Weekend Wake Up: Drosselmeyer's Dance, Bonus Baseball, Cotto Wins, MMAer Loses Ear

...Drosselmeyer? He missed the Kentucky Derby because he didn't meet the earnings requirement, but Drosselmeyer made up for it on Saturday, winning the Belmont Stakes by three-quarters of a length. Named for a Nutcracker character, Drosselmeyer didn't exactly inspire with his run. Oh, and the woman who sang a more Alicia Keys-heavy version of "Empire State of Mind" was booed. Told you. (Frankly, I'm more upset at the ruination of once-noble horse names: The Belmont featured First Dude, named for Sarah Palin's husband, and Game on Dude, names that make me say "Come on, dude.")

Extras Everywhere. Okay, not everywhere, but in Toronto and St. Louis, where the Blue Jays and Redbirds both got walkoff singles to beat division foes. And Dontrelle Willis won a game! (It was not a particularly scintillating Saturday in baseball. Or anything.)

Cotto Wins After Towel Throw. Yuri Foreman's corner tried to throw in the towel on him after the eighth round. Miguel Cotto made sure it wouldn't matter in the ninth. Cotto stopped Foreman in the ninth round to win the first boxing match at the new Yankee Stadium and claim a belt in his third weight division.

TKO, Destroyed Ear. Friday was not a good night to be Shigeyuki Uchiyama. Cruising in his Pancrase bout against Masaya Takita, Uchiyama was taken down in the second round—and lost part of his ear. (Yes, that link is graphic. Eat breakfast afterward.) Apparently, Uchiyama got his already cauliflowered ear caught in the ropes, and something about the takedown tore part of it off.

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This post originally appeared on the Sporting Blog. For more, see The Sporting Blog Archives.

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