Seahawks rookie WR Metcalf set for knee surgery

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Seahawks coach Pete Carroll told reporters Sunday night that rookie wide receiver DK Metcalf needs knee surgery, but said there's optimism Metcalf could be ready for the start of the regular season.

Melbourne’s growing NBA love affair

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In a city where Aussie Rules football has always reigned supreme, a proud American sporting culture has somehow managed to entrench itself and is showing no sign of disappearing any time soon.

Baynes: Tatum, Brown to soon reach new heights

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Aron Baynes is expecting two of his ex-teammates to take the NBA by storm in coming years but wants to assert his authority over them during this week's Australia vs. Team USA exhibition series.

Portland Timbers 0-2 Atlanta United: De Boer´s men move top in the east

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Atlanta United capped a fine week by beating Portland Timbers 2-0 to move top of the MLS Eastern Conference. Frank de Boer’s Atlanta overcame Mexican giants America 3-2 to win the Campeones Cup final on Wednesday. Reigning MLS champions Atlanta backed that up with victory away to Portland courtesy of Leandro Gonzalez Pirez and Josef […]

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Cubs’ trip to Williamsport might have been just what they needed

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After struggling on the road all season, Anthony Rizzo & Co. got a reminder of what playing baseball is all about, had some fun and actually won a road series.

Commentary: Uniform Rules In Horse Racing Won’t Happen Without Compromise

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For as long as I've covered horse racing, I've been asking people to define their biggest concern about the sport. For my entire career, the top two, conveniently dovetailed answers have been the same: central regulatory authority and uniform rules. Those who want a commissioner of horse racing usually want one so they will impose and enforce uniform rules.

The Santa Anita crisis (and I think we can all agree that it's a crisis) from this spring has added a sense of urgency to racing's to-do list. A central authority and uniform rules no longer seem like something we should get around to eventually, but instead one in a host of things we have to move on fast if we want to have some sort of response to the continued public relations bleed that gets worse every time a horse goes down in racing or training. While in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., this month, I heard more than ever about uniformity and the way forward – primarily from proponents of the proposed federal legislation known as the Horseracing Integrity Act. The Jockey Club Round Table featured lots of well-crafted mentions of the benefits of the legislation, including a segment from William Lear Jr., vice chairman of The Jockey Club, who I thought summed up the history of our sport's own attempts at uniform rules better than anyone else I've heard so far:

“We have a patchwork, and a poor patchwork, within all of the different states,” said Lear. “Now, we have understood that, we have tried — federal legislation is not the choice of first resort for us. We tried with an interstate compact and the leaders of the industry, including most of the organizations you would love to see around the table working together, The Jockey Club, the American Quarter Horse Association, the United States Trotting Association, RCI, the New York State Racing and Wagering Board, the NTRA, Keeneland, the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, the National, believe it or not, HBPA, worked together in 2009 and 2010 to create the Interstate Racing and Wagering Compact. Kentucky passed it. New York passed it in one house of the legislature. Virginia tried to pass it, but didn't effectively do so. So like that failed motion under Roberts Rules of Order, that compact died for lack of a second. Now they're trying again in the Mid-Atlantic Region and I commend them for the effort.

“But the reality is the Achilles heel of interstate compacts is the set of conditions you typically have to put into them to get them passed in the first place. And those are like individual rule opt outs. That was a problem with the first compact. Meaning any state can say, well, the rest of you guys put that in place but we're not going to do it. Or super, super majority voting requirements. The Mid-Atlantic compact has an 80 percent rule. That means one or two states have an effective veto. Or the other thing that both of the compacts had, the ability of a state to withdraw at any time for any reason with or without cause.”

Then there was the National Uniform Medication Program – another good idea, but one that hasn't taken off as universally as it needed to in order to work.

So imagine then, how disheartening it was to hear from Ed Martin, president and CEO of the Association of Racing Commissioners International (RCI) before one of many industry meetings in Saratoga recently. Martin took a few minutes at the start of a meeting of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities' International Harmonisation of Racing Rules Committee to share his thoughts on harmonization.

IFHA and RCI work similarly, Martin said, in that they each set best practice guidelines or model rules they recommend their members take back to their jurisdictions. In both cases, he did not point out, those suggestions are simply suggestions and neither group can force their members to adopt those requirements. IFHA and RCI are parallel in some ways, he said. True enough.

But then…

“I would just ask that the IFHA consider the voices of the individual racing regulatory authorities,” Martin said, referring to the individual state commissions who are members of the RCI. “They presently don't have a vote.

