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Wrestling

Federation's president seeks rules changes

Wrestling must overhaul its rules to stay in the Olympics, interim international federation president Nenad Lalovic said Saturday.

Wrestling is partly to blame for the IOC dropping it from the core sports and forcing it to apply for inclusion in 2020, Lalovic said. He added the sport must be more user-friendly.

"If an Olympic champion of 20 years ago were to attend a wrestling tournament now, he probably could not tell what is going on," Lalovic said via phone.

The overtime draw — in which a wrestler draws a colored ball to determine his or her position — and the clinch are among the chief complaints of spectators and broadcasters.

"Wrestling has become a sport purely for experts," he said. "We have to have semi­nars for referees."

Lalovic added he wants a ranking and seeding system: "Now you can have the (defending) champion lose in the very first bout."

Horses

Orb wins Derby prep

For the third consecutive time, Orb rallied from way back to win. He passed Violence to win the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth Stakes, a major Kentucky Derby prep race, at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale Beach. He finished 11/16 miles in 1 minute, 42.24 seconds. Violence went off as the 9-5 favorite but lost for the first time in four starts. Tampa Bay Downs Sam F. Davis Stakes graduate Speak Logistics finished third. Davis winner Falling Sky was scratched.

Risen Star Stakes: Ive Struck A Nerve, a 99-1 long shot, edged Code West in the $400,000 Grade II race (and final prep for the Louisiana Derby) at the Fair Grounds in New Orleans.

Tampa Bay Downs: Good Lord set a 7-furlong track record by overtaking Action Andy to win the $75,000 Super Stakes in Oldsmar.

Colleges

ESPN retains Big East

The Big East confirmed ESPN matched NBC Sports Network's offer for football and men's basketball games. The deal is seven years, $130 million. With CBS's basketball deal, starting in 2014, the league earns about $22 million annually. With 12 teams, each school, including USF, earns about $1.8 million, a drop from the reported $3.12 million under the current agreement with ESPN. There will be 10 football teams in 2014. Navy joins in 2015. ESPN reported expansion candidates include Tulsa and Massachusetts.

Baseball: Marcus Davis went 4-for-4, including a homer, to lead Florida State (5-0), ranked No. 19 in the Baseball America poll, past USF (1-3) 14-3. Game 2 was rained out. A doubleheader starts at 11 a.m. today (1010-AM). … Michael Suchy's three-run homer helped visiting Florida Gulf Coast beat No. 17 Florida 8-3. FGCU (4-1) goes for a three-game sweep of UF (3-4) today.

Track: Florida's Marquis Dendy won the long jump at the SEC indoor meet with a meet-record 27 feet, ¾ inches. UF's men were second, behind Arkansas, entering today's final events.

Et cetera

Tennis: Petra Kvitova won her first title in six months, beating No. 8 Sara Errani 6-2, 1-6, 6-1 at the Dubai Championships.

Greyhounds: Flyin Pink Floyd and Flying Universe won third-round qualifiers in the $64,000 Sprint Classic at Derby Lane in St. Petersburg.

Soccer: The Rowdies lost to USL club Orlando City 2-0 to finish last at the Disney Pro Soccer Classic in Lake Buena Vista.

Don Jensen, Times correspondent; Times wires

Sports in Brief 02/23/13 [Last modified: Saturday, February 23, 2013 11:57pm]

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