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Dutrow wins stay of his ban

Kentucky Derby-winning trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. Monday received a 30-day delay of a ruling that revokes his license for 10 years. The stay was issued by Judge Richard Giardino in Schenectady, N.Y., and allows Dutrow's lawyer, Michael Koenig, time to appeal the decision by the New York State Racing and Wagering Board. Dutrow's suspension was set to begin today. The postponement allows the New York-based Dutrow to continue training until the appeal is heard. The New York Racing Association, which operates Aqueduct Racetrack, Belmont Park and Saratoga Race Course, said it will abide by the court's decision.

McCourts agree on Dodgers

Frank and Jamie McCourt have reached a settlement in a costly and nasty feud over control of the Los Angeles Dodgers, paving the way for a showdown in bankruptcy court between the embattled team owner and Major League Baseball. The terms will not be released, according to a joint statement from the former couple. The Los Angeles Times, which first reported the settlement, said Jamie McCourt would receive about $130 million. As part of the agreement, she will withdraw her opposition to the proposed sale of the Dodgers' media rights, a move her ex-husband says would alleviate his financial woes. MLB spokesman Pat Courtney declined to comment.

The McCourts reached a divorce settlement on June 17, but the deal was contingent on approval of a proposed television contract between the Dodgers and Fox. That deal would have given Jamie McCourt $100 million and she would retain the former couple's six luxurious homes. But baseball commissioner Bud Selig rejected the 17-year TV contract with Fox, reported to be worth up to $3 billion, noting in part that almost half of an immediate $385-million payment would have been diverted from the Dodgers.


An end to relegation?

Some of the Premier League's foreign owners want to abolish the relegation and promotion system, an English soccer executive said. With half the Premier League's 20 clubs under foreign ownership, League Managers' Association chief executive Richard Bevan said many owners want to emulate the American system, where the pro leagues have no relegation. If more teams are sold to overseas investors, they could force a dramatic change to the rules. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Liverpool, Manchester United and Sunderland are owned by Americans. -- AP

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