“My only point is these are two parallel organizations … in terms of international harmonization, I think that is the goal. I don't believe we're opposed to that. But there needs to be greater involvement of the individual voices in North America in that body. If there's a concern that somehow a policy of the IFHA has not been honored by a racing regulatory authority in the U.S., it might be because that regulatory wasn't part of that change and didn't agree.”

Since Martin did not, that I could hear, follow this statement with any kind of sarcastic laughter, I am left to assume he really believes two things, or really wanted his audience to think he believes them.

First, he really thinks that the IFHA should add 32 new members – one representing every state racing commission in the United States. According to its website, the IFHA presently has 67 horseracing authorities who are members of the organization. The U.S. is one of several countries with two organizations representing it – Breeders' Cup/NTRA and The Jockey Club.

Apparently, Martin believes the organization should increase its membership by nearly 50 percent so every single state racing commission could send its own representative to meetings. In his world, it seems, the North Dakota Racing Commission, which oversees a total of 12 racing dates in 2019, should be accorded the same status as the British Horseracing Authority. It's like suggesting each state governor should have his own seat in the United Nations.

Secondly, Martin's understanding of harmonization seems to be upside down, at best – which is worrying for someone running an organization based on the hope its members will one day take on its model rules. His message essentially seems to have been, “My members want international uniformity until they encounter something they don't like. Then, they like having the power to go their own way.”

What exactly does he imagine harmonization is going to look like in horse racing? Everyone holding hands and skipping through daisy fields, blithely having their cake and eating it, too? Each and every racing jurisdiction is not going to get everything they want here, because on some issues, different authorities clearly want very opposite things. (Lasix/no Lasix is a pretty black-and-white example, but there are hundreds more colorful ones.)

And by the way, what is it about that “we want what we want” attitude that should make the IFHA want to hear more from us? It's the very philosophy that already has some international authorities looking down on the American inability to quit in-fighting.

This kind of thinking is exactly what got us to this moment, years into our refrain of “What we need is uniformity, and we need it yesterday.”  I spoke with a trainer last week whose name was among those who have recently come out in support of the Horseracing Integrity Act. I asked him what he thought the racing industry needed to do to get out of this crisis. Passage of the bill was just one thing in a long list of things he hoped to see change in order for racing to escape the doghouse. (And in case you're still not convinced it's in the doghouse, I'd remind you of a statistic presented at the Round Table by crisis management expert David Fuscus: the spring death spike at Santa Anita prompted 20,000 news stories about horse racing and its issues. The 27th fatality alone sparked 300 articles in three days, which Fuscus estimated appeared in publications with the power to reach 90 percent of the American public.)

“I don't agree with everything in it,” the trainer told me. “But it's a good start. And something needs to happen.”

That's the thing – very often, uniformity doesn't happen without compromise. At some point, people have to put away their soapboxes and be willing to accept that they'll have to live with something they don't like in order to get something they want – the same set of rules in every jurisdiction.

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DK Metcalf: Will have knee surgery

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DK Metcalf: Metcalf will have surgery on his injured knee, but head coach Pete Carroll doesn't think he'll be out very long, Tom Pelissero of NFL.com reports. Visit RotoWire.com for more analysis on this update.

Prince Earl Upsets Del Mar Mile for First Stakes Win

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Old Bones Racing Stable and Todd Marshall's Prince Earl found a seam in a wall of horses on the Del Mar turf to upset the $201,755 Del Mar Mile Handicap (G2T) Aug. 18. The score was his first stakes victory.

Explode Crowned Canadian Derby Victor

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Ole Nielsen's Explode made the 90th edition of the CA$250,000 Canadian Derby (G3) at Century Mile one to remember Aug. 18. The gelding was promoted to first following aninquiry which upheld a claim of foul lodged against Journeyman in the stretch. 

Tiafoe Inspires Young Essay Winners In Winston-Salem

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Frances Tiafoe is all about giving back. The #NextGenATP American regularly puts his hands up for kids’ clinics and autograph sessions whenever he competes at ATP Tour events.

He did just that on Sunday at the Winston-Salem Open, holding a Q&A and autograph session with several kids ages 11-17. The children were all part of National Junior Tennis and Learning (NJTL) chapters throughout the Southern section of the United States Tennis Association and were selected to meet Tiafoe by winning an essay contest.

Tiafoe told the participants he has “a ton of big of aspirations after tennis” that involve working with kids, including starting his own foundation.

”To know that what I’m doing is helping not only myself and my family, but also you guys coming up… everyone has somebody that they aspire to be like and I want to be that guy for you all,” said Tiafoe.

The 21-year-old Tiafoe, seeded No. 10 in Winston-Salem, starts his week on Tuesday against Frenchman Jeremy Chardy or American qualifier Raymond Sarmiento.

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