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Snow Fairy wins Hong Kong Cup

Hong Kong -- Snow Fairy, the British-based multiple Oaks winner, swept wide from the back of the field to win Sunday's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Cup by a neck.

A pair of local runners, Irian and Packing Winner, finished second and third but none could stand before the 3-year-old filly who now has won Group 1 events in England, Ireland, Japan and Hong Kong.

With Ryan Moore up for trainer Ed Dunlop, Snow Fairy was held up in the second half of the 13-horse field contesting the 2,000 meters event. It was not until the leaders straightened out into the stretch run that Moore got to work on his filly and she responded sharply.

Ex-beau sues 'Jwoww' for $700,000

New York -- The ex-beau of reality television's "Jwoww" has sued the actor for helping make her a star and getting her free plastic surgery, his lawyer in New York said.

Tom Lippolis, 24, said "Jersey Shore" actress Jenni Farley, called "Jwoww" on the program, owes him $700,000 for advancing her career, and arranging for free plastic surgery, the New York Post reported.

Lippolis said he "dumped" Farley because she allegedly cheated on him.
Lippolis said he arranged for "a boob job, cellulite reduction, fat reduction" worth up to $40,000, without charge from a surgeon, who did the work so he could say he was "Jwoww's" doctor.

"She thinks she is on the top of the world, that she doesn't have to pay anybody," said Lippolis.

Sellout crowds for Rappers Eminem, Jay-Z

Detroit -- Rappers Eminem and Jay-Z will perform together in two concerts in Detroit and two at Yankee Stadium in what promoters say are landmark events.

All four of the shows are sold out and it will take more than 50 semi-trucks to move concert sets, lighting, audio and video equipment from Detroit to New York City, the Detroit Free Press said Sunday.

The Detroit concerts will be held on Sept. 2 and 3; the New York events will occur on Sept. 13 and 14.

Ford aims high with 2011 Explorer

Dearborn, Mich. -- Ford Motor Co., launching its 2011 Explorer, said Monday the sport utility vehicle has luxury features that challenge "the SUV status quo."

Ford introduced the vehicle in a number of cities, holding events in Dearborn, Mich., Washington, Dallas, Chicago and elsewhere, The Detroit News reported.

The vehicle "challenges the SUV status quo by offering luxury levels of convenience, connectivity and technology," Ford said in a news release.

"Today's SUV customers really aren't interested in compromising," said Amy Marentic, group marketing manager. "They want luxury, convenience and technology with their all-road capability."

LA mayor enjoyed freebies galore

Los Angeles -- A lawyer for Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa says his honor has received free passes to 81 concerts and sporting events since 2005.

Attorney Brian Currey told the Los Angeles Times that city hall was still trying to round up documentation on who provided the ducats, but no formal records were kept.

"There were no logs kept," Currey said. "There's just not much documentation.''

City law allows the mayor to accept freebies as long as his attendance is part of his official duties. The Times said Saturday that the details of the official nature of the appearances weren't clear and it could not be confirmed the mayor actually showed up.