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FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Brooks Koepka clutched the trophy and figured even the anxious moments were worth it Sunday, May 19. Koepka withstood a shaky back-nine stretch and held on to win the PGA Championship for the second year in a row. "That was a stressful round of golf," Koepka said. "I'm glad to have this thing (Wanamaker Trophy) back in my hands." Koepka's lead shrunk to one stroke on hard-charging Dustin Johnson before steadying himself for what became a 4-over-par 74 final round at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y.
SEATTLE -- C.J. Cron and Jonathan Schoop each hit two home runs, and Byron Buxton hit a grand slam as the visiting Minnesota Twins belted six homers while cruising to a 18-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night. It was the fifth time this season the Twins hit five or more home runs in a game, making them the first team in major league history to accomplish that feat before June 1.
ST. PAUL -- Ethan Finlay scored in his first game against his former team to lead Minnesota United to a 1-0 victory over the Columbus Crew at Allianz Field in St. Paul on Saturday, May 18. Finlay, a native of Duluth, put the Loons (5-4-3) ahead in the 70th minute with his first goal of the season and 36th of his MLS career, 30 of which were scored for the Crew from 2012 until mid-2017 when he was traded to Minnesota. Vito Mannone did not make a save against the struggling Crew (5-8-1) for his third shutout.
BALTIMORE -- War of Will nearly got knocked down around the final turn in the Kentucky Derby. The colt avoided trouble with a rail-skimming ride in the Preakness Stakes and found some redemption. War of Will, ridden by Tyler Gaffalione, held off longshots Everfast and Owendale in the stretch to capture the second leg of the Triple Crown at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore on Saturday, May 18. War of Will, who went off at 6-1 odds, was the main victim in the controversial Kentucky Derby run two weeks earlier on a muddy track at Churchill Downs.
SEATTLE -- Ehire Adrianza homered, Max Kepler had two hits and three RBIs, and Martin Perez allowed one run on five hits over 6 2/3 innings to pick up his sixth win of the season and lead the visiting Minnesota Twins to a 7-1 win over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night, May 17. It was the fourth straight victory for the Twins, who have also won five in a row on the road. Marwin Gonzalez went 2-for-5 and scored two runs, and Adrianza finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.
FARMINGDALE, N.Y. -- Defending champion and first-round leader Brooks Koepka kept his momentum going through Round 2 of the 101st PGA Championship on Friday, firing a 5-under-par 65 at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale to build a seven-stroke lead over Jordan Spieth and Australia's Adam Scott. Koepka's playing partner, Tiger Woods, missed the cut by a shot after shooting 73 on Friday to finish at 5 over for the tournament.
Improbable, the fourth-place finisher in the Kentucky Derby earlier this month but the highest Derby finisher slated to compete in Saturday's Preakness Stakes, drew the No. 4 post and was installed as the 5-2 morning-line favorite for Saturday's race at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Improbable, ridden by jockey Mike Smith, is trained by Bob Baffert, who has trained seven previous Preakness winners, tying him with Robert Wyndham for the most trainer wins in the second race of horse racing's Triple Crown series.
SEATTLE -- Michael Pineda pitched seven strong innings against his former team and was backed by four home runs as the Minnesota Twins defeated the host Seattle Mariners 11-6 on Thursday night, May 16, in the opener of a four-game series. Byron Buxton and C.J. Cron hit home runs in a seven-run fourth inning against Mariners right-hander Erik Swanson (1-5). Buxton hit a three-run shot and Cron's homer deep into the second deck in left field scored two as the American League Central-leading Twins took a 9-1 lead.
Professional wrestling legend Ric Flair was in an Atlanta hospital Thursday after a "very serious" medical emergency, according to TMZ Sports. However, a family member told the wrestling website Fightful.com that the situation "is not as grave or serious" as TMZ reported. Flair, 70, was admitted for a planned procedure he wanted to address before attending a Las Vegas wrestling convention on Memorial Day weekend, per Flair's son-in-law, Conrad Thompson.
The owners of Maximum Security, the horse that finished first in the Kentucky Derby before a post-race disqualification earlier this month, filed a federal lawsuit Tuesday seeking a reversal of the decision. Gary and Mary West named the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission, its members, staff and stewards -- who decided on the disqualification -- in the lawsuit, which was filed in U.S. District Court in Frankfort, Ky.