Update on the latest sports
Medina Spirit drug test confirmed; Baffert suspended 2 years
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Bob Baffert is on track to have his record seventh Kentucky Derby victory taken away and won’t be able to run any horses in the prestigious race for the next two years.
Churchill Downs on Wednesday suspended the Hall of Fame trainer for two years after an additional drug test of Medina (meh-DEE’-nah) Spirit confirmed the presence of the steroid betamethasone in the Kentucky Derby winner’s system.
The next step could be the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission disqualifying Medina Spirit. If that happens, Mandaloun would be elevated as the winner of the Derby.
Baffert will not be able to enter any horses in the Kentucky Derby or other races at the storied Louisville track through the spring of 2023. Churchill Downs says it reserves the right to extend Baffert’s suspension if he has any other violations in other states. Baffert has had five in the past 13 months.
Churchill Downs initially suspended Baffert indefinitely pending the investigation. Maryland racing officials allowed Medina Spirit and Baffert-trained Concert Tour to run in the Preakness on May 15 only after undergoing three rounds of prerace testing, while New York banned Baffert indefinitely and prevented him from entering any horses in the Belmont Stakes.
NBA PLAYOFFS-EMBIID OUT
76ers’ Embiid to miss Game 5 with meniscus tear in knee
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (joh-EHL’ ehm-BEED’) has a small lateral meniscus tear in his right knee and will miss Game 5 of the playoff series against the Washington Wizards.
Embiid was injured in Philadelphia’s Game 4 loss. He had an MRI on Tuesday and is considered day to day. He isn’t scheduled to have surgery and the Sixers will treat his injury with physical therapy.
Embiid has a long injury history that includes missing his first two full seasons.
The Sixers lead the Wizards 3-1 in their first-round Eastern Conference series. The first full house of the season is expected for Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia.
Stevens replacing Ainge as team president in Celtics shakeup
BOSTON (AP) — The Boston Celtics are beginning their offseason with a shakeup of the front office and coaching staff.
Team president Danny Ainge (aynj) has retired and coach Brad Stevens has moved into the front office.
The moves came the morning after Boston’s season ended with a loss to the Brooklyn Nets in Game 5 of their first-round playoff series. Boston’s staff was informed Wednesday morning.
Ainge won NBA titles with the Celtics in 1984 and ’86 and took over as the team president in 2003. He was voted the league’s top executive in 2008, when Boston won its 17th championship — a league record that has since been matched by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Ainge is the only Celtic to win a championship as a player and a general manager.
AP source: Duke’s Krzyzewski to coach last season in 2021-22
UNDATED (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Duke Hall of Fame basketball coach Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF’-skee) will coach his final season with the Blue Devils in 2021-22.
The person tells The Associated Press that former Duke player and associate head coach Jon Scheyer would then take over as Krzyzewski’s successor for the 2022-23 season.
The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because the school hasn’t commented publicly on the decision. An announcement is expected later Wednesday.
The 74-year-old Krzyzewski has led Duke to five national championships, most recently in 2015. With 1,170 victories, he is the winningest coach in men’s college basketball history.
Rain washes out Phillies-Reds, White Sox-Indians
UNDATED (AP) — Wednesday’s series finale between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Cincinnati Reds has been postponed because of rain. The game will be played on June 28, which had been an off day for both teams.
The Phillies must travel to Cincinnati for the single game after a road series at New York. The Reds will tack it to the front of a six-game homestand.
Wednesday’s game was to have been the first time this season that a capacity, mask-less crowd was allowed at Great American Ball Park, and the Reds had planned a slate of “Second Opening Day” festivities.
Rain also postponed the Cleveland Indians’ game against the Chicago White Sox. The teams will play a split doubleheader on Sept. 23.
The Indians had been given permission by the state of Ohio to return to full capacity at Progressive Field starting Wednesday. Cleveland’s next home game is June 11 against Seattle.
49ers center Weston Richburg retires
UNDATED (AP) — San Francisco 49ers center Weston Richburg has retired at age 29 after a knee injury derailed his career.
Richburg missed the entire 2020 season recovering from knee surgery and remained on San Francisco’s roster until now to delay some of the salary cap impact until 2021.
Richburg signed a five-year, $47.5 million contract with the Niners in 2018 after spending his first four seasons with the New York Giants. He went down with a torn right patellar tendon in a Week 14 win at New Orleans in 2019 and never played another game.
In other NFL news:
— The Cincinnati Bengals have signed their remaining two draft picks, including fifth overall selection Ja’Marr Chase, a wide receiver who won the national championship at LSU with quarterback Joe Burrow. The Bengals also signed defensive end Joseph Ossai, a third-round selection. All 10 of their picks are now signed.
Serena Williams advances to 3rd round
PARIS (AP) — Serena Williams is back in the third round at the French Open. The 23-time Grand Slam champion beat 174th-ranked Mihaela Buzarnescu of Romania, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
At last year’s tournament, which was moved to a September start because of the pandemic, Williams retired prior to her second-round match due to an Achilles injury.
Williams has won the French Open three times — in 2002, 2013 and 2015. She next faces fellow American Danielle Collins, who overwhelmed Anhelina Kalinina 6-0, 6-2 in 62 minutes.
In other action on Day 4:
— Stefanos Tsitsipas (SIHT’-see-pahs) will be playing in the third round for the third straight year following another straight-set win. The fifth-seeded Greek player excelled at the net and saved 11 break points to defeat solid baseliner Pedro Martinez of Spain 6-3, 6-4, 6-3.
— Alexander Zverev hit 15 aces on his way to the third round at the French Open. The sixth-seeded German beat qualifier Roman Safiullin 7-6, 6-3, 7-6 today, avoiding another lengthy battle after he was pushed to five sets in the previous round against another qualifier.
— Tenth-seeded Belinda Bencic’s campaign at Roland Garros ended with a 6-2, 6-2 loss to Daria Kasatkina.
— Kei Nishikori has gone five sets again to win at the French Open. The former U.S. Open finalist rallied past 23rd-seeded Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 after having also gone the distance to beat Italian qualifier Alessandro Giannessi in the first round. Nishikori next faces Swiss qualifier Henri Laaksonen, who upset 11th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 for his first victory against a top-20 player.
— The new doubles partnership of Venus Williams and Coco Gauff didn’t go very far. The 40-year-old Williams and 17-year-old Gauff lost to 13th-seeded Ellen Perez and Zheng Saisai 6-7, 6-4, 6-3 in the first round. It marked the first time that Williams had played a Grand Slam doubles match with anyone but her sister. She and Serena Williams have won 14 Grand Slam doubles titles.