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Top horses ready to run

Thirty 2-year-old filly trotters will be competing in four divisions of the New York State Sire Stakes at Buffalo Raceway today. Post time is 1:05 p.m.

The fillies will be competing for $37,043 in purses and NYSS Points.

Some Girls, the 2010 Night of Champions winner as a 2-year-old, drew into the second race and will start from post 2. She will be joined by Imageofasweetday, the third place finisher at the 2010 Night of Champions, and six other fillies.

In Race 4, One Way or Another will look for a way to make it to the winner's circle following a second-place finish in Sire Stakes action at Yonkers. Another horse to watch is local horse Ms Tiffany Trooper from Giant Hit.

A pair of Conway Hall-bred fillies headline the third division, Epona Blue Chip and Tap Tap Dance, in the fifth race.

Three of the horses In the final division, Race Eight, have already claimed a victory in NYSS action. Go Go Dancer, Conwayslassie, and Brooklyn have all won.

Elsewhere in horse racing, Check Your Soul is listed as the morning-line favorite in today's Queen's Plate in Toronto (4:30 p.m., Ch. 5).


SEC dominates CWS

No one argues that the Southeastern Conference is the class of college baseball this year.

Now it's time to find out who truly is best in the league, and nation, when defending champion South Carolina and Florida meet in the College World Series finals in Omaha, Neb., starting Monday.

The Gamecocks (53-14) and Gators (53-17) shared the SEC Eastern Division title with a Vanderbilt team that also made it to the CWS' final four.

Florida won the conference tournament, beating Vanderbilt, and South Carolina owns a record 14 consecutive NCAA tournament victories.

South Carolina won two of three games against Florida in the regular season, but that was all the way back in March.

Their finals matchup marks the first time since 1998 that two teams from the same conference will square off for the championship.


Top recruit in fight for life

The Indiana high school basketball coach for a standout player who is fighting for his life after surviving his second plane crash says the next 24 to 48 hours are going to be critical.

Dan Kline is the basketball coach at Canterbury School in Fort Wayne, Ind. One of his players, 16-year-old Austin Hatch, was in critical condition on Saturday in a Michigan hospital after the Friday evening crash of a single-engine plane that killed his father and his stepmother. Austin and his father had previously survived a 2003 crash that killed Austin's mother and two siblings.

Kline told The Associated Press the team is "stunned" and is trying to stick together through this tough time. He says Hatch, who committed earlier this month to play basketball at Michigan, is a physically and mentally strong young man.


Swimmer Felix in good form

Allyson Felix powered down the home stretch to capture the 400 meters at the U.S. championships in Eugene, Ore., setting up the possibility she might compete in two events at worlds this summer.

Felix already has a spot in the 200 as the defending world champion. She has yet to decide whether she will attempt the difficult 200-400 double at worlds in Daegu, South Korea, in late August.

Up-and-comer Tony McQuay of the University of Florida won the men's 400 by blowing past former Olympic and world champion Jeremy Wariner over the final 100 meters. Wariner faded but held off Greg Nixon for second.


CNN's Charles dies

Broadcaster Nick Charles, who became CNN's first sports anchor, has died after a two-year fight with bladder cancer. He was 64.

The Atlanta-based cable network said Charles died in Santa Fe, N.M. He had been with the network from its beginning in 1980.

From News Staff and wire service reports