SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (AP) — Wise Dan held off long-shot Optimizer by a nose Saturday in the Grade 2 $250,000 Bernard Baruch Handicap at Saratoga Race Course.
Ridden by Hall of Famer John Velazquez, the two-time reigning Horse of the Year returned to racing 15 weeks after emergency colic surgery. Favored at 4-5 in a field of nine older horses, Wise Dan ran 1 1/16 miles in 1:39.08 — 0.17 seconds off the main turf course record.
ST. LOUIS (AP) — The St. Louis Rams have cut Michael Sam, the first openly gay player drafted by an NFL team.
The 7th-round draft pick has been outspoken and confident as his progress was watched as closely as any rookie in the league. He has been cheered by athletes and celebrities. In the end, the defensive end couldn't make a team stocked with pass-rushers.
He still can be picked up by another team or make the Rams' practice squad....
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Cody Clements passed for two touchdowns and ran for another, while Jordan Howard rushed for two more in helping the University of Alabama-Birmingham beat Troy University 48-10 on Saturday.
UAB of the Conference USA-East, opened its 2014 season and the Bill Clark era by falling behind Troy 7-0, but the Blazers rattled off 24-straight points going in to halftime behind Clements and Howard efforts.
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Colts officially put NFL reigning sacks champion Robert Mathis on the reserve-suspended list, traded cornerback Marcus Burley to Seattle for a sixth-round draft pick in 2015 and put safety Delano Howell on the waived-injured list Saturday.
Mathis will miss the first four games after violating the NFL's performance-enhancing substance policy.
Indy also released defensive linemen Gannon Conway, Brandon McKinney and Nnamdi...
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Danny Etling passed for two touchdowns and ran for another Saturday, helping Purdue snap a 12-game losing streak against FBS competition with a 43-34 victory against Western Michigan.
Two Jarvion Franklin touchdown runs gave the visiting Broncos a 14-10 second-quarter lead, but the Boilermakers -1-11 in 2013 - scored the first half's final 13 points and never trailed again, although Western Michigan pulled to within 37-34 with 8:11 remaining...
STILLWATER, Okla. (AP) — Officials at Oklahoma State University say students' sign referencing the Trail of Tears at an ESPN event prior to the game against the Florida State Seminoles crossed the line.
Oklahoma news outlets report the sign, held Saturday at ESPN's College GameDay event, read: "Send 'em home #Trail_of_Tears #GoPokes."
The school's official Twitter account says the school "does not condone the insensitive sign" and "requested that it...