(Reuters) – Former National Football League star Darren Sharper pleaded guilty on Monday to drugging and raping three women in New Orleans, the final step in a series of deals with prosecutors in federal court and four states.
Sharper, a 14-year NFL veteran who retired after the 2010 season, pleaded guilty in Orleans Parish Criminal District Court to two charges of forcible rape and one of simple rape in 2013.
AUSTIN, Texas (Reuters) – Charismatic bleach-blond Texan Dusty Rhodes, who billed himself as “The American Dream” and won millions of fans during a long career in professional wrestling, has died at age 69, World Wrestling Entertainment said on Thursday.
With a pudgy physique and a homely face, the former college football player did not have the appearance of the typical muscular pro wrestling hero. But Rhodes managed to become one of the biggest stars in the choreographed mayhem of pro wrestling, emotionally connecting with fans while winning a raft of championship belts.
(Reuters) – The American Medical Association, responding to rising concern about concussions in youth sports like soccer and football, on Tuesday adopted policies intended to lower the risk of these brain injuries and called for prompt diagnosis and medical care.
The influential doctors’ group recommended that young athletes suspected of having a concussion be removed immediately from a game and permitted to return only with a doctor’s written approval.
(Reuters) – New England Patriots linebacker Brandon Spikes, being investigated for possible involvement in a hit-and-run accident, was released by the team on Monday, less than a month after it signed him.
A damaged Mercedes-Benz Maybach registered to Spikes was found abandoned early Sunday in the median strip of Interstate 495 in Foxborough, Massachusetts, State Police said.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Less than 24 hours after joining the exclusive Triple Crown club, Belmont Stakes champion American Pharoah appeared ready for the next challenge.
“Looking at the horse today, he looked pretty darn good for a horse that just ran a mile and a half,” trainer Bob Baffert told reporters on Sunday. “He’s a tough horse. Today he looked like he could run back in three weeks.”
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes wire-to-wire on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted ‘Triple Crown’ in nearly four decades.
In winning a seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse and first since Affirmed in 1978 to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah entered the pantheon of U.S. thoroughbred racing’s all-time greats by winning the Belmont Stakes on Saturday to become the first horse to capture the coveted Triple Crown in nearly four decades.
In winning his seventh straight race, American Pharoah became the 12th horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes and the first since Affirmed in 1978.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – American Pharoah seeks to become the first winner of the U.S. Triple Crown in nearly four decades when he takes on seven rivals in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes later on Saturday.
The last horse to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes was Affirmed in 1978 and American Pharoah owner Ahmed Zayat thinks his colt could end the long drought.
ELMONT, New York (Reuters) – Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert could hardly contain his elation over the final workout by Triple Crown hopeful American Pharoah before Saturday’s $1.5 million Belmont Stakes.
“He looked like a monster out there,” Baffert told reporters after the colt’s gallop on Friday at Belmont Park. “I am really happy with the way he went. He’s still sharp.”
(Reuters) – American Pharoah is closing in on his chance to end a record drought of Triple Crown winners at the Belmont Stakes on Saturday and guarantee his place in the pantheon of racing greats.
Regally bred and just a little bit skittish, American Pharoah will face seven challengers in the 147th running of the 1-1/2 mile race, aptly dubbed “The Graveyard of Champions.”