Hornish caps year with close victory
Sam Hornish Jr. overtook Scott Sharp just feet from the finish line to cap his championship season with a win at the Chevy 500 on Saturday in the closest 1-2-3 finish in IRL history.
Hornish led 114 of 200 laps at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, but Sharp passed him high on the 193rd lap and held the lead until the very end.
Hornish had already clinched the IRL Northern Light Cup and $1 million bonus, but his two wins came in the first two races of the 13-race schedule. The previous closest race in the IRL was Sharp's .059-second win over Robby McGehee in the June 2000 race at Texas.
Augusta State golfers move up
The Augusta State golf team moved up three spots, to 12th place, in the Carpet Capital Classic after a 9-over-par 297 Saturday.
The Jaguars are at 30-over-par 606 for two rounds, or 54 shots behind tournament leader Georgia Tech.
Oliver Wilson led Augusta with an even-par 72 Saturday at The Farm in Dalton, Ga. Jay Haas had a 73, Michael Webb 76 and Emmitt Turner 76. The final round is scheduled today.
Mason would be costly for Bucks
The Milwaukee Bucks are willing to pay a luxury tax to sign Anthony Mason.
"Everybody in the organization agrees that Anthony would make us a better team," owner Herb Kohl said. "I believe that, too. The question is, how do you afford him?"
Kohl had been adamant that the Bucks would not surpass the luxury-tax threshold, which is expected to be about $54 million, the team's current payroll.
Mason, a free agent forward, played for the Miami Heat last season.
His agent, Don Cronson, said the Bucks and Philadelphia 76ers have offered Mason the 10-year veteran's minimum of $1 million, which Mason rejected.
Cronson said Mason's asking price is $20.88 million for four seasons, which represents a salary of $4.538 million with annual 10 percent raises.
Aptitude wins by wide margin
Aptitude's runaway victory in the Grade I Jockey Club Gold Cup on Saturday at Belmont Park got him into the $4 million Breeders Cup Classic.
And trainer Bobby Frank thinks the 4-year-old colt also positioned himself to become Horse of the Year.
"I thought it was awesome," Frankel said after Aptitude won the $1 million Gold Cup by 10 lengths. "If he comes back in the Breeders' Cup (on Oct. 27 at Belmont), I think he deserves it, without a doubt."
The retired Point Given, winner of four straight $1 million stakes, currently is the leader for Horse of the Year honors.
Aptitude's victory over Genous Rosi, with Country Be Gold third and Albert the Great fourth, was his third straight.