The Latest: Patty Hearst picks up a new prize at Westminster

In this 2017 image provided by Sue Condreras, Fanucci, a German shepherd, poses with handler Sue Condreras last summer in upstate New York. Fanucci’s right rear leg was shattered in a van accident in 2014, leaving his show career in doubt. He has become one of the nation’s top German shepherds going into the Wesminster Kennel Club show that begins Monday. (Kenneth Beatty/Sue Condreras via AP)

Lucy, a borzoi, is shown in the ring by her handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson during the Hound group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lucy won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

A keeshond sits on a grooming table before competing at the Westminster Kennel Club in New York. The nation’s top dog show attracts almost 2,900 dogs to New York, where judging started on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018.(AP Photo/Ben Walker).

Another former Gregg Marshall assistant, Earl Grant offers a younger alternative to the names other three candidates who appeared on both lists. At 41, the best coaching days are likely ahead for the College of Charleston head coach. Grant earned the CAA coach of the year award in 2017 after a 25-win season earned his squad a trip to the NIT, and he’s followed that success with another strong performance so far this season. Already at the 20-win plateau with room to spare, Grant is aiming to land his team in the Big Dance this time around. The South Carolina native’s roots are deep in that area, though, making the former Clemson assistant a candidate to hang around the Palmetto State where he enjoys a strong recruiting advantage.

Dog handlers Maren LaPlante, 13, left, and her sister Erin LaPlante, 17, of Caledonia, Wis., pose with Thandy, a Chinese crested, at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 in New York. There’s no age minimum for handlers in the breed rings, and kids as young as 7 have competed there. (AP Photo/Jennifer Peltz)

Dog Who Almost Died in a Damn Car Accident Backs Out of Westminster Over Tiny Ear Imperfection

Lucy, a borzoi, is shown in the ring during the Hound group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Lucy won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Esteban Farias shows Biggie, a pug, in the ring during the Toy group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Though the Hogs’ new coaching staff didn’t bring Barkley to Arkansas, they’re very familiar with what he can do at running back. New Arkansas coach Chad Morris spent two years in the same role at Lake Travis and has kept a close eye on the program since leaving for his first college job in 2010. Running backs coach Jeff Traylor was coaching at Texas — 20 miles from Lake Travis — during Barkley’s senior season.

Handler Esteban Farias hugs Biggie, a pug, after he won the Toy group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Forbes is a former assistant coach of Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall who has made it on his own at East Tennessee State. Last season, Forbes led the Buccaneers to the NCAA Tournament on the heels of a 27-win season. His 72-24 record through three seasons with East Tennessee State has turned some heads, and the former Tennessee assistant also has some familiarity with the league from his time working with the Vols under Bruce Pearl.

Bill McFadden shows Flynn, a bichon frise, in the ring during the non-sporting group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Flynn won best in the non-sporting group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

After 12 seasons of marriage to the former Cincinnati coach, the Rebels must look to replace the program’s all-time wins leader with its next hire. That’s no easy task for Ross Bjork, who just recently completed the task of naming a new Ole Miss football coach when he removed the interim tag from Matt Luke’s title after a 6-6 effort as Hugh Freeze’s temporary replacement in 2017.

Esteban Farias waves the blue ribbon after Biggie, a pug, wins best in Toy group during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The 5-year-old was considered by many the nation’s top German shepherd. But his left ear, the one closest to the judge, bubbled up and knocked him out of the competition.

Fanucci, a German shepherd, rests at the home of co-owner Stephanie Schrock in Milton, Del., a month after he was injured in a van accident in 2014. Fanccui’s right rear leg was shattered and he sustained other cuts and injuries to his body. Fanucci has become of the nation’s top German shepherds going into the Westminster Kennel Club dog show that begins Monday. (Stephanie Schrock via AP)

Fanucci’s right rear leg was shattered in 2014 when he jumped out of a van that was being towed. He was injured so badly his owners considered euthanizing him.

