Saturday, May 7, 2011

Pictures Of The Day

University of Maryland basketball coach Gary WIlliams speaks while announcing his retirement on May 6, 2011 at the Comcast Center in College Park, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images North America)

The horses break from the gate at the start of the 137th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Jockey Gabriel Saez (R), riding Summer Soiree #3, and Jockey Rosie Napravnik, riding St. John's River #13, lead the field through turn one during the 137th Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs on May 6, 2011 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Jockey Martin Garcia rides atop filly Plum Pretty with winning owner John Fort after winning the 137th running of the Kentucky Oaks on the eve of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky on May 6, 2011. (Photo by Luke Sharrett/AFP/Getty Images)

Runners kick up the loose grass at Chester racecourse on May 06, 2011 in Chester, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

Friday, May 6, 2011

Virginia Gold Cup and Kentucky Derby Updates

Uncle Mo (Garry Jones/AP Photo)
As of yesterday, the field for the 86th running of the Livingsocial Virginia Gold Cup remains intact.  There have been no scratches from the field of seven horses that includes last year’s runner-up Bon Caddo and International Gold Cup winner He’s A Conniver.

To see the entries, click here.

The Kentucky Derby picture is a little cloudier. 

Early this morning, second favorite Uncle Mo was scratched.

Uncle Mo galloped Friday morning at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Ky., without his Derby saddle towel. The announcement was later made at the track.

His owner, Mike Repole, was not present during the morning workout.

Uncle Mo has been recovering from a stomach ailment but had looked good galloping this week.

Last year's juvenile champion  had been the 9-2 second choice behind 4-1 early favorite Dialed In.

Morning line favorite Dialed In (Al Bello/Getty Images)
On Thursday, Repole was awaiting results from the latest vet exam.

"If he's not what we deem to be 100 percent tomorrow, he's not going to be 100 percent on Saturday," he said.

Repole has said yesterday  that he wouldn’t sacrifice Uncle Mo's health to satisfy his 30-year dream of having a horse in America's greatest race. Either way, he won't be shut out. He has Stay Thirsty in the full field of 20 horses.

"It's tough," he said. "Racing needs superstars and if he's 100 percent, Uncle Mo could be that superstar." 

To read more about both races visit our sister blogs The Virginia Blog Cup and The Virginia Thoroughbred Blog.  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

We’re Bummed: Terps Coach Gary Williams Hangs Up Whistle

After a legendary head coaching career spanning 33 years, including 22 years at the University of Maryland, his alma mater, Gary Williams has announced his retirement as head men's basketball coach.

Williams will join Maryland Athletic Director Kevin Anderson and University President Dr. Wallace D. Loh at a press conference on Friday, May 6 at 1 p.m. in Comcast Center. The public is encouraged to attend.

"It's the right time," Williams said. "My entire career has been an unbelievable blessing. I am fiercely proud of the program we have built here. I couldn't have asked any more from my players, my assistant coaches, the great Maryland fans and this great university. Together, we did something very special here."

A member of the University of Maryland Alumni Hall of Fame, University of Maryland Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Washington Sports Hall of Champions, and the Baltimore Sports Legends Museum Hall of Legends, Williams is the 5th winningest active coach in the country, and 3rd in the Atlantic Coast Conference behind only Dean Smith and Mike Krzyzewski. 

In his 33 years as a head coach, he amassed an overall record of 668-380 (.637) and 461-252 (.646) at Maryland.

To read more, click here

Full Field Set To Go To Post For 137th Kentucky Derby

Dialed In and trainer Nick Zito (Garry Jones/AP)
A twenty-horse field will break from the starting gate at Churchill Downs in Louisville, KY on Saturday afternoon for the $2 million Kentucky Derby.  Probable favorites Dialed In and Uncle Mo drew the #8 and #18 starting gate positions.

Dialed In, with Julien Leparoux to ride, has won three of four career starts and will try to become the third Derby winner for trainer Nick Zito, who won in 1991 with Strike the Gold and in 1994 with Go for Gin. Dialed In won the Florida Derby in his last start.

