While some of the changes, such as testing for steroids, already were required under new state racing regulations, Churchill is taking the lead on other elements. For example, the dirt track at Churchill Downs will be subjected to rigorous performance testing using a robotic hoof device that aims to simulate the force and speed of a horse.
Racehorse safety was thrust into the national spotlight after the filly Eight Belles finished second in last year's Derby, only to pull up lame as she jogged past the finish line. An autopsy showed compound fractures in both front legs, and the horse had to be euthanized on the track.
* Jerry Sacharski, a retired teacher who helped popularize T-ball as an organized youth sport, has died. He was 93. He died Friday of natural causes at his home in Albion, Mich., about 85 miles from Detroit. The game's origin is unclear but behind Sacharski, Albion in 1956 became one of the nation's first communities in which T-ball was played as an organized sport.
* The tax-evasion trial of Brazilian race car driver Helio Castroneves began in Miami with jury selection. Castroneves is a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500.
* British sprinter Dwain Chambers says in his autobiography he was a "walking junkie" with so many drugs in his luggage that he feared being arrested while going through airport security in Miami. Chambers, who served a 2-year ban for doping from 2003-05, details his drug use in the book "Race Against Me: My Story," which is set to go on sale next Monday.
* The game between the Harlem Globetrotters and Washington Generals scheduled for today on the roof of the Wachovia Spectrum has been postponed until Thursday.
* Wings star Geoff Snider suffered a tracheal fracture in the team's game Friday against Edmonton and will be sidelined indefinitely. Snider will miss Saturday's National Lacrosse League All-Star Game. *