Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

SPORTS Briefs

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Derby winner Nyquist won't run in Belmont

NEW YORK - The trainer of Nyquist says the Kentucky Derby winner is sick and won't run in the Belmont Stakes on June 11. Doug O'Neill said Tuesday that Nyquist is "out because of sickness."

Nyquist's bid for a chance at the Triple Crown ended when he finished third behind Exaggerator in the Preakness at Pimlico Race Course on Saturday.

O'Neill's assistant Jack Sisterson said from Baltimore that the colt's blood work came back and showed an elevated white blood cell count. He said "we just want to do right by him and get him to 100 percent.

When he's healthy again, the plan is to ship him back to California, with a summer schedule that could include the Travers Stakes at Saratoga.

In 2012, O'Neill's Derby and Preakness winner I'll Have Another was retired the day before the Belmont with a tendon injury and missed a Triple Crown chance.

Pirates P Vogelsong dealing with facial fractures

PITTSBURGH - Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Ryan Vogelsong remains hospitalized with swelling and multiple facial fractures, a day after the veteran took a 92 mph fastball to the head from Colorado pitcher Jordan Lyles.

Pirates trainer Todd Tomczyk said Tuesday that Vogelsong is "in good spirits" but added that doctors won't be able to determine the extent of the damage around Vogelsong's left eye until the swelling subsides.

Vogelsong was batting with the bases loaded in the bottom of the second Monday when a Lyles pitch caught Vogelsong flush. He remained on the ground for several minutes, though Tomczyk said Vogelsong didn't lose consciousness and doesn't have symptoms of a concussion.

The Pirates placed Vogelsong on the 15-day disabled list on Tuesday and recalled reliever A.J. Schugel from Triple-A Indianapolis.

Baylor says 'Starr is president' amid speculation

AUSTIN,Texas - Baylor University and its president faced mounting pressure Tuesday over how the school has handled reports of rape and assault by football players, and the Texas university said its governing board was still considering the results of an internal investigation into the matter. …

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