Big Brown hoofin' it
Triple Crown contender Big Brown has a slight crack to his left front hoof, although trainer Rick Dutrow Jr. expressed confidence Sunday the injury won't keep his colt from running in the Belmont Stakes in less than two weeks. But the Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner has missed two days of training at Belmont Park, and will miss at least several more while being treated by hoof specialist Ian McKinlay for a five-eighths of an inch crack on the inside of his left heel. "We're all concerned because there's a big race coming up," Dutrow said at a Sunday news conference outside his barn. "But Ian has us pretty well relaxed." The trainer said he was 100 percent confident Big Brown would be in top form when he attempts to become the first Triple Crown champion since Affirmed in 1978. "I sure am," he said.
Bulls' Noah arrested
Authorities in Gainesville, Fla., have charged Chicago Bulls forward and former Florida star Joakim Noah with possession of marijuana and having an open container of alcohol. Gainesville police spokesman Sgt. Rick Roberts says Noah was arrested around 1:50 a.m. Sunday after an officer spotted him on a sidewalk holding a plastic cup containing an amber drink, a violation of city law. During a search at the station, officers found marijuana in his pocket. Noah was released after signing a notice to appear before a judge -- standard procedure for such offenses. He could face up to six months in jail and a $500 fine for the marijuana charge.
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Phil Mickelson made a 9-foot birdie putt on the final hole for a one-stroke victory at the Crowne Plaza Invitational over Tim Clark and Rod Pampling, who led by two strokes going to the back nine Sunday. It was the 34th career victory for Mickelson, who began the final round with a one-stroke lead. But like he did the day before, Mickelson fell behind before storming back. Page B-3
Spurs strike back
Manu Ginobili broke out of his scoring slump with 30 points off the bench and the San Antonio Spurs beat the Los Angeles Lakers 103-84 in Game 3 of the Western Conference finals Sunday. Tim Duncan had 22 points, 21 rebounds and five assists, and Tony Parker added 20 points for the Spurs, who avoided falling into an 0-3 hole, which no NBA team has ever overcome. Page B-3