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My top pick in last Saturday’s Kentucky Derby was Nehro, who finished second. But I was even happier to watch 23-1 longshot Animal Kingdom win the race, returning a nice $329.80 exacta. I was even more thrilled when Mucho Macho Man finished third, giving those who played the trifecta $3,952.40. Not a bad afternoon.Derby 137 at Churchill Downs in Louisville attracted the most fans ever with 164,858 people, nearly 1,100 more than the previous record set in 1974.

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Larry Tidwell announced Wednesday that he is relinquishing his duties as Lamar University’s director of athletics in order to devote his full attention to being the head women’s basketball coach.

In the interim, Lamar President James Simmons has appointed Jason Henderson, the university’s associate athletic director for compliance, to also handle the duties of athletics director. 

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Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 42-130 (.323)
Best Bets: 5-13 (.384)
Longshots: 9-15 (.600)
Top 3 picks in the $: .532
Total win $, Avg per winner: $236, $5.61

Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 49-130 (.376)
Best Bets: 21-57 (.368)
Longshots:
Top 3 picks in the $: .523

Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 38-130 (.292)
Best Bets: 7-14 (.500)
Longshots: 2-13 (.153)
Top 3 picks in the $: .538
Total win $, Avg per winner: $222.20, $5.84

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Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 48-120 (.400)
Best Bets: 21-54 (.388)
Longshots:
Top 3 picks in the $: .523

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 40-120 (.333)
Best Bets: 5-12 (.416)
Longshots: 7-13 (.538)
Top 3 picks in the $: .527
Total win $, Avg $ per winner: $224.40, $5.61

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Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 35-100, .350
Best Bets: 4-10, .400
Longshots: 5-10, .500
Top 3 picks in the $: .516
Total $, Avg $ per winner: $198.20, $5.66

Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 40-100, .400
Best Bets: 17-45, .377
Longshots: 0-0, .000
Top 3 picks in the $: .517

Chad Cooper (Sports Editor)
Winners: 32-100, .320
Best Bets: 6-11, .545
Longshots: 1-9, .111
Top 3 picks in the $: .539
Total $, Avg $ per winner: $189.80, $5.93

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Morning Line
Winners: 26-70 (.371)
Best Bets: 9-26 (.346)
Longshots: 0-0 (.000)
Top 3 picks in the $: .468

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 24-70 (.342)
Best Bets: 3-7 (.428)
Longshots: 3-7 (.428)
Top 3 picks in the $: .447
Total winning $/Avg $ per winner: $140.20, $5.84

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Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 24-60 (.400)
Best Bets: 9-24 (.375)
Longshots: 0-0  (.000)
Top 3 picks in the $: .496

Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 23-60 (.383)
Best Bets: 3-6 (.500)
Longshots: 2-6 (.333)
Top 3 picks in the $: .449
Total winning $/Avg $ per winner: $129, $5.60

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Tony Valastro has left East Chambers after six seasons and will become the new head football coach and athletic director at Class 4A Galveston Ball.

Born in Galveston, but raised in High Island, Valastro leaves East Chambers with a 47-21 record. In six seasons he led the Buccaneers to four district titles. Before coming to EC, he won the Class 3A state championship in 2000 at La Grange.

He carries an overall record of 136-61-1 and will takeover for former Port Arthur Lincoln and Beaumont Central coach David Suggs who resigned after a 1-9 season.

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Don Stevens (Delta track announcer)
Winners: 17-50 (.340)
Best Bets: 2-5 (.400)
Longshots: 1-5 (.200)
Top 3 picks in the $: .446
Total winning $/Avg $ per winner: $91.40, $5.37

Morning Line (track odds)
Winners: 18-50 (.360)
Best Bets: 7-20 (.350)
Longshots: 0-0 (.000)
Top 3 picks in the $: .476

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Saturday night will be a first for many things concerning the sport Mixed Martial Arts (MMA). For starters, Nutty Jerry’s Entertainment Complex in Winnie will host their first MMA event when the IXFA comes to town on April 23 and 26-year-old Cody Williams will make his professional debut when he steps inside the cage to fight Gerzan Chaw of Houston.

Williams will also carry the tag of being the first MMA fighter from Beaumont to become a pro competitor. The area is known for producing pro boxers, but Southeast Texas has yet to have a pro MMA fighter until now.

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