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He remains a staunch opponent of drug use in horse racing, but Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame trainer Mark Casse doesn't believe a steroid helped Medina Spirit win the Kentucky Derby.Medina Spirit earned trainer Bob Baffert a record seventh Derby victory May 1 at Churchill Downs. But the horse subsequently tested positive for Betamethasone, a steroid sometimes used to treat pain and inflammation in horses.Churchill Downs suspended Baffert, a Hall of Fame conditioner, immediately. Baffert insists he never administered the drug and has promised full transparency with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission's investigation.Medina Spirit's Derby win stands, for now, but the horse faces disqualification if the initial findings are upheld. Even if that happens, betting on the May 1 race will likely not be impacted.Casse, Canada's top thoroughbred trainer an unprecedented 11 times, had two horses in the 20-horse Derby field: Helium (eighth place) and Soup and Sandwich (19th). But Casse remains convinced doping had nothing to do with Medina Spirit winning the race."It just doesn't make sense to me. It doesn't add up even a little bit," Casse said in a telephone interview Monday. "The positive test is so minute that it could have had no bearing on the outcome."I think we need a commission to oversee things like this. I think there are people out there, men and women, doing things and getting away with things that are changing our industry and they need to be caught. But this is not one of them."Baffert told reporters Sunday that Medina Spirit had tested positive for 21 picograms of Betamethasone, just over twice the allowable limit of 10 picograms per millilitre. If Medina Spirit is disqualified, second-place finisher Mandaloun would be awarded the victory."If somebody is cheating or crossing the line or doing things they shouldn't be, I think they should be banished from the sport," Casse said. "Not given a little suspension, a little fine but there has to be due process."I do think many people are jumping on him, the more successful you are, the more people want to not like you. It just doesn't make sense to me and I want to give Bob due process. If in the end they find out Bob has been doing something wrong and he knowingly knew it, then that will be the end of him. It should be."Casse cites winning jockey Johnny Valazquez as the biggest factor in Medina Spirit's victory."That horse wasn't the best one in the race," Casse said "Johnny Valazquez won the race because he came out with a plan, he had the perfect storm and it worked for him."If you ran that race 10 times you might have 10 different winners. I don't believe he won the race because of this positive test."Some have questioned how a horse that was purchased for US$1,000 as a yearling and just $35,000 as a two-year-old could win the Derby? But Medina Spirit had also caught Casse's eye as he put a bid on the horse as a two-year-old."That in itself is one of the great things about our business," Casse said. "A $1,000 horse can beat a $1-million horse."He's not the first one like that. He's actually an extremely attractive horse with just an obscure pedigree."Casse said he has a good relationship with Baffert on and off the track and understands the immense responsibilities trainers have as the head of their respective operations. And the harsh reality is the more wins trainers accumulate, the larger the target on their backs."In most places you're innocent till proven guilty but in our sport you're guilty till proven innocent," Casse said. "And they all fall back on where the trainer is responsible for everything . . . and so I have sympathy for Bob."I think the key is due process and does it all make sense? Right now, it doesn't make sense to me."However, this marks the fifth time in just over a year that a Baffert-trained horse has had a positive drug test. Gamine tested positive for Betamethasone after finishing third in the Kentucky Oaks last September.The horse was eventually disqualified and Baffert fined US$1,500."I do feel extremely strong about it (drugs in racing)." Casse said. "Again, if it's in fact proven that Bob knew about it or did something wrong and that is the case, then he should be punished and probably banished."But as I say, we have to give him due process."This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press
MANCHESTER, England — Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has agreed to stay another season. The 34-year-old Uruguayan has 15 goals in his first season, helping United to second in the English Premier League and to the final of the Europa League. “Over the season I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents," he said on Monday. “I feel a deep bond with my teammates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things. “From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that." Cavani has been a huge hit at Old Trafford since arriving as a free agent in October, both with his goals and assists but also with his attitude and application which rubs off on younger players such as Marcus Rashford and Mason Greenwood. “I said when Edinson signed, that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong. He has been everything I thought he would be and more," manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said. “As coaches, we knew about his goal scoring record. However, it is his personality that has brought so much to this squad, he has a winning mentality and has an unequivocal attitude to everything he does. “Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day." ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
WOLFVILLE, N.S. — Toronto Raptor Kyle Lowry congratulated students for navigating their studies through the COVID-19 pandemic as he received an honorary doctorate from Nova Scotia’s Acadia University on Sunday. Lowry, a point guard with the Raptors and an Olympic gold medallist, received the honorary doctorate of humanities during the university's virtual spring convocation. Although Lowry is from Philadelphia, Pa., he has referred to Canada as his adoptive country. He addressed Sunday's ceremony in a recorded video, during which he said he is honoured to receive the degree. He spoke about his upbringing in north Philadelphia, calling it "one of the toughest places in America to grow up." "According to the statistics, I shouldn't be here with you today," Lowry said, referring to the violence in his hometown. He said he overcame the hardships with the help of his family and other important figures in his life. "Today, I can humbly say and I can humbly confess that I am not standing where I am on my own volition," Lowry said. "Success cannot be obtained without struggle, and it definitely cannot be accomplished alone." The NBA player asked this year's graduates to think about how they plan to serve their communities as they move on to a new stage of life. "How will you serve? How will you pay it forward? What will be your impact in your community? And how will you be a change agent for the next generation? If we do not, then who will?" he said. Lowry was bestowed the degree for his achievements in the basketball world and for his charitable work, the university said in a news release. Some of that philanthropy includes the creation of the Lowry Love Foundation, which he founded with his wife, Ayahna Cornish-Lowry, to help disadvantaged families in Toronto and Philadelphia. His athletic accomplishments include helping Canada’s only NBA franchise win a championship in 2019 and being part of the gold medal winning U.S. men's basketball team during the 2016 Olympics. The other honorary doctorate recipients from Acadia University this year include former prime minister Paul Martin, Nova Scotia chief medical officer Dr. Robert Strang and former Canadian senator Murray Sinclair. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 10, 2021. — — — This story was produced with the financial assistance of the Facebook and Canadian Press News Fellowship. The Canadian Press
UEFA has given the British government until Tuesday to offer the travel waivers it requires to move the Champions League final to Wembley or the all-English game could be played in Portugal instead. The May 29 showpiece is set to be moved from Istanbul after Turkey was added to England’s “red list” of countries with severe coronavirus outbreaks. Porto is one of the backup options after UEFA hit snags with its preferred location of London. UEFA held talks with the British government on Monday but was unable to secure exemptions from quarantine for everyone they want to be able to attend a final in London — including sponsors of the Champions League, their guests and media — people familiar with the talks told The Associated Press. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the talks. UEFA has given the British government until Tuesday to decide whether authorities can offer all the travel waivers required. Switzerland, where UEFA is based, is among the amber list of countries from which people arriving in England have to quarantine for 10 days, albeit organized individually rather than via the mandatory hotel isolation in place for arrivals from red-list countries. ___ More AP soccer: https://apnews.com/hub/soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Rob Harris, The Associated Press