Triple Crown legend Seattle Slew dies
LEXINGTON, Ky., May 7 (UPI) -- Triple Crown winner Seattle Slew, who sired at least 1,066 offspring, died in his stall Tuesday at Hill 'n' Dale Farm where he was recuperating from back surgery.
The death came on the 25th anniversary of Seattle Slew's 1977 Kentucky Derby win.
Seattle Slew, 28, the last horse to win all three jewels of racing's Triple Crown, suffered from arthritis in his back and underwent surgery to fuse two vertebrae on March 2 -- the second time such surgery was performed. The horse was moved to Hill 'n' Dale from Three Chimneys Farm, where he spent 17 years, spokeswoman Margaret Layton said.
"Three Chimneys Farm is honored to have had the opportunity to care for and manage Seattle Slew for 17 years," the farm said on its Web site. "We will be forever grateful to his original owners, Karen and Mickey Taylor and Jim and Sally Hill, and to the Seattle Slew Syndicate for entrusting us with this great champion. Seattle Slew is a remarkable horse, a legend in his time and a great tribute to the Thoroughbred breed."
The Taylors and Hills bought Seattle Slew for $17,500. The horse sired 102 stakes winners, including Horse of the Year A.P. Indy, Slew O' Gold and Slew City Slew. He was the great-grandfather of Eclipse winners Tiznow and Surfside.
Mickey Taylor decided to move Seattle Slew from his barn at Three Chimneys April 1 because he felt the horse was too close to the breeding shed, Layton said. He had been removed from stud service indefinitely Feb. 23 in advance of surgery.
Seattle Slew's back problems limited his 2001 foals to six but he had 40 mares in foal for 2002. This year he put four mares in foal before his services were suspended.
"It was one of the great privileges to be around something great, a feeling that will likely never be duplicated," Hill 'n' Dale owner John Sikura told the Bloodhorse. "But with extreme reward comes extreme sadness. To be near greatness is what everyone in this business aspires to and it happens so rarely. He was one in a million and showed us there is that possibility in a game of impossibilities."
Seattle Slew, a son of Bold Reasoning, was named after his owners home town of Seattle. Trainer Billy Turner described the young colt as clumsy, earning him the nickname of Baby Huey after the cartoon character. But he outgrew his nickname and earned the Two-Year-Old Championship in 1976 before going on to his 3-year-old season.
Seattle Slew accumulated $1,208,726 in purses in three years of racing before being retired to stud where he earned $300,000 per live foal.
Lakers, Nets try to use home edge
LOS ANGELES, May 7 (UPI) -- The two-time defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers entertain San Antonio Tuesday night in Game Two of their Western Conference semifinal series.
It is one of two games on the NBA playoff schedule, following Game Two of the Eastern Conference semifinal between the New Jersey Nets and Charlotte Hornets at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford.
The Lakers and Nets likely will be facing teams missing key players.
The Spurs' David Robinson is doubtful because of to a broken disc in his back that has cost him five straight postseason games.
The Spurs are hoping their center will return for Game Three at the Alamodome on Friday night.
By then, San Antonio could be in an 0-2 hole in the series, even though the Lakers' marquee players also are nicked.
O'Neal opened the cut on his hand that he suffered before the game, and Bryant bruised his knee. Both are expected to play Tuesday.
Even with a healthy Robinson, the Spurs would have their hands full. The Lakers have won eight of the last nine meetings, including last season's four-game sweep in the conference finals, and five in a row at home.
Both teams were 58-24 in the regular season, but the Lakers won three of the four meetings.
The Nets look to move a step closer to their maiden conference final appearance when they host the Hornets.
New Jersey took Game One, 99-93, on Sunday behind another brilliant effort by MVP candidate Jason Kidd, who had 21 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
The Hornets played without their top scorer, Jamal Mashburn, who is expected to miss his fifth straight game because of the effects of anemia.
The Hornets have lost all three of their Eastern Conference semifinal series, winning more than one game just once. This could be their final playoff series in Charlotte, with a move to New Orleans likely for next season.
Carolina tries to bounce back
MONTREAL, May 7 (UPI) -- The Montreal Canadiens try to capitalize on their newly-gained home-ice advantage Tuesday night when they host the Carolina Hurricanes in Game Three of their NHL Eastern Conference semifinal series.
Montreal evened the best-of-seven games series Sunday with a 4-1 victory at Carolina.
Andrei Markov scored his first playoff game-winning goal in the first period, and Saku Koivu, who returned for the final three games of the regular season after recovering from stomach cancer, had a goal and an assist. Jose Theodore stopped 45 shots and Doug Gilmour tallied his 60th career playoff goal as the Canadiens won despite getting outshot 46-16.
Montreal has won 13 of its last 15 home games against the Carolina-Hartford franchise. However, the Canadiens are just 5-8 in the playoffs at home in the playoffs since 1996.
Kevin Weekes stopped 13 shots in his first career playoff loss after three victories. His franchise-record shutout streak ended at 143:55, when Koivu scored 7:25 into the game.
