Close Hatches wins Cotillion Stakes
Close Hatches takes Cotillion Stakes
Close Hatches took the lead around the far turn and sprinted down the homestretch to win the $1 million Cotillion Stakes at Parx Racing in Bensalem, Pa., on Saturday.
The win earned the three-year-old filly a possible start in the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Distaff at Santa Anita in November.
Will Take Charge, the winner of Saratoga’s $1 million Travers Stakes last month, won a rematch with Moreno in the co-feature, the $1 million Pennsylvania Derby.
In New York, Cluster of Stars improved to 6 for 6 with a mild upset of Dance to Bristol in the $300,000 Gallant Bloom Handicap for fillies and mares at Belmont Park.
Jones tops Gustafsson
A bloody Jon Jones won a unanimous decision against hard-charging Alexander Gustafsson to retain his light-heavyweight title at UFC 165 in Toronto.
Jones (19-1) won with his closest margin with the judges scoring the five-round fight 48-47, 48-47 and 49-46. Gustafsson (15-2) got the best of the early rounds before hanging on in the fourth and fifth.
He made Jones look human, taking him down for the first time in his UFC career. It wasn’t until the end of the fourth round that a bloody Jones finally did some damage, and he was able to take down the Swede in the dramatic fifth.
Penguins goalkeeper has blood-clot surgery
Pittsburgh Penguins backup goaltender Tomas Vokoun had surgery Saturday to remove a blood clot from his pelvis and will remain in the hospital for several days, general manager Ray Shero announced.
He said the 37-year-old Vokoun left the Saturday morning practice after noticing swelling in his thigh. He was taken to a local emergency room, where doctors diagnosed the blood clot.
Shuai wins first title
Zhang Shuai of China won her first WTA singles title by defeating qualifier Vania King 7-6 (1), 6-1 in the final of Guangzhou Open in China.
Zhang became the first Chinese player to win the Guangzhou Open since Zi Yan in 2005. King was trying to become the first American winner of the tournament, but failed to convert any of her four break points.
Gulbis, Lopez reach St. Peterburg final
In men’s action, Sixth-seeded Ernests Gulbis advanced to the final of the St. Petersburg Open by beating Michal Przysiezny of Poland 6-3, 6-3. He will face Guillermo Garcia-Lopez of Spain, who beat Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-1, 6-1 in the second semifinal.
At the Open de Moselle in Metz, France, top-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will aim for his third straight title at the tournament when he plays Gilles Simon in an all-French final on Sunday.
• Tom Santagato and Gracie Clapp-Taylor won the U.S. skeleton push championships in Lake Placid, N.Y., on Saturday.
• Former WBA heavyweight champion David Haye has postponed his all-British fight with Tyson Fury on Sept. 28 because of a deep cut during sparring.
• The U.S. women’s volleyball team defeated the Dominican Republic, 25-19, 26-24, 21-25, 25-19 in Ralston, Neb., to win the NORCECA championship.
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