Uncle Mo, the reigning divisional champion, was pegged as the close 5-1 second choice after being assigned post 18 for the 1 1/4-mile race. John Velazquez has the mount for trainer Todd Pletcher, who sent out the 2010 winner, Super Saver.

Archarcharch drew the dreaded one hole.

Uncle Mo
1. Archarcharch, J. Court, 10-1
2. Brilliant Speed, J. Rosario, 30-1
3. Twice the Appeal, C. Borel, 30-1
4. Stay Thirsty, R. Dominguez, 30-1
5. Decisive Moment, K. Clark, 50-1
6. Comma To The Top, P. Valenzuela, 30-1
7. Pants On Fire, R. Napravnik, 30-1
8. Dialed In, J. Leparoux, 4-1
9. Derby Kitten, J. Castellano, 30-1
10. Twinspired, M. Smith, 30-1
11. Master of Hounds, G. Gomez, 20-1
12. Santiva, S. Bridgmohan, 30-1
13. Mucho Macho Man, R. Maragh, 12-1
14. Shackleford, J. Castanon, 20-1
15. Midnight Interlude, V. Espinoza, 12-1
16. Animal Kingdom, R. Albarado, 20-1
17. Soldat, A. Garcia, 20-1
18. Uncle Mo, J. Velazquez, 5-1
19. Nehro, C. Nakatani, 6-1
20. Watch Me Go, R. Bejarano, 50-1

Odds by Mike Watchmaker of the Daily Racing Form
Post time: 6:24 p.m. Eastern
All carry 126 pounds

Pictures Of The Day

Argaum ridden by Paul Moloney jumps the last during the Congratulations Prince William and Princess Catherine Novices' hurdles race run at Fakenham Racecourse on May 3, 2011 in Fakenham, England. (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images Europe)
Tampa Bay Lightning center Dominic Moore celebrate teammate Sean Bergenheim’s second goal as the Lightning sent the Caps packing on another early Stanley Cup playoff exit.  Tampa Bay finished off the four game sweep 5-3 last night at the St. Pete Times Forum.  (Photo by Lou Capozzola/SI)

Washington Nationals center fielder Jerry Hairston gets a close look at a pitch during the ninth inning of a game against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Park.  The Nats lost to their nemesis 7-4.  (Photo by Howard Smith/US Presswire)

Wednesday, May 4, 2011


Pants On Fire (Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
A total of 22 horses have been entered for Saturday's Kentucky Derby, two more than the maximum allowed field of 20.

The entry box closed Wednesday morning, with the draw to determine post positions set for later in the afternoon. The field is limited to the top 20 horses based on earnings in graded stakes races.

Leading the way is Uncle Mo, who is being treated for a gastrointestinal infection. Owner Mike Repole has said if the colt isn't sufficiently recovered, then he won't run in the 1¼-mile Derby.

Uncle Mo galloped Wednesday and later stood in the starting gate to familiarize himself with the surroundings.

Other entries for the 137th Derby are Florida Derby winner Dialed In, Arkansas Derby winner Archarcharch and Comma to the Top, runner-up in the Santa Anita Derby.

Other horses entered are Louisiana Derby winner Pants on Fire, Santa Anita Derby winner Midnight Interlude, Soldat, Brilliant Speed, Irish import Master of Hounds, Twice the Appeal, Nehro and Mucho Macho Man.

The rest of the entries are Decisive Moment, Animal Kingdom, Stay Thirsty, Santiva, Watch Me Go, Shackleford, Twinspired, Derby Kitten, Sway Away and Ruler on Ice.


Yeah, yeah, yeah we said we were done with the Royal Wedding.  OK, we said that twice…BUT, 19 million people can’t be wrong…


Eddie Ahern riding Overturn (l) lead all the way to win The Chester Cup at Chester racecourse on May 04, 2011 in Chester, England.  (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)
Ryan Moore riding Wonder Of Wonders (2nd L, blue&orange) on their way to winning The Weatherbys Bank Cheshire Oaks at Chester racecourse. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images Europe)

ACC LAX Update – Better Late Than Never

Matt Riley/UVa Media Relations
DUKE 10, Jacksonville 6 – Duke University senior Sam Spillane registered a career-high three goals to lead the seventh-ranked Blue Devils to a 10-6 victory at Jacksonville in the regular season finale. Sophomore goaltender Dan Wigrizer anchored the defense with 14 saves. The six goals are the second fewest Duke has allowed this season.

