and horse owners have reached a temporary deal to keep harness racing alive at the Meadowlands through the spring.
The agreement buys more time for a deal to sell the nation's premier harness racing track.
Christie says the state will offer standardbred owners a $1.2 million secured loan through April 1 to be repaid with simulcasting revenues.
If a deal is not reached by April, racing at the Meadowlands will shut down.
The New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority owns both the Meadowlands and Monmouth Park.
A commission appointed by the governor has recommended ending live racing at the Meadowlands and consolidating thoroughbred and harness racing at Monmouth Park.
WINTER SPORTS: Sandra Kiriasis of Germany has won the makeup women's World Cup bobsled race at Mount Van Hoevenberg in Lake Placid, N.Y. Kiriasis and brakewoman Berit Wiacker had a two-heat time of 1 minute, 53.94 seconds to beat Shauna Rohbock and Valerie Fleming in USA1 by 0.37 seconds. The race was a makeup for last week's event in Park City, Utah, canceled because of blowing snow.
Germany's Marion Thees and Sergei Chudinov of Russia have won the World Cup skeleton races at Mount Van Hoevenberg.
Thomas Morgenstern led an Austrian sweep of the podium at a World Cup ski jump event in Engelberg, Switzerland, to extend his lead in the overall standings.
BOXING: Floyd Mayweather Jr. spent a night in a Las Vegas jail before his release Friday on a misdemeanor battery warrant stemming from an allegation that the boxer poked a security guard in the face last month outside his home. The second arrest in three months for the undefeated prizefighter drew allegations from his lawyer that police and prosecutors overreacted to a minor criminal accusation.
Manny Pacquiao is mulling over options for his next fight, with three names still in the running for the lucrative shot at boxing's biggest box-office attraction. Former welterweight champion Shane Mosley, welterweight champ Andre Berto and lightweight champ Juan Manuel Marquez have all made financial proposals for the fight.
COLLEGES: Rutgers University has named Christopher Mazzuchetti as its men's golf coach. Mazzuchetti spent the last eight years at Colonia. He will serve under the leadership of Rutgers director of golf Maura Waters-Ballard.
OLYMPICS: The Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics broke even. The Vancouver organizing committee has released its final budget, saying it spent $1.86 billion to stage the games. Organizers said Friday 91 percent of revenues came from corporate sources, but taxpayers also helped ensure the Olympics didn't run into the red.
SOCCER: Seattle goalkeeper Kasey Keller will retire after the 2011 season, his 22d in professional soccer. The former U.S. national team goalkeeper agreed to a contract for next season, his third with Seattle. The 41-year-old was the starter for the United States at the 1998 and 2006 World Cups, and the 1996 Olympics.
GOLF: Alex Cejka shot an 8-under 64 for a share of the first-round lead of the 100th South African Open with two-time winner Retief Goosen.
U.S. Open champion Graeme McDowell has been voted player of the year by the Golf Writers Association of America.
SWIMMING: American Ryan Lochte added the 200-meter individual medley world record to his 400 record a day earlier at the short-course world championships in Dubai, UAR.
- Associated Press