The future of the Preakness at Pimlico is in doubt after a vote Tuesday by Maryland's racing commission.
The board voted, 8-0, to reject a proposed operating agreement by the owners of Pimlico Race Course and Laurel Park, meaning there won't be horse racing at either track next year unless an agreement is reached.
That would leave the future of the Triple Crown's second leg in doubt at the track where it has been run since 1873. Nearly $80 million was bet on the race this year, which was attended by more than 95,000.
BASEBALL: The New York Yankees lowered spending on players by $12 million this year, cutting payroll by $5 million and slashing their major league-leading luxury tax by more than $7 million.
New York was hit with an $18 million luxury tax by Major League Baseball, its lowest since 2003 and down from $25.7 million last year.
Boston is the only other team that has to pay. The Red Sox, who missed the playoffs, exceeded the payroll threshold for the first time since 2007 and owe $1.49 million.
The Yankees, Phillies (third at $145.5 million), Twins, and the World Series champion San Francisco Giants (11th at $101.4 million) were the only teams from the top half by payroll to make the playoffs.
The Brewers and infielder Craig Counsell, 40, agreed to a $1.4 million, one-year contract, a person familiar with the negotiations told the Associated Press.
A game-worn Sandy Koufax Brooklyn Dodgers jersey, hand signed by the seven-time all-star pitcher, sold for $80,000 on Lelands.com.
BOXING: Manny Pacquiao plans to fight "Sugar" Shane Mosley in his next bout May 7 in Las Vegas. Promoter Bob Arum told the Associated Press that the deal will be done after Mosley's lawyers approve the paperwork for the WBO welterweight title fight.
SOCCER: The Los Angeles Galaxy's Landon Donovan is staying put this off-season, forgoing the chance to be loaned to a European club for the third consecutive winter.
Enzo Bearzot, 83, who coached Italy to its first World Cup triumph in 44 years in 1982, died in Milan on Tuesday after being ill for several years.
TENNIS: Roger Federer beat Rafael Nadal, 4-6, 6-3, 6-3, in Zurich, Switzerland, to open a two-match exhibition series for charity between the world's top-ranked tennis players.
GOLF: Tiger Woods has had a cortisone shot in his right ankle to cope with lingering soreness. His agent says he is back to work filming a commercial and hitting balls on the range.
New York's top court said "shanked" shots are a common hazard on the links and golfers can't expect to get a warning shout of "Fore!" every time a ball comes their way.
The Court of Appeals in a unanimous ruling upheld lower courts' dismissal of a doctor's personal-injury lawsuit against his golfing partner after he was blinded in one eye by an errant shot.
COLLEGES: Notre Dame junior Melissa Henderson won the Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate women's soccer player. Henderson led the Fighting Irish to their third NCAA title this season.
- Inquirer wire services