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May 15, 2014

California Chrome ready to shine at Preakness

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – California Chrome has won all four of his races this year in dominating fashion and strolls into Saturday’s Preakness Stakes as an overwhelming 3-5 favorite amid an adoring public hungry for a Triple Crown opportunity.

The Kentucky Derby champion appears to be a safe bet to win the 10-horse race that his closest challengers, odds-wise, are Social Inclusion at 5-1 and Ride On Curlin and Bayern at 10-1.

May 15, 2014

California Chrome to start Preakness from three post

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – The chances of California Chrome extending his Triple Crown run received a boost on Wednesday when the Kentucky Derby champion was given the number three post for Saturday’s Preakness Stakes.

Oddsmakers made the Art Sherman-trained colt, winner of all four of his races this year, an overwhelming 3-5 favorite in the 10-horse field at Pimlico Race Course.

May 13, 2014

Ride On Curlin trainer seeks elusive clean ride

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – After being squeezed, jostled and pushed wide in most of his races, Ride On Curlin trainer “Bronco” Billy Gowan is wondering if his colt will ever get a trouble-free ride.

And the affable trainer cannot think of a better time than during the $1.5 million Preakness Stakes on Saturday.

May 13, 2014

California Chrome looks ‘great’ at Pimlico

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – California Chrome should be able to handle any roadblocks thrown at him during Saturday’s Preakness States, whether it’s a bad post position, poor weather or a rough trip, his handlers said on Tuesday.

With exercise rider Willie Delgado in the saddle, the Kentucky Derby champion and Preakness favorite tested the Pimlico Race Course track for the first time on Tuesday.

Apr 24, 2014

Angels’ Ibanez, 41, still going strong

By Steve Ginsburg

(Reuters) – At this late stage in Raul Ibanez’s career, an All-Star season culminating in a World Series championship may be the only thing that could lure the 19-year major league veteran into retirement.

Then again, the affable Los Angeles Angels outfielder is having so much fun he just might stick around another season. Or three.

Apr 23, 2014

Pujols insists he’s not thinking beyond next at-bat

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – One day after joining baseball’s exclusive 500 home run club, Albert Pujols insists he is not concerned with reaching another longball milestone.

Let the fans and the media talk about 600 or 700 home runs, Pujols said, adding that he’s not even thinking about homer number 501.

Apr 15, 2014

Phelps’s return greeted with shrug by fellow Olympians

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye toward possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers.

While Phelps’s un-retirement did indeed create a flurry of excitement in social media, those who know him best were not shocked by Monday’s announcement.

Apr 15, 2014

Swimming-Phelps’s return greeted with shrug by fellow Olympians

WASHINGTON, April 15 (Reuters) – The news that Michael Phelps was returning to the pool with an eye toward possibly participating at the 2016 Summer Olympics was greeted with a big yawn by fellow swimmers.

While Phelps’s un-retirement did indeed create a flurry of excitement in social media, those who know him best were not shocked by Monday’s announcement.

Apr 1, 2014

Boston’s Sizemore looks like he never left the game

BALTIMORE (Reuters) – Major League Baseball’s feel-good story of the spring extended into the regular season on Monday as Boston Red Sox center fielder Grady Sizemore had two hits, including his first home run since 2011.

The Red Sox lost to the Baltimore Orioles 2-1 in the season opener for both teams but Sizemore’s day made Boston’s gamble to sign the three-time All-Star look pretty shrewd.

Feb 25, 2014

Ovechkin, Backstrom ready to forget Olympic experience

ARLINGTON, Virginia, Feb 25 (Reuters) – Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom returned to the Washington Capitals on Tuesday determined to forget their bitter Olympic experiences and help their National Hockey League club secure a spot in the playoffs.

Ovechkin scored just one goal in five games for Russia and never reached the podium in Sochi, while Backstrom was denied a chance to play in Sweden’s gold-medal game after he failed a drug test.