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Trainer has two chances at Preakness win

BALTIMORE — It appears trainer Todd Pletcher will have two chances to win Saturday’s $1 million Preakness and end an 0-for-26 losing streak in Triple Crown races.

Mascot in the arena

WASHINGTON — When your team has one of the worst records in baseball, and attendance is down, and people are complaining that the hot dogs are half-cooked, it can seem as if the spirit of the old Senators is alive and thriving at RFK Stadium.

Finer form fuels Mickelson

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — They are the most famous family of golf instructors, and even better at giving each other the needle. So when Butch Harmon was voted the No. 1 golf coach, his younger brothers

Earnhardt speculation not likely to go away

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Dale Earnhardt Jr. needs some time to decompress. It’s been all Earnhardt all the time since he announced he was defecting from his late father’s company.

Win has Royals thinking pink

CHICAGO — Pink bats were all the rage around the major leagues on Sunday. The Kansas City Royals might not want to put theirs away.

Riding the rails takes Borel far

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Jockey Calvin Borel’s nickname is “Bo-rail,” a moniker he earned by hugging the fence whenever he gets a chance.

Sweeney hits home run, but Royals can’t hold on

KANSAS CITY — While winning a wild ballgame, Detroit may have lost a valuable pitcher before he could even get onto the field.

More details emerge in St. Louis pitcher’s death

ST. LOUIS — The St. Louis Cardinals are hoping other players will learn from Josh Hancock’s fatal mistakes.

Cardinals fall apart

ST. LOUIS — The Cardinals absorbed another big hit, the news they would be without ace pitcher Chris Carpenter for at least three more months, while getting routed by the Houston Astros.

Edwards’ brief lead not enough to win

RICHMOND, Va. — Clint Bowyer won the race off pit road with about 28 laps to go Friday night and easily went on to his fifth career NASCAR Busch Series victory.

Perfect Sense

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Street Sense showed plenty of that, smartly picking his way through traffic while rallying from next-to-last in a 20-horse field to win the Kentucky Derby.

Cardinals' Hancock was drunk during fatal accident

ST. LOUIS — St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was drunk and talking on his cell phone at the time of his fatal accident, and marijuana was found in the sport utility vehicle he was driving. Medical examiner Michael Graham said that the 29-year-old reliever was dead "within seconds" from head injuries in the crash early Sunday on Interstate 64 in St. Louis.

Questions put aside at service

The St. Louis Cardinals were among an estimated 500 mourners Thursday at a public memorial service for pitcher Josh Hancock, who died in an automobile accident early Sunday. There was no sense of closure, however. Not yet.

Cardinals unravel late

MILWAUKEE — Ben Sheets allowed two runs in six innings, showing no ill-effects from a groin injury he suffered in his last start, and Tony Graffanino hit a three-run homer to help the Milwaukee Brewers beat slumping St. Louis 12-2 on Tuesday night.

Hancock involved in earlier wreck

SAUGET, Ill. — Three days before he was killed in a highway wreck, St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Josh Hancock was involved in a predawn accident that police treated routinely.

Cardinals struggle to deal with emotions

MILWAUKEE — After learning of Josh Hancock’s death, the emotions rushed back to Albert Pujols. The All-Star first baseman is still trying to come to grips with the latest tragedy in St. Louis.

EXTRA POINTS

Hancock killed in weekend crash

Josh Hancock, a relief pitcher who helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, died early Sunday when his sport utility vehicle slammed into the back of a tow truck.

Cardinals reliever Josh Hancock killed in car crash

ST. LOUIS — Josh Hancock, a key member of the bullpen that helped the St. Louis Cardinals win the World Series last season, was killed in a car crash early Sunday.

Conditions kind to Cardinals

CHICAGO — With the wind blowing out at Wrigley Field, the conditions were perfect for the St. Louis Cardinals to get their offense out of a season-long funk.

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