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Polo Player links deaths to supplement

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — A member of a Venezuelan-owned polo team says a supplement likely killed 21 horses before a match last weekend in Florida.

Juan Martin Nero, of Lechuza Polo, tells the Argentine newspaper La Nacion the horses were given a commonly used supplement known as Biodyl that contains a combination of vitamins and minerals.

Nero says the drug is often given to horses, but was likely tainted at a lab.

The horses began collapsing Sunday as they were unloaded from trailers before one of the sport’s top championships at the International Polo Club Palm Beach.

Nero says five horses that did not get the supplement were OK.

BASKETBALL Curry to announce NBA decision today

DAVIDSON, N.C. — Davidson guard Stephen Curry will announce on Thursday if he’ll return for his senior season or enter the NBA draft.

The school has called a late-morning news conference at its athletic complex. Curry and his father, former NBA player Dell Curry, will attend along with Davidson coach Bob McKillop.

Dell Curry and McKillop did not immediately return phone messages on Wednesday seeking comment.

The 6-foot-3 Curry was the nation’s top scorer last season, averaging 28.6 points a game.

Rose is named NBA’s rookie of the year

NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Derrick Rose, who led his hometown Bulls to the playoffs and restored hope to a franchise in disarray, is the NBA’s rookie of the year.

The announcement was made Wednesday.

Rose is the third Bulls player to win the award, joining Michael Jordan and Elton Brand. His selection was hardly a surprise, after the No. 1 overall draft pick led all rookies with 6.3 assists per game and was second in scoring average at 16.8, and established himself as the franchise’s first true cornerstone since Jordan.

“I think there are very few people in the NBA who could do what he did this year,” teammate Joakim Noah said. “You tell me another No. 1 pick who got to the playoffs in their hometown, especially in a big city with so many distractions and so many things going on. I mean, he’s all about one thing and that’s winning basketball games, and that’s what I respect about him.”

A point guard from Chicago’s South Side, Rose used his strength, blinding quickness and uncanny maturity to help turn around a team that went 33-49 last season.

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