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National briefs: Shackleford wins Preakness

May 22, 2011

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Baltimore — Soaked with sweat, Shackleford bucked and kicked until crewmen finally shoved him into the No. 5 gate at the Preakness.

One ton of horseflesh all but screamed, “Get me out of here.”

Less than two minutes after the gate sprang open, the nervous colt was a cool classic winner.

Shackleford held off a late charge by the 2-1 favorite Animal Kingdom, spoiling yet another Triple Crown try and beating the Kentucky Derby winner by a half-length Saturday at Pimlico.

The chestnut colt, who led into the stretch in the Derby two weeks ago, finished the job at 12-1 odds, covering the 1 3-16 miles in 1:56.47.

MLB

Carter has brain tumors

New York — Hall of Fame catcher Gary Carter said doctors discovered four “very small” brain tumors after he had an MRI on Friday in Florida.

The 57-year-old Carter said he expects to learn more about his diagnosis when he is examined again Thursday at Duke Medical Center.

It is not known whether the tumors are malignant or benign.

Golf

Toms blows lead

Fort Worth — Charlie Wi began the third round at Colonial just hoping to cut into playing partner David Toms’ big lead. Wi certainly never expected to be leading at the end of the day.

Toms blew a seven-stroke margin Saturday, and Wi took the lead with a 32-foot birdie putt on the par-3 16th hole. At 13 under after a 4-under 66, Wi had a one-stroke stroke edge over Toms — and the 54-hole lead on the PGA Tour for the first time in his career.

Auto Racing

Edwards rolls in N.C.

Concord, N.C. — Carl Edwards easily claimed the $1 million payday Saturday night with a flawless run in the Sprint All-Star Race.

His only mistake at Charlotte Motor Speedway came after he beat Kyle Busch to the checkered flag. Although it appeared Edwards ran over either a manhole cover or drainage device, a collision that caused heavy damage to the front of his Roush Fenway Racing Ford, track officials said the infield has only grass, so it wasn’t clear what caused all the mishap.

Edwards had a sheepish grin as he climbed out his window for his customary celebratory backflip, and he apologized to crew chief Bob Osborne for wrecking the car.

Schumacher gets No. 1

Topeka — Tony Schumacher earned the No. 1 qualifying spot in Top Fuel when he paced the field Saturday at the NHRA Summer Nationals at Heartland Park Topeka.

Schumacher extended his NHRA Top Fuel career record for No. 1 qualifiers to 64.

Tagliani takes Indy pole

Indianapolis — Alex Tagliani is the first Canadian driver to win the pole at the Indianapolis 500. He posted a four-lap average of 227.472 mph on the final qualifying attempt Saturday. That knocked 2008 Indy winner Scott Dixon off the pole.

Boxing

Hopkins oldest champ

Montreal — Bernard Hopkins became the oldest fighter to win a major world championship, taking the WBC light heavyweight title Saturday night from Jean Pascal at the age of 46.

Hopkins won a unanimous decision against the Canadian Pascal in a rematch of their Dec. 18 draw in Quebec City.

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