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PGA CHAMPIONSHIP

Pereira takes lead; Woods withdraws

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The PGA will continue with a new leader and no 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The PGA of America said Woods has withdrawn following a career-high 79 that left him 12 over.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This is the first time Woods has withdrawn from a major as a professional.

HORSE RACING PREAKNESS

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.

MLB-SCHEDULE

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 escorted off the diamond 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:

— 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.

— 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.

— 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.

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

MLB-NEWS

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.

INDY 500-QUALIFYING

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.

F1-SPANISH GP

Leclerc takes pole ahead of Verstappen at Spanish GP

MONTMELÓ, Spain (AP) — Charles Leclerc has won the pole position for the Spanish Grand Prix.

The Formula One leader recovered from spinning to a stop with a last-gasp lap to snatch the top spot from Max Verstappen.

Leclerc’s Ferrari teammate Carlos Sainz was third, followed by George Russell.

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