Handler Jamie Clute shows Slick, a border collie, in the ring during the herding group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Slick won best in the herding group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Biggie, a pug, is shown in the ring during the Toy group competition during the 142nd Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show, Monday, Feb. 12, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York. Biggie won best in group. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — The Latest on the Westminster Kennel Club dog show (all times local):

Fanucci was unable to walk into the ring Monday, the first day of two days of America’s most prestigious dog show.

Alert and agile, Slick won the herding group and earned a place in the best in show ring. This is the third straight year he’s earned a ribbon at this event — next, Slick and handler Jamie Clute will try for the biggest prize in American dogdom.

“He’s a once-in-a-lifetime dog,” Clute said, adding he’s also playful: “He’s a blast. He bites my feet and licks my ears.”

Now, it’s on to the sporting, working and terrier groups Tuesday. And sometime around 11 p.m., we’ll find out who becomes the nation’s top dog.

Image via ABCI understand that not everyone can be a winner at the Westminster Dog Show. Competition is fierce, and the judges have the impossible task of choosing among so many flawless dogs, all of whom are, in my eyes, perfect. I have no idea how they do it.

A white powder puff called Flynn is going to the final best in show ring at Westminster.

The jolly, jaunty bichon frise has won the nonsporting group and now will have a 1-in-7 chance at the top prize Tuesday night.

“It was a freak thing,” his owner, Stephanie Schrock, told USA Today. “You work hard all week and boom, this happens. The timing couldn’t have been any worse.”

Star handler Bill McFadden says Madison Square Garden is a tough place to show because of the crowd noise and energy. And, he says the green carpet is “pokey” on a dog’s feet.

“For me, you just have to kind of go Zen. Because they’ll pick up on any nerves you have so you just have to hold it inside and not let them know that you’re excited or nervous,” he says.

A Norwegian lundehund was itching to show. She kept stopping to scratch her ear and back while she was parading around the ring, drawing laughs from all around the arena.

Biggie the pug has taken the toy group at the Westminster dog show. Always popular at Madison Square Garden, this little guy was a crowd favorite, drawing a shout of “Go, Biggie!” as he strutted around the ring.

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Handler Esteban Farias says pugs are wonderful, fun and loyal. Plus, he says this breed has another endearing trait.

This isn’t the first time that the Blue Raiders coach has been mentioned as a prime candidate in a Power 5 search, yet he still remains in Murfreesboro, Tenn. as one of the top coaches in Conference USA. Davis has been at Middle Tennessee since 2002, and is looking for his third consecutive NCAA Tournament appearance. His team has advanced to the Round of 32 in each of the last two tournaments, with upset wins against Michigan State and Minnesota bringing plenty of attention to his program. Davis, who owns a 332-187 record at Middle Tennessee, is now 58 years old and may be facing a “now or never” decision on moving into a Power 5 league. Davis is a Mississippi native, though his past stints at Mississippi State may be a red flag for Rebels purists.

Farias says Biggie has filled a void in his life after a previous pug pal suddenly died during a routine walk.

“We have a little friend up in heaven, Mr. Rumble, who helped us win,” he said.

Thanks to the work of former Florida Gulf Coast coach Andy Enfield, “Dunk City” has become a basketball hot bed in the years since his team’s 2013 run to the Sweet 16. Enfield road that success to a new gig at USC, and Joe Dooley was the man who took over and continued the excellence in Fort Myers, Fla. Since that well-publicized tournament run, Dooley has maintained success at Florida Gulf Coast by running up a 111-54 record and placing the team in the NCAA Tournament during each of the last two seasons. At 52, Dooley has plenty of coaching life left if the Rebels decide to make a move.

Biggie earned a spot along with Lucy the elegant borzoi in the final ring of seven for best in show Tuesday night.

Nearly 2,900 dogs in 202 breed and varieties were entered at the 142nd Westminster event.

