JOCKEY QUOTES JORGE VELEZ, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “She’s got a really good late kick. She likes to run inside, so it makes it easier to save ground. When I came here, my agent (Nelson Arroyo, Jr.) had me look at lot of tapes of Laffit Pincay and it’s helped me. Craig (Lewis) has been so great to me, he’s put me on so many of his horses. This is my biggest win and I feel really happy to have the opportunity.” TRAINER QUOTES CRAIG LEWIS, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “She’s really a nice filly. She’s got a terrific turn of foot and it helped her today. It got a little tight around the turn, but the jock waited and the rail opened up and we got through. She had a fever a little while back and we had to back off for a while. I’m hopeful that we haven’t got to the bottom of her potential yet. She has done a lot to date.“This sire (Clubhouse Ride) has kept me alive. We are reaping the benefits of the offspring. He is wonderful for California we couldn’t be more excited about the future with him.”“Sally and Ben are great owners and have been great friends of mine so I’m very happy to win, especially for them.SALLY WARREN, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER:” it is wonderful, we are so grateful. We are so happy to have Craig and for Clubhouse Ride it is so exciting and good for California. We are coming in from Vegas and going home with a trophy and the money.”BEN WARREN, WARREN’S SHOWTIME, WINNER: “Clubhouse Ride raced with our horse and won quite a bit of money and we were very close with Craig so we bred them and we have nine more ‘Clubhouse’ babies.“We are getting better mares. We had 800 horses before but they were not very good now were getting better stuff.” NOTES: The winning owners are Ben & Sally Warren who reside in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Justice will make a formal announcement at USC on Monday, but sent in the paperwork to the NFL on Friday, according to his father, Gary Justice. Winston Justice told USC coach Pete Carroll and offensive line coach Pat Ruel on Friday he submitted the paperwork and intended to turn pro. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa AnitaMatua made his announcement at a church in Carson in front of about 100 people, including USC offensive linemen Sam Baker and Ryan Kalil. Toms sets record, ties with Campbell HONOLULU – David Toms felt a gentle breeze on his face when he stepped to the first tee Saturday in the Sony Open. Compared with his first two weeks in Hawaii, it must have felt like playing golf in a dome. In calmer conditions along the shores of the Pacific Ocean, Toms set a course record at Waialae Country Club with a 9-under 61 that turned the Sony Open into a two-man race with the equally hot Chad Campbell. Campbell played even better from tee-to-green, with 11 birdie chances inside 15 feet. He converted eight of them for a 62 and was tied with Toms at 14-under 196, seven clear of anyone else. His 61 broke by one shot the record at Waialae since it was changed to a par 70 in 1999. It was last set by Ernie Els a year ago in the final round. The course record still belongs to Davis Love III, who shot 12-under 60 in 1994. LeBron commits to play for U.S. PHOENIX – LeBron James has committed to playing for the U.S. team at this year’s world championships and the 2008 Olympics. Managing director of USA basketball Jerry Colangelo met with James before the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Phoenix Suns, but thought the 21-year-old Cavs’ star already had committed in a meeting in Chicago on Dec. 22. However, James was quoted as saying he still had to talk to Colangelo before making any commitment. Levy not going to coach Bills ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Buffalo Bills general manager Marv Levy clarified Saturday that he’s not a candidate for the vacant coaching job. Jim Haslett and the team have had preliminary contact about the post. The clarification comes a day after the 80-year-old Hall of Fame coach repeatedly declined to rule himself out as a candidate to take over as coach following Mike Mularkey’s resignation. Haslett’s agent, Peter Schaffer, told The Associated Press on Saturday that his client has had contact with the Bills. Schaffer declined to say who made the initial call, but added that no interview has yet been scheduled. Wilson agrees to deal with Pirates PITTSBURGH – Outfielder-first baseman Craig Wilson chose not to go to salary arbitration and agreed to a $3.3 million, one-year contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. The 29-year-old Wilson made $3 million last season, when he missed 103 games because of two left hand injuries. He hit .264 with five homers and 22 RBIs. He had a team-leading 29 homers in 2004. From staff and wire reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! USC lost two starting offensive linemen Saturday as tackle Winston Justice submitted paperwork to the NFL stating his intention to turn pro and guard Fred Matua said he also would leave early. Safety Darnell Bing is expected to announce today that he will turn pro, the final day for underclassmen to inform the NFL of their intentions.