AILING NYQUIST OUT OF BELMONT
NEW YORK — So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.
Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won't run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O'Neill said Tuesday.
"He's out because of sickness," O'Neill said.
Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped in the Preakness on Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses.
RATINGS: The Preakness was watched on NBC by an average of more than 9.4 million people, a 6 percent increase over last year.
14 flunk retests
Ten medalists from the 2008 Beijing Games, including 2012 high jump champion Anna Chicherova, were among 14 Russians who tested positive in the reanalysis of their doping samples, state television reported. Match TV said 11 athletes on its retest list are from track and field, including 4x100-meter relay gold medalist Yulia Chermoshanskaya. The others are two weightlifters and a rower. Also, the Russian track federation said it would ban former dopers from the Rio de Janeiro Games in the hope of getting its team reinstated. The IAAF suspended the federation from global competition after a World Anti-Doping Agency commission report detailed state-sponsored doping.
ZIKA UPDATE: Brazilian health minister Ricardo Barros briefed IOC officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, on the steps being taken to combat the Zika virus ahead of the Rio Games.
AUTOS: Drag racing legend Shirley Muldowney, 75, is having surgery today in Charlotte, N.C., to remove a cancerous lung. She said she was diagnosed with a Stage 2 tumor.
CYCLING: Dutch rider Steven Kruijswijk strengthened his grip on the pink jersey by finishing second to Alejandro Valverde on the 16th stage of the Giro d'Italia.
HOCKEY: The goaltender for the U.S. hockey team's 1980 Olympics Miracle on Ice is putting his gold medal up for sale in New York. Jim Craig also is auctioning the jerseys, mask, skates and stick he used during victories over the Soviet Union and Finland at the Lake Placid Winter Games.
SOCCER: Leonardo scored twice as 2006 winner Jeonbuk Motors secured the first spot in the Asian Champions League quarterfinals with a 2-1 win over Melbourne Victory in Jeonju, South Korea.