Sports Briefs

Posted: Sunday, April 14, 2002

Oakley's stint with Bulls ends on injured list

CHICAGO -- Charles Oakley will not play another game for the Chicago Bulls.

The Bulls placed Oakley on the injured list Saturday, effectively ending his season with only three games left to play. The 17-year veteran will be a free agent this summer, and the Bulls don't plan to bring him back.

Chicago activated guard A.J. Guyton to take Oakley's spot on the roster.

''Unless we have a chance to make the playoffs, the young guys should play and they're playing well,'' Oakley said before Chicago's home finale against the Detroit Pistons. ''They're doing something now that can grow next year.

''Plant the egg for next year so when they come out of the box, it'll be ready to hatch.''

Buddha's best in Wood Memorial

NEW YORK -- Buddha is bound for the Kentucky Derby, and so are the three horses who finished right behind him the Wood Memorial.

In perhaps the best Derby prep race of the season, Buddha held off favored Medaglia d'Oro in a thrilling stretch-long duel between lightly-raced colts and won the $750,000 Wood by a head.

Sunday Break was third, a half-length behind, with Saarland fourth, 2 3/4 lengths farther back.

Harlan's Holiday outduels rival in Blue Grass Stakes

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Harlan's Holiday cemented his position as Kentucky Derby favorite by romping to a 4 1/2-length victory Saturday over archrival Booklet in the $750,000 Blue Grass Stakes at Keeneland.

The brown 3-year-old son of Harlan caught Booklet midway through the far turn, raced neck-and-neck with him down the stretch and drew away over the final furlong with Edgar Prado aboard.

The victory was Harlan's Holiday's second straight Grade I triumph following an impressive 3 1/2-length victory in the Florida Derby. He now has six wins and four seconds in nine career starts for owners Jack and Laurie Wolf.

Trainer Ken McPeek, a Lexington native, also found redemption with his first Blue Grass victory.

McPeek saddled favored Tejano Run in the 1995 Blue Grass and was disappointed when the colt got boxed in and finished a disappointing third.

Miller to miss next scheduled start

ST LOUIS -- Houston pitcher Wade Miller will miss his next scheduled start after complaining of neck spams and a ''dead arm.''

Miller, who lost Friday night at St. Louis, will return to Houston on Sunday. Astros manager Jimy Williams said Miller will be examined by team doctor David Lintner on Monday.

Carlos Hernandez will pitch in Miller's place at Cincinnati on Wednesday.

Miller is 0-2 with an 9.00 ERA after giving up six runs and seven hits in five innings to the Cardinals.

Cubs sign Gilkey to minor league contract

PITTSBURGH -- Outfielder Bernard Gilkey, sentenced to four months in jail in January after a series of drunken driving arrests, signed a minor league contract with the Cubs on Saturday.

The 35-year-old Gilkey will report to Chicago's extended spring training camp in Mesa, Ariz., before joining its Triple-A Iowa farm club later this month.

On Jan. 18, St. Louis (Mo.) County Circuit Judge John Ross ordered Gilkey to spend four months in the county jail for driving with a revoked license, and a concurrent 15-day term for misdemeanor speeding. Gilkey also was put on probation for five years and told to perform 500 hours of community service, undergo drug-and-alcohol treatment and refrain from driving for five years.

Ross initially sentenced Gilkey to five years in prison on a felony drunken driving count from April 2001, then suspended the sentence and ordered probation.

Gilkey pleaded guilty in November to the felony drunken-driving count and related charges from his April arrest. That came less than six weeks after he pleaded guilty to misdemeanor DWI charges stemming from two St. Louis County arrests in October and November 2000.

Gilkey was placed on two years' probation for the 2000 arrests and ordered to get counseling.

Gilkey has been arrested for alcohol-related driving incidents at least four times, including once in Florida in 1998.

During his major league career, Gilkey has 118 homers, 546 RBIs and 115 stolen bases in 11 seasons with six major league teams. He spent part of last season with the Atlanta Braves.

The Cubs also acquired minor league right-hander Marc Deschenes from the Pittsburgh Pirates for future considerations. Deschenes, 29, had three saves and a 3.00 ERA in three games with Double-A Altoona.

The Cubs are in Pittsburgh for a three-game series against the Pirates.

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