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Eskendereya retired

Owner Ahmed Zayat announced Friday that Eskendereya has been retired because of the soft tissue injury to his left front leg that kept him out of the Kentucky Derby.

Eskendereya was the heavy Derby favorite before trainer Todd Pletcher was forced to scratch him April 25.

In Preakness news, Kentucky Derby also-rans Conveyance and Noble's Promise will skip next Saturday's race. NFLTexans' Cushing

suspended four games

Houston linebacker Brian Cushing has been suspended four games without pay for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances.


Police fear Obama visit

South Africa's police commissioner said it will be easier if the United States is knocked out of the World Cup in the first round, avoiding the massive security challenge of a visit by President Barack Obama. General Bheki Cele said: "Our famous prayer is that the Americans don't make the second round. [That] they get eliminated and they go home."

COLLEGE HOOPSCalhoun signs extension

UConn coach Jim Calhoun, 68, signed a five-year, $13-million contract to stay on.

Adelphi hires Jacobs

Adelphi announced the hiring of Heather Jacobs as women's basketball coach. She spent the last three seasons as coach of Division III Daniel Webster College. - AP

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