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Eclipse Winner Lost in the Fog Has Terminal Cancer

Saturday, August 19, 2006

Lost in the Fog , the 2005 Eclipse Award winner as sprinter of the year, has cancer in his spleen and abdomen and his trainer said yesterday that the 4-year-old colt will have to be put down soon.

The horse underwent an exploratory procedure in New York that determined the cancer in his spleen had spread, veterinarian Don Smith said in a conference call with trainer Greg Gilchrist .

"Unfortunately, we found two other tumors in his abdomen," Smith said. "There is one in his membrane and ligament, about the size of an egg. Unfortunately there is another along his back and it's about the size of a football."

They plan to bring the horse back to Golden Gate Fields in California so that Lost in the Fog can rest comfortably in his own stall.

"We'll just have a week or 10 days with him and then we'll say goodbye," Gilchrist said.

Lost in the Fog won the first 10 races of his career beginning in November 2004, and has earned $978,099 with 11 wins and a second-place finish in 14 starts.

The growth was discovered during a sonogram Sunday at UC-Davis after Gilchrist sent Lost in the Fog up from his home track for a checkup. The colt had seemed uncomfortable for a week, with changed eating habits, signs of colic and a spike in his temperature.

· PRO BASKETBALL: Alonzo Mourning re-signed with the Miami Heat, a formality after the veteran center announced last month that he would return to the NBA champions for the coming season.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Mourning, who underwent a kidney transplant in December 2003, announced July 15 that he would be back in Miami for his 14th NBA season. He averaged 7.8 points, 5.5 rebounds and 2.66 blocks, making 20 starts as Shaquille O'Neal 's backup.

Mourning, a seven-time all-star, is Miami's all-time leader in games played (491), blocked shots (1,405), free throws made (2,328) and free throws attempted (3,512). . . .

Free agent forward-center Scot Pollard , 31, signed a one-year contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers, who also traded center Martynas Andriuskevicius to the Chicago Bulls for guard Eddie Basden .

The 6-foot-11, 265-pound Pollard averaged 3.8 points and 4.8 rebounds in 45 games -- 32 starts -- last season for the Indiana Pacers. . . .

Former George Mason standout Jai Lewis has signed a professional basketball contract and will play for Bosna of the Adriatic Basketball Association. He will be playing in the league's top division and as a forward on the league's most dominant team. Bosna is based in Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina. The season starts on Sept. 30.

· TENNIS: In Montreal, Martina Hingis held off Svetlana Kuznetsova for a 7-6 (7-4), 6-3 win in the quarterfinals of the Rogers Cup.

Hingis advanced to today's semifinals against Anna Chakvetadze , a 7-6 (7-3), 7-5 winner over Shahar Peer .

Dinara Safina and Ana Ivanovic will meet in the other semifinal. Safina defeated Nicole Pratt , 6-1, 6-0, shortly after finding out that her brother, men's star Marat Safin , had been injured in a car accident on Thursday in Cincinnati.

Safin has a suspected mild concussion and a stiff neck after his car was struck by another vehicle, but called his sister after her match to assure her he was fine.

· LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: In South Williamsport, Pa., Lake Charles of Louisiana defeated Columbia, Mo., 1-0, on Gabe Von Rosenberg 's sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth.

Louisiana pitchers allowed just one hit. In other games, Portsmouth, N.H., defeated Murrayhill of Beaverton, Ore., 6-1; and Arabian American of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia shut out Surrey, British Columbia, 5-0.

· BOXING: In Dallas, Evander Holyfield began his latest comeback with an easy triumph over Jeremy Bates . Holyfield, 43, rocked Bates into the ropes late in the first round, withstood a few hard body shots early in the second then caught his insurance-salesman foe in the corner to earn a technical knockout with 4 seconds left in the round, capturing his first victory since June 2002.

· SOCCER: In Moscow, the United States beat Congo, 2-1, in its opener at the FIFA Under-20 Women's World Championship on goals by Kelley O'Hara and Amy Rodriguez .

· HIGH SCHOOLS: Joey Roberson , the Stafford High lineman who died Aug. 11 from heatstroke, was buried yesterday at Sunset Memorial Park in Fredericksburg.

At a preceding service in the Stafford High auditorium, friends and family were joined by Roberson's former teammates, who wore their blue football jerseys while they remembered the 6-foot-2, 280-pound Roberson, who went by the nickname "Big Joe."

A Stafford County schools spokesperson said the county is conducting an internal review of the practice during which Roberson collapsed. Interim superintendent Andre Nougaret hopes to share the findings with the county school board on Tuesday.

· COLLEGE BASKETBALL: Guard Jeff Jones , a highly rated high school senior basketball player from Drexel Hill, Pa., has orally committed to play at Virginia, according to Scout.com. Jones had reneged on a commitment to Maryland.

· GYMNASTICS: Sasha Artemev capped his rapid comeback by winning the Visa Gymnastics title in St. Paul, Minn. Still rehabilitating from an extensive shoulder injury 18 months ago, the 20-year-old went 6 for 6 in the finals to win easily, with 180.85 points to 179.3 for runner-up Jonathan Horton .

-- From News Services and Staff Reports

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