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Pereira takes lead; Woods withdraws

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The PGA will continue with a new leader and without Tiger Woods.

Chilean Mito (MEE’-toh) Pereira birdied three of his final six holes in a 1-under 71, giving him a three-shot lead over Matt Fitzpatrick and Will Zalatoris (zal-ah-TOHR’-ihs) heading into the final round. The 27-year-old Pereira was at 9 under for the tournament after an up-and-down round that began with two early birdies and contained four bogeys during a five-hole stretch making the turn. He ended with a brilliant birdie putt on the 18th.

Zalatoris entered the round as the leader at minus-9 before carding a shaky 73 at Southern Hills.

Cameron Young is four shots back and one ahead of Abraham Ancer (AN’-sur). Young and Fitzpatrick had the day’s best rounds among the contenders, signing off for 67s.

The PGA of America said Woods has withdrawn following a career-high 79 that left him 12 over. He limped his way around in the cold and wind, at one point making five straight bogeys.

This is the first time Woods has withdrawn from a major as a professional.


Heat beat Celtics behind Bam

BOSTON (AP) — The Miami Heat are two wins away from their second NBA Finals appearance in three seasons.

Bam Adebayo (ad-eh-BY’-oh) had a double-double and the Heat took a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals with a 109-103 win over the Celtics.

Adebayo broke out of a scoring slump with 31 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in a game the Heat never trailed.

Miami led by 25 in the first half, but the Celtics got within 93-92 with 2:40 remaining.

The Heat played the second half without Jimmy Butler because of inflammation in his right knee. PJ Tucker picked up the scoring slack with 17 points and Max Strus (stroos) had 16.

Jaylen Brown pumped in 40 points for the Celtics, who host Game 4 on Monday.


Avs beat Blues for 2-1 lead

ST. LOUIS (AP) — The Colorado Avalanche have regained home-ice advantage in their Stanley Cup second-round series with St. Louis.

The Avalanche own a 2-1 lead in their second-round series after Artturi Lehkonen (ahr-TOOR’-ee LEH’-koh-nehn) scored twice in a 5-2 win over the Blues.

Lehkonen gave the Avs a 3-1 lead with 2:45 remaining in the second period and added an empty-netter to seal the win.

Logan O’Connor, Nazem Kadri (NA’-zehm KA’-dree) and Gabriel Landeskog (LAN’-dehs-kahg) also scored for Colorado, which is 3-0 on the road this postseason. Kadri’s goal put the Avalanche ahead for good.

Jordan Binnington started in goal for St. Louis and made three saves before leaving the game 6:45 into the first period. Kadri and Blues defenseman Calle Rosen collided into him after getting their skates tangled up in the crease.

Game 4 is Monday in St. Louis.


Early Voting takes Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) — Early Voting captured the Preakness on Saturday, holding off hard-charging favorite Epicenter to win by 1 ¼ lengths at Pimlico. Early Voting stalked behind the leaders for much of the race, moving into the lead around the final turn. He finished 1 1/4 lengths ahead of Epicenter, the runner-up in the Kentucky Derby.

Early Voting went off at 5-1 and gave trainer Chad Brown his second Preakness victory. It was the first Preakness win for jockey Jose Ortiz.

The Preakness was run without Kentucky Derby winner Rich Strike after his owner prioritized extra rest over the chance at winning the Triple Crown.


Donaldson, Anderson spar again as Yanks beat White Sox

UNDATED (AP) — It’s fair to say the New York Yankees and Chicago White Sox don’t like each other.

Yankees third baseman Josh Donaldson got into a dustup with White Sox shortstop Tim Anderson for the second time in a week before New York completed a 7-5 win. Donaldson rounded second base after the final out of the third inning and began jawing with Anderson as the teams came off the field. The two were separated by team personnel.

Two innings later, White Sox catcher Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH’-nee grahn-DAHL’) stood up from his crouch and began jawing at Donaldson as he approached the plate. The barking continued as relievers ran in from the bullpens and the benches emptied.

Anderson accused Donaldson of making a racist remark by calling him Jackie Robinson. Anderson is Black and said Donaldson said “What’s up, Jackie?”

Donaldson is white and said he did use Robinson’s name but didn’t mean for it to be disrespectful.

Major League Baseball is looking into the incident.

The Yankees had the last laugh as DJ LeMahieu belted a grand slam in a five-run second that carried them to the 10th win in their last 12 meetings with the Sox.

