself Dave.

It was in response to a post from February of 2008 (!!!) about a shark
killing an Austrian man doing one of those up-close-and-personal dive trips in the Bahamas.

Obviously, Dave, like many before him, does not understand T.A.H.’s sense of humor, but we loved his very serious reply to our mocking post regarding the simple fact that sharks occasionally eat people…

"Dude, just because someone got killed by a shark is a stupid reason to freakout. what about the 150 people a year that die from falling coconuts? Or what about car accidents? Or what about dogs? Or what about people killing poeple? Or what about spontaneous human combustian? (sic) Hey what about snakes? Should I go on?

4 people a year die from sharks and you freak out. I think you need to rethink what you’re saying. If only 4 people out of 100 million a year die then you have issues. If that worries you then maybe you better walk home. Don't forget to not take the stairs. Please don't walk under tree's. If there is ice, stay inside, you might slip. Oh, I forgot, throw the snowboard away, and oh yes, don't drink water to fast. Last year 100 people died from drinking water to fast. So be safe bubble boy."

Huh! Bubble boy? That's messed up.

Frankly, we don’t believe 150 people die a year from falling coconuts…

Nice, Dave, NICE!

FBR NATIONALS WIN MAJORS DIVISION WITH UNDEFEATED SEASON

We recently received this press release and decided to publish it mostly “as is” or “was” or whatever…
June 19 – WARRENTON, VA. "FBR Nationals go undefeated – win championship 8-7!"

In what only could be called coaching genius, Bill Chipman takes his Nationals team of the Fauquier Babe Ruth Baseball League Majors Division wire-to-wire to finish off an astonishing undefeated season! (Genius Chipman failed to tell T.A.H. what his squad’s final record was, but since we have a crack(!) Research Department, we can tell you the mighty, mighty Nats were 8-0 with five games – but, who’s counting? – cancelled due to inclement weather and/or unplayable field conditions. After all, the FBR league moto was amended this monsoonish spring to “Fields Closed, Games Cancelled.”)

(Also unreported by Genius Chipman was the fact that the Nats defeated the Diamondbacks – whom they had previously waxed in the regular season 10-5 – in the championship tilt.)

With the occasional help of assistant coach Chris Giglio and Bernie Magill, Manager Chipman was able to use his talent and intellect to piece together a team that was initially referred to as the Bad News Bears.

As one local resident, Mike Reeves, stated, "The old saying goes ‘Those who can't play, coach,’ but that does not apply to Bill Chipman. He helped me tremendously during my playing days at JMU helping me overcome my fear of curve balls or getting hit by a pitch…He obviously is a great coach giving what he accomplished this year." (Then…he laughed so hard beer came out of his nose.)

Asked if he has been contacted by any colleges or major league teams, Chipman stated that, "I have had some calls but I really have no interest in leaving the Warrenton area. The Washington Nationals and I have had brief conversations but the contract would have to stipulate that I only manage the home games."

ESPN has reported that a deal between the Chipman and the Nationals is close to being finalized.

We hear that current National’s manager Manny Acta is delighted by these developments…

Congrats, FBR Nats!

HOKIES RELIEVED AS USC HIRES O’NEILL

More than one Hokie was nervous when Tim Floyd quit as the Trojan’s head hoop’s coach when various media outlets put Seth Greenberg on the list of qualified candidates.

Of course, Greenberg was “qualified” but was he ever really interested in uprooting his family from Blacksburg to L.A.? Seems as one is either a Blacksburg-kind-of-guy or an L.A.-kind-of-guy, and we doubt too many cats would wear both of those hats.

Not to mention the mess that is USC athletics. Mind you, Gary Williams tackled a Maryland program facing severe NCAA sanctions, but Williams is an alum which might make one temporarily insane. Greenberg has no such connection to a USC program mired in NCAA allegations.

Greenberg told the Washington Post he had no intentions of leaving Virginia Tech, but that usually means the “I’m leaving” press conference is secretly being scheduled as the print dries. Not this time.

So earlier this week when Kevin O’Neill took over Southern California’s troubled basketball program all became well in Hokieville.
The 52-year-old O’Neill returns to the college ranks after spending last season as an assistant with the Memphis Grizzles.

O’Neill is 171-180 in 12 seasons as a college head coach, including stints at Marquette, Tennessee and Northwestern.

GREAT PHOTOS FROM RECENT WEEKS

LEAP OF FAITH. A spectator dives into a puddle after tournament play was suspend because of rain during the first round of the U.S. Open at the Bethpage Black course in Farmingdale, N.Y.

(Photo by Matt Sullivan-Reuters)






FACE PLANT. North Carolina's Ben Bunting, right, steals second base against Southern Mississippi shortstop B.A. Vollmuth during the first inning of a College World Series baseball game in Omaha, Neb.

(Photo by Ted Kirk-AP)

LORD STANLEY’S CUP. Penguins captain Sidney Crosby, right, kisses the Stanley Cup trophy, as he and teammate Marc-Andre Fleury ride in the victory parade through Pittsburgh to celebrate their championship over the Detroit Red Wings.

(Photo by Keith Srakocic-AP)


T(R)AILING THE FIELD. Jockeys ride their horses while competing in the Queen's Vase during the fourth day of the Royal Ascot horse race meeting in the United Kingdom.

(Photo by Eddie Keogh-Reuters)

BAD DRUGS. Former cyclists who have been transformed into Guernsey cows as a result of years and years of injecting themselves with illegal bovine hormones watch the pack of cyclists in the Lukmanier Pass during the third stage of the Tour de Suisse (Cheese) race in Davos, Switzerland.