Duke closes out the regular season with a 12-5 overall record, marking the sixth consecutive season the Blue Devils have garnered at least 12 victories. Duke now will await word on a berth in the NCAA Tournament with the bracket announcement set for May 8.

VIRGINIA 11, Penn 2 – Steele Stanwick matched his career high with five assists to lead the No. 11 Virginia Cavaliers (9-5) to a Senior Day win over the No. 13 Penn Quakers (8-5) on Saturday afternoon, 11-2, inside Klöckner Stadium.

With the win, Virginia head coach Dom Starsia now owns 325 career victories, needing two more triumphs to pass Jack Emmer (326) for most victories by a head coach while at a NCAA Division I school.
Notre Dame @ NORTH CAROLINA, Chapel Hill, N.C. ESPNU, 8:00 PM

Colgate @ MARYLAND, College Park, Md.   1:00 PM

More ACC In The NFL Draft

(67) Nate Irving OLB 6'1 235 North Carolina State – Denver
(79) Leonard Hankerson WR 6'3 215 Miami (Fla.) – Washington
(81) DeMarcus Van Dyke CB 6'1 185 Miami (Fla.) – Oakland
(86) Allen Bailey DE 6'4 288 Miami (Fla) – Kansas City

(100) Da'Norris Searcy SS 6'0 210 North Carolina – Buffalo
 (109) Colin McCarthy OLB 6'3 242 Miami (Fla.) – Tennessee
(122) Chris Hairston T 6'7 325 Clemson – Buffalo
(127) Rashad Carmichael CB 5'11 190 Virginia Tech – Houston
(130) Jamie Harper RB 6'0 230 Clemson – Tennessee

(133) Johnny White RB 5'10 205 North Carolina – Buffalo
(152) T.J. Yates QB 6'4 220 North Carolina – Houston

Da'Rel Scott
(171) Quan Sturdivant ILB 6'2 235 North Carolina – Arizona
(173) Byron Maxwell CB 6'1 200 Clemson –Seattle
(180) Tyrod Taylor QB 6'1 217 Virginia Tech – Baltimore
(181) Richard Gordon TE 6'4 270 Miami (Fla.) – Oakland
(192) Matt Bosher K 6'0 205 Miami (Fla.) – Atlanta

(218) Ryan Taylor TE 6'3 240 North Carolina – Green Bay
(221) Da'Rel Scott RB 5'11 200 Maryland – New York
(224) Markus White DE 6'4 262 Florida State – Washington
(225) Anthony Allen RB 6'0 239 Georgia Tech – Baltimore 

Dear Mr. Snyder

Niles Paul WIDE RECEIVER (Eric Francis/Getty Images)

Dear Mr. Snyder:

It sure was fun having all those draft picks.  We don’t recall the Skins having 12 picks since before George Allen was coach.  

(If you aren’t old enough to remember Allen, he was former Virginia Governor George F. Allen’s father and he took the Redskins (11-3) to the Super Bowl to be the final victim of Miami’s 17-0 undefeated season in 1972.  He liked veteran players and hated rookies.  His motto was “The Future Is Now,” and he gave away draft choices like they were mouse pads. He once gave up two third round draft picks for a trainer who was really good at taping ankles.)

That said it, was great getting a dozen new potential players although we don’t recall when drafting offensive linemen (to fill the gaps on our currently, old, injured and depleted offensive line) fell out of favor.  We always thought drafting wide receivers was dodgy, but Coach Shanny went for three of them.

Maurice Hurt (Stephen M. Dowell)
The tenth player chosen by the Redskins was Maurice Hurt, a 6-3 , 318 lbs Guard, out of Florida.  He was the 217th player taken during the seventh round and, no doubt, the Skins brain trust was probably surprised that they still had picks remaining!  