The Yanks improved to 29-10, their best 39-game start since the 1998 team opened 30-9 and matched the third-best start in team history.

Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY’-oo) smacked a three-run homer off winning pitcher Nelson Cortes, who entered the game with a major league-best 1.35 ERA.

Elsewhere around the majors:

— Randy Arozarena (ah-roh-zah-REH’-nah) continued his career-long assault on Baltimore by homering twice in a 6-1 victory for the Rays. Arozarena Is batting .413 with 11 home runs and 25 RBIs in 92 at-bats over 23 career games against Orioles. Kevin Kiermaier went 3 for 4 with a homer to back Jeffrey Springs, who threw 5 2/3 scoreless innings.

— Bo Bichette (bih-SHEHT’) drove in the Blue Jays’ runs with a pair of homers in a 3-1 victory over the Reds. Alek Manoah tied the longest stint of his career, allowing a run and seven hits over eight innings for his first win since April 28 against Boston. Hunter Greene gave up one run and four hits over six frames for Cincinnati.

— Rafael Devers (DEH’-vurz) homered twice and Christian Vázquez had a tiebreaking single in the eighth inning of the Red Sox’s fourth consecutive win, 6-5 against the Mariners. The Red Sox erased a 5-0 deficit by scoring a run in the third on Devers’ homer over Boston’s bullpen and four in the fifth when they chased starter Chris Flexen. Rookie Julio Rodríguez had three hits for Seattle, which has dropped five of six and 18 of its last 24.

— Justin Verlander scattered six singles across six scoreless innings without a walk in the Astros’ 2-1 decision over the Rangers. The 39-year-old Verlander tied a season high with eight strikeouts and improved to 6-1 with a major league-best 1.22 ERA this season following Tommy John surgery. Yordan (yohr-DAHN’) Alvarez had two hits and an RBI in Houston’s 10th win in 11 home games.

— Mike Trout scored his 1,000th run and the Angels halted a four-game skid with a 5-3 verdict over the Athletics. Michael Lorenzen threw six innings of three-hit ball to become the fourth AL pitcher to get at least five wins. Luis Rengifo (rehn-HEE’-foh) hit a go-ahead solo shot in the fifth inning and Andrew Velazquez added a two-run homer in the seventh for Los Angeles.

— Carlos Correa doubled home a pair while the Twins scored four times in the ninth to break open a win over the Royals, 9-2. Luis Arraez (ah-RY’-ehz) reached base four times, drove in two and scored three for the AL Central leaders. Joe Ryan only allowed one run on five hits in 5 2/3 innings of work with six strikeouts.

— Make it seven straight wins for the Dodgers after Mookie Betts led them to a 7-4 downing of the Phillies. Betts homered, doubled, singled, knocked in three runs and threw out the potential go-ahead run at the plate. Gavin Lux lined the go-ahead single to right over a drawn-in infield in the eighth, one inning before Austin Barnes homered.

— Joe Musgrove was sharp in the Padres’ 2-1 win over the Giants, allowing four hits over seven shutout innings to move to 5-0. San Diego won for the fifth time in six games on Manny Machado’s 425-foot homer in the third inning and a squeeze bunt by Trent Grisham in the sixth. Wilmer Flores homered for the Giants, who lost their third straight after winning eight of 10.

— Starling Marte came off the bereavement list to go 2-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs in the Mets’ 5-1 win at Colorado in Game 1 of a twinbill. Marte homered on his first swing of the afternoon to give the Mets a 2-0 lead in the opening inning. Patrick Mazeika (mah-ZEE’-kah) had a two-run double in the second, Luis Guillorme (gee-OHR’-may) provided three of the Mets’ 13 hits and Carlos Carrasco held the Rockies to a run and seven hits over 5 1/3 innings.

— Brian Serven’s first two major league hits were two-run blasts as the Rockies earned a split of their doubleheader with the Mets, 11-3. C.J. Cron (krohn) also went deep and Connor Joe had three hits for Colorado. The Rockies led just 4-3 before erupting for seven runs in the sixth off Adonis Medina and Chasen Shreve (CHAY’-sehn shreev)

— Andrew McCutchen hit a lead-off home run, Luis Urías (oo-REE’-uhs) added a solo shot and Brandon Woodruff allowed one run in six effective innings to send the Brewers past the Nationals, 5-1. McCutchen drove the first pitch from Patrick Corbin (0-7) into the Nationals bullpen in right for his 20th career lead-off home run and second this season. Keston Hiura (HEE’-rah) added two hits and two RBIs as he continues his resurgence since his minor league recall.

