Gun Runner, the top older horse on the East Coast, is the slight 9/5 favorite for the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic on Saturday at Del Mar, California.

He breaks from the No. 5 post while defending champion Arrogate starts from the rail as the 2-1 second choice.

Del Mar is hosting the $28 million, 13-race Breeders’ Cup for the first time. The season-ending championships open with four races on Friday followed by nine, including the Classic, on Saturday.

Gun Runner arrives on a three-race winning streak, all Grade 1 stakes, for trainer Steve Asmussen. The 4-year-old posted dominant victories in the Stephen Foster at Churchill Downs and the Whitney and Woodward Stakes at Saratoga. His last defeat was to Arrogate in Dubai.


WNBA: Seattle Storm star Breanna Stewart says she was sexually abused as a child.

Stewart describes the abuse in an essay posted Monday on the Players’ Tribune website.

Stewart says she was first molested at a relative’s house in upstate New York when she was 9 by a man who continued the abuse for two years.

Stewart says she eventually told her parents, who called police. She says the man was arrested and confessed but doesn’t indicate what happened to him.

Her essay is titled “Me Too,” a nod to the social media movement started following abuse allegations against Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein.

n Former Connecticut Sun assistant coach Nicki Collen was named coach of the Atlanta Dream, replacing fired Michael Cooper.


FOOTBALL: No. 12 Washington lost another significant piece of its offense with freshman tight end Hunter Bryant expected to be out indefinitely after suffering a leg injury in last weekend’s win over UCLA.

Florida will be without leading rusher Malik Davis for the rest of the season because of a right knee injury sustained in Saturday’s loss to Georgia.


PARIS MASTERS: Hyeon Chung of South Korea swept aside Mischa Zverev 6-0, 6-2 to set up a second-round match against Rafael Nadal, who will begin his quest for a record 31st Masters title – but first in Paris – on Wednesday.

The top-ranked Spaniard beat Chung in their only previous encounter.


DOPING INVESTIGATION: Two-time world champion Filippo Magnini and sprint relay teammate Michele Santucci were questioned by Italian anti-doping authorities on Monday over their relationship with a nutritionist being investigated for alleged illegal drugs distribution.

Authorities in Pesaro already cleared Magnini in the case but they allegedly have proof of unusual meetings, phone conversations and payments between the swimmer and Guido Porcellini, the nutritionist.


BRAZIL: Fans of the self-proclaimed “world’s worst team” celebrated Monday after their team was eliminated from a soccer tournament in Brazil.

Ibis lost 3-2 on aggregate to Decisao in the second division of the Pernambuco state championship, blocking what could have been the team’s first promotion in decades.

Fans rallied over the last two months to keep the club’s losing traditions. And on Sunday, fans celebrated after a 2-0 first-leg victory was squandered at Decisao in a 3-0 loss.