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Koepka takes 7-stroke lead into Round 3...Wide-open Preakness...Warriors take 2-0 lead to Portland

May 18, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) heads into today’s third round of the PGA Championship with the lowest 36-hole score in major championship history and the largest lead by anyone at the halfway point of a Grand Slam event in 85 years. He finished the second round at 12-under 128, seven shots ahead of Jordan Spieth (speeth) and Adam Scott. Tiger Woods won’t be playing today. The Masters champion missed the cut by one stroke.

BALTIMORE (AP) _ There’s a wide open 13-horse field for today’s Preakness, which won’t include a Kentucky Derby winner for the first time since 1996. While there’s no chance of a Triple Crown this year, today’s winner has the chance to become just the 19th horse all time to fall short in the Derby but win the Preakness and Belmont.

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) _ Damian Lillard says the Warriors did their job and protected home court. Now it’s time for the Trail Blazers to do the same. The Western Conference finals between the upstart Blazers and the defending champion Warriors shifts to Portland tonight with Golden State holding a 2-0 advantage.

NEW YORK (AP) _ The Yankees host Tampa Bay this afternoon in a rematch between Rays left-hander Blake Snell and Yankees right-hander Masahiro Tanaka. Snell struck out 12 over 5 2/3 innings last Sunday at Tropicana Field but lost 7-1 to Tanaka, who went seven innings. Tampa Bay enters the weekend series with a half-game lead over New York in the AL East.

ROME (AP) — Johanna Konta has reached the Italian Open final after rallying past sixth-seeded Kiki Bertens 5-7, 7-5, 6-2 in nearly three hours. In the men’s semifinals later today, Rafael Nadal meets Stefanos Tsitsipas — a week after losing to the Greek player in Madrid. Also, Novak Djokovic plays Diego Schwartzman.

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