October 31, 2013 |
The $5-million Breeders' Cup Classic suffered a major defection Thursday when trainer Bill Mott announced that Ron The Greek, winner of the Jockey Club Gold Cup, would be scratched from Saturday's race at Santa Anita because of a quarter crack. Ron The Greek won the 2012 Santa Anita Handicap. His morning-line odds for the Classic were 8-1 and his departure leaves a field of 11 in the 1 1/4-mile race. "He had an abscess that broke open in his foot," Mott said. The trainer said the abscess was discovered Wednesday during the feed time.
October 21, 2013 |
Times columnist Helene Elliott rates the pluses and minuses in the NHL from the previous week: + If Sidney Crosby can be said to do anything quietly, he is quietly having a sensational start. Through Sunday he led the NHL in scoring with 17 points, including at least one point in all eight games the Penguins had played. That's a personal best to start a season for Crosby. + St. Louis forward David Backes scored six goals in the Blues' first seven games, matching his total in last season's 48-game schedule.
October 18, 2013 |
Wine books make you tremble in your boots? All that jargon. All those names to learn. All the erudition to wade through? Well, here's one that your inner 3-year-old should enjoy: “ The Essential Scratch & Sniff Guide to Becoming a Wine Expert .” The author is Richard Betts, a master sommelier but no snob, whose Twitter feed boasts the motto “Wine is a grocery, not a luxury.” The book, which premieres this week, is just 22 pages....
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October 14, 2013 |
Law enforcement authorities in Riverside County on Monday said they had launched a hate crime investigation after a racial epithet was scratched on a woman's vehicle. The crime was reported Sunday in the 1300 block of Pocono Court in Moreno Valley. "Based on the correlation between the victim's ethnicity and the comment left on the car, the incident is being investigated as a possible hate crime," Sgt. Curt Bright of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.
October 2, 2013 |
DENVER - Left wing Dustin Penner, who signed with the Ducks as a free agent over the summer, will be a healthy scratch and won't play in the team's season opener Wednesday night against the Colorado Avalanche at Pepsi Center. During Penner's tenure with the Kings he was sometimes demoted to the fourth line or held out of the lineup altogether because of a lack of fitness or lack of goal production. The Kings didn't have the salary cap space or patience to bring him back this season.
September 28, 2013 |
And for today's scare, the Dodgers bring you Matt Kemp. Kemp was a late scratch Friday night, the Dodgers said he was removed for precautionary reasons because of left ankle soreness. This is the same ankle that earlier caused Kemp to sit out 53 games. He came off the disabled list Sept. 16 and had started every game but one since. Kemp has been on the DL three times this season because of a hamstring strain, soreness from off-season shoulder surgery and the ankle issue.