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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 first five fairways, but a birdie on No. 6 left him at 2 over. An early projected cut line was plus 3.

Koepka, Woods’ playing partner, started the day at 7 under and birdied three of the first four holes to improve to minus 10.


Dodgers put Kenta Maeda on injured list

UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers have 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 his major league debut.

In other baseball news:

— The Tampa Bay Rays have acquired journeyman catcher Erik Kratz in a trade with the San Francisco Giants. The 38-year-old Kratz hit .125 in 15 games for San Francisco. He was designated for assignment on Tuesday. As part of the trade, the Giants agreed to send the Rays $471,613 to cover a majority of the $877,419 remaining in Kratz’s $1.2 million, one-year contract. San Francisco will receive a player to be named or cash.

— 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.


Davidson quits as Blue Jackets president. Are Rangers next?

UNDATED (AP) _ John Davidson has resigned as Columbus Blue Jackets president of hockey operations after the New York Rangers requested and received permission to talk to him for a similar position.

The Blue Jackets announced Davidson’s departure Friday. He has been long considered the obvious heir apparent to Glen Sather as Rangers president.

Davidson spent parts of eight seasons as a Rangers goaltender and was a TV analyst for them for almost a full decade. He was with the Blue Jackets for the past seven seasons, helping turn an NHL also-ran into a regular playoff contender.


Ravens sign veteran WR Michael Floyd

UNDATED (AP) — The Baltimore Ravens have signed veteran wide receiver Michael Floyd, who will provide another target for quarterback Lamar Jackson.

Floyd caught 10 passes for 100 yards and a touchdown in 2018, his only year with the Washington Redskins.

The 29-year-old Floyd was drafted in the first round of the 2012 draft by Arizona. He played with the Cardinals for four-plus seasons before going to New England for two games, followed by a one-year stint in Minnesota in 2017.

Over his career, Floyd has 266 receptions for 3,959 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Ravens are reportedly close to signing former Denver linebacker Shane Ray, a strong pass rusher who could help offset the loss of Terrell Suggs and Za’Darius Smith to free agency.

In other NFL news:

— The Carolina Panthers have signed free agent wide receiver Aldrick Robinson to a one-year contract. Financial terms of the deal were not announced. Robinson played in 14 games last season with the Vikings and had 17 receptions for 231 yards and a career-best five touchdowns. He has previously played for San Francisco, Atlanta and Washington. Robinson has played in 84 games with five starts during his career and has caught 86 passes for 1,422 yards and 14 touchdowns.


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 owner must also put up $5 million or $1.86 million in an escrow account.

Maximum Security crossed the finish line first in the Derby on May 4 but was disqualified for interference and placed 17th. Country House, who finished second, was elevated to first, War of Will from eighth to seventh, Bodexpress from 14th to 13th and Long Range Toddy from 17th to 16th.

West and his wife, Mary, filed a lawsuit this week against the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission and stewards over the first disqualification of a Derby winner in the race’s 145-year history.


Federer and Osaka withdraw from Rome quarters with injuries

ROME (AP) — Roger Federer and top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew before their Italian Open quarterfinals because of injuries on Friday.

Federer reported a right leg injury ahead of his match against Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Osaka said her right hand was injured before she was to play Kiki Bertens.

Federer and Osaka both won two matches on Thursday after play was backed up due to rain a day earlier.

Tsitsipas and Bertens advanced to the semifinals via walkover.


Isner pulls out of French Open with foot injury

PARIS (AP) — John Isner has pulled out of the French Open because of an injured left foot, ending his streak of 24 consecutive appearances at Grand Slam tournaments.

The 34-year-old Isner announced his withdrawal Friday on Twitter.

He is ranked No. 11, the top American man, but has not competed since hurting his foot during the Miami Open final March 31.

Isner was a Wimbledon semifinalist last year, his best Grand Slam.


Investigators: Late Ohio State team doctor abused 177 men

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Investigators say at least 177 male students were sexually abused by an Ohio State University team doctor who died in 2005.

The university released findings Friday from a law firm that investigated claims about Richard Strauss for the school. The report concludes that university personnel at the time had knowledge of complaints and concerns about Strauss’ conduct as early as 1979 but failed to investigate or act meaningfully.

University President Michael Drake says it’s not clear whether anyone ever went to authorities to report Strauss or if they were required to at the time.

The claims span from 1979 to 1997 and involve athletes from at least 16 sports, plus Strauss’ work at the student health center and his off-campus clinic.

Strauss killed himself in 2005. No one has publicly defended him. His family has said they were shocked at the allegations.

Two lawsuits filed against Ohio State by dozens of plaintiffs allege school officials were aware of concerns about Strauss but didn’t stop him.


Lawyers for some Nassar victims want settlement investigated

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Lawyers representing victims of imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar who came forward more recently with allegations of sexual assault are seeking an investigation into Michigan State University’s $500 million settlement with victims.

The Detroit Free Press reports the lawyers, who represent 110 women suing the East Lansing school in a second wave of lawsuits, want the state to look at whether Michigan State deliberately underfunded the $75 million portion of the settlement that could cover them. They’ve sent a complaint to the Michigan auditor general.

Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.


Earnhardt to drive pace car at Indianapolis 500

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr. will drive the pace car for the Indianapolis 500.

Earnhardt will drive the Corvette Grand Sport Official at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to lead the 33 drivers to the green flag May 26.

The NBC Sports analyst will also be part of the broadcast team. It will be Earnhardt’s first trip to the Indy 500.

Earnhardt also drove the pace car at Indy last year for the NASCAR race. He opened this year’s NASCAR season driving the pace car for the Daytona 500.

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