CLASH OF FILLIES SET for april 9
The Rachel Alexandra vs. Zenyatta matchup is happening at last.
A day after a meeting of racing's top fillies fell apart, the owner of Oaklawn Park in Hot Springs, Ark., worked out a deal to match them for the first time April 9 in the $5 million Apple Blossom Invitational.
"The race is a go," Charles Cella said in a telephone interview. "…I feel like we've been through the wringer on this thing. Now, we're really excited about it. This is truly a race for the ages."
The deal came less than 24 hours after Rachel Alexandra's owner, Jess Jackson, said his filly was out of the 11/8-mile race because she would not be in peak condition; he instead proposed a three-race series.
Rams find buyer, await approval
The majority owners of the Rams agreed to sell to an Illinois auto parts magnate who reportedly wants to keep the team in St. Louis. If approved by a 75 percent vote of owners, Chip Rosenbloom and Lucia Rodriguez, the children of Georgia Frontiere, will sell their 60 percent stake to Shahid Khan, 55, the president of an auto parts manufacturer in Urbana, Ill.
GIANTS: The team released middle linebacker Antonio Pierce, who missed the final seven games of the season with a neck injury.
JAGUARS: Receiver Torry Holt, defensive tackle Rob Meier and left tackle Tra Thomas were released.
TITANS SUIT: In Nashville, U.S. District Judge Todd Campbell threw out a $25 million lawsuit by former Titans receiver David Givens against the team. Givens says the team failed to tell him about a defect in his knee.
BASEBALL: Tom Glavine officially retired from pitching, returning to the Braves in a loosely defined new role as special assistant to team president John Schuerholz. … The Mets agreed to minor-league contracts with left-hander Hisanori Takahashi, a veteran of 10 big-league seasons in Japan, and first baseman Mike Jacobs.
HOLYFIELD ACCUSED: Evander Holyfield's wife claims the boxing great hit her several times after an argument about her payments to their church, and she has received a temporary protective order. Candi Holyfield, 30, said her 47-year-old husband hit her in the face, head and back on Feb. 1.
TENNIS: American teen Melanie Oudin beat Patty Schnyder 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarterfinals of the Open GDF Suez in Paris, where she next faces Agnes Szavay. … Top seed Novak Djokovic reached the semifinals of the ABN Amro in Rotterdam, Netherlands, after opponent Florian Mayer pulled out with a leg injury.
SOCCER: Ashley Cole, a star defender for England and Chelsea, is expected to miss about three months with a broken left ankle but should return for the World Cup. Cole was hurt Wednesday against Everton on a challenge from American Landon Donovan.