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Koepka posts 63...Maximum Security jockey appeals...Nationals’ Sanchez hurt

May 16, 2019

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) _ Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) has begun his PGA Championship title defense with a record round that left Tiger Woods and everyone else in his wake. Koepka got off to a record start when he holed a 35-foot birdie putt on the ninth hole at Bethpage Black for a 7-under 63. Koepka became the first player to shoot 63 in consecutive years at major championships. It was the 17th round of 63 at the PGA Championship.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) _ Maximum Security jockey Luis Saez has appealed his 15-day suspension by the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission. He says the stewards’ penalty for failing to control the horse in the Kentucky Derby is “unduly harsh and not supportable by facts and law.” The rider also seeks to stay his suspension pending appeal to fulfill riding commitments. Stewards disqualified Maximum Security from first to 17th in the Derby and suspended Saez from May 23 to June 14.

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Washington Nationals pitcher Anibal Sanchez has left in the second inning of his start against the New York Mets with an undisclosed injury. After delivering ball four to Brandon Nimmo with one out, Sanchez walked to the rear of the mound. Manager Dave Martinez and the trainer came out and Sanchez soon departed. Sanchez is 0-6 and was looking to avoid becoming the first Nationals pitcher to start 0-7 since Jason Marquis in 2010.

FRISCO, Texas (AP) _ Dallas Stars defenseman Esa Lindell has signed a $34.8 million, six-year contract that will run through the 2024-25 season. The deal with an average value of $5.8 million per year was announced today, a week before Lindell’s 25th birthday. The 6-foot-3 Finn was a restricted free agent.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ The Nashville Predators have agreed to a new 30-year lease deal that will help keep the franchise in Music City through 2049. The Predators announced the agreement at a Metro Nashville Sports Authority meeting. The Tennessean reports that the Predators also plan to spend $350 million in renovations over the next 20 years with the first phase scheduled for 2021.

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