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5081. wabbit - 8/7/2006 3:04:55 PM

Very nice - I love your creature photos!

5082. wonkers2 - 8/7/2006 3:42:05 PM

Thanks. I don't recall linking any. You must have clicked on some of my other "hubs." HubPages.com, the software site I use, was designed and built by my son and a couple of his buddies. [He didn't get his tech skills from me!]

5083. wabbit - 8/7/2006 5:32:03 PM

Ha, of course I did! It's a good site, I found HubPages a month or so ago, can't remember how.

5084. TheWizardOfWhimsy - 8/7/2006 6:06:52 PM

Beautiful shots . . . that make me a bit nauseous as a result of a bad day on Long Island Sound.

5085. wabbit - 8/7/2006 8:00:48 PM

Bluegrass Cat wins the Haskell

Bluegrass Cat won the $1 million Haskell Invitational at Monmouth Park on Sunday, recording the largest winning margin in the race’s 39-year history. Perhaps the Travers Stakes at Saratoga on Aug. 26 will be a horse race after all. Bernardini remains the horse to beat in the Travers, but trainer Todd Pletcher said he would go into the race with a lot of confidence.

After Bernardini followed his Preakness win with a scintillating performance in the Jim Dandy on July 29, he appeared to have no equal in the 3-year-old division. That may still be the case, but Bluegrass Cat has clearly blossomed into a formidable opponent for him in the Travers. In his first race since the Belmont Stakes, he won the Haskell by seven lengths and never had an anxious moment from the top of the stretch to the wire.

Bluegrass Cat paid $4 on a $2 bet to win and covered the mile-and-an-eighth run over a fast track in 1 minute 48.85 seconds. The stakes record time is 1:47. Praying for Cash, which is co-owned by the former Duke basketball star Bobby Hurley, held on for second, a length and a quarter ahead of the second choice, Strong Contender.

5086. wabbit - 8/7/2006 8:02:19 PM

Susan Butcher

Susan Butcher, a pioneer for women in sled-dog racing who won the Iditarod race four times and influenced the training and treatment of dogs in the sport, died Saturday at a hospital in Seattle. She was 51. The cause was leukemia, said Dr. Jan Abkowitz, the lead physician who treated Butcher at the University of Washington Medical Center.

Butcher was the second woman to win the Iditarod, the annual 1,150-mile race from Anchorage to Nome, but the first to dominate the grueling competition through the Alaskan wilderness. She won three years in a row, from 1986 to 1988, and again in 1990 before retiring from competition to raise a family with her husband and fellow musher, David Monson, in the mid-1990’s. Butcher finished in the top five in 12 of her 17 attempts at the Iditarod from 1978 to 1994.

Among her many achievements, Butcher was the first to summit Mount McKinley, North America’s highest peak, with a dog team in 1979.

5087. wabbit - 8/7/2006 8:02:51 PM

Tiger Woods won the Buick Open by three strokes and became the youngest player to 50 PGA Tour victoriesAs Tiger Woods played keep-away with another lead on the PGA Tour, the gallery at Warwick Hills Golf and Country Club greeted the accomplishment with fist bumps and revelry, a scene that has been on steady display for the better part of a decade. Woods notched the 50th PGA Tour victory of his career on Sunday, defeating Jim Furyk by three strokes at the Buick Open and finding new ways to build on a reputation that is hovering over golf once again.

Woods shot his fourth consecutive round of six-under-par 66 to finish the tournament at 24-under 264. He made a personal-best 28 birdies on the week against only four bogeys. And in hoisting a trophy, putting on a jacket or standing next to a giant cardboard check for the 50th time, Woods became the youngest golfer to reach that mark, achieving it in 30 years 7 months 6 days.

5088. wabbit - 8/7/2006 8:03:37 PM

Toby Hall had a two-run single as the Dodgers finished off the sweep of FloridaThe Florida Marlins held a team meeting that lasted more than an hour after they helped Los Angeles extend its winning streak to nine games Sunday. Baseball's hottest team rallied in a six-run seventh inning that included three consecutive walks, two with the bases loaded, and won 7-3. Los Angeles completed its first series sweep in Miami since May 19-21, 2000.

David Ortiz became the first Boston Red Sox player to hit 40 homers in three consecutive seasons with a fifth-inning shot Sunday at Tampa Bay. Ortiz lined his AL-best 40th homer of the season into the right-field seats off Devil Rays starter J.P. Howell. It was his seventh homer in 63 at-bats off Tampa Bay pitching this year. Only two other Boston players -- Carl Yastrzemski (1967, 1969-70) and Manny Ramirez (2001, 2004-05) -- have hit 40 or more homers in three different seasons. And in spite of Papi's effort, the Red Sox lost 7-6 in the 10th.

Wilfredo Ledezma couldn't have done much better in place of Justin Verlander. Ledezma struck out five in 5 2-3 innings, and the Detroit Tigers took advantage of an error by C.C. Sabathia to beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 Sunday and complete a three-game sweep.

