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Governor Pritzker announces more racing at Fairmount

Rider Elizabeth Thurman is led to the track on Tuesday, July 30, 2019, by her brother, Austin Thurman, before the first race of the day at Fairmount Park. Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker was there to promote the new expanded gaming law, which is expected to increase racing days at the horse track. (J.B. Forbes, jforbes@post-dispatch.com)

Heavy rain Monday that led to flooding at Fairmount Park has led officials at the thoroughbred race track in Collinsville to cancel its Tuesday afternoon program.

"The track surface was not in proper condition for thoroughbred competition," Fairmount spokesman Jon Sloane said. "So in the best interest of the horses and jockeys we decided to cancel the card. We are looking into making up the date before the current season ends. But that has not been resolved yet."

He said Fairmount is averaging crowds of about 5,000 for its Tuesday afternoon "horse hooky" sessions.

Sloane said "we . . . absolutely plan on resuming our regularly scheduled racing on Saturday night at 7:30," the next live card on the schedule. (Staff report)

Fewer late NBA games set for TV: The NBA released its 2019-20 schedule, and the big winners are East Coast fans who have been forced to burn the candle at both ends. For the upcoming season, which begins Oct. 22, the league made a concerted effort to reduce the number of nationally televised games that tip off at 10:30 p.m. in the east (9:30 in St. Louis). Those late starts were no trifling matter; last season, they often featured LeBron James's Los Angeles Lakers and Stephen Curry's Golden State Warriors.

Overall, the NBA's national television partners will air just 33 games with 9:30 p.m. (St. Louis time) tip times, down from 57 last year. ESPN, which airs games Wednesdays and Fridays, will eliminate 9:30 p.m. tips from its Wednesday night doubleheaders, replacing them with 8:30 or 9 p.m. starts. TNT, which airs games Tuesdays and Thursdays, will do mostly the same, airing two 9:30 p.m. games on Tuesdays, down from nine last year. The Tuesday nightcaps largely shift to 9 p.m. TNT's popular "Inside the NBA" programming lineup on Thursdays, however, will continue to air most of its doubleheaders at 7 and 9:30 p.m. 

Hurricanes' GM gets new deal: The NHL's Carolina Hurricanes  signed team president and general manager Don Waddell to a three-year contract extension. Financial terms were not disclosed. Waddell, 60, had been mentioned as a candidate for the Minnesota Wild's GM vacancy. He has been with Carolina since 2014. (AP).