Country House Won’t Run in the Preakness
Kentucky Derby winner Country House won’t run in the Preakness.
Assistant trainer Riley Mott confirmed that the long shot winner of horse racing’s biggest event is no longer being considered for the second jewel of the Triple Crown. Country House was elevated to the winner’s circle at the Kentucky Derby after Maximum Security was disqualified for impeding other horses.
Country House’s absence at the May 18 Preakness means there is no chance at a third Triple Crown winner in five years.
Amazing win for Liverpool
Host Liverpool delivered the greatest in a long line of famous comebacks to reach the Champions League final, beating Lionel Messi’s Barcelona, 4-0, at Anfield to overturn a three-goal deficit from the first leg.
Divock Origi scored twice, either side of goals by halftime substitute Georginio Wijnaldum early in the second half, to send Liverpool into its second straight final. It was only the third time in the history of the European Cup that a team came from three goals down after the first leg of a semifinal and progressed to the final, after Panathinaikos in 1970-71 and Barcelona in 1985-86.
Raptors smoke 76ers
Kawhi Leonard had 21 points and 13 rebounds, Pascal Siakam scored 25 points and the Toronto Raptors used a huge second quarter to rout the Philadelphia 76ers, 125-89,and take a 3-2 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal series. Toronto can advance to the Eastern Conference finals for the second time in four seasons with a victory in Game 6 at Philadelphia on Thursday night. The Raptors lost in six games to Cleveland in the East finals in 2016.
John Daly has been approved to use a cart next week in the PGA Championship because of an injured right knee. He will be the first player to ride a cart at a major championship since Casey Martin in the U.S. Open at Olympic Club in 1998 and 2012. ... The status of Tampa Bay’s Jason Pierre-Paul for the upcoming season is uncertain following a single-car accident last week near his home in South Florida. The defensive end was treated and released from a hospital after a single-car crash on May 2.