“Who us? We’re still drafting, oh crap, we’re on the clock!”

Hurt played both guard positions for the Gators and he tested positive for marijuana at the NFL combine.  (“How about the pot smoker kid from Florida?”) A one-time error in judgment we’re quite sure. 

Never mind that the one-time error in judgment came just prior to the most important event in his soon-to-be professional career when he knew he would be tested…


Anyway, we digress.  The actual purpose of this note was to let you know that that Auburn, not Nebraska, won the BCS College Football National Championship. The Redskins appeared to be somewhat confused about this matter.

Not Nebraska! (Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
The Tigers were undefeated and led by Heisman Trophy winner and NFL number one overall draft pick Cam Newton.  They defeated Oregon in the BCS Championship game.  

Nebraska did not win the National Championship.  They finished 10-4.  They were defeated by Washington in the Bridgeport Education Holiday Bowl.  They are coached by some dude named Bo.

We remain perplexed as to how you could have confused these two schools, but after drafting three players from Nebraska (Roy Helu RB, DeJon Gomes S and Niles Paul WR), we believe some confusion does, in fact, exist.

We point this out to avoid similar situations we have all unfortunately faced before.

Roy Helu (Jamie Squires/Getty Images)
It goes like this:  You do something.  The media accurately reports what you do.  You get mad.  You call your attorneys and we are all racing along on the litigation superhighway…

Faces are made, names are called, checks are written, yada yada yada…

Go Huskers!

Your Loyal Fan 

Picture Of The Day (Morning)

And just like that, our Washington Caps are once again right on schedule for their second week of May tee times.  Sean Bergenheim #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a first period goal against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The fifth-seeded Lightning defeated the top-seeded Capitals 3-2 and lead the series 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Picture Of The Day

And just like that, our Washington Caps are once again right on schedule for their second week of May tee times.  Sean Bergenheim #10 of the Tampa Bay Lightning scores a first period goal against Michal Neuvirth #30 of the Washington Capitals in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2011 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs at St Pete Times Forum on May 3, 2011 in Tampa, Florida. The fifth-seeded Lightning defeated the top-seeded Capitals 3-2 and lead the series 3-0. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Pictures Of The Day

A giant flag covers the Green Monster before the game between the Boston Red Sox and the L.A. Dodgers at Fenway Park in Boston.  Both teams lined up to observe a moment of silence in honor of those that have died from the 9/11 terrorist attacks one day after the death of Osama bin Laden.  (Photo Elsa/Getty Images)
A packed house watches Daniel Luque during a bullfight at the Maestranza bullring in Seville, Spain. (Photo by Marcelo del Pozo/Reuters)
 Danica Patrick crashes into Simona De Silvestra and Helio Cartroneves at the start of the Indy Car Series Itaipava Sao Paulo Indy 300 in Sao Paulo, Brazil.  (Photo by Jonathan Ferrey/Getty Images)
Australian V8 Supercar drive Karl Reindler’s car bursts into flames as it collides with Steve Owen during competition at Barbagalla Raceway in Perth, Australia.  Both drivers walked away from the crash.  (Photo by Scott Wensley/Reuters)
France’s goalkeeper Fabrice Lhenry keeps a close eye on the puck during his game against Canada during the preliminary round Group B game at the Ice Hockey World Championships in Kosice, Slovakia.  What up with the red, white and blue rooster and how many "chicken" jokes are forthcoming?  (Photo by Petr Josek/Reuters)
Jeff Teague, by way of Wake Forest, drives to the basket against the Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and Kyle Korver during game one of their second-round NBA playoff series.  Altanta won 103-95.  (Photo by Niam Y. Huh/AP Photos)

Monday, May 2, 2011

U.S.A. May 1, 2011

After the historic events of yesterday, today, we again honor the victims of 9/11 and those members of the U.S. armed forces wounded or killed serving our country as the Osama Bin Laden chapter of American history comes to a close.

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