Lobos-Pitt to air online on ESPN3
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — The Sept. 14 football game between the visiting New Mexico Lobos and the Pittsburgh Panthers will be aired online on ESPN3, UNM announced Thursday. Kickoff time is 10:30 a.m. MDT.
The game also will be telecast on the ACC Network, which is not available in New Mexico.
Lobo jumper Lovett advances
AUSTIN, Texas — University of New Mexico high jumper Django Lovett qualified for the NCAA Championships with a sixth-place finish at the NCAA West Preliminary meet. Lovett cleared 7 feet, 1 inch.
Three other Lobos, distance runners Charlotte Arter, Josephine Moultrie and Chloe Anderson, advanced to Saturday’s quarterfinals of the women’s 1,500 meters.
McGaughey leans toward Belmont
NEW YORK — Trainer Shug McGaughey is still thinking Belmont Stakes for his Kentucky Derby winner after Orb galloped a mile Thursday morning at Belmont Park.
It was Orb’s first trip to the track since finishing fourth in the Preakness on Saturday, and McGaughey said he’s pleased with the way his colt got around the circuit under exercise rider Jennifer Patterson.
“We’re taking it as it comes and not looking too far ahead,” the Hall of Fame trainer said. “But if everything goes well, we’d like to run in the Belmont.”
If Orb shows up for the June 8 Belmont, it would set up a rematch with Oxbow, who won the Preakness by 1¾ lengths and gave trainer D. Wayne Lukas his record 14th win in a Triple Crown race. Lukas already has said Oxbow’s a go for the Belmont, and Thursday he said he’ll also send out Will Take Charge (seventh in the Preakness).
DUBAI: The ruler of Dubai, stung by a doping scandal involving his horses in Britain, is making the use of steroids on racehorses a criminal offense across the United Arab Emirates.
TENNIS: American Sam Querrey was eliminated from the quarterfinals of the Open de Nice on Thursday, losing to French wild-card entry Edouard Roger-Vasselin 3-6, 7-6 (2), 6-1.
SWIMMING: Richard J. Curl, a once-prominent swimming coach who trained thousands of children, was sentenced to seven years in prison Thursday for sexually abusing one of the girls he instructed.
ESPN: Longtime Alabama sports talk-show host Paul Finebaum is joining ESPN and the SEC Network. ESPN announced Finebaum will host a daily radio show from Charlotte, N.C., starting in August. He will also make appearances on other platforms for the network.
NEVADA FOOTBALL: Nevada is honoring its longtime, former coach by putting his name on the stadium. The home of the Wolf Pack will now be called Chris Ault Field at Mackay Stadium.
BECKHAM: David Beckham might bid adieu to soccer Sunday from the bench. The 38-year-old Beckham, who said last week he will retire from the sport after the season, will be with French champion Paris Saint-Germain when the team travels to Lorient for the season finale. But PSG coach Carlo Ancelotti said it is unlikely Beckham will play.
SOCCER: In St. Louis, Manchester City overcame a three-goal deficit to beat rival Chelsea 4-3 on Thursday in the opener of a two-game U.S. tour. A standing-room-only crowd of 48,623 watched the match at the St. Louis Cardinals’ Busch Stadium.