Died Former jockey Bill Passmore, who rode in the Kentucky Derby, the Preakness Stakes and later became a Maryland racing steward, has died. He was 76. Passmore died Thursday night at his home in Annapolis, Md. No cause was given, but he had struggled with the effects of emphysema, according to Mike Gathagan, spokesman for the Maryland Jockey Club. Passmore won 3,531 career races and earned nearly $23 million in purses during a riding career that began as a teenager in 1948 and ended in 1986.
Charged Former NFL star Bruce Smith was charged with drunken driving Friday morning after a police officer stopped him for speeding, Virginia Beach, Va., police said. Police spokesman Jimmy Barnes said Smith was released on bond a few hours after being charged with speeding, driving under the influence and refusal to take an alcohol breath test.
Pleaded Florida jockey Ricardo Alfredo Valdes pleaded not guilty to race-fixing charges in U.S. District Court in Detroit. Valdes was arraigned on one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud and conspiracy to influence sporting contests by bribery.
Mending Philadelphia Flyers captain Mike Richards had surgery on his left shoulder and will need 10 weeks of rehabilitation. Richards had 30 goals and 80 points this season in helping the Flyers reach the playoffs.
Released Oregon wide receiver Aaron Pflugrad has been granted his release from the team. His father, Robin Pflugrad, was the team’s wide receivers coach but was not retained for the upcoming season, the first under new coach Chip Kelly. Robin Pflugrad previously coached at Washington State University.
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