Arturs Irbe, who has not played since being pulled from Game Four of Carolina's quarterfinal series against the New Jersey Devils, could start in goal Tuesday.
In Monday's practice, Irbe was in one net during the entire session while Weeks rotated with third-string goalie Jean-Marc Pelletier in the other.
Defenseman David Tanabe suffered a broken wrist in Game Two and will be out three weeks. But the Hurricanes regain the services of center Jeff O'Neill, who was suspended one game by the NHL for hitting defenseman Sheldon Souray from behind early in Game One.
Carolina was outscored, 7-2, on the road during quarterfinals against the Devils.
Game Four is also in Montreal on Thursday.
Elsewhere, the St. Louis Blues hope to gain a boost from their home crowd when they host the Detroit Red Wings in Game Three of their Western Conference semifinal series.
St. Louis trails the best-of-seven series, two games to none, getting outscored, 5-2. The Blues are 2-1 at home this postseason and 21-7 all time in playoff games at the Savvis Center.
Overall, they have posted an 85-59 mark at home in the playoffs.
The Blues are 0-for-9 on the power play, while Detroit is 2-of-11.
St. Louis has dropped 11 of 12 best-of-seven series when losing the first two games.
Game Four is in St. Louis on Thursday.
Lott, Marino lead Hall of Fame selectees
In addition to the 13 players, Earle Bruce and Carmen Cozza were selected as coaches.
"With so many strong candidates on the ballot, our goal to select a class that represented the many positions in the game as well as different areas of the country was difficult," said College Hall of Fame Honors Court Chairman Gene Corrigan. "By selecting an extremely talented, diverse group of athletes, I feel we have accomplished our goal."
White played defensive tackle at Tennessee from 1980-83 and was a unanimous All-America selection in his senior season, when he also was a finalist for the Lombardi Award. He was the Southeast Conference Player of the Year in 1983, and holds Tennessee records for sacks in a game (4), season (15) and career (32).
After playing one season in the USFL, White was selected in the first round of the 1985 draft by the Philadelphia Eagles. He is the NFL's all-time leader with 198 sacks and was a member of the Super Bowl XXXI champion Green Bay Packers.
Marino, one of a long line of great quarterbacks from western Pennsylvania, was a four-year starter at Pittsburgh from 1979-82. He guided the Panthers to a 42-6 record, including three straight bowl game victories.
Marino was an All-America selection in 1981, when he set single-season school records with 2,876 passing yards and 37 touchdown passes. He was selected in the first round of the 1983 draft by the Miami Dolphins and retired after the 1999 season as the NFL's all-time leader in completions (4,967), yards (61,361) and touchdowns (420).
Lott, a safety at Southern California from 1977-80, was a member of the 1978 national championship team and a unanimous All-America pick in his senior season.
One of the hardest hitting defensive backs in NFL history, Lott was a two-time All-Pac-10 selection before winning four Super Bowl rings with the San Francisco 49ers. He also played with the Los Angeles Raiders and New York Jets during a 15-year NFL career and was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
Kellen Winslow, also a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, was the only tight end selected this year. Winslow played at Missouri from 1976-78, totaling 71 receptions, 1,089 yards and 10 touchdowns.
He was a consensus All-American in 1978 and went on to a nine-year career with the San Diego Chargers.
Three running backs were selected: George "Sonny" Franck (Minnesota 1938-40), Napoleon McCallum (Navy 1983-85), and Cosmo Iacavazzi (Princeton 1962-64).
Offensive linemen chosen were Reggie McKenzie (Michigan 1969-71) and Jerry Sisemore (Texas 1970-72), as well as defensive back Randy Rhino (Georgia Tech 1972-74) and linebacker Gary Spani (Kansas State 1974-77) also were chosen.
John Jefferson, a teammate of Winslow's at San Diego who played from 1974-77 at Arizona State, was one of two receivers selected. Terry Beasley (Auburn 1969-71) was the other.
To be eligible for the College Football Hall of Fame, a player needs to have received major first team All-America recognition and be 10 years removed from his last collegiate season.
Players must prove themselves as worthy citizens, and only those who have played within the last 50 years are considered.
Coaches with a minimum .600 winning percentage, 10 years and 100 games are eligible three after retiring.
Ivanisevic to miss Wimbledon
LONDON, May 7 (UPI) -- Defending Wimbledon men's singles champion Goran Ivanisevic Tuesday confirmed that he will undergo surgery on his left shoulder in Germany next week and, as a result of the rotator cuff surgery, he will be unable to defend his Grand Slam title.
The procedure will keep him be out of the game until the end of the year.
Despite suffering for almost a year with the injury, the pain worsened after the Davis Cup tie with Germany in February, and it has not responded to extensive therapy.
"I wanted so much to play that opening match on Monday at Wimbledon on Centre Court, and I am very disappointed," Ivanisevic said in a statement from Zagreb in his homeland in Croatia, "but I have no other choice. I'm also disappointed for my supporters and all those who were looking forward to seeing me defend my title in Wimbledon".
Last year, Ivanisevic defeated Patrick Rafter in the final to become the first wild-card to ever win the Wimbledon title.