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AROUND THE HORN

Tiz the Law favored

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) – It wasn’t quite the post position trainer Barclay Tagg wanted for Tiz the Law. Still, it wasn’t far off for the colt who on Wednesday was made the early 6-5 favorite for the Belmont Stakes.

Tagg was hoping the Florida Derby winner would land anywhere between spots 5 to 7 in the starting gate for Saturday’s beginning of the reconfigured Triple Crown series. Tiz the Law drew the No. 8 post in the 10-horse field and will be ridden by Manny Franco.

“It could have been worse,” Tagg said from behind a mask worn to protect against the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the Triple Crown and pretty much every other sporting event this spring and summer. “He likes this track, so I’m glad to be back on it.”

Instead of concluding the Triple Crown, the Belmont is kicking off the series. It will be run at 1 1/8 miles — shorter than its usual grueling 1 1/2 miles — without spectators or owners at Belmont Park in New York.

The field in post-position order with jockey and odds: Tap It to Win, John Velazquez, 6-1; Sole Volante, Luca Panici, 9-2; Max Player, Joel Rosario, 15-1; Modernist, Junior Alvarado, 15-1; Farmington Road, Javier Castellano, 15-1; Fore Left, Jose Ortiz, 30-1; Jungle Runner, Reylu Gutierrez, 50-1; Tiz the Law, Franco, 6-5; Dr Post, Irad Ortiz Jr., 5-1; Pneumatic, Ricardo Santana, 8-1.

LPGA in Ohio

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — The LPGA Tour is moving back by one week the restart of its season and adding another tournament.

Ultimately, it means a lot of professional golf for Northwest Ohio.

The LPGA says the Marathon Classic, originally scheduled for July 23-26 in Sylvania, a Toledo suburb, will now be Aug. 6-9. It will have spectators at Highland Meadows following recent approval by Ohio’s governor. Meanwhile, the LPGA will host a new 54-hole event called the LPGA Drive On Championship at Inverness Club in Toledo, on July 31 to Aug. 2.

Inverness, where Paul Azinger won the 1993 PGA Championship, is hosting the Solheim Cup next year.

The new event is to give LPGA members an additional playing opportunity during a shortened season. It will have 144 players and a $1 million purse and will be held without sponsors, pro-ams or spectators.

That means Ohio will have back-to-back PGA Tour events at Muirfield Village from July 9-19, and after a week break, back-to-back events on the LPGA Tour.

PGA testing

HILTON HEAD ISLAND, S.C. (AP)—- The PGA Tour made it through the start of another week with a perfect mark in the COVID-19 tests.

There were 487 tests administered at Colonial, 98 tests for those on the charter to Hilton Head, and 369 tests given to those upon arrival at Hilton Head. All 954 tests were negative.

Next week, the number of tests will be increasing.

The Travelers Championship in Cromwell, Connecticut, is testing everyone on site. That includes volunteers, media and swing coaches, among others.

Football game canceled

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – The Southern Heritage Classic has canceled the Sept. 12 game scheduled between Tennessee State and Jackson State in the first known Division I cancellation because of the coronavirus pandemic.

“I know this is a great disappointment to many who consider SHC one of the major highlights of the year,” founder Fred Jones said in Wednesday’s announcement. “The health and safety of our attendees along with that of our staff, sponsors, and others is a top priority.”

This is the second cancellation in three years for the Southern Heritage Classic, which is played at the Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium in Memphis, Tennessee. The 2018 game was called due to weather.

Officials are offering refunds, and Jones said he encourages following safety and social distancing precautions so everyone can return to usual activities as soon as possible.

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