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Best Sports Stories of 2008

Evil Bill, golden Michael, ailing Tiger, and hapless Lions held our fascination

(Newser) - Every fan has favorite storylines from the year in sports, but a few were universally intriguing, Reid Cherner and Tom Weir write in USA Today:
  1. Michael Phelps' eight golds in the 08/08/08 Olympics gave America a reason to root.
  2. Our favorite hoodied villain, Patriots coach Bill Belichick, finally got his
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Big Brown Injured, Heads Out to Stud

Colt won't get chance to run against Curlin in Breeders' Cup

(Newser) - Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown injured his right front foot during a workout this morning in New York and will immediately be retired to stud, the Blood-Horse reports. The bay colt's retirement means he'll miss his eagerly awaited faceoff with Curlin in the Oct. 25 Breeders' Cup Classic.... More »

Loose Shoe Cost Big Brown Triple Crown

New photos implicate wobbly footwear in Belmont letdown

(Newser) - Big Brown may have lost the Triple Crown because of a dislodged shoe, newly released photos appear to show. The extreme close-ups reveal a loose shoe on Big Brown's right hind hoof about 200 yards into the June 7 Belmont Stakes. "The picture shocked me," one of Big... More »

Big Brown's Owner Scraps Steroids

Says his stable will no longer use them; calls on others to do the same

(Newser) - The owners of Big Brown say they will no longer give their horses steroids and called on others in the industry to do the same, the New York Times reports. The near Triple Crown winner drew scrutiny and some criticism when trainer Rick Dutrow admitted injecting the horse—legally—with... More »

Big Brown More Compelling in Defeat

Belmont defeat reminds us of why we race in the first place

(Newser) - Big Brown may have performed poorly at the Belmont Stakes, but his loss makes for a better story than victory would have, and he's in good company, writes Wallace Matthews in Newsday. Between Roberto Duran throwing in the towel against Sugar Ray Leonard, and Alex Rodriguez's plummeting temperature each postseason,... More »

Big Brown Upset at Belmont

Da' Tara takes victory at 38-1 odds

(Newser) - Big Brown is hobbling home after running last in today’s Belmont Stakes and losing his bid to win the Triple Crown, the AP reports. A strong favorite after rival Casino Drive was scratched, Big Brown ran with an injured hoof. "I had no horse," Big Brown's jockey... More »

Big Brown's Main Rival Scratched

Casino Drive sidelined by injured hoof, will return to Japan

(Newser) - Big Brown moved one hoof closer to becoming the first Triple Crown winner in 30 years today, after his strongest opponent in the Belmont Stakes dropped out because of an injury. Casino Drive, who developed symptoms yesterday, may have a stone bruise on his hoof and will return to Japan... More »

Big Brown Win Bad for Racing

Victory would be success for 'win-at-all-costs' methods: NYT

(Newser) - Big Brown carries the best hopes of racing fans as he tries to capture the Triple Crown today, but represents the worst of horse racing, writes Peter Thomas Fornatale in the New York Times. Brown is an admirable creature, sure, but he's the product of a company that runs its... More »

Big Brown, Big Favorite: Inside Post, 2-5 Belmont Odds

Trainer confident he'll win the Triple Crown

(Newser) - Big Brown drew the inside post for Saturday’s Belmont Stakes, meaning he'll run closest to the rail as he tries to become the first horse in 20 years to win the Triple Crown. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner is the heavy favorite, with 2-5 odds. The horse given... More »

Big Brown Awaits Hoof Crack Repair

Prerace routine will include synthetic patch

(Newser) - Big Brown will get the equine equivalent of a pedicure on Friday, the day before he tries to sew up the Triple Crown. An acrylic and fiberglass patch will be placed on the Kentucky Derbu and Preakness champion’s left front hoof, the New York Daily News reports. The work... More »

Big Brown's Trainer Makes Big Boast

Confident Dutrow calls Triple Crown 'foregone conclusion'

(Newser) - When Big Brown enters the gate for the Belmont Stakes next week, one member of the crowd won't be on pins and needles: Rick Dutrow is confident his horse will win, reports USA Today. "I feel that he will do it. It's actually a foregone conclusion for me,"... More »

Big Brown Back on Track

Belmont fave does 9 furlongs easily after hoof crack sidelined him

(Newser) - Triple Crown hopeful Big Brown looked to be on the mend from his foot injury yesterday, making his longest practice run yet at the Belmont track. The Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner galloped 1 1/8 mile under the careful supervision of an exercise rider, ESPN reports. A crack in his... More »

Big Brown's Paycheck to Help Injured Cop's Son

Owners to start fund for 6-year-old boy

(Newser) - When Big Brown makes a run for the history books in the Belmont next month, he'll also be racing for the son of a seriously injured Long Island police officer. The horse's owners have pledged a portion of their Belmont earnings to Christopher Baribault, 6, whose dad, Kenneth, was hit... More »

Sweet Spot May Be Big Brown's Key

White dot may hold answer to amazing colt's victories

(Newser) - There is something unique about Big Brown, and it’s not just his decimation of the fields at the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness. It's a silver-dollar sized white spot at the top of his left front leg. “Some good horses have something about them that's totally different from... More »

Just How Big is Big Brown?

The colt may be one of the best ever, or the field may just be weak

(Newser) - With Big Brown on the brink of being the first to snag horse racing's Triple Crown in three decades, some are wondering if the colt is really untouchable—or whether he's just the best of a mediocre field. The Belmont Stakes, on June 7, might help answer that question, the... More »

Big Brown Is Horse to Beat at Preakness

The now 1-4 favorite is the fastest, but questions about experience linger

(Newser) - He’s big and he’s brown, and he’s perhaps the fastest horse at Pimlico Race Course. So is Big Brown a shoe-in to win today's Preakness Stakes, and heck, the whole Triple Crown? He’s certainly the horse to beat, with odds at 1-4. But some think the... More »

Big Brown Jockey Rides for Ailing Son

Desormeaux wants Triple Crown for family as much as for himself

(Newser) - Kent Desormeaux, the jockey who rode Big Brown to victory in the Kentucky Derby, wants his son to see him win the Preakness tomorrow—before his eyesight fails entirely. Nine-year-old Jacob suffers from a genetic disorder that took his hearing and is slowly compromising his vision, but that hasn't stopped... More »

Filly Euthanized at Derby

(Newser) - Eight Belles, the filly who crossed the wire 4 3/4 lengths behind winner Big Brown to take second in the Kentucky Derby today, collapsed with two broken front ankles and was euthanized on the track. The first filly since 1999 to run in the Derby appeared to be fine as... More »

Derby Fave Big Brown Saddled With Outside Post

Meet the favorite in Saturday's Run for the Roses

(Newser) - Trainer Richard Dutrow Jr. is positive his colt Big Brown will win the Kentucky Derby, and the odds-makers agree, pegging Big Brown as a 3-1 morning-line favorite. Never mind that the colt is starting from the deadly 20th position, has had front hoof problems, and has, in Dutrow, a controversial... More »

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