Windsong's Legacy made a three-wide move in the stretch to capture an emotional win at the $1 million Hambletonian yesterday in East Rutherford, N.J. The victory earned $25,000 for the American Cancer Society.
The victory came a year after victorious Norwegian driver-trainer Trond Smedshammer lost his father, Lars, to lung cancer, and one week after minority owner Patricia Spinelli lost her husband, Ronald, to the disease.
"It means everything. It hasn't sunk in yet," Smedshammer said. "It feels good now but I'm sure it will feel better tomorrow."
* TENNIS: Andre Agassi showed the kid -- and everyone else -- that he's still got a lot left. Agassi took another huge step in his late-summer resurgence, beating second-seeded Andy Roddick, 7-5, 6-7 (7-2), 7-6 (7-2), in a semifinal at the $2.5 million Cincinnati Masters.
Agassi, 34, will play his first ATP tournament final since last November. He'll play 10th-seeded Lleyton Hewitt for the championship today.
Hewitt overpowered unseeded Tommy Robredo with his serve in the other semifinal, rolling to a 6-3, 6-2 victory. . . .
Amelie Mauresmo of France survived a first-set tiebreaker and a rain delay to beat Vera Zvonareva of Russia, 7-6 (8-6), 6-2, in the semifinals of the Rogers Cup in Montreal.
Mauresmo, who won the event in 2002, will play Elena Likhovtseva for the championship today. Likhovtseva upset No. 3 seed Anastasia Myskina, 6-3, 5-7, 6-4, in the second semifinal.
* BOXING: Shortly after signing a contract for a title unification bout with Kostya Tszyu, Takoma Park 140-pounder Sharmba Mitchell tuned up with a knockout of Moises Pedroza at 2 minutes 55 seconds of the second round at Foxwoods Resort in Mashantucket, Conn.
"The guy could punch real good, but it was a do-or-die situation," Mitchell said via telephone.
Mitchell (55-3) now will set his sights on his rematch with Tszyu for the undisputed 140-pound title. In their first fight on Feb. 3, 2001, Mitchell fought despite tearing ligaments in his left knee shortly before the bout. The first three rounds were close, but Mitchell did not answer the bell in the eighth round because of his knee injury.
"I'm healthy. I'm hoping he's healthy now, and I don't want any excuses or anything like that," Mitchell said.
Also at Foxwoods, Diego Corrales looked like he was going to get run completely out of the ring by Acelino Freitas. The Brazilian champ was boxing his ears off, making Corrales follow him around the ring like a puppy on a leash.
But then something inside Corrales snapped, and he unleashed the kind of power that has made him feared among junior lightweights for years. He dropped Freitas three times over the final three rounds before Freitas called it quits at 1:24 of the 10th round. The technical knockout gave Corrales (39-2, 32 knockouts) the WBO lightweight title. And Yodsanan Nantachai (43-2-1, 35 KOs) defeated Steve Forbes (24-3, 7 KOs) to retain the WBA junior lightweight title.
* COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Texas star running back Cedric Benson completed the terms of his eight-day jail sentence without spending any time behind bars.
Benson was sentenced to jail Friday after pleading no contest to misdemeanor criminal trespassing last year. But due to jail overcrowding, he was able to avoid jail time by earning four days credit for good behavior, two days time served when he was arrested and two days for checking in Friday and yesterday.
* SOCCER: Japan won its second straight Asian Cup, beating China, 3-1, in a tense final overshadowed by Chinese nationalistic passions and anti-Japanese violence.
Koji Nakata put Japan ahead 2-1 in the 65th minute, and Keiji Tamada sealed the outcome with a goal during injury time.
China's Dutch coach, Ari Haan, accused Kuwaiti referee Saad Fadhli of making wrong calls on all three Japanese goals and boycotted the awards ceremony.
* HOCKEY: Islanders defenseman Adrian Aucoin, who finished with a career-high 44 points last year, was awarded a one-year, $4.25 million contract at an arbitration hearing.
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