— Paul Goldschmidt went 4 for 5 with two doubles and two RBIs to lead the Cardinals over the Pirates, 5-4. Goldschmidt extended his hitting streak to 14 games and his on-base streak to 28. St. Louis prospect Matthew Liberatore came within one out of winning his major league debut, yielding four runs and seven hits.

— Daulton Varsho led the Diamondbacks to a 7-6 win over the Cubs, lacing a tiebreaking, three-run double in the 10th and coming around to score on a throwing error by Andrelton Simmons. The DBacks tied it with a three-run eighth and survived a shaky save by Mark Melancon to close out their third straight win since a six-game skid. Varsho and Jake McCarthy each had three of Arizona’s 11 hits, with McCarthy scoring three times.

— William Contreras hit a pair of solo homers and Kyle Wright worked five shutout innings of two-hit ball in the Braves’ 4-3 victory against the Marlins. Ronald Acuña Jr. singled and walked for the Braves, extending his on base games streak to 28. Kenley Jansen allowed an RBI double by Garrett Cooper before nailing down his 10th save.

— The Tigers and Guardians were postponed with poor weather in the forecast for Cleveland. The game is now slated for July 14.


Harper returns for Phillies after 5-game absence

UNDATED (AP) — Bryce Harper has returned to the Phillies lineup as the designated hitter after he missed the previous five games because of soreness from a platelet-rich plasma injection in his right elbow.

The 29-year-old Harper entered Saturday batting .305 with nine home runs, 14 doubles, 27 RBIs, and an .634 slugging percentage. He has been playing exclusively at designated hitter since injuring his arm on a throw from right field last month.

In other MLB news:

— The Orioles have promoted top prospect Adley Rutschman to the majors. The move paves the way for the 24-year-old catcher to make his big league debut. The switch-hitting Rutschman was the No. 1 pick in the 2019 draft and is ranked as baseball’s No. 1 prospect by MLB Pipeline.

— The Orioles have avoided arbitration with John Means by working out a two-year package worth just over $5.9 million. Means is out for the season following Tommy John surgery after going 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA last year.

— The Mets have placed pitcher Max Scherzer on the 15-day injured list with a left oblique strain that is expected to keep him out 6-8 weeks. The team says an MRI performed Thursday revealed a moderate to high-grade internal oblique strain.

— The Yankees put Chad Green on the injured list with a strained right elbow that could require surgery. Manager Aaron Boone says Green is getting other opinions before making a final decision. Green is 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 14 appearances.

— Nationals infielder Carter Kieboom (KEE’-boom) will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery on May 27 to address the elbow issue that landed him on the injured list in March. Manager Dave Martinez said injured Stephen Strasburg and Joe Ross each threw 43 pitches and three innings in a simulated game Thursday in Florida.


Blistering speeds at fastest Indy 500 qualifying since 1996

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The rain held off long enough for a full round of Indianapolis 500 qualifying on a soupy Saturday that saw blistering speeds.

Some of the fastest speeds in race history were recorded as Rinus VeeKay put his Chevrolet atop the scoring pylon with a four-lap average speed of 233.655 mph. It bumped fellow Chevy driver Pato O’Ward to second at 233.037.


Play starts without COVID restrictions

PARIS (AP) — Play in the year’s second Grand Slam tennis tournament has started on the red clay of Roland Garros in Paris.

There are none of the COVID-19 restrictions that limited attendance the past two years. The French Open is the sport’s only major championship that begins on a Sunday.

The schedule includes past Grand Slam title winners such as Sloane Stephens, Garbiñe Muguruza and Dominic Thiem. The most anticipated match of Day 1 involves Carlos Alcaraz. He is a 19-year-old Spaniard who is seeded No. 6 and the youngest player to break into the top 10 of the men’s rankings since Rafael Nadal in 2005.

In the first result of the tournament, No. 26 seed Sorana Cirstea of Romania reached the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Tatjana Maria of Germany.


Ariarne Titmus sets 400-meter freestyle world record

ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — Olympic gold medalist Ariarne Titmus has broken the women’s 400-meter freestyle world record at the Australian swimming championships. Titmus finished in 3 minutes, 56.40 seconds in the final at the South Australian Aquatic Centre to improve on Katie Ledecky’s previous mark of 3:56.46 that the American set at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Titmus beat Ledecky for Olympic gold in the 400 and 200 and finished behind the American star in the 800-meter freestyle final at the Tokyo Games last year.

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