Wednesday's Sports In Brief

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Associated Press

Posted on May 16, 2013 at 2:00 AM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 2:02 AM

HORSE RACING

BALTIMORE (AP) — Kentucky Derby winner Orb drew the rail in Saturday's Preakness and was installed Wednesday as an overwhelming even-money favorite in the nine-horse race.

Orb will seek to keep alive his bid to become horse racing's first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. Orb won the Derby by 2½ lengths as the betting favorite.

The brown colt is looking for his sixth straight victory as part of the smallest Preakness field since 2007. Govenor Charlie, trained by Bob Baffert, added his name to the list Wednesday for the 1 3/16th-mile race.

The field, from the rail, with odds in parenthesis: Orb, Goldencents (8-1), Titletown Five (30-1), Departing (6-1), Mylute (5-1), Oxbow (15-1), Will Take Charge (12-1), Govenor Charlie (12-1) and Itsmyluckyday (10-1).

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GOLF

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) — Two marshals say Tiger Woods never said anything to them about whether Sergio Garcia had played his shot. Two other marshals disputed that account, one of them saying he told Woods that Garcia had already hit on the second hole at the TPC Sawgrass.

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Guan Tianlang of China is playing this week in the Byron Nelson Championship. It is the 14-year-old's second PGA Tour event since becoming the youngest player ever to make the cut at the Masters.

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PRO BASKETBALL

DALLAS (AP) — The Kings are staying in Sacramento, and Seattle will have to wait for another NBA franchise.

As for the ownership question that has kept the Kings in limbo for years, Commissioner David Stern wants it settled now.

League owners voted to follow the recommendation of their relocation committee and reject an aggressive bid to move the Kings, and Stern promptly announced that he hoped to have a deal in place in 48 hours with a group that wants to buy the team from the Maloof brothers.

PHOENIX (AP) — Brittney Griner got a lesson from one of basketball's greatest players on the sport's most unstoppable shot.

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attended the Phoenix Mercury's practice and worked with Griner on the finer points of the skyhook after it was over.

Abdul-Jabbar used the iconic shot to win six NBA titles and six MVP awards, and Griner hopes to add it to her repertoire.

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PRO FOOTBALL

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — The New England Patriots released defensive tackle Kyle Love after he was diagnosed with diabetes.

Love had lost about 20 pounds before receiving the diagnosis about two weeks ago then gained about half of it back, Richard Kopelman, his agent, said.

He said Love has Type 2 diabetes, which is less serious than Type 1, and was working out at Gillette Stadium on Wednesday before being released. The Patriots did not mention the diagnosis in a statement announcing the move.

NEW YORK (AP) — David Garrard is out of the New York Jets' quarterback competition.

A person familiar with the decision told The Associated Press on Wednesday that Garrard plans to retire because of lingering knee issues.

The 35-year-old Garrard was signed in March to provide veteran competition for Mark Sanchez. But Garrard, who hadn't played in a regular-season game in the NFL since 2010 because of injuries, is planning to step away because of knee troubles.

OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) — Linebacker Rolando McClain told the Baltimore Ravens that he's retiring.

The 23-year-old McClain played three seasons with the Oakland Raiders before signing a one-year contract with Baltimore as a free agent on April 12.

"Rolando let me know that he plans to retire from the NFL," Ravens general manager Ozzie Newsome said. "We have placed him on the Reserve/Retired list."

Ten days after signing with the Ravens, McClain was arrested in Decatur, Alabama, and charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders signed free agent kick returner and wide receiver Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract, giving the team a versatile player that could boost the offense and special teams.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former FBI Director Louis Freeh's firm has been hired by trucking companies suing Cleveland Browns owner Jimmy Haslam's company, Pilot Flying J.

Pilot Flying J, the nation's largest diesel fuel retailer, has been alleged to have bilked customers out of rebates.

