News & Notes: Collision Kills 2-Year-Old Filly

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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Horse Racing: Collision Kills 2-Year-Old Filly

Raspberry Miss, a 2-year-old filly, died yesterday following a collision with another horse at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

The filly, trained by Ken McPeek, was standing near the finish line during a morning training session when Doctor Rap dumped jockey Tony Farina and took off. Doctor Rap, a 3-year-old colt trained by David Carroll, ran into the back of Raspberry Miss, sending both horses to the ground.

Raspberry Miss was taken to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Ky., with multiple fractures and lacerations in her pelvis. Veterinarian Larry Bramlage recommended she be euthanized, but the filly died from shock before being administered an injection. . . .

Expected to be among the Kentucky Derby favorites, Quality Road missed a final workout yesterday morning at Belmont Park and was declared out of Saturday's race by trainer Jimmy Jerkens.

Pro Basketball: Williams Hospitalized

Former NBA star Jayson Williams was zapped with a stun gun by police in his hotel suite after the reportedly suicidal athlete resisted attempts by officers to take him to a hospital.

Police were called to the hotel in lower Manhattan's Battery Park City neighborhood around 4 a.m. when a female friend reported the former New Jersey Nets player was suicidal.

Soccer: FIFA: Delay for Safety

FIFA has announced that World Cup match referees have the authority to delay kickoffs for safety reasons after 19 fans were killed in a stampede at a stadium in the Ivory Coast.

Soccer's world governing body also asked each of the 52 national federations in Africa to send security specialists to a meeting in Cairo next month. . . .

Bayern Munich fired Juergen Klinsmann as coach, ending his two-year contract with the defending German champions after less than a season.

Klinsmann, who coached Germany to third place at the 2006 World Cup, was told by club officials that he was dismissed immediately. Jupp Heynckes will take over.

Misc: Gymnasts Go Overseas

Kytra Hunter (Frederick) and Corrie Lothrop, who train at Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, are among the eight members of the U.S. women's national team who will compete in friendly international exchanges Friday in Muelheim, Germany, and May 8 in Rouen, France. . . .

Niklas Backstrom of the Minnesota Wild, Steve Mason of the Columbus Blue Jackets and Tim Thomas of the Boston Bruins are the finalists for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goaltender. The winner will be revealed June 18 in Las Vegas. . . .

To save money, the Florida High School Athletic Association voted to cut the number of varsity games by 20 percent through 2010-11 in all sports except football. . . .

James Blake struggled with windy conditions and lost to Romanian qualifier Victor Crivoi, 7-5, 6-3, in the first round of the Rome Masters. . . .

Mike Skinner outlasted two days of weather delays to win the rain-

shortened O'Reilly Auto Parts 250 trucks race at Kansas Speedway. . . .

Greg Page, a former heavyweight boxing champion who suffered a severe brain injury in a 2001 fight, died at his Louisville home. He was 50.

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