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Game On Dude wins Native Diver Stakes

Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, he becomes the shortest priced winner in the race's history

December 01, 2012|Wire reports
  • Game On Dude and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade III, $250,000 Native Diver Stakes at Hollywood Park on Saturday.
Game On Dude and jockey Mike Smith win the Grade III, $250,000 Native Diver… (Benoit Photo / Associated…)

Game On Dude won the $242,500 Native Diver Stakes by 11/4 lengths at Betfair Hollywood Park, rebounding from a poor performance in the Breeders' Cup Classic last month.

Ridden for the first time by Hall of Fame jockey Mike Smith, Game On Dude ran 11/8 miles on Cushion Track in 1:52.27 and paid $2.60, $2.20 and $2.10 as the 3-10 favorite. He became the shortest priced winner in the race's history, paying less than the $2.80 of Twilight Agenda in 1991.

Nonios returned $3.20 and $2.40, while defending champion Kettle Corn was another 4 1/4 lengths back in third and paid $3 to show.


Cubs said to reach deal with closer Kenji Fujikawa

The Chicago Cubs declined to comment on a report they've agreed to terms with Japanese closer Kenji Fujikawa. columnist Ken Rosenthal reported Saturday that Fujikawa will receive a guaranteed $9.5 million over two years, with a vesting option for 2015. He'd receive $4 million in 2013 and '14.

Fujikawa was being aggressively courted by the Angels, who signed Ryan Madson as their closer.

Cubs General Manager Jed Hoyer did not return phone calls.

Dave Doeren will leaving Northern Illinois to take over as football coach at North Carolina State.

N.C. State announced Doeren's hiring Saturday — less than 24 hours after he guided the 19th-ranked Huskies to a second consecutive Mid-American Conference championship against Kent State and just six days after the Wolfpack fired Tom O'Brien.

Doeren claimed a MAC title both years he has been a head coach and is 23-4 since taking over the Huskies before the 2011 season with a 17-1 record in conference play.

N.C. State athletic director Debbie Yow calls Doeren "a highly motivated overachiever." Doeren — who turns 41 on Monday — replaces O'Brien, who was fired following six inconsistent seasons and no Atlantic Coast Conference title-game appearances with the Wolfpack.

The Minnesota Vikings have ruled wide receiver Percy Harvin out of their game at Green Bay on Sunday because of a sprained left ankle.

Germany's Martin Kaymer holed a tricky 10-foot par putt on the final hole for a two-under 70 and a one-stroke lead in the Nedbank Golf Challenge at Sun City, South Africa.

Kaymer was five under overall at Gary Player Country Club in the 12-man event.

South Africa's Louis Oosthuizen was second after a 69, and countryman Charl Schwartzel was another stroke back after a 70. England's Lee Westwood, the two-time defending champion, and American Bill Haas were two under. Westwood had a 70, and Haas shot a 71.

Germany's Bernhard Langer won the Nedbank Champions Challenge seniors event, shooting a 74 for a two-stroke victory over Jay Haas, Bill Haas' father. Langer finished at seven-under 209.

South Korea's Lee Dong-hwan shot an eight-under 64 on Saturday on PGA West's Stadium Course to take a two-stroke lead after the fourth round of the PGA Tour qualifying tournament.

Lee had a 19-under 269 total in the six-round event. The final top 25 and ties will receive 2013 PGA Tour cards and the next 50 and ties will earn Tour cards.

Edward Loar, Meen Whee Kim, Vaughn Taylor and Richard H. Lee were tied for second after their rounds on the Stadium Course.

Lindsey Vonn raced to her 13th World Cup victory at Lake Louise, Canada, on Saturday, leading another 1-2 U.S. sweep in the second downhill at the Canadian resort.

Vonn finished in 1 minute 52.9 seconds to edge teammate Stacey Cook by 0.52 of a second. On Friday in the season-opening downhill, Vonn beat Cook by 1.73 seconds.

Switzerland's Marianne Kaufmann-Abderhalden was third in 1:53.52.

Vonn will race in the super-G on Sunday in a bid to sweep the three-race event for the second straight year.

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