The San Diego Chargers have released defensive end Luis Castillo. The seven-year veteran was a standout for the Chargers for much of his career, starting 79 of the 82 games he played, with 276 tackles, including 43 for a loss and 19 sacks. But he broke his left leg in the 2011 season opener and didn't play again. A first-round draft pick in 2005, Castillo signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Chargers in April after visiting Kansas City and New England. Now he is an ex-Charger.
Optimism for Brees' injured horse DEL MAR, CALIF. (AP) Holy Candy, a 3-year-old colt co-owned by New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, will be fine after being pulled up in the Oceanside Stakes at Del Mar, his trainer said. Trainer John Sadler says Holy Candy will undergo testing, including X-rays, to provide a full diagnosis. However, Sadler says the general area of the injury is in the colt's left front leg. ''He'll be given some time off. How much is yet to be determined,'' Sadler said Thursday. Holy Candy, co-owned by Craig Stables and Donkey Island LLC, which includes Brees as a partner, was pulled up by jockey Garrett Gomez past the finish line of the race Wednesday on opening day at Del Mar. Holy Candy was the favorite for the second division of the Oceanside. Holy Candy finished fourth in the Blue Grass Stakes earlier this year but did not run in the Triple Crown series. It wasn't a good day for another Brees' horse. Siempre Mio finished last in the eighth race. Brees' ownership group, Donkey Island Racing, claimed the horse from previous co-owners Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol of the Los Angeles Lakers in June.