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Pimlico lawsuit dispute... Tax breaks for Panthers move still a question...Packers’ Thomson has health issue

May 8, 2019

BALTIMORE (AP) _ Maryland’s horse racing authority has moved to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the city of Baltimore that seeks to condemn and confiscate the Preakness Stakes, Pimlico Race Course and other elements of the industry. The Maryland Jockey Club, which runs the historic track, filed a motion to dismiss the lawsuit. It’s part of a bitter dispute between owners and politicians over the future of Maryland racing and the second jewel of the Triple Crown.

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The decision on whether South Carolina will offer tax breaks in a bid to get the Carolina Panthers to move their practice fields out of North Carolina will go down to the Legislature’s final day. The state Senate agreed to alter its rules and move the final debate on the measure to Thursday. Opponents say a billionaire NFL owner doesn’t need any taxpayer help.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Green Bay Packers senior football operations adviser and former general manager Ted Thompson says he has been diagnosed with an autonomic disorder that affects his body’s nerves. Thompson released a statement through the club detailing that his health led him to step down as GM after the 2017 season. Thompson was part of two Packers Super Bowl titles and inducted into the franchise’s hall of fame last weekend.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) _ The NCAA’s new Academic Progress Rate scores show college athletes are continuing to excel in the classroom. The overall score of 983 matched last year’s record high. An overall score of 930 correlates to a 50 percent graduation rate. Scores are based on each athlete remaining enrolled in school and academically eligible.

GAYLORD, Mich. (AP) _ The organization that governs Michigan high school athletes has voted to trim the amount of full-contact football practice from a maximum of 90 to 30 minutes per week and to drastically reduce the amount of full contact allowed in preseason workouts. The Michigan High School Athletic Association joins New Jersey in implementing rules favored by Practice Like Pros, a nonprofit devoted to reducing injuries in youth football.