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As a condition of being allowed to run his horses in the Breeders’ Cup at Del Mar on Nov. 5-6, BOB BAFFERT has "agreed to unprecedented screening, observation and testing, including security officers with body cams and abandoning usual withdrawal times for legal medications." The move by the Breeders’ Cup comes in the wake of "five medication violations in a year’s time, two of which were dismissed as being the result of contamination and one in which Baffert hasn’t been charged" (L.A. TIMES, 10/26).

LEGAL MATTERS: Three former NFLers were sentenced Monday for "their role in defrauding a health care program for the league’s retired athletes." CORRELL BUCKHALTER, who played for the Eagles and Broncos, was "handed down the stiffest sentence of 10 months prison time followed by as many months of house arrest." The other two ex-players who received time, ANTHONY MONTGOMERY and DARRELL REID, were sentenced to 10 months house arrest. The trio had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit health care fraud. They are among 15 players who pleaded guilty in the case (N.Y. POST, 10/26).

NBA NAMES: Warriors F DRAYMOND GREEN said that he will "be ordering up" another $5,000 bottle of Domaine de la Romanée-Conti La Tâche, "in honor" of G STEPH CURRY making the NBA's 75th anniversary team. For the second year in a row he is "going to put it on Warriors owner JOE LACOB's tab." Green said, "Me and Steph will enjoy a bottle of DRC tonight. It's going on Joe's tab" (, 10/25)....NBA agent RICH PAUL filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed by Knicks C NERLENS NOEL in August, arguing that "their dispute should be arbitrated" by the NBPA and that Noel has not "paid him for negotiating a contract" with the Knicks before last season. Paul's motion was filed on Oct. 18 in Texas Northern District Federal Court (, 10/25).

IN MEMORY: NFL replay official CARL MADSEN died Sunday at the age of 71. Madsen died while returning home from the Chiefs-Titans game. He spent 12 seasons as an on-field official from '97 to '08, before becoming a replay official in '09. Madsen was in his 12th year as a replay official this season (, 10/25).

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