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Justify to face fresh faces in next race

By Beth Harris The Associated Press LOUISVILLE, Ky. — The competition isn’t exactly lining up to take on Kentucky Derby winner Justify in the Preakness. Of his 19 rivals in the Derby, it appears most will skip the second leg of the Triple Crown in favor of resting and being pointed ...

Suit involving Giants’ Manning nears trial

The Associated Press HACKENSACK, N.J. — A New Jersey memorabilia dealer who claims New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning conspired with the team’s equipment staff to sell bogus “game-used” helmets to unsuspecting collectors as part of a long-running scam could get a chance to make ...

Justify wins Kentucky Derby

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — If you want to bust a racing curse, call Bob Baffert. The white-haired trainer smashed a jinx that stood for 136 years when Justify splashed through the slop to win the Kentucky Derby by 2¢ lengths on Saturday. Not since Apollo in 1882 had a colt won the roses without ...

Day captures Wells Fargo for 2nd win of year

The Associated Press CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jason Day fought through some wayward tee shots and his own self-doubt to shoot a 2-under 69 on Sunday and win the Wells Fargo Championship by two strokes over Aaron Wise and Nick Watney, his second victory of the season. After squandering a ...

LA gets unusual no-hitter

The Associated Press MONTERREY, Mexico — The Dodgers have the most no-hitters in the majors — and now the most in Mexico, too. Rookie Walker Buehler and a trio of Los Angeles relievers combined for the franchise’s 23rd no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the San Diego Padres in the ...

Mets part ways with Harvey

The Associated Press NEW YORK — Matt Harvey was formally designated for assignment Saturday by the New York Mets, who replaced him on the pitching staff by recalling reliever Hansel Robles from Triple-A Las Vegas. The move was made before the Mets hosted the Colorado Rockies, just as ...

Johnson hopes Dover is cure

DOVER, Del. — Jimmie Johnson wore a helmet painted in tribute to boyhood race hero Cale Yarborough. He then went out and tied the Hall of Famer on NASCAR’s career wins list last year at Dover. For Johnson, winning at Dover had become the norm — his 11 wins on the mile track are easily ...

Allgaier tops Sadler in Xfinity race showdown

DOVER, Del. — Justin Allgaier won a $100,000 bonus by holding off teammate Elliott Sadler in a door-to-door race through the final turn at Dover International Speedway to win the Xfinity Series race on Saturday. Sadler used lapped traffic to set up his attempt to snatch the lead from ...

Day takes control after late charge

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Quail Hollow was softer and shorter, producing one low score after another before the final groups even started Saturday in the Wells Fargo Championship. Jason Day wasn’t paying attention, which probably helped. When he sputtered at the start, there was no reason to ...

76ers on the brink

PHILADELPHIA — Al Horford had no use for the premature celebration that showered confetti all over the 76ers’ home court at the end of regulation, delaying overtime and prompting an impromptu cleanup job. Turns out, Horford has the Celtics just a game away from a real sweep. Horford ...

Angels’ Pujols makes 3,000 history

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Albert Pujols became the 32nd player in major league history to reach 3,000 hits, getting a broken-bat single to right field off Seattle’s Mike Leake in the fifth inning to join the exclusive club Friday night. The Angels led, 3-0 in the sixth inning, at ...

Derby includes lightly-raced colts, possibilities

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Todd Pletcher is throwing numbers at the Kentucky Derby again. Bob Baffert is seeking a fifth victory and he’s got the favorite, too. An old jinx could be disproved, and history would be written if Mendelssohn wears the garland of red roses. The 20-horse field for ...

Dominant Davis fronts Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS— Anthony Davis had 33 points, 18 rebounds and four steals, and the New Orleans Pelicans defeated Golden State, 119-100, on Friday night to trim the Warriors’ series lead to 2-1. Davis was particularly dominant around the basket, scoring numerous times on dunks of the driving, ...

Celtics, Cavs take 2-0 leads

BOSTON — Rookie Jayson Tatum scored 21 points and hit a pair of free throws in the closing second, and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 22-point deficit to beat the Philadelphia 76ers 108-103 on Thursday night and take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals. Terry Rozier added 20 ...

Falcons, Ryan meet on mammoth deal

ATLANTA — Quarterback Matt Ryan has become the NFL’s highest-paid player, agreeing to a five-year contract extension worth a guaranteed $100 million with the Atlanta Falcons. The team announced the deal Thursday. A person familiar with the deal, which begins in 2019, says it is worth a ...

Top lines getting best of defenses

Each time Boston’s top line jumps over the boards, the Tampa Bay Lightning are on red alert. Make a mistake and Brad Marchand, Patrice Bergeron and David Pastrnak will make you pay. “You think it’s going all right and you’re playing well, and they only need one look,” Lightning ...

sports at a glance

AP: Knicks agree with Fizdale NEW YORK — David Fizdale is coming back to coaching as the latest pick of the New York Knicks to turn around their franchise. The Knicks agreed to hire Fizdale on Thursday, a person with knowledge of the details said. The former Memphis Grizzlies coach will ...

Ruis putting his money on Bolt d’Oro

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Mick Ruis packed his suitcases for his first trip to the Kentucky Derby as an owner and trainer. The 57-year-old high school dropout stuffed more than clothing and toiletries in his bags. He feels so strongly about Bolt d’Oro’s chances — the colt is the co-fourth ...

Late charge has Peterson in front; Tiger even

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — John Peterson started his rookie season on the PGA Tour about the time Tiger Woods started to experience back problems. One of them is closer to walking away than the other. Peterson, the 29-year-old free spirit who has pledged to retire from golf’s vagabond lifestyle ...

Darlington Raceway getting $7M in renovations

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Darlington Raceway’s $7 million construction plan is on the clock. The track, known as the “Lady in Black,” is in a race of its own to complete its first major capital improvements in more than a decade before the Monster Energy Cup Series arrives for the Southern 500 ...