TRACK AND FIELD
New home for Millrose Games
The Millrose Games will have new digs beginning next year. The annual track and field event, entering its 105th year, will move from Madison Square Garden to the New Balance Track and Field Center at the Armory in Washington Heights.
In addition to the location switch, the day of the meet and its format will also see changes. Normally held on Friday night, the event will be held on Saturday, Jan. 28. The meet will begin at 10 a.m., with more events for college and high school athletes, which will lead up to its traditional start time of 5 p.m.
The move to the Armory was a decision event officials "wrestled" with for some time, Millrose Games president Dr. Norbert Sander said.
"The Armory has become the best place for the games," Sander said. "It's a six-lane banked track and is among the best in the world."
The Armory, home of the New Balance Collegiate Invitational and the scholastic indoor national championship, has undergone over $50 million in renovations, including the restoration of its 200-meter banked Mondo track.
Although the Garden brings about a certain amount of flair, track is a "performance-driven" sport, Sander said. "Pros get paid for performance," he said. "They want to come to a place where the setting is ideal." HOCKEY
Sweden, Finland in finals
Sweden and Finland advanced to the finals of the world championship in Bratislava, Slovakia.
The Swedes got two goals from St. Louis Blues forward Patrik Berglund in a 5-2 victory over the defending champion Czech Republic. Then Finland blanked Russia, 3-0, to set up a Scandinavian showdown for the trophy.
Nadal to remain No. 1
Rafael Nadal will keep the No. 1 ranking for at least another three weeks after a 6-1, 6-3 victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic in the Italian Open quarterfinals.
Nadal was at risk of losing the top spot to Novak Djokovic if he failed to reach the semifinals of this clay-court tournament.
Djokovic also reached the last four, extending his winning streak to 37 matches with a 6-3, 6-0 victory over fifth-seeded Robin Soderling.
Venus out of French Open
Venus Williams pulled out of the French Open, 24 hours after her younger sister Serena withdrew, making it the first Grand Slam tournament since 2003 without either Williams. HORSE RACING
Hollendorfer makes Hall
Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer, who has dominated Northern California racing for 25 years, and the fillies Open Mind, Safely Kept and Sky Beauty have been elected to the National Museum of Racing's Hall of Fame in Saratoga Springs.
Hollendorfer ranks fourth in wins (5,863) and eighth in earnings ($119,141,280) among North American trainers.