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Soccer: Gillis steps down at BKW

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Berne-Knox-Westerlo has lost a second long-time coach in as many years.
Jim Gillis, who began his coaching career in 1978 in Don Snyder’s program at Guilderland before taking the head boys’ soccer coaching job when BKW was a member of the Schoharie County League, notified school officials last week that he was stepping down. Gillis, who will stay on as the Section II boys’ soccer chairman, cited ongoing problems with a handful of parents as the reason for his decision.
 
SCHENECTADY

Union, WPTR-AM agree on three-year deal

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
For many seasons, Union College’s radio deal for its men’s hockey and football programs with WPTR-AM (1240) was renewed on a year-by-year basis.
Winning the NCAA hockey title in April changed the dynamic of the relationship between the two parties, for the better.
 

Baffert might bring Haskell winner back east for Travers

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
It’s been 13 years since Point Given gave Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert his only Travers victory.
Baffert may be ready to make another serious attempt to end that streak this year.
 
Darvish shuts downs Yankees

Darvish shuts downs Yankees

Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Yu Darvish struck out eight in seven innings for his 10th victory and J.P. Arencibia had a tiebreaking two-run single for the Texas Rangers in a 4-2 victory over the New York Yankees on Monday night.
 
SCHENECTADY

Union hockey, football strikes 3-year radio deal

Monday, July 28, 2014
After working on one-year deals to have its games aired on WPTR-AM (1240), the Union College men's hockey team has a multiyear contract with the Empire Broadcasting Corporation station.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga: Clement focuses on Travers

Monday, July 28, 2014
On Friday morning, trainer Christophe Clement stressed the importance of a good effort from Tonalist in Saturday’s Grade II Jim Dandy, then a healthy return to the barn.
A win would have been very nice, but he spoke about the race strictly in terms of preparing for the $1.25 million Travers at Saratoga Race Course on Aug. 23.
He got a nice effort from the Belmont winner, though it was good enough only for second place to Wood Memorial winner Wicked Strong. Still, a good effort. Check that off the list.
 
Antipathy romps in slop
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Antipathy romps in slop

Monday, July 28, 2014
Antipathy had spent the last few months stuck behind other talented fillies, but she stood alone in the spotlight at Saratoga Race Course on Sunday after her first graded stakes win.
 
ALBANY

Parks fires a 62, charges to Symetra Tour win

Monday, July 28, 2014
Considering the more than two-hour storm delay, Jadena Parks didn’t really need the water bottle victory bath.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Notes: Valente's Hot Stones seeks upset in Shuvee

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Hot Stones doesn’t look much like her father, Bustin Stones. She’s a bay, for one thing, and he’s a chestnut. “He puts a lot of white on their faces,” though, owner Roddy Valente of Loudonville pointed out on Saturday morning, and she has plenty of that, with a wide blaze on her nose.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Coup de Grace takes Amsterdam

Sunday, July 27, 2014
Coup de Grace put his six opponents out of their misery with one fell swoop. After settling off the pace in the Grade II Amsterdam, the prep for the Aug. 23 Grade I King’s Bishop, Coup de Grace and jockey Rosie Napravnik rallied to win easily, pulling away in the final furlong to a three-length win.
 
Saratoga Race Course: Wicked Strong just Dandy
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga Race Course: Wicked Strong just Dandy

Sunday, July 27, 2014
In the 11th hour, a tiny seed of doubt was sewn. Wicked Strong trainer James Jerkens reconsidered his decision to add blinkers for the 3-year-old’s run in Saturday’s Grade II Jim Dandy at Saratoga Race Course. He kept the blinkers, but cut a diamond-shaped hole in them to allow the Hard Spun colt to see behind him, and Wicked Strong responded by winning the Travers prep race by 21⁄4 lengths over Belmont winner Tonalist in front of a crowd of 31,812.
 
ALBANY

Symetra Tour: Hill pain-free, happy to be in contention

Saturday, July 26, 2014
The Symetra Tour is billed as the official “Road to the LPGA Tour.”
That may indeed be the case, but often, that road is filled with multiple lanes — and pot holes — in both directions.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Saratoga: Lezcano notches 2,000th victory

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Jockey Jose Lezcano won a stakes race and reached a career milestone all in one package on Friday.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Layoff, distance favor Tonalist in Jim Dandy

Saturday, July 26, 2014
It can’t help the confidence of the rest of the Jim Dandy field that this is just about the perfect spot for the favored Tonalist.
 
SARATOGA SPRINGS

Commanding Curve taking Sands Martin on a thrill ride

Saturday, July 26, 2014
Greg Martin had a bit of a shock waiting for him one day when he came home from work.
The pro caddie was greeted by wife, Kathleen Sands Martin, a Johnstown High School graduate who retired from General Electric’s financial services, with this news: “Oh, by the way, we’re in the horse racing business.”
 
 

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