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SOCCER

AMSTERDAM (AP) — Branislav Ivanovic scored on a looping header from Juan Mata's corner kick in the third minute of stoppage time, and Chelsea beat Benfica 2-1 to win the Europa League following its Champions League title last year.

Fernando Torres put Chelsea ahead in the 60th minute, but Oscar Cardozo tied the score when he converted a penalty kick eight minutes later after a hand ball by Cesar Azpilcueta.

Chelsea earned the stoppage-time corner kick when Ramires knocked the ball off Jardel and over the end line.

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IN THE COURTS

LAS VEGAS (AP) — His leg shackles rattling as he shuffled to and from the witness stand, O.J. Simpson made his own case for a new trial on armed robbery charges with testimony that he relied on the advice of his trusted attorney when he tried to reclaim mementos from his football glory days.

"It was my stuff. I followed what I thought was the law," the 65-year-old former NFL star and actor said. "My lawyer told me I couldn't break into a guy's room. I didn't break into anybody's room. I didn't try to muscle the guys. The guys had my stuff, even though they claimed they didn't steal it."

Simpson said he took the advice of his longtime former lawyer, Yale Galanter, and didn't testify in his Las Vegas trial at which he was convicted in 2008 of armed robbery, kidnapping and other charges and sentenced to nine to 33 years in prison.

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TENNIS

ROME (AP) — Back pain forced Andy Murray to retire midway through his second-round match at the Italian Open on Wednesday. He may have to sit out the French Open, too.

Rafael Nadal began his bid for a seventh Rome title by cruising past local hope Fognini of Italy 6-1, 6-3 in just 61 minutes, and two-time defending champion Maria Sharapova eased past Spanish qualifier Garbine Muguruza 6-2, 6-2.

Meanwhile, rising Polish player Jerzy Janowicz upset eighth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-4, 7-6 (5) then celebrated by ripping his shirt apart, showing off his muscular physique.

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AUTO RACING

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The rules surrounding Saturday night's Sprint All-Star Race continue to change, and fans are concerned the latest tweak is meant to benefit Danica Patrick.

Among a handful of changes announced was a clarification that the winning driver of the Sprint Fan Vote must only have a car in raceable condition to advance into the All-Star Race. That counters earlier announcements that said the winner of the fan vote must finish on the lead lap of the Sprint Showdown preliminary race.

NASCAR spokesman Kerry Tharp says the earlier reference to finishing on the lead lap was simply miscommunication on NASCAR's part.

But fans pounced on the tweak, believing it was to benefit Patrick, who has struggled on intermediate tracks this year but is currently among the top-five vote getters.

SALISBURY, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR driver Mike Harmon has been accused of stealing a team transporter from Jennifer Jo Cobb.

Cobb reported the trailer was stolen early Saturday from the JJC racing shop. She is a driver and team owner in NASCAR's Truck Series.

Cobb told investigators the trailer was taken by Harmon and Sheila Rae Rice, and the Rowan County Sheriff's Office said it issued warrants for their arrest for felony larceny and breaking and entering.

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COLLEGES

PISCATAWAY, N.J. (AP) — Rutgers named Julie Hermann its new athletic director, and the former No. 2 athletic administrator at Louisville promised a restart for the scandal-scarred program following the ouster of its men's basketball coach and the resignation of other officials.

Hermann replaces Tim Pernetti, who quit last month after the firing of basketball coach Mike Rice. Practice videos surfaced of Rice shoving and throwing basketballs at players and yelling gay slurs at them.

She becomes the first woman to head Rutgers' athletic program and one of three female ADs at the schools that make up the 124 playing at college football's top tier.

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PRO HOCKEY

NEW YORK (AP) — Yankee Stadium will host a pair of NHL games next season, with the New York Rangers playing the New Jersey Devils on Jan. 26 and the Rangers meeting the Islanders three days later.

The NHL is increasing its popular outdoor games, which in the past had been limited to on or around New Year's Day. There likely will be six next season.

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