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Filly dies on track at Pimlico the day before Preakness

BALTIMORE (AP) — A filly collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83-degree heat and was eased to the finish line.

The Florida-bred 3-year-old was running her sixth career race. She came in last in the eighth race and fell to the dirt about 100 yards past the finish line.

Clearly distraught, Congrats Gal jockey Trevor McCarthy said the filly felt hot walking on the track before the race. As a medical team rushed to the scene,

Mets select contract of OF Carlos Gómez; Conforto on IL

MIAMI (AP) — Twelve years later, outfielder Carlos Gómez is back in the New York Mets’ lineup.

New York selected Gómez’s contract from Triple-A Syracuse and had him batting sixth and in right field Friday night at Miami.

The Mets placed outfielder Michael Conforto on the seven-day injured list due to a concussion, and designated outfielder Keon Broxton for assignment. They recalled right-hander Paul Sewald from Syracuse.

Gómez, an All-Star for Milwaukee in 2013-14, last played for the Mets when he was a rookie in 2007. They signed him to a minor league contract in March, and he batted .270

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Woods struggles in second round

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Tiger Woods has run into trouble in his attempt at a 16th major championship. In fact, he is closer to missing the cut than he is to leader Brooks Koepka (KEHP’-kuh) in the second round of the PGA Championship.

Woods started the day at 2 over and has struggled to improve on that.

He hit his very first shot into the gallery to the left of the No. 1 fairway. His approach went into the bunker, but he managed to get up and down from 5 feet to save par. Another errant tee shot on No. 2 left him with a bogey. He missed the

The Latest: Report doesn’t say if abuse reported to police

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The Latest on an investigation into a former Ohio State team doctor (all times local):

3:15 p.m.

An Ohio State University official says it’s not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report a former doctor now accused of sexually abusing more than 150 male students.

Findings from a yearlong investigation released Friday say numerous university personnel knew about complaints of abuse that continued nearly 20 years into the late 1990s.

School Provost Bruce McPheron says the report doesn’t address whether anyone went to law enforcement at the time or was

The Latest: Koepka makes 1st bogey at PGA Championship

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — The Latest on the PGA Championship at Bethpage Black on Friday (all times local):

4:35 p.m.

Brooks Koepka has made his first bogey of the PGA Championship.

The defending champion and first-round leader landed in the fairway bunker off the 10th tee, then hit his second shot into the rough in front of a sand trap protecting the green. He pitched past the hole and then left his par putt about 9 inches short.

Koepka had seven birdies and no bogeys in the first round en route to a course-record 63 at Bethpage Black. He was the only player in the field to post a

Judge: Ex-NFL players must see neurologists close to home

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge in Philadelphia says retired NFL players seeking testing as part of a $1 billion concussion settlement must see a doctor close to home to prevent fraud and “doctor shopping.”

Lawyers for thousands of ex-players say they agreed to the settlement because they could choose their own neurologist. Their lawsuits alleged the NFL long hid what it knew about concussions and brain injuries.

Some players’ lawyers call the ruling Thursday from Senior U.S. District Judge Anita Brody a significant change to the 2013 settlement.

The league and the former players are

UEFA head Ceferin says all ideas open for Champions League

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Amid rising tensions between European clubs and leagues over shaping the Champions League’s future, UEFA President Aleksander Ceferin insisted Friday all ideas are on the table and nothing is yet settled.

Ceferin hosted 55 UEFA member federations to share ideas for the format of the competition beginning in 2024 as part of a year-long process in which the European Club Association’s draft plan shaped the early debate.

Recent history suggests wealthy clubs get most of what they want. The veiled threat of forming a breakaway Super League has been useful leverage.


Bundle up! 2020 MLB opening day is March 26, earliest ever

NEW YORK (AP) — The 2020 Major League Baseball season will open March 26, the earliest big league opening day.

The Texas Rangers announced Friday they will play the St. Louis Cardinals in an exhibition on Monday, March 23 as the first game involving major league teams at Globe Life Field, their new ballpark with a retractable roof.

A person familiar with the schedule then said the season will open on Thursday, March 26. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because no announcement was authorized.

This season’s opening day for most teams was March 28, two days ahead of 2003, 2008 and

Maximum Security owner challenges horses helped by Derby DQ

BALTIMORE (AP) — The owner of Maximum Security has made a multimillion-dollar challenge to the owners of four horses that benefited from his horse’s historic disqualification in the Kentucky Derby.

Gary West says in a statement Friday he’ll pay each of those other owners $5 million apiece if Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy or Bodexpress finishes ahead of Maximum Security in the next race against him through the end of the year.

West offered an alternate possibility of a $1.86 million wager — the winner’s share for the Kentucky Derby. The condition of the challenge is that each

Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on injured list

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on the 10-day injured list after he hurt his left thigh, costing them one of their best starters in May.

Maeda gave up only three hits in 6 2/3 innings of a 2-0 win over the Padres on Wednesday. The right-hander is 5-2 in nine starts with a 3.52 ERA. He hasn’t allowed a run in his last two starts.

The Dodgers called up infielder Matt Beaty and outfielder Kyle Garlick for the start of a series against the Reds on Friday.

Beaty is in his second stint with the Dodgers. He went 2 for 3 in a brief stint last month. The 27-year-old Garlick will make