Triple Crown champion American Pharoah is the early 6-5 favorite in a field of 10 for the $5 million Breeders' Cup Classic, the last race of his career.
The colt will break from the No. 4 post on Saturday at Keeneland. He is coming off a loss in the Travers two months ago. Beholder drew the far outside post and is the 3-1 second choice for the 1 ¼-mile race against male horses.
Tonalist, the 2014 Belmont Stakes winner, and Honor Code are the co-third choices at 6-1. Tonalist, who ended California Chrome's Triple Crown bid last year, drew the No. 1 post, while Honor Code is in the No. 9 position.
...Nyquist drew post position 13 in a field of 14 for the $2 million Breeders' Cup Juvenile. A victory would position the undefeated 2-year-old as the early favorite for next year's Kentucky Derby.
Golfers no longer face automatic disqualification for two violations, including an incorrect scorecard, under the latest set of rules that reflect a little more leniency in handing out penalties. The Royal & Ancient Golf Club and U.S. Golf Association announced changes to the 2016 edition of the Rules of Golf, which is updated every four years.
Players will avoid disqualification if the incorrect scorecard is the result of penalty strokes they didn't know about when they finished their rounds. The penalty also was softened for players using artificial devices, such as training aids, in the middle of the round.
Surprise candidates emerge
Deadline day to enter the FIFA presidential election saw surprise entries and a potential eight-man lineup Monday. Among late tactical changes, two unexpected additions were Gianni Infantino —the right-hand man of suspended UEFA President Michel Platini, whose own entry will likely be barred — and Liberian soccer leader Musa Bility, whose campaign seemed hopelessly stalled in August.
The list of contenders to succeed Sepp Blatter leading the corruption-hit world soccer governing body grew longer than expected and will surely be cut before the Feb. 26 ballot.
U.S. men advance
The U.S. men's gymnastics team advanced to the world championship finals with a gritty performance in qualifying. The Americans, competing without injured stars Sam Mikulak, Jake Dalton and John Orozco, posted a team score of 350.332. That's good enough for fifth with one more qualifying session to go. The top eight teams advance to Wednesday's final and secure an automatic spot in the 2016 Olympics.
Nichols leads women's team
The U.S. women's gymnastics team is switching it up for Tuesday night's team finals.Maggie Nichols of Little Canada will be the only American to compete in all four events when the U.S. goes for its third straight world title. The 18-year-old was impressive while competing in three events during qualifying over the weekend. The U.S. easily topped qualifying, beating second-place Russia's score by a whopping five points.
around the horn
Tennis: Garbine Muguruza won her first match at the WTA Finals, and Angelique Kerber won her second. Muguruza, the second seed in the season-ending tournament, beat Lucie Safarova 6-3, 7-6 (4). Kerber, seeded sixth, defeated Petra Kvitova 6-2, 7-6 (3).
NBA: Derrick Rose (broken orbital bone) is set to start the season Tuesday without any minute restrictions. ... The Pistons waived forward Danny Granger. ... Metta World Peace earned a spot on the Lakers' roster.
Minnesota scene: The Gophers volleyball team, in first place in the Big Ten on the heels of road victories at Iowa and Nebraska last week, moved up five places in the coaches poll to No. 4, the program's highest ranking since 2009. Unbeaten Southern California is No. 1, followed by Texas and Penn State.