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Associated Press

Posted on May 17, 2014 at 2:07 PM

PREAKNESS

California Chrome looks for another win

BALTIMORE (AP) — The second leg of the horse racing Triple Crown takes place early this evening at Pimlico in Baltimore. The Preakness favorite is Kentucky Derby winner California Chrome. The three-year-old colt has run away from the competition in five consecutive victories, winning by an average of over five lengths. The Kentucky Derby winner has had it his way ever since Victor Espinoza climbed aboard back in December when the streak began.

California Chrome galloped two miles in the rain Friday. The forecast today calls for better weather with a high in the low 70's and low in mid-50's.

A small blister in the colt's throat that caused him to cough earlier in the week was blown out of proportion, according to Alan Sherman, the assistant trainer to his father Art Sherman. He says "California Chrome is fine. His throat is fine. He had a little tickle."

NHL PLAYOFFS

Game 1 for Rangers and Canadiens

MONTREAL (AP) — The opening game in the NHL's Eastern Conference final is being played this afternoon in Montreal as the Canadiens are playing host to the Rangers. After two periods the Rangers led 4-1.

Montreal advanced with a series win over Boston while the Rangers eliminated the Penguins in seven games as well. During the regular season the Canadiens won two of three games they played with the Rangers.

The Rangers entered the game riding a three-game winning streak after coming back from a 3-1 deficit to beat the Penguins, while the Canadiens had to rally from a 3-2 deficit to knock off the Bruins.

MLB-DIAMONDBACKS

La Russa returns

PHOENIX (AP) — Baseball Hall of Fame electee Tony La Russa is back in the big leagues. He has accepted a job as chief baseball officer with Arizona. He'll be working with general manager Kevin Tower and manager Kirk Gibson in trying to turn the franchise around. La Russa will report to Diamondbacks President Derrick Hall and oversee the entire baseball operations department.

MLB-SCHEDULE

Checking out matinee play

UNDATED (AP) — Five day games are on the schedule in Major League Baseball today. In St. Louis the Cardinals have five-game winner Shelby Miller to the mound against Aaron Harang (huh-RANG') of the Brewers. In Chicago the Cubs are out to snap a three game losing streak as they entertain the Brewers again. Milwaukee has won five of its last six games. In Washington the Nationals are entertaining the Mets in an NL East contest, in New York the Yankees and Pirates are squaring off and in Houston it's the Astros against the White Sox.

BASEBALL-FRANCO

He's back

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Seemingly ageless Julio Franco is getting back in baseball. He's joined the Fort Worth Cats of the independent league and will serve as player-coach for their first homestand. Franco, who last played in the big leagues at 49, is 55. He played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time.

GOLF-BYRON NELSON CHAMPIONSHIP

Two way tie for first on day 3

IRVING, Texas (AP) — Brendon Todd shares the lead with Morgan Hoffman during the third round of the PGA's Byron Nelson Championship. They were each 9-under after five holes of play. Two players, Greg Chalmers and Graham DeLaet, were two back at various stages of play.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-REGIONS TRADITION

Calcavecchia shares the lead

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Midway leader Mark Calcavecchia (kal-kuh-VEHK'-ee-ah) is tied for the lead during the third round of the Champions Tour Regions Tradition event in Birmingham, Alabama. He and Kenny Perry have completed eight holes and each stands 6-under-par. This is the first major of the year on the Champions Tour.

LPGA-KINGSMILL CHAMPIONSHIP

Rain delayed second round is over

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) — Hee Young Park, the leader after two rounds of the rain-delayed LPGA's Kingsmill Championship, leads during early third-round play. She is 9-under, one in front of Katherine Kirk, Lizette Salas and Stacy Lewis. The second round was completed earlier in the day.

NASCAR

Get ready for the Sprint Cup All-Star race

CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — The NASCAR Sprint Cup All-Star race is this evening in Concord, N.H. It makes for a long night of racing as the race itself is preceded by qualifying. The race consist of 90 laps or 135 miles, broken down into four 20-lap segments and a 10-lap finale with only green-flag laps counting in the last segment.

Jimmie Johnson has won the last two Sprint Cup All-Star races.

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