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June 10, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) — Justify defied all the odds on his way to achieving Triple Crown immortality. The late bloomer won the Belmont Stakes by 1¾ lengths on Saturday, giving the sport its 13th Triple Crown champion. American Pharoah ended a 37-year drought in 2015 and now just four years later, racing is celebrating another sweep of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont. Justify began his racing career on Feb. 18, a scant 77 days before the Derby.

NEW YORK (AP) — The thoroughbred horse racing world belongs to “Big Money Mike” Smith. The 52-year-old jockey who has been dominating big races in recent years put an exclamation point on his illustrious career Saturday, guiding Justify to the Triple Crown with a victory in the Belmont Stakes. In sweeping the Kentucky Derby, Preakness and Belmont, Smith becomes the oldest jockey to win the Triple Crown. His mounts have earned more than $310 million.

NEW YORK (AP) — Once this Subway Series showdown turned into a game of home run derby, there was no doubt who was going to win. The only real question: Who would go deep for the Yankees? It was Aaron Judge, hitting a tiebreaking drive in the eighth inning that sent the Yankees over the Mets 4-3 Saturday night for their sixth straight victory in the all-New York matchup.

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Albert Pujols hit his 623rd career homer and tied Stan Musial for seventh on the career RBI list with 1,951, helping the Los Angeles Angels beat the Minnesota Twins 2-1 after a four-hour rain delay. Pujols’ solo home run in the sixth proved to be the difference as Tyler Skaggs allowed one run in seven innings and matched a season best with eight strikeouts. Ian Kinsler had a solo home run for Los Angeles, his sixth in the past 11 games.

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Andrew Putnam will be playing in the last group on Sunday for the first time looking for his first PGA Tour victory. His playing partner will be Dustin Johnson, who’s already won once this year and needs his 18th career victory to reclaim his spot as the world’s top-ranked golfer. No pressure at all. Putnam admits it will be a lot different from the typical Sunday round.

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