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HORSE RACING Street Sense Will Skip Belmont Stakes LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense will skip the Belmont Stakes so trainer Carl Nafzger can prepare his colt for the Travers Stakes and Breeders' Cup Classic later this year. Nafzger said he talked to owner James Tafel for two hours before deciding against a rematch with Preakness winner Curlin in the final leg of the Triple Crown. 'The competitive side said 'Go,' the logical side said 'No, no, no,'' Nafzger said.
Nafzger said they will aim toward the summer and fall schedule that features the Travers and Breeders' Cup. Street Sense and jockey Calvin Borel appeared headed to the Belmont to chase the Triple Crown when he took the lead deep in the stretch at the Preakness, only to have Curlin and jockey Robby Albarado slip by at the wire. NFL Informants Link Vick To Dog Fighting SURRY, Va. - Informants have come forward saying they can link Falcons quarterback Michael Vick to dog fighting, the prosecutor in the case said, and he has turned their accounts and contact information over to investigators. Surry County Commonwealth's Attorney Gerald G. Poindexter said he has heard from about a half-dozen people claiming to have information about Vick's involvement in dog fighting, but he does not know if their claims have proven to be reliable. Poindexter said a search warrant issued May 23 for the home Vick owns in the county has not been executed because he wants to make certain that any search does not jeopardize the investigation. EAGLES: Tight end L.J. Smith had surgery for a sports hernia and will miss minicamp next week. His status for training camp is uncertain. COLLEGES Freshman C Sarosi Leaving USF TAMPA - University of South Florida freshman center Stephanie Sarosi has been given her release and said she will transfer from USF. The 6-foot-5 Sarosi started 10 games last season, averaging 3.4 points and 4.2 rebounds. 'USF wasn't a good fit, and I'm exploring my options,' said Sarosi, rated the nation's sixth-best center as a senior at Titusville Astronaut. She is the younger sister of former USF offensive lineman Derrick Sarosi. USF coach Jose Fernandez could not be reached for comment. FOOTBALL: USF cornerback Mike Jenkins, who was arrested March 23 on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct and obstructing an officer without violence, will enter into a misdemeanor intervention program for first-time offenders, his lawyer Matt Farmer said. After completing community service and payment of legal fees, Jenkins' charges will be removed from his record. Smith Earns All-Region Honors Former Freedom High standout Calvin Smith was one of 19 University of Florida athletes to earn honors as the U.S. Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association announced its All-East Region team. Smith was second in the 400 meters at last week's East Region meet in Gainesville and ran the second leg for runner-up finishes in the 4x100 and the 4x400. He is expected to compete in all three events June 6-9 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships in Sacramento, Calif. 2 Pitchers Throw No-Hitters OKLAHOMA CITY - Monica Abbott threw her 23rd career no-hitter and struck out 16 to break the single-season record and help Tennessee open the Women's College World Series with a 2-0 victory over Texas A&M. The 6-foot-3 Abbott (47-3) broke the strikeout record of 663 set by Southern Mississippi's Courtney Blades in 2000. Abbott now has 665. Earlier, Washington's Danielle Lawrie threw the first no-hitter in four years in the World Series, leading the Huskies to a 3-1 victory over DePaul. Also, Northwestern beat Arizona State 2-0, and Baylor faced Arizona in a late game. ELSEWHERE Proposal Would Keep Amputee Out MONTE CARLO, Monaco - Track and field's governing organization proposed a rule that would prevent a South African amputee sprinter from competing at the Beijing Olympics. Oscar Pistorius, who had both legs amputated below the knee as an infant, wants to run in the 2008 Games. With high-tech blades attached below his knees, he has run competitive times in the 400, 200 and 100 meters. But officials of the International Association of Athletics Federations consider the blades an artificial aid, and its executive council proposed a rule that would outlaw them. This and other proposals will be submitted to the IAAF Congress at its Aug. 22-23 meeting in Osaka, Japan. TELEVISION: ESPNU will launch on Bright House Networks digital cable in the Bay area Tuesday. The network will be on channel 151 and will be free to digital subscribers. A Tribune staff, wire report
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