Two years after she finished second at America’s top dog show, Lucy the borzoi won the hound group. She’s sleek and elegant, but this show biz stuff is just “a game to her,” handler Valerie Nunes-Atkinson says.

Forbes is a former assistant coach of Wichita State’s Gregg Marshall who has made it on his own at East Tennessee State. Last season, Forbes led the Buccaneers to the NCAA Tournament on the heels of a 27-win season. His 72-24 record through three seasons with East Tennessee State has turned some heads, and the former Tennessee assistant also has some familiarity with the league from his time working with the Vols under Bruce Pearl.

Lucy also is athletic — Nunes-Atkinson says she can easily sprint up to 30 to 40 mph.

A bloodhound made the final cut of hounds and got “a piece of the group,” as dog people say. He was flashy, too, wearing a spangled warmup jacket outside the ring. No one was going to tell him he ain’t nothin’ but a hound dog.

And, yes, there was a dog named Elvis in the ring a few minutes later. He was an Italian greyhound in the toy group.

Madison Square Garden is mostly full and lively as night-time competition has started in the groups. The hounds are up first, followed by the toys, nonsporting and herding dogs.

Monkey the basset hound was an instant crowd favorite, the way he looked as if he was ready to fall asleep while being checked by the judge. Magnum the 15-inch beagle was a typical beagle, not really wanting to walk in a straight line.

The Ibizan hound seemed more interested in smelling the potted flowers in front of her, rather than surveying her competitors. And the harrier was definitely determined to pick up any treats the greyhound handler next door might accidentally drop.

Looks like you’ve got to have Heart to win the Westminster Kennel Club dog show obedience championship.

A Labrador retriever named Heart and handler Linda Brennan won the competition Monday for the third year in a row. That’s every year the contest has been held.

About two dozen dogs competed. The event includes elaborate, six-minute routines.

Heart’s and Brennan’s had a “once in a blue moon” theme. The 5 ½-year-old dog fetched a crescent-moon-shaped balloon on a string and picked out crescent pillows from clusters of star-shaped ones. Heart also wove between Brennan’s legs as they walked, among other tricks.

Brennan is an obedience trainer from Columbia, New Jersey. She says Heart “really sparkles in this particular setting,” in front of crowds at the nation’s premier dog show.

For some breeders at the Westminster Kennel Club dog show, the sport is a family tradition. For Louise Brooks-Lowe and Stacey Hawkes, it was a bucket-list item.

After being laid off from their information technology jobs in 2007, the Londoners asked themselves what they wanted to do with their lives.

So they researched. They launched their kennel, Pugalicious, in 2008. Four years later, their pug Mac won his breed at Crufts.

On Monday, they were at Westminster to see of Mac’s grandsons, Humphrey, compete. He’s owned by Heidi Merkli of Ottawa, the Canadian capital.

As for the bucket list, Brooks-Lowe says “the dogs have pretty much taken that over.”

Patricia Hearst-Shaw has picked up another prize at Westminster, an award of merit for a French bulldog she co-owns called Tuggy.

Her Frenchies have done well here in the past and often have been “in the ribbons,” as dog fanciers like to say.

Hearst sat ringside for the breed judging, a day after CNN debuted the start of its docuseries on the famed heiress titled “The Radical Story of Patty Hearst.”

A German shepherd that survived a brutal highway accident a few years is out of Westminster, and his show career might be over.

Fanucci was unable to walk into the ring Monday, the first day of two days of America’s most prestigious dog show.

His owners think he might have been nipped by a playful puppy recently, or perhaps he shook his ear too hard and broke a blood vessel.

The 5-year-old was considered by many the nation’s top German shepherd. But his left ear, the one closest to the judge, bubbled up and knocked him out of the competition.

Fanucci’s right rear leg was shattered in 2014 when he jumped out of a van that was being towed. He was injured so badly his owners considered euthanizing him.


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