(Photo by Denis Balibouse-Reuters)

DOG ON A HOG. Alan Ribner of Leesburg rides his motorcycle with his dog, Sevey. Ribner and Sevey have logged 60,000 miles together on a Harley Davidson up and down the East Coast. To see the complete photo essay, click here.

(Photo by Jahi Chikwendiu-The Washington Post)

Monday, June 22, 2009

A TIGER WINS THE U.S. OPEN

Just not the Tiger you may have thought was going to lift the trophy…

Luke Glover (Clemson) from Greenville, SC survived the weather and Bethpage Black to win the U.S. Open. Glover joined the PGA Tour in 2001 and earned his degree in communications from Clemson in 2005.

Getting only the second victory of his PGA Tour career, Glover finished a final round of 3-over 73 Monday afternoon to win by two strokes over Phil Mickelson (Arizona State), David Duval (Georgia Tech) and Ricky Barnes (Arizona).

Glover took the outright lead with his lone birdie of the day at the par-4 16th and held on, taking home $1.35 million for the victory. He was 4 under for the championship.

Defending champion Tiger Woods (Stanford) finished even par and in a tie for sixth, four shots behind Glover.

HANSBROUGH, HENDERSON HEADED FOR NBA DRAFT GREEN ROOM

The NBA is expected to release its list of invitees to Thursday’s draft later today. But one player who will definitely be in the so-called “green room” at Madison Square Garden in New York: UNC forward Tyler Hansbrough.

“He was planning to go up there either way, but when he got the call and invitation, he was pretty happy,’’ his father, Gene Hansbrough, said this morning.

Hansbrough, a four-time All-America, is expected to be picked somewhere in the teens of the first round. He planned to work out with the New Jersey Nets – who have the 11th overall pick – again on Tuesday.

“He could go as high as 11, and I don’t see him getting past Utah at 20,’’ NBA draft analyst Chris Monter said.

Duke guard Gerald Henderson is also expected to be on the list when it is released today; he said last week he’s already thinking about what suit he’s going to wear that night. UNC point guard Ty Lawson could also be invited.

Draft invitees sit front and center at Madison Square Garden Theatre in front of the commissioner, and when their names are called, they're brought up to the podium, given their new team's hat, and get a handshake and photo op.

BEER AND THE U.S. OPEN: MORE OF EVERYTHING, MORE OF ANYTHING

Apparently, the long days of rain were good for beer sales at the U.S. Open.

Maybe too good…

The feel good story of the tournament was the tremendous support Phil Mickelson got from the New York fans. Unfortunately, there was a drunk, stupid and obnoxious sub-group of morons who thought they were funny or geniuses or both.

According to Newsday: Beer-sodden fans and rain combined for an ugly finish to a long day of golf yesterday, with Tiger Woods and other golfers subjected to drunken heckling as the action at Bethpage Black came to a close.

At 6:42 p.m., dozens of drunken spectators at Hole 10 taunted Woods as he prepared to start his third round in the rain.

"We're on Long Island, baby, where men are men!" one fan yelled. "Put that umbrella down!"

The taunts were mixed with cheers from the majority of the crowd.

Woods did not respond to the people who were heckling him but tried to quiet the crowd with a "sshh" hand gesture, putting his finger to his lips, as golfers prepared to tee off on the adjacent 12th tee.

"Suck it up, you've got your own video game!" someone shouted at Woods.

To read the rest of the story, click here.

The rowdiness that prompted Woods to shush fans Saturday night carried over into U.S. Open play Sunday. The USGA shut down beer stands at 6 p.m. - 15 minutes earlier than Saturday - but there they were at the first tee Sunday at 6:30 p.m., a dozen fans mercilessly ripping every golfer who teed off to start the fourth round.They were also at the second green, jeering Ian Poulter about his pastel trousers. And at the putting green, booing every time Henrik Stenson missed a chip shot.

Brian Ruggles, general manager for Prom Management, which is handling concessions, said the USGA told him to halt beer sales at 6:15 p.m. Saturday --15 minutes earlier than planned and around when Woods was heckled."A couple of people got a little too vocal, so they shut it down early," Ruggles said.

Ruggles said 150,000 beers had been sold through Saturday, compared to 60,000 sodas and 55,000 bottles of water.

Nice, New Yorkers, NICE!

BATTLE OF HASTINGS (G)) WINS $500,000 COLONIAL TURF CUP

Morning line favorite Battle of Hastings (GB) took the $500,000 Colonial Turf Cup (Gr. II) by a head on Saturday at Colonial Downs for trainer Jeff Mullins.

Despite being rank under slow early fractions of :25.15 and :49.47, jockey Tyler Baze was able to settle the three year old gelding and sprint to a clear lead through the stretch, holding on to win.

“Once I got him settled,” says Baze, “it was just a matter of finding the right way home. Everything opened on the rail.”

A return to Colonial for the $750,000 Virginia Derby (Gr. II) has not been ruled out for Battle of Hastings (GB). Says owner Mike House, “The purse here was terrific – that’s what got us here. Everybody’s been wonderful.”

Straight Story, who led for the early quarter, finished second, with Lime Rickey closing into third by 1 ¼ lengths.

Take The Points faded from second in the early quarter to take fourth by a head, with pacesetter Al Khali finishing fifth. Rescue Squad raced along the rail to finish sixth, with Mark S the Cooler, Final Count, and Winning Vow rounding out the field.

PICTURE OF THE DAY

HE’S BACK? David Duval (Georgia Tech) watches his approach shot on the ninth hole during the continuation of the final round of the 109th U.S. Open on the Black Course at Bethpage State Park on June 22, 2009 in Farmingdale, New York.

Duval finished tied for second.


(Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

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