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Friday Sports in Brief

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GOLF

FARMINGDALE, N.Y. (AP) — Brooks Koepka backed up his record-tying 63 in the first round of the PGA Championship with a round that put him in a league of his own. With three birdies in a four-hole stretch at the start and at the end, the defending champion posted a 5-under 65 Friday that shattered the 36-hole score for a major championship.

More important to Koepka was a seven-shot lead over Jordan Spieth and Adam Scott going into the weekend at Bethpage Black. That set another PGA Championship record and was the largest at the halfway point of any major since Henry Cotton led by nine in the 1934 British Open.

Koepka was at 12-under 128, breaking by two shots the record shared at all four majors, most recently by Gary Woodland in the PGA Championship last year at Bellerive.

NBA

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NBA has banned Indiana Pacers guard Tyreke Evans at least two years for violating the leagues anti-drug policy.

The league announced that Evans had been dismissed and disqualified on Friday. He can apply for reinstatement in 2021.

Pacers general manager Kevin Pritchard declined comment at the NBA draft combine in Chicago. The team said it in a statement it would reach out to Evans to offer our support.

A 10-year veteran who will be a free agent after the season, Evans averaged 10.2 points in 69 games after signing with the Pacers in July. He scored 19.4 points per game for Memphis in 2017-18 and previously played for Sacramento and New Orleans.

HOCKEY

John Davidson is going back to the New York Rangers organization he has been synonymous with for much of his hockey career.

Davidson was hired as team president Friday hours after leaving his post with the Columbus Blue Jackets. He returns to New York where he spent parts of eight seasons as a Rangers goaltender