OCEANPORT, N.J. -- The Breeders' Cup kicks off today at Monmouth Park with three $1 million races that give the championships a second day of racing for the first time in the event's 24 years.
The new races expand the Breeders' Cup to 11 races worth more than $24 million. The eight traditional races will be contested Saturday, including the richest race in North America -- the $5 million Classic. Discreet Cat is the glamour horse today in the Dirt Mile. Also today, Dream Rush, winner of six of eight races, is the 2-1 favorite in the Filly & Mare Sprint. And Prussian, unbeaten in two starts, is the 3-1 favorite in the Juvenile Turf. A fan favorite in the Filly & Mare Sprint will be Oprah Winney, a 6-1 choice.
Rain is expected.
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A Las Vegas hearing to determine whether suspended Tennessee Titans cornerback Adam "Pacman" Jones will face trial in a strip club melee has been postponed. The preliminary hearing was scheduled for Monday -- no new date is set. ... Raiders Daunte Culpepper and Josh McCown split reps at quarterback Thursday but the Raiders still aren't saying who'll start Sunday in Tennessee. ... 49ers WR Darrell Jackson (quad) and OT Jonas Jennings (ankle) missed practice again Thursday and are listed as doubtful to play against the Saints. Ashley Lelie is expected to replace Jackson. Adam Snyder is expected to take Jennings' place.
Major League Soccer
Chris Rolfe tallied in the 14th minute when he sent a loose ball into the net, leading the host Chicago Fire to a 1-0 playoff win over D.C United. The physical match included four yellow cards -- two for each team -- and 41 fouls.
Bode Miller, the 2005 overall World Cup champ who split with the U.S. ski team and went independent this season, could miss the season-opening World Cup race in Soelden, Austria, because of a back injury. A women's giant slalom is set Saturday and a men's GS on Sunday.
Ivo Karlovic served 24 aces in beating fourth-seeded James Blake 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-4 at the Swiss Indoors in Basel. The 6-foot-10 Karlovic is second on the career list for aces in a season behind Goran Ivanisevic. Asked if he had trouble with somewhat heavier balls used at the Swiss Indoors, he said, "I could serve with a basketball."
Track and Field
The NCAA vacated Arkansas' 2004 and 2005 men's outddor championships and placed the school on three years' probation for various violations.
The glitzy unveiling Thursday of a new route and revamped rules for the 2008 Tour de France couldn't erase the memories of the drug scandals that turned the 104-year-old Tour into a farce this year. But organizers promised to be vigorous in applying new measures to weed out cheats. The July 5-27 Tour will cover 2,200 miles, with 21 stages. Organizers insist they'll have final say on which teams compete.
U.S. flyweight Rau'shee Warren took a step toward returning to the Olympics when he beat 2004 Olympian Tulashboy Doniyorov of Uzbekistan 20-8 at the World Championships in Chicago. He needs to win his next two fights to qualify for Beijing.
Carolyn Dorin-Ballard of North Richland Hills, Texas, rolled the first perfect game by a woman in the history of the United States Bowling Congress Masters in Wauwatosa, Wis., but was eliminated with a 758-757 loss to Chris Barnes.