Cali. Chrome falls shot of Triple Crown

NEW YORK (AP) — California Chrome failed in his bid to win the first Triple Crown in 36 years on Saturday, losing the Belmont Stakes to long shot Tonalist and leaving his owner to complain others took “the coward’s way out” by skipping the first two legs of the Triple Crown.

Before a crowd of tens of thousands hoping to see history, the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Wicked Strong. California Chrome’s loss extended the longest drought without a Triple Crown champion.

California Chrome co-owner Steve Coburn was bitter about horses skipping the first two legs and then stealing the Belmont. Six of the last eight Belmont winners did just that.

Ricciardo wins Canadian GP

MONTREAL (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo won the Canadian Grand Prix on Sunday, breaking the Mercedes stranglehold on the Formula One circuit.

The Red Bull driver earned his first Formula One victory and the first win this year for any driver other than Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg and Lewis Hamilton. Ricciardo passed Rosberg, the points leader and pole-sitter, with two laps to go. Hamilton was knocked out in the 48th lap with a brake problem.

D. Sterling still hasn’t signed off on sale

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Donald Sterling still hasn’t signed off on the sale of the Los Angeles Clippers, but believes the process is nearing completion.

Sterling still hasn’t agreed to drop his lawsuit against Silver or the NBA. Silver said Sunday he understands the banned owner’s frustrations, but adds that “I think it’s over.”

Silver also said that there is “absolutely no possibility” of rescinding the lifetime ban or $2.5 million fine he handed down to Sterling following his racist remarks.

S. Sterling to remain close to Clippers

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Los Angeles Clippers co-owner Shelly Sterling would remain close to the organization under terms of the pending sale to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, according to two individuals close to the negotiations said on Saturday.

The individuals, who are not authorized to speak publicly, told The Associated Press the $2 billion deal allows for up to 10 percent of the team ”“ or $200 million ”“ to be spun off into a charitable foundation that Shelly Sterling would essentially run. The deal was negotiated by Shelly Sterling after husband Donald Sterling’s racist remarks to a girlfriend were publicized and the NBA moved to oust him as team owner.

Rangers’ Moreland to miss 3 months

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Texas Rangers first baseman Mitch Moreland will miss about three months to have surgery on a left ankle that’s been bothering him all season.

The 28-year-old Moreland had to take over at first when Prince Fielder was sidelined for the season to have neck surgery.



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