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NEW YORK — Hall of Fame jockey Kent Desormeaux returned from a short stay in a drug and alcohol rehab center and was aboard Preakness winner Exaggerator for a morning workout Tuesday before the Belmont Stakes this weekend.

The rider, 46, acknowledged those who are helping him through his struggles with alcohol.

"I'll say this about that," Desormeaux said. "I think that my brother Keith, my wife (Rosie) and my family have supported me through all the years, and it was my turn to say thank you."

HORSE DROWNS: A racehorse drowned after veering off the track and into a pond at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino in Anderson, Ind.


Donald earns U.S. Open berth

Luke Donald went two extra holes to join four other players earning a spot in the U.S. Open after a playoff in Columbus, Ohio. Donald, a former world No. 1, made two pars in the six-man playoff in the qualifier that featured the strongest field. Vijay Singh didn't come close to qualifying in Florida, which didn't finish until Tuesday because of rain. He missed out by nine shots.


Popovich to coach kids

Gregg Popovich will get started on his preparations for the 2020 Games when he oversees the Select Team of young players that will train against this year's U.S. basketball team. USA Basketball named 25 players who will make up that roster and said the Spurs coach will lead the squad.

DOPING: The "B" samples of two Russian women's weightlifting medalists from the 2008 Beijing Olympics have come back positive for steroids, Russian state news agency Tass reported. Silver medalist Marina Shainova and bronze medalist Nadezhda Evstyukhina were among 10 Russian medalists from Beijing who reportedly tested positive in IOC reanalysis of their stored samples.

MOUNTAIN BIKING: World road race champion Peter Sagan will seek Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro on his mountain bike, the Slovak Olympic Committee announced.

TRACK: Distance running great Haile Gebrselassie was part of a group of athletes who protested the Ethiopian track federation's selection process for the Rio Games.

FRAUD PROBE: Brazil's federal police searched the offices of a construction consortium behind one of Rio's main Olympic sites as part of a probe into potential fraud, the police said in a statement.


CYCLING: Jesus Herrada of Spain won the second stage of the Criterium du Dauphine Libere through France after making the most of a slightly uphill finish to time his attack to perfection. Two-time Tour de France champion Alberto Contador kept the race leader's jersey.

TENNIS: Caroline Wozniacki's first match in more than two months ended in victory as she beat Cagla Buyukakcay 7-5, 6-3 in the first round of the Nottingham (England) Open. Wozniacki rolled her right ankle while practicing for the Fed Cup in early April.

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Sports in brief 06/07/16 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2016 9:49pm]
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