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NEW YORK (AP) -- The owner of American Pharoah says a decision whether to keep racing his Triple Crown winner or retire him to stud could be announced as early as Thursday.

In a Twitter post Wednesday, owner Ahmed Zayat tweeted he and trainer Bob Baffert recently had a four-hour meeting and "analyzed every aspect of AP future" and "I learned a lot will get it one more day." After American Pharoah became the first Triple Crown winner in 37 years, the 3-year-old colt easily won the Haskell Invitational in New Jersey on Aug. 2. In the Travers on Saturday, he was passed in the stretch by Keen Ice and finished second, a result that had Zayat wondering about retirement rather than a planned final race in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 31.

After the Travers, Zayat said his "gut feeling right now, without being outspoken, is to retire." AP-WF-09-03-15 0336GMT


Phillips faces murder charge

Former NFL running back Lawrence Phillips has been charged with murder in the death of his cellmate at a Central California prison.

Phillips is suspected of killing 37-year-old Damion Soward at Kern Valley State Prison in April. Officials determined Soward was strangled.

The Kern County district attorney's office said the 40-year-old Phillips faces a first-degree murder charge.

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Phillips was once one of the nation's top college football players at Nebraska. He played for the Rams, Dolphins and 49ers during a three-year NFL career.

Phillips is serving a sentence of more than 31 years. He was convicted of choking his girlfriend and later of driving his car into three teens after a pickup football game.


Top scorer Tavares retires

After 24 seasons, professional lacrosse's all-time leading scorer is moving on to coaching.

John Tavares, who played his entire career with the Buffalo Bandits, announced his retirement during a news conference at First Niagara Center. Tavares, a high school math teacher in suburban Toronto, is also the uncle of Islanders captain John Tavares.


Salvador retires

Devils defenseman Bryce Salvador has retired after nearly 800 games in 14 NHL seasons He finishes his career with 24 goals and 86 assists in 786 games split between the Devils and the Blues. -- AP