Take Charge Indy pulls upset in
Florida Derby; Union Rags third
Going to the front out of the gate and staying there virtually every step of the way, Take Charge Indy took advantage of a speed-favoring track and won the Florida Derby on Saturday at Hallandale Beach, Fla., beating heavily favored Union Rags, who finished third.
With Calvin Borel aboard, Take Charge Indy finished the 1 1/8-mile race in 1:48.79. Long shot Reveron was second, holding off Union Rags. Take Charge Indy returned $17.40, $9 and $3.60. Reveron paid $18.40 and $4, and Union Rags paid $2.10.
Union Rags settled in fourth entering the first turn, the pack closely bunched behind Take Charge Indy. When jockey Julian Leparoux asked Union Rags for his move, he first tried going to the inside, then turned back toward the center of the track. But by then there was no catching Take Charge Indy, who now is headed to the Kentucky Derby.
Also: Monterosso won the $10 million Dubai World Cup, the world’s richest horse race, to give Dubai’s ruler an emotional victory after one of his horses was euthanized following a fall in an earlier race at Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The outcome provided a big boost for Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum’s stables, which had not won this showcase since 2006.
Monterosso, who finished third last year, was ridden by Mickael Barzalona and timed for the 1¼ miles in 2:02.67. The 5-year-old British horse went off at 20-1 odds and beat Capponi by three lengths to give Godolphin Stables a 1-2 finish.
Willa B Awesome edged Reneesgotzip by a nose to win the $300,000 Santa Anita Oaks for 3-year-old fillies at Arcadia, Calif. Ridden by Martin Pedroza, Willa B Awesome ran 1 1-16 miles in 1:42.47 and paid $29.20, $7 and $2.40.
Oosthuizen shoots another 66,
leads by two in Houston Open
Louis Oosthuizen shot his second straight 6-under-par 66 to reach 17-under 199 and take a two-shot lead over Hunter Mahan after the third round of the Houston Open at Humble, Texas.
Oosthuizen shook off two early bogeys with four straight birdies on a sunny, windy afternoon at Redstone. Mahan had a 65, rebounding from a bogey on No. 9 with four birdies on the back nine.
Defending champion Phil Mickelson was in a group at 11 under after a 70. Ernie Els, who must win to qualify for this week’s Masters, was at 8 under. He hasn’t missed the Masters since 1993.
Also: Sweden’s Karin Sjodin shot a 4-under 68 through heavy wind while chasing down top-ranked Yani Tseng, pulling even at 9-under 207 entering the final round of the Kraft Nabisco Championship at Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The dominant Tseng, coming off consecutive victories at Phoenix and La Costa and a three-time winner in five events this year, showed visible frustration while posting a 71.
Denmark’s Thorbjorn Olesen shot a 5-under 67 to take a three-stroke lead after the third round of the European Tour’s Sicilian Open at Sciacca, Sicily. He is at 12-under 204.
Recently fired Weber hired as
Kansas State basketball coach
Bruce Weber, who led Illinois to the 2005 NCAA championship game, was hired as basketball coach at Kansas State. He replaces Frank Martin, who took the South Carolina job last week.
Weber was fired March 9 at Illinois after going 210-101 in nine seasons, with six trips to the NCAA Tournament and the runner-up finish in 2005. The Illini went 17-15 overall and 6-12 in the Big Ten Conference this season, prompting the school to fire him with three years left on his contract.
Weber agreed to a five-year, $8.5 million contract that will pay him $1.5 million next season and an additional $100,000 each remaining year. There also are several benefits.
Also: Baylor junior center Brittney Griner was named The Associated Press’ Women’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and her coach, Kim Mulkey, was selected Coach of the Year after leading the team to a 38-0 record. Griner, who averaged 23.4 points, 9.4 rebounds and 5.2 blocks, got 36 of the votes from the 40-member national media panel that selects the weekly Top 25. Mulkey received 19 votes.
