Unbeaten Obrigado caps off season in Maine Sire Stakes
SCARBOROUGH — The Maine Sire Stakes Championship Finals for three-year-olds were decided at Scarborough Downs on Saturday and Obrigado wrapped up an undefeated season scoring his 13th win of the year to grab top honors in the $77,415 colt trotting final.
Driven by Heath Campbell for trainer Ivan Davies, Obrigado assumed his customary front-end seat with stablemate Wakefield Fire tagging along in the two hole. At the midway point of the mile, Wakefield Fire pulled alongside of Obrigado, the tandem racing in lockstep up the back stretch before Obrigado pulled away to secure his open-length victory.
“I felt fortunate and grateful to be able to secure Heath Campbell as my driver this year,” said owner Mike Andrew of Gorham. “Ivan Davies, my trainer, would normally have driven but had commitments to drive a colt in the same division for his brother. Heath was the right choice.”
Wakefield Fire (Ivan Davies) was second; Maine Muscle (Michael Cushing) mounted a strong rally to finish third.
UNC coach Hatchell has leukemia
North Carolina’s Sylvia Hatchell, the winningest active coach in women’s college basketball, has been diagnosed with leukemia and will step away from her coaching duties temporarily while she focuses on treatment, the school announced on its website.
Hatchell, 61, said she would remain involved with the team and expected to “return to my sideline responsibilities as soon as possible.”
Longtime assistant Andrew Calder will lead the program while Hatchell is away from the team.
Hatchell was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame last month, and her 908-321 career record makes her one of only three head coaches in women’s basketball to win 900 games.
Hatchell currently stands second in all-time in wins and is first among active coaches.
Penn State’s sex-scandal bill crosses $50M mark
PHILADELPHIA — Penn State has spent more than $50 million on fines, legal bills and other costs linked to a sex abuse scandal that has roiled the university for nearly two years, according to the school’s website.
That figure does not include up to $60 million the university has set aside to settle civil claims from some 32 now-grown men who said they were sexually abused by former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky, a university spokesman said on Monday.
Sandusky is now serving 30 years to 60 years in prison after being convicted in June 2012 of molesting 10 boys over 15 years.
The biggest single expense listed in the university’s records is a $12 million fine paid to the NCAA, the first of five installments toward an overall $60 million fine the organization imposed on Penn State. The NCAA said at the time that the money was equivalent to the annual gross revenue of the football program.
A’s Reddick, Gray to have surgery
Oakland A’s outfielder Josh Reddick and A’s pitcher Sonny Gray are expected to undergo surgery to repair injuries, multiple media outlets reported.
Reddick was limited to 114 games because of a troublesome right wrist injury and hit just .226 with 12 homers this season. He is expected to undergo arthroscopic surgery on that wrist.
Gray will have surgery to repair the torn thumb ligament in his non-pitching hand. He went 5-3 with a 2.67 ERA during the regular season and was 1-1 in the postseason.