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American Pharoah wins again..Rangers strike first...Hamlin wins...McIlroy grabs lead...Maggert ahead



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BALTIMORE (AP) — American Pharoah pulled away down the stretch in a seven-length victory over Tale of Verve in the Preakness Stakes. Longshot Mr. Z stayed with American Pharoah under sloppy conditions at Pimlico before the Bob Baffert-trained horse dominated the final 1/8th of a mile for his sixth straight win. American Pharoah is the 14th horse to win both the Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes since Affirmed became the last Triple Crown winner in 1978.

NEW YORK (AP) — Dominic Moore scored with 2:25 remaining to give the New York Rangers Game 1 of the NHL's Eastern Conference finals, 2-1 over the Tampa Bay Lightning. Derek Stepan (STEP'-ahn) also scored and Henrik Lundqvist stopped 23 shots in the Rangers' seventh 2-1 victory in this postseason. Lundqvist was perfect until Ondrej Palat (AHN'-dray pah-LAHT') scored early in the final period.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Top-ranked Rory McIlroy flew up the leaderboard with a course-record 11-under 61 to take the lead at the PGA event in Charlotte. His 18-under total puts him four shots ahead of Webb Simpson, who shot a 68. McElroy had five birdies in a front-nine 31 and birdied six of the first seven holes on the back.

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Maggert birdied the final two holes in heavy rain for a 4-under 68 and sole possession of the lead after the third round of the Champions Tour's Regions Tradition. Maggert moved to 14 under, one shot in front of Kevin Sutherland, who shot a 69. Two-time champ Fred Funk posted a 67 and trails by four.

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Pole-sitter Denny Hamlin has given Joe Gibbs Racing its first victory in the NASCAR Sprint All-Star race, holding off Kevin Harvick to earn the $1 million prize. Kurt Busch was third, followed by Jeff Gordon and Matt Kenseth. Kyle Busch finished sixth in his first weekend of racing since suffering a broken right leg and broken left foot in a February crash at Daytona.

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