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Horse Racing

Unlike Thursday, Triple Crown hopeful has uneventful day

NEW YORK – It was an uneventful morning at Belmont Park for I’ll Have Another one day after his Triple Crown hopeful narrowly avoided a collision with a loose horse.

The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner took advantage of a newly implemented designated training time for Belmont Stakes horses with his typical 1½-mile gallop, the same distance as the race June 9.

I’ll Have Another came close to a frightful accident Thursday after Isleta, a 3-year-old maiden filly, broke free and grazed the boot of exercise rider Jonny Garcia. Hours later, the New York Racing Association set aside a window for Belmont starters, from 6:30-6:45 a.m. (Mountain).

Another horse got away from his handler in the barn area about 10 minutes after I’ll Have Another returned to his stall.


Baseball trainer arrested for allegedly smuggling humans

SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – A prominent baseball trainer who helped represent Yoenis Cespedes was arrested in the Dominican Republic on human smuggling charges for allegedly helping Cuban players illegally enter the country.

Dominican police said Edgar Mercedes is one of six men detained in the case. A police statement said the three Dominicans and three Cubans transported potential players from Cuba in hopes of gaining major league contracts. All six were released Friday while authorities continued the investigation.

Mercedes, who is not a registered baseball agent, worked with Cespedes after he defected. Cespedes signed a $36-million, four-year contract with Oakland.


Flames hope Bob Hartley can reignite the franchise

CALGARY, Alberta – Bob Hartley is back in the NHL. What’s surprising is he’s with the Calgary Flames.

The Montreal Canadiens seemed a likely destination for the Stanley Cup winner because of Hartley’s roots in Ontario and his French-speaking background, but the 51-year-old coach signed a three-year contract Thursday with the Flames, a stalled franchise that hasn’t made the playoffs in three years.

Hartley replaces Brent Sutter after Sutter and the club parted company in April. Hartley is Calgary’s fifth coach since the 2004-05 lockout.

Hartley started his coaching career with the Avalanche in 1998 and was fired midway through his fifth season in Denver.


Bob Bradley coaches fanless Egyptians to his first victory

ALEXANDRIA, Egypt – Egypt beat Mozambique 2-0 on Friday night in its opening qualifier for the 2014 World Cup, its first competitive match since Bob Bradley was hired as coach.

Egypt’s first home game in eight months was played without fans under a decision by the interior ministry after more than 70 people died at a league game Feb. 1 during clashes connected to political instability.

Bradley led the United States to the second round of the 2010 World Cup, then was fired after the Americans lost 4-2 to Mexico in the final of last year’s CONCACAF Gold Cup. Egypt, which last played at the World Cup in 1990, hired him in September.


Haiti and Palestine join the International Ski Federation

KANGWONLAND, South Korea – Palestine and Haiti joined the International Ski Federation.

FIS said it also accepted the British Virgin Islands, Eritrea and Togo as associate members at its biennial congress meeting in South Korea. FIS grants associate status to national associations “with fewer than 500 members and fewer than three ski clubs.”

Montenegro became a full FIS member with voting rights.

FIS governs Alpine and cross-country skiing, ski jumping, snowboarding and freestyle skiing.

Associated Press