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American Pharoah to be first-time father

Triple Crown winner American Pharoah is a dad in waiting.

Untouched Talent is in foal to American Pharoah at the Ashford Stud farm in Versailles, Ky., the farm's owner, Coolmore America, said Friday. The announcement came two weeks after the 12-year-old mare became the first to be bred to racing's first Triple Crown winner in 37 years.

If all goes well, the birth of the first baby Pharoah is about 11 months away.

American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont Stakes last year to become the 12th Triple Crown champion. He closed his racing career with a win in the Breeders' Cup Classic in November and was retired after the race. Coolmore purchased the breeding rights last year for an amount reported to be in the $20 million range. The stud fee is $200,000, making Pharoah one of the most expensive stallions in North America.


Wawrinka in Dubai final after Kyrgios injury exit

Stan Wawrinka advanced to the Dubai Championships final after unseeded Nick Kyrgios retired during their semifinal with a back injury in United Arab Emirates. Wawrinka was leading 6-4, 3-0 at the time.

Wawrinka, the second seed, goes for his second title of the year when he plays either sixth-seeded Feliciano Lopez or unseeded Marcos Baghdatis.

Kyrgios was the second significant retirement in two days. Novak Djokovic retired from his quarterfinal with infected eyes Thursday, ending his streak of consecutive finals made at 17.

Qatar Open: Eighth seed Carla Suarez Navarro beat No. 3-ranked Agnieszka Radwanska 6-2, 6-0 to reach the final at Doha. She faces unseeded Jelena Ostapenko, 18, of Latvia, who reached her first WTA Tour final when unseeded Andrea Petkovic retired with a leg injury while trailing 7-5, 1-0.

Et Cetera

Soccer: England's most high-profile rivalry will be played out in European competition for the first time after Manchester United and Liverpool were drawn against each other in the final 16 of the Europa League. Among the other matchups in Europe's No. 2 competition after the Champions League, defending champion Sevilla — seeking a record third straight title — meets Swiss team Basel. … German federation general secretary Helmut Sandrock resigned, one week before the release of a report on Germany's successful bid for the 2006 World Cup and a dubious payment to the sport's word governing body, FIFA. He resigned to help the federation make a fresh start, the federation said.

Bobsled: Two-time Olympic gold medalist Kaillie Humphries of Canada clinched the women's World Cup title after coming second to American Elana Meyers Taylor in the final race of the season at Koenigssee, Germany. American Jamie Greubel Poser finished sixth in the race and took second place in the season standings. Meyers Taylor, a two-time Olympic medalist behind Humphries, missed four races this season with lingering symptoms of a concussion suffered in January 2015.

Track and field: The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it will rule on eight doping cases involving Russian athletes while Russia remains suspended from global track and field in the wake of a World Anti-Doping Agency report detailing systematic, state-sponsored drug use.

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Sports in brief 02/26/16 [Last modified: Friday, February 26, 2016 10:10pm]
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