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December 27, 2018

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May 19 — Justify held off several hard-charging challengers to win the Preakness Stakes on a sloppy, slippery track. Ridden by Mike Smith, the 2-5 favorite won by a half-length after completing the race in 1:55.93. Trainer Bob Baffert tied D. Wayne Lukas’ record with his 14th Triple Crown victory and matched 19th-century trainer R.W. Walden with his seventh Preakness title.

May 20 — Sweden beat Switzerland 3-2 in a shootout for the gold medal at the world ice hockey championship in Copenhagen, Denmark. Filip Forsberg scored the shootout winner in the fourth round.

May 20 — The Vegas Golden Knights punched their ticket to the Stanley Cup Final beating the Winnipeg Jets 2-1 on the road to win the Western Conference finals 4-1. The Golden Knights became the second expansion team in the NHL, NBA, NFL or MLB since 1960 to reach a championship series in their first season. The other team was the 1967-68 St. Louis Blues.

May 23 — Alex Ovechkin scored early and Andre Burakovsky added two second-period goals to help the Washington Capitals put a decade of playoff frustration behind them with a 4-0 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference final.

May 24 — Chicago White Sox catcher Welington Castillo was suspended for 80 games by Major League Baseball following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

May 27 — Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia to join cycling greats Eddy Merckx and Bernard Hinault with his third consecutive Grand Tour victory.

May 27 — French Open defending champion Jelena Ostapenko lost in the first round. The fifth-seeded Latvian, who upset Simona Halep in last year’s final, lost 7-5, 6-3 against Kateryna Kozlova of Ukraine on Court Philippe Chatrier.

May 27 — Will Power won the Indianapolis 500, giving the 37-year-old Australian his biggest victory on IndyCar’s grandest stage. Power held off pole winner Ed Carpenter over the final few laps for the victory. It gave team owner Roger Penske a 17th win in the Indy 500.

May 27 — LeBron James advanced to an eighth straight NBA Finals. The four-time league MVP scored 35 points with 15 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 87-79 win over the Celtics and eliminating Boston from the Eastern Conference finals in the decisive seventh game.

May 28 — Jack Tigh scored 36 seconds into the game for his first of three goals in the opening half, and Matt Gaudet scored four goals as Yale beat Duke 13-11 to win its first NCAA lacrosse title.

May 29 — Ukraine’s Dmytro Badanov was banned for life and fined $100,000 by an independent hearing officer after being found guilty of tennis match fixing.

May 31 — Stephen Curry scored 29 points and the Golden State Warriors capitalized on a Cavaliers blunder that sent the game into overtime, withstanding a brilliant 51-point performance by LeBron James to beat Cleveland 124-114 in Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The game went to OT after Cleveland’s J.R. Smith failed to take the go-ahead shot after a missed free throw.

June 3 — Ariya Jutanugarn had a huge lead, completely lost it and then prevailed on the fourth hole of a playoff to win a dramatic U.S. Women’s Open at Shoal Creek in Birmingham, Alabama. Jutanugarn, a 22-year-old from Thailand, made a clutch bunker shot to within a foot of the hole to save par, beating South Korea’s Hyo-Joo Kim, who shot a 5-under 67 in the final round to force the playoff.

June 3 — Stephen Curry hit an NBA Finals-record nine 3-pointers and scored 33 points, leading the Golden State Warriors to a 122-103 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers for 2-0 lead.

June 4 — The Detroit Tigers selected Auburn right-hander Casey Mize with the No. 1 pick in the Major League Baseball draft.

June 6 — Pitcher Meghan King settled down after a rough start to complete a record-setting Women’s College World Series, and Florida State beat Washington 8-3 to claim its first national title. The Seminoles lost their opener before winning six straight to become the third team to come through the losers’ bracket and take the title.

June 7 — The Washington Capitals raised the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history after a 4-3 victory over the Vegas Golden Knights in Game 5. Lars Eller scored the tiebreaking goal with 7:37 to play to give the Capitals their first championship since the franchise’s debut in 1974. Captain Alex Ovechkin won the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP after scoring his franchise-record 15th goal of the postseason, an early power-play goal.

June 8 — Golden State romped to its second straight NBA championship, beating Cleveland 108-85 to finish a four-game sweep. It was the third title in four years for the Warriors. Stephen Curry scored 37 points and Kevin Durant, who was named MVP for the second straight finals, had 20 for the Warriors.

June 9 — Top-ranked Simona Halep won the French Open by defeating Sloane Stephens 3-6, 6-4, 6-1. It was Halep’s first Grand Slam title after she lost twice in the French Open final and was runner-up at the Australian Open earlier this year.

June 9 — Justify led all the way to win the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths and become horse racing’s 13th Triple Crown champion and second in four years. The chestnut colt was the second undefeated colt to sweep the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, improving to 6-0 in a racing career that began on Feb. 18. Bob Baffert, who trained American Pharoah in 2015, became the second trainer to win the Triple Crown twice. At 52, Mike Smith became the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown.

June 10 — Rafael Nadal won a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Nadal became the second player in tennis history to win 11 singles titles at any Grand Slam tournament after Margaret Court, who claimed 11 Australian Open titles.

June 10 — Kristen Gillman led a U.S. singles sweep in the biggest blowout in Curtis Cup history. Gillman beat 16-year-old Annabell Fuller 5 and 4 to cap a perfect weekend at Quaker Ridge in Scarsdale, N.Y. The Americans won 17-3, breaking the record for margin of victory of 11 set in a 14 1/2-3 1/2 victory in 1982.