Toni Young scored 25 points and Tiffany Bias had 17 points and 11 assists as Oklahoma State ended a season marked by tragedy by beating James Madison 75-68 in Stillwater, Okla., to win the program’s first Women’s National Invitation Tournament championship. Oklahoma State (22-12) lost head coach Kurt Budke and assistant Miranda Serna in a Nov. 17 plane crash that also claimed the lives of pilot Olin Branstetter and his wife, Paula.
UNLV was held to two hits and struck out nine times against two Texas Christian pitchers in a 2-1 Mountain West Conference baseball loss at Fort Worth.
Trevor Kirk’s home run in the eighth inning accounted for the Rebels’ run. UNLV (12-15, 1-7 MWC) loaded the bases in the first on Trent Cook’s single and two walks, but Cole Wilstead grounded out to end the inning.
UNLV shot 11-over-par 298 and is tied for seventh after the second round of the ASU women’s golf invitational at Tempe, Ariz. The Rebels are at 14-over 585, 17 strokes behind leader UCLA, the country’s top-ranked team. UNLV’s Bethany Calvo, tied for the first-round lead at 67, shot 77 and is tied for 15th.
The UNLV women won all six singles matches and defeated New Mexico 6-1 at the Fertitta Tennis Complex. Lucia Batta won at No. 1 singles and teamed with Manon de Lanlay for a victory at No. 2 doubles for the Rebels (12-7, 2-1 Mountain West Conference).
UNLV’s Christine Lowe posted a personal-best time of 59.16 seconds and finished fifth in the 400-meter hurdles at the Texas Relays in Austin.
Ryan Baker pitched a four-hitter to lead the College of Southern Nevada to a 6-0 victory over Utah State-Eastern in the first game of a Scenic West Athletic Conference baseball doubleheader at Price, Utah. In the second game, Rodee Anderson went 4-for-4 with two runs and one RBI in a 10-3 victory for the Coyotes (26-10, 13-7 SWAC).
Alicia Firelein went 4-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs to power CSN to a 10-7 SWAC softball victory over North Idaho at Moses Lake, Wash. The Coyotes (17-27, 12-20) lost the first game, 4-3.
Radwanska drops Sharapova
to 0-4 in Key Biscayne finals
Maria Sharapova lost serve in the final game of each set and fell short in the latest bid for her first Sony Ericsson Open title, losing to Agnieszka Radwanska 7-5, 6-4 at Key Biscayne, Fla. Sharapova is winless in four Key Biscayne finals, also finishing second in 2005, 2006 and last year.
Radwanska, ranked a career-best No. 4, captured her ninth career title and fourth since last summer. She’s 0-4 in 2012 against top-ranked Victoria Azarenka and 26-0 against everyone else.
Also: New York Yankees pitcher Michael Pineda will begin the season on the disabled list after tests showed inflammation in a shoulder tendon but no structural damage.
Pole-sitter Kevin Harvick led all but two laps and won the spring NASCAR Truck Series race at Martinsville Speedway in Martinsville, Va., for the third time in four years. Harvick yielded the top spot to teammate Ty Dillon, who finished second, for the fourth and fifth laps but led a series-record 248 laps.
Ryan Villopoto wrapped up his second straight AMA Supercross season title in Houston, racing to his eighth victory in the first 13 rounds of the season.
Police in Montana arrested former NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf on Friday after a monthlong investigation that culminated with Leaf breaking into an acquaintance’s home to steal prescription pain medication. He is scheduled to make a court appearance Monday.
Michael Phelps won the 200 individual medley in 1 minute, 56.32 seconds in the Indianapolis Grand Prix, almost two seconds faster than this year’s previous world best and more than three seconds ahead of rival Ryan Lochte, who finished third.
Carolina Kostner of Italy won the world figure skating title in Nice, France, and Patrick Chan of Canada captured the men’s title for the second straight year.