Sports at a glance
Mushers, fans gather for race
ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Mushers, barking dogs and excited fans are converging on Alaska’s largest city for the ceremonial start of the famed Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race.
The Saturday morning trek through downtown Anchorage gave fans a chance to mingle with mushers and their teams. The competitive portion of the race to Nome begins today in the community of Willow.
This year’s race comes amid a plethora of troubles for organizers, including a dog doping scandal, the loss of a major sponsor and increasing pressure from animal rights activists following the deaths of five dogs connected to last year’s race.
Sixty-seven teams are signed up to vie for a total purse of $500,000. Organizers say the winner’s share of the prize money will be determined later in the race.
Promises kept in Florida
HALLANDALE BEACH, Fla. — Promises Fulfulled was a surprise wire-to-wire winner Saturday of the Grade 2 Fountain of Youth, one of the big early preps on the road to the Kentucky Derby.
Starting from the outside post, Promises Fulfilled went straight to the lead and kept holding off challengers as he made his way around 11/16 miles of the dirt at Gulfstream Park. It was the third win in four starts for the Dale Romans trainee, who went off at 18-1 and paid $38.40 after winning in 1 minute, 44.17 seconds under jockey Irad Ortiz Jr.
Strike Power was second, after several attempts to pass Promises Fulfilled down the stretch came up empty. Good Magic — the overwhelming favorite — was third.
NHL plans more outdoors
ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The NHL’s first outdoor game at a U.S. service academy probably won’t be its last.
After the Washington Capitals hosted the Toronto Maple Leafs at the Naval Academy Saturday night, the league hopes to play games at Army’s West Point and the Air Force Academy over the next few years.
It’s a significant foray into honoring and partnering with branches of the military that follows the lead of the NFL and Major League Baseball for a league that’s split between the United States and Canada.
Deputy commissioner Bill Daly said he’d be surprised if the sequel to Maple Leafs-Capitals at Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium comes as soon as the 2018-19 season, though 2019-20 is a possibility. The Florida Panthers faced the New Jersey Devils inside in an exhibition game at West Point’s Tate Rink in 2006.
Coleman gets record time
BIRMINGHAM, England — When you get a phone call from former sprint king Maurice Greene straight after setting another record, you know you’ve done something special.
Christian Coleman added the championship record to his growing list of achievements in winning the 60 meters at the world athletics indoors on Saturday.
Coleman smashed Greene’s 20-year-old world record last month by clocking 6.34 seconds and the American came within 0.03 seconds of that at Arena Birmingham.
Greene called as Coleman was talking to reporters, and Coleman put the phone on speaker so everyone could hear Greene’s congratulations.
Coleman, who turns 22 on Tuesday, never looked in danger as he beat Su Bingtian of China by 0.05 and U.S. teammate Ronnie Baker by 0.07. He said the gold medal meant more to him than the world record.
The Associated Press