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Monday's Sports In Brief

Monday's Sports In Brief

Mine That Bird was proclaimed ready for the Preakness after a spirited early morning jog, while his trainer remained groggy from two nights of little sleep after a startling Kentucky Derby victory.
Although Bennie Woolley Jr. has tried to make sure the horse's routine has remained normal since the 50-1 shot's win Saturday under Calvin Borel.
Woolley said the horse will remain at Churchill Downs in Louisville at least until May 12 before shipping to Baltimore. He jogged a mile at Churchill in the morning and will have light jogs each of the next two days.
BASEBALL
CLEARWATER, Florida (AP) _ Alex Rodriguez hit a long homer, played seven innings in the field and drew a walk off Philadelphia's J.C. Romero in his latest extended spring training game.
The Yankees third baseman did not take questions after the game, which was played on the same day a book, "A-Rod: The Many Lives of Alex Rodriguez," was scheduled for release. As he was leaving, a smiling and upbeat Rodriguez said he "feels good."
Yankees manager Joe Girardi said it was possible Rodriguez could rejoin the team Friday, when New York starts a trip at Baltimore.
FOOTBALL
IRVING, Texas (AP) _ Government investigators began sorting through the Dallas Cowboys' flattened practice facility, trying to figure out why fierce winds sent the tentlike structure crashing down during a rookie workout session.
Twelve people were hurt, including Rich Behm, the team's 33-year-old scouting assistant who was permanently paralyzed from the waist down after his spine was severed.
Records obtained by The Associated Press show the city of Irving granted the Cowboys' request to replace the fabric roof last year, five years after the structure was built. The records do not show the Cowboys sought an inspection of the facility after replacing the roof, although city code requires it, according to Gary Miller, Irving's director of planning and inspections.
PRO BASKETBALL
DENVER (AP) _ Denver Nuggets forward Kenyon Martin was fined $25,000 by the NBA for knocking Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki to the court in the opener of their second-round playoff series.
Martin was also assessed a flagrant foul 1 for the contact, which occurred with about 6 minutes left in the first quarter of Sunday's game, after Nowitzki had scored Dallas' first 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
Nowitzki said after the game he didn't have a problem with the foul, calling it "just a hard playoff foul."
COLLEGE BASKETBALL
CHAPEL HILL, North Carolina (AP) _ North Carolina made President Barack Obama's bracket a winner with its romp through the NCAA tournament. Now Obama will get the chance to thank the Tar Heels for making him look good.
The president will honor the national champions at the White House next Monday.
Obama _ who played a pickup game with the team last spring _ picked the Tar Heels to win the title before the tournament. North Carolina was the only one of his Final Four picks to make it to Detroit, but the Tar Heels' 89-72 win against Michigan State on April 6 allowed him to finish in the top 20 percent of the 5 million-plus people who entered ESPN.com's pool.
It was the fifth NCAA championship for the Tar Heels and their second in five seasons.
AUTO RACING
CONCORD, North Carolina (AP) _ Speedway Motorsports Inc. officials said they have asked NASCAR to add Kentucky to the 2010 Sprint Cup Series schedule.
Any chance SMI has is contingent on the former owners of Kentucky Motor Speedway dropping an antitrust lawsuit against NASCAR and International Speedway Corp., its sister company.
SMI chairman Bruton Smith is willing to give up a race date at one of his seven other facilities to get Kentucky on the schedule. He would not reveal which track he is considering, and SMI president Marcus Smith said no decision has been made on which track would lose a date if NASCAR adds Kentucky to its 36-race schedule.
OLYMPICS
MADRID (AP) _ Members of the International Olympic Committee arrived in Madrid to evaluate the city's bid to host the 2016 Games.
The mayor met with the 13 IOC members as they launched a five-day tour that followed visits to bid rivals Rio de Janeiro, Tokyo and Chicago.
The IOC team will inspect venues Wednesday and Thursday aboard hybrid buses, part of the Spanish capital's promise to hold a green Olympics. King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia will send off the committee on Friday after a royal lunch.
Mayor Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon said the city has already constructed 77 percent of its Olympic facilities.
HOCKEY
NEW YORK (AP) _ Markus Naslund wrapped up a 15-year NHL career when he retired after just one season with the New York Rangers.
Naslund, who left the Vancouver Canucks last summer as a free agent, signed a two-year deal worth $8 million with the Rangers but decided to skip the final season, when he will be 36.
Naslund played all 82 games this season, recording 24 goals and 46 points, but he had only one goal and two assists in the Rangers' seven-game loss to Washington in the first round of the playoffs.
In 1,117 regular-season NHL games, Naslund had 395 goals and 869 points. He reached the 40-goal mark three times and scored at least 30 in six seasons.