There is strong Tipperary interest in todays event with 7 Premier runners in action.Charlie Swan sends out Close One in the opener.John Nicholson will watch over Dashing Lady in the 2.25 and Montego Breeze an hour later in the 3.25. Denis Hogan will have 2 horses in action in the 2.55 – Secret Valley and Think of Me while he also has Neatly Put in the 3.55.Charlie Swan’s second runner of the day, Chasing Waterfalls, also goes in the 3.55 to complete Tipp involvement for the day.
Reuben Droughns, Cleveland’s only 1,000-yard rusher since 1985, was traded to the New York Giants, who need a feature running back following Tiki Barber’s retirement. In return for Droughns, who became expendable after the Browns signed free agent Jamal Lewis to a one-year, $3.5 million contract on Wednesday, the Giants sent Cleveland wide receiver Tim Carter. As part of a three-year, $12 million contract extension he signed last year, Droughns was due a $1.75 million roster bonus this month. But instead of paying him or releasing the 28-year-old and getting nothing in return, the Browns acquired Carter, a part-time starter who had 22 catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns last season. Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher doesn’t expect troubled cornerback Adam “Pacman” Jones to return to the Titans’ facility with the rest of his teammates when they report March 19. The NFL is examining 10 separate incidents in which when Jones has been questioned by police since being drafted, including a Feb. 19 triple shooting at a Las Vegas strip club. Fisher and chief operating officer Steve Underwood met with Jones’ lawyers at the attorneys’ request for what Fisher characterized as an information-gathering meeting. Fisher said the Titans are still gathering their own information before deciding whether to keep Jones. Cincinnati cornerback Deltha O’Neal, one of nine Bengals players arrested over a nine-month period, pleaded guilty to a less serious traffic offense stemming from his arrest at a drunken driving checkpoint. O’Neal, originally charged with driving drunk after being arrested on Dec. 9 at a checkpoint in Clermont Country east of Cincinnati, pleaded guilty to reckless driving. O’Neal told Municipal Court Judge James Shriver that as a father of three small children, he realized the need to be more responsible. Shriver gave O’Neal a 30-day suspended jail sentence and three years’ probation. He fined him $250 and ordered him to donate $1,000 to Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Shriver suspended O’Neal’s driver’s license for six months from the date of his arrest, but allowed him to drive to and from work. Former NFL running back Richie Anderson, now an assistant coach with the Arizona Cardinals, was arrested during a Phoenix police anti-prostitution operation. Anderson, 35, was arrested at about 9:30 p.m. Thursday for soliciting prostitution at about 9:30 p.m., Sgt. Andy Hill said. The department’s vice unit was conducting an undercover sting operation in south Phoenix when Anderson allegedly solicited an officer posing as a prostitute. Simon suspendedNew York Islanders forward Chris Simon was suspended indefinitely by the NHL for his stick-swinging hit to the face of Rangers center Ryan Hollweg. Simon was given a match penalty for deliberate attempt to injure late in Thursday night’s 2-1 loss to the Rangers. The length of the suspension won’t be determined until after a disciplinary hearing. That hasn’t been scheduled but is expected to take place next week, likely in Toronto. Simon was ejected with just more than 6 minutes left, and the ensuing power play led to the decisive goal in the Rangers’ victory. Just seconds before he was hit, Hollweg drove Simon into the boards with a hard, clean check. Simon got up angrily and met Hollweg as they came together again. He then swung his stick into Hollweg’s face, just above his neck. Hollweg’s chin was bloodied, but he was not seriously injured and expects to play today when the Rangers visit Pittsburgh. Simon has been suspended several times before by the league, and that could carry weight when the latest punishment is handed out. Doctor pleads guiltyA New York City doctor pleaded guilty to illegally writing prescriptions for human growth hormone and anabolic steroids on behalf of patients he never met. Victor Mariani, part of a nationwide investigation into the illegal sale of steroids, said little during a brief hearing in U.S. District Court, except to acknowledge his guilt. He’s convicted of 26 counts accusing him of aiding and abetting the distribution of human growth hormone and anabolic steroids and other related charges. He could face a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for each count. A sentencing hearing is set for June 1. Federal prosecutors allege Mariani was one of two doctors recruited to write fraudulent prescriptions for American Pharmaceutical Group, which advertised anabolic steroids and human growth hormone in magazines and Web sites targeted at bodybuilders. Linked to the scandal, in various reports, are baseball’s Gary Matthews Jr., Jose Canseco, John Rocker, Jerry Hairston Jr., David Bell and Darren Holmes, former heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, Pittsburgh Steelers doctor Richard Rydze, 1996 Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kurt Angle and bodybuilder Victor Martinez. Player arrestedA University of Idaho football player faces possible felony armed robbery and battery charges after his arrest early Friday, police said. Tone Taupule, a 22-year-old safety, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. in Moscow after a resident was robbed and pistol-whipped in his home. Taupule, a senior, made an initial appearance in district court, where bail was set at $100,000 and a preliminary hearing was scheduled for March 22. Taupule was booked into the Latah County Jail for investigation of felony armed robbery and aggravated battery. BrieflyThe Seattle SuperSonics suspended already idled forward Danny Fortson for two games without pay for conduct detrimental to the team. The suspension covers Friday night’s game at Boston and Sunday’s game at Toronto. Fortson, a 10th-year veteran, is in the final year of a contract paying him nearly $6.6 million this season. So Fortson will lose more than $160,900 during the suspension. South Florida basketball coach Robert McCullum was fired after the Bulls lost 28 of 32 games during the school’s first two seasons in the Big East Conference. McCullum, who had two years remaining on his contract at about $200,000 per season, went 40-76 in four seasons. South Florida lost its last seven games to finish 12-18 this season. Lee Kang-Seok set a world record in the 500 meter, finishing in 34.25 seconds and winning at the World Single Distances Speedskating Championships in Utah. Lee’s time in the second race topped Joji Kato’s record of 34.30, set at the Utah Olympic Oval in November 2005. Lee also won the 500 title with a combined time of 68.69 seconds for the two heats. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Rhodes likely will split time in Oakland with LaMont Jordan, who is staying with the team after agreeing earlier in the week to reduce his roster bonus from $4.75 million to $3 million. The Raiders had one of the worst offenses in NFL history last year on the way to a 2-14 record. They scored just 168 points – fifth fewest in a 16-game season – and had only 12 offensive touchdowns. Oakland had the worst-ranked offense and ranked 29th out of 32 teams in yards rushing. Running back Dominic Rhodes is going from the Super Bowl champions to the team that posted the worst record in the NFL last season, after agreeing Friday to a two-year contract with the Oakland Raiders that could be worth up to $7.5 million. “I just want to come in and help this team win,” Rhodes said. “It’s an honor to be here and an awesome experience to play for the Raiders. The whole history of the Raiders, I love it.”