Workers rally, vets scratch horses on Day 2 of Breeders’ Cup

ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) — Workers touting benefits the horse racing industry brings to California are rallying outside Santa Anita ahead of the Breeders’ Cup. Day 2 of the world championships is Saturday, with nine Cup races on the card culminating in the $6 million Classic airing in prime time on NBC. Industry workers toted signs proclaiming their love of horses and urging support to protect their jobs outside two gates at the track in Arcadia, California. Passing cars honked in support. There was no sign of counter protesters who have…

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Giants’ losing streak hits 5; Shurmur’s future uncertain

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — When looking at the New York Giants these days, there is not a lot to like. Pat Shurmur’s team is riding a five-game losing streak and has fallen to 2-7. It’s the same record the Giants had after nine games in his first year as coach. The hope that rookie Daniel Jones generated after replacing Eli Manning at quarterback earlier this season is gone, at least in the stands. By the end of Monday night’s 37-18 loss to the Cowboys, Dallas fans were in the…

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Panthers QB Cam Newton placed on injured reserve with foot injury

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — The Carolina Panthers, seeing no clear timetable for Cam Newton to return from a Lisfranc injury, on Tuesday placed their franchise quarterback on season-ending injured reserve. Newton aggravated the injury, originally suffered in the third preseason game, in a Week 2 loss against Tampa Bay. There has been no marked improvement from rehabilitation. After Newton visited with foot specialist Dr. Robert Anderson on Friday in Green Bay, Wisconsin, management decided what was best for the quarterback and the team was to shut the 2015 NFL MVP down…

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No. 11 Virginia’s Diakite ready to assume leadership role

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (AP) — Mamadi Diakite smiles, like he knows something others don’t. The The 6-foot-9 Virginia redshirt senior from Conakry, Guinea, Africa, sporting a bit of blonde hair, embraces that the defending national champions are picked to finish fourth this season in the Atlantic Coast Conference. Only 12 of 111 voters in the preseason poll picked the Cavaliers to repeat, and that helps fuel the Cavaliers’ leader. “It makes me smile a lot because I’ve been … through a lot of up and downs,” said Diakite, entering his fifth…

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