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May 18, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) carries a commanding seven-stroke lead into the third round of the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black. The defending champ followed Thursday’s 63 with a 5-under 65 for a 128 total, breaking for the lowest 36-hole total in a major. Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Adam Scott share second, and Tiger Woods missed the cut at 5 over.

MILWAUKEE (AP) _ The Milwaukee Bucks have a two-games-to-none lead in the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals following a wire-to-wire victory over the Raptors, 125-103. Giannis Antetokounmpo (YAH’-nihs an-teh-toh-KOON’-poh) poured in 30 points and grabbed 17 rebounds as the Bucks pulled within two victories of their first trip to the Finals since 1974. Kawhi (kah-WY’) Leonard had a game-high 31 points for the Raptors, who host Game 3 on Sunday.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr remains optimistic Kevin Durant will return from a right calf injury to play at some point this postseason, but he isn’t guessing when that might be. Durant was re-evaluated before last night’s 114-111 Game 2 win against the Trail Blazers and won’t play in Games 3 or 4 of the Western Conference finals at Portland. He was injured in Game 5 of the conference semifinals against Houston.

ST. LOUIS (AP) _ The NHL’s Western Conference final is tied at two games apiece following the St. Louis Blues’ 2-1 victory over the San Jose Sharks. Jordan Binnington made 29 saves to set a franchise record with his 10th playoff win this postseason. The Blues took a 2-0 lead on first-period goals by Ivan Barbashev and Tyler Bozak.

NEW YORK (AP) _ Former New York Rangers’ goaltender and broadcaster John Davidson has been hired as team president, hours after resigning from his post with the Columbus Blue Jackets. The 66-year-old leaves the Blue Jackets in a much better position than they were in when he took over as president of hockey operations seven years ago. Davidson succeeds Glen Sather after the Hall of Fame executive shifted to an advisory role under owner James Dolan.

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