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Extended Wide receiver Hines Ward signed his five-year contract extension with the Steelers, a deal that should allow the two-time Super Bowl winner to finish his career in Pittsburgh. The contract runs through the 2013 season, though Ward, 33, may not play that long. Ward’s extension is expected to be worth $22 million.

Created After the death of 21 horses in Florida, the United States Polo Association says it will examine safeguards for polo horses, including developing a prohibited substance policy. In a statement, Peter Rizzo, executive director of the polo association, says that during the association’s semiannual meeting Saturday, the USPA Board of Governors approved the establishment of a review committee to examine the practices and policies of other equestrian organizations.

Identified U.S. Army officials say a runner who collapsed and died after Saturday’s Country Music Marathon in Nashville, Tenn., was a special operations aviation soldier based at Fort Campbell, Ky. The Army said the runner was Staff Sgt. Benjamin “Levi” Pigman, 25, a native of Hamilton, Mont.

Hurting Early favorite Quality Road’s troubled feet could keep him out of the Kentucky Derby. Trainer Jimmy Jerkens says the 3-year-old colt will have to come out of a five-furlong breeze “perfectly” today to get a trip to Churchill Downs for the May 2 Derby.

Set French swimmer Frederick Bousquet has set a world record in the 50-meter freestyle, becoming the first person to break the 21-second barrier. Bousquet set the record at the French championships by finishing in 20.94 seconds.

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