With the 100th running of The Greatest Spectacle in Racing set for its first green flag Sunday at 12:19 p.m. — pre-race activities begin about an hour before that — contributor Troy Gentle looks back at some of the most memorable moments in the event’s storied history:
Kurt Becker called Kentucky Derby wins by Silver Charm (1997) and Real Quiet (1998) in his role as track announcer at Churchill Downs and was an NBCSports Radio analyst for last year’s win by American Pharoah. The Altamont native, whose father, Carl, revitalized the University of Illinois horse farm, will be back on the call Saturday.
CHAMPAIGN — Jean Driscoll knew the call was coming. And why.
The eight-time Boston Marathon winner watched another Illini racer take title No. 4 on Monday.
Tatyana McFadden, the dominant athlete in the women’s wheelchair division, is halfway to Driscoll’s Boston record.
URBANA — Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the Supreme Court on which she serves is very much like a family. And when a fellow justice departs, the dynamics of that family can change.
Sotomayor and the late Antonin Scalia may not have always agreed about their interpretations of law, but she said she still felt sadness at his departure.
PARIS (AP) — The Belgian extremist suspected of masterminding the deadly attacks in Paris died a day ago along with his female cousin in a police raid on a suburban apartment building, French officials said Thursday, adding it was still not clear exactly how he died.
WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis lost a major ally Friday when House Speaker John Boehner announced that he was stepping down from his position and would resign his seat next month.
Transcript, provided by the White House, of remarks by President Barack Obama and Pope Francis at the White House on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015:
PRESIDENT OBAMA: Good morning.
AUDIENCE: Good morning! (Applause.)