June 13 — North America was elected to host the 2026 World Cup beating the Moroccan proposal for the first 48-team tournament.

June 13 — The NCAA Division I Council approved the transfer rules effective Oct. 15 College athletes will no longer need permission from their coach or school to transfer and receive financial aid from another school. Division I football players will be allowed to play in up to four games in a season without losing a year of eligibility if they can no longer play because of injuries “or other factors.”

June 15 — Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick, capped by a dipping free kick in the 88th minute as Portugal and Spain played to a wild 3-3 draw in the World Cup Group B opener for both countries.

June 17 — Brooks Koepka won a second consecutive U.S. Open, the first player to do so since Curtis Strange in 1989. He was in a four-way tie for the lead after three rounds at Shinnecock Hills and shot 68 for a 1-over 281 total.

June 20 — New Jersey’s Taylor Hall won the Hart Trophy as the NHL’s most valuable player.

June 21 — The Phoenix Suns selected Arizona center Deandre Ayton with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Sacramento selected Duke foward Marvin Bagley III with the next pick.

June 24 — Harry Kane scored a hat trick to propel England to its most emphatic World Cup victory and into the knockout stage. With John Stones heading in twice and Jesse Lingard curling in a shot, England beat Panama 6-1 and scored its most goals ever in a World Cup game.

June 25 — James Harden of the Houston Rockets was voted the NBA’s Most Valuable Player after twice being runner-up, beating out four-time winner LeBron James and Anthony Davis of the Pelicans.

June 25 — A federal appeals court backed an NCAA rule requiring most football players who transfer schools to sit out a year. The 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago upheld a lower-court finding that NCAA transfer rules don’t violate U.S. antitrust laws.

June 26 — The Hockey Hall of Fame announced the class of 2018. Martin Brodeur, the NHL’s all-time leader in victories (691) and shutouts (125), led the class of six to be inducted. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman and Willie O’Ree, and former players Jayna Hefford, Martin St. Louis, and Alexander Yakushev were also elected.

June 27 — Defending champion Germany was eliminated in the group stage of the World Cup in a 2-0 stoppage-time loss to South Korea and Sweden has topped Group F with a 3-0 win over Mexico. It was the first time Germany has been eliminated in the first round since 1938.

June 28 — Freshman Kevin Abel threw a two-hitter for his record fourth win in the College World Series, and Oregon State beat Arkansas 5-0 for the national championship.

June 29 — Minnesota United midfielder Collin Martin announced he was gay, making him the only active male athlete in the major professional sports leagues to come out. The Los Angeles Galaxy’s Robbie Rogers came out in 2013, but retired in November. The NBA’s Jason Collins and the NFL’s Michael Sam also came out, but have retired.

July 1 — Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup, surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3 in Moscow.

July 1 — Danijel Subasic tied a World Cup record with his three saves in the penalty shootout that helped Croatia beat Denmark for a spot in the World Cup quarterfinals. Croatia won the shootout 3-2 after the round of 16 game ended 1-1 after extra time.

July 1 — Sung Hyun Park beat So Yeon Ryu on the second hole of a playoff in the KPMG Women’s PGA Championship for her second major title.

July 2 — A wild brawl broke out between Australia and the Philippines during the Basketball World Cup qualifying game in Manila. Thirteen players, including four Australians, were ejected for their part in the brawl which took place in the third quarter of the game at the Philippine Arena in Ciudad de Victoria. The match was won 79-48 by Australia.

July 2 — Belgium rallied from 2-0 down to beat Japan 3-2 with a goal in the dying seconds and advance to a World Cup quarterfinal match against Brazil.

July 3 — Feliciano Lopez made history just by taking to the court at Wimbledon. The 36-year-old Spaniard broke Roger Federer’s record by appearing in a 66th consecutive Grand Slam singles tournament, continuing a run that started at the 2002 French Open. Lopez beat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-3, 6-4, 6-2.

July 3 — New England Patriots receiver Julian Edelman was suspended for the first four games of season for drug-policy violation.

July 7 — Kristi Toliver scored 18 points to help the Washington Mystics beat the Los Angeles Sparks 83-74 for coach Mike Thibault’s 300th career regular-season win. Thibault became the first WNBA coach to reach that milestone.

July 7 — Mark Reynolds homered twice and drove in a career-high 10 runs and the Washington Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 18-4. Reynolds (5 for 5) tied his career high for hits and equaled the Nationals’ RBI record.

July 8 — Sei Young Kim became the first player in LPGA Tour history to go lower than 30 under in a dominating performance in the Thornberry Creek LPGA Classic. Kim closed with a 7-under 65 for a nine shot victory, finishing at 31-under par. That broke by four shots to par the record Kim had shared with Annika Sorenstam. She also set the 72-hole scoring record at 257, finishing with a par to break the mark by one shot.

July 9 — The last of the women’s top-10 seeds was eliminated at Wimbledon. Kiki Bertens beat No. 7 Karolina Pliskova — the highest-seeded female remaining — to reach the quarterfinals. Since seeds were introduced in the 1920s, it’s the first time none of the top-10 have reached the women’s quarterfinals at Wimbledon. It’s also a first for any Grand Slam tournament in the 50-year professional era.

July 9 — Roger Federer advanced to a record-extending 16th Wimbledon quarterfinal with a 6-0, 7-5, 6-4 victory over Adrian Mannarino of France.

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