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5089. Max Macks - 8/7/2006 8:52:03 PM

wabbit , any chance at all that the decision
to take away the title from Landis will be reversed??

5090. iiibbb - 8/7/2006 8:59:56 PM

I would say the odds are less than 30% he'll get it reversed.

5091. iiibbb - 8/7/2006 9:05:31 PM

He's in the position of having to prove innocence. So he will either have to show willful negligence on the part of the testing facility... or he will somehow have to prove that it was natural.

The glitch with the ratio is that according to some reports his testosterone was not high, his epitestosterone was low, which also drives the ratio up.

The glitch with the carbon isotope analysis is that according to some reports he was close (but over) to the threshold for failing that test. There was some question about the certainty of the value.

How he passes several tests prior... and several tests after is a big question. I think they should be doing carbon isotopes on the previous and prior samples. If you saw a spike then that would be a pretty good indicator.

He's not going to get off on circumstantial evidence though.

5092. wabbit - 8/7/2006 10:23:05 PM

iiibbb is right. There may well be a problem with the tests. But claiming innocence and whining about how he has been picked on isn't going to sway anyone in a position to be helpful. The maillot jaune hasn't been taken from Landis yet, but imo, it is just a matter of time. That will effectively end his career.

5093. alistairconnor - 8/8/2006 10:56:58 AM

It's terribly unfair for Floyd : I'm convinced that he's the cleanest winner of the Tour for at least ten years.

I may be wrong, but I'm sticking to my original impression that he used testosterone out of desperation on that one occasion to help recover from a disastrous day, and to give him the drive to counter-attack.

Whereas the EPO era, and the more sophisticated forms of blood doping of recent years, were far worse.

5094. iiibbb - 8/8/2006 2:44:23 PM

I don't know if it will end his career or not. Say he was really actually clean... his surgery goes well... he comes back in 2 years and could win the tour in 2-5 years clean as can be.

LeMond's theory is that he was basically clean, but made a bad decision the night after his bad day.

5095. wonkers2 - 8/8/2006 3:41:46 PM

That makes sense to me--i.e. bad decsion after a bad day. He may have gambled or gotten advice that he would go undetected.

5096. iiibbb - 8/8/2006 4:24:52 PM

Either way the UCI is going to have to go through the motions of stripping the title... fair or not. Landis will have to collect his case and appeal the decision. It's a tall order. The UCI can't exactly afford any more egg on their faces after botching this case.

It's quite analogous to one of us suing the gov't.

5097. wabbit - 8/8/2006 4:25:06 PM

That he made a bad decision if he used a patch (or whatever) I will agree with, but I find it hard to believe that he thought he'd not be tested. He knew he had to make a huge move to be in contention; that kind of thing draws attention. Also, there has been more rigorous testing this year than in the past, at least superficially, if not in fact. It seems incredible that anyone would risk the win when the odds of being tested had to be very high.

What do you all think about Pat McQuaid's idea of punishing team bosses along with riders? If one believes that most athletes couldn't pull their heads out of their butts with two hands and a winch, then perhaps it's time to hold the folks in charge of the team accountable as well.

5098. alistairconnor - 8/8/2006 4:36:39 PM

Absolutely agree. Clearly, the most egrerious cases of modern times have been completely under the control of the team and its medical staff : the big bust of Richard Virenque's team in 1998, and this year's Spanish blood doping scandal.

On the other hand, I've got a problem with Floyd's claims in the same article :

Meanwhile, Landis, who risks being stripped of his Tour title, hit back Monday at world cycling authorities, accusing them of ambushing him with the premature release of doping tests. [...] "Had they followed their own protocols, this never would have happened in the first place."

That sounds suspiciously, to me, like "if we could have talked it over before releasing the results, we could have hushed it up"... what else could he possibly mean?

I have a suspicion that positive drug tests, on the Tour at least, happen more often than is reported... i.e. the labs are scientific and impartial, the Tour organisation is neither. I suspect that the premature release of the A test may have been a whistle-blowing operation, to forestall a cover-up...

5099. iiibbb - 8/8/2006 4:49:14 PM

I have a suspicion that positive drug tests, on the Tour at least, happen more often than is reported... i.e. the labs are scientific and impartial, the Tour organisation is neither. I suspect that the premature release of the A test may have been a whistle-blowing operation, to forestall a cover-up...

That is entirely believable.

5100. Max Macks - 8/8/2006 5:41:41 PM

I can't help wondering whether if all the bikers
used that tetesterone whether Landis would
still be the winner !

I mean just the part of his hip hurting for
much of the way , was what makes me think
his winning either with or without the dope
was a great thing,

and as he knew he would be tested and had been
it seems to me he would not risk taking
any dope.

Is there a lot of money involved in the Tour de france
or just the money from endorsing products?

It's a little off-topic but
what do you think about Barry Bonds?
I think he used steroids and that any
record Home runs he made should
have some * or something by the figure.

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