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Sports Report: Saratoga Race Course's 146th Season Starts Today


Horse Racing:

New York thoroughbred racing is heading to Saratoga for the 146th summer season.

The 40-day meet opens Friday at Saratoga Race Course. The 10-race card is highlighted by the Grade 3 Schuylerville for 2-year-old fillies and the $100,000 Sir Cat for 3-year-old turf horses.

There will be racing six days a week, except Tuesdays, through Labor Day.

A record $17.45 million in stakes purses will be offered during the meet, led by the $1.5 million Whitney for 3-year-olds up on Aug. 2 and the $1.25 million Travers, one of the oldest stakes for 3-year-olds. It will be run Aug. 23 for the 145th time.

In total, Saratoga will host 71 stakes, including 35 graded stakes and 17 Grade 1 races, starting with Saturday's $500,000 Diana for fillies and mares on the turf course.


Major League baseball returns after the All-Star break tonight. Cincinnati will see the Yankees tonight at 7, Boston will take on Kansas City at home tonight at 7, and the Mets are at San Diego tonight at 10.

Former Red Sox reliever Rich Hill has signed with the Yankees. The left-handed pitcher was assigned to Triple A to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre according to Chad Jennings of LoHud.com.


A person with knowledge of the details says the Los Angeles Lakers have claimed 12-year veteran Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulls last season, both below his career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds. He will join a Lakers team that has already signed fellow power forwards Jordan Hill and Ed Davis.


Rory McIlroy is the leader as play continues today in the second round of the British Open at Royal Liverpool. McIlroy had six birdies and no bogeys in a 66 yesterday that put him one shot ahead of Italy's Matteo Manassero. Tiger Woods birdied five of his last eight holes to climb within three shots of the lead.


Defending champion Rafael Nadal and top-ranked Novak Djokovic highlight the men's field at the 2014 U.S. Open.

The United States Tennis Association says Thursday that Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Juan Martin del Potro and Lleyton Hewitt will also be among those who received direct entry into the hard-court Grand Slam tournament.

Nadal will defend his title in the tournament that begins Aug. 25 in New York. Djokovic will put a streak of four straight appearances in the final on the line.

Among Americans receiving direct entry were John Isner and Sam Querrey. The men's final is scheduled for Sept. 8.

The annual New Hampshire Open is set to get underway today at the Waterville Valley Tennis Center in Maine. Participants include top ranked New England and collegiate players who compete in the eastern summer tennis circuit. Play will continue tomorrow with singles and doubles. Semi-finals and finals are set for Sunday.


The New England Patriots have released wide receivers Jeremy Johnson and Reese Wiggins. The 22-year-old Johnson was signed by the Patriots as a rookie free agent out of Southern Methodist in May. The 23-year-old Wiggins was signed by New England as a rookie free agent out of East Carolina in May.


In the WNBA, Tulsa beat San Antonio 95-90,Indiana bested Chicago 82-64, Phoenix defeated Connecticut 101-85, and Washington edged Los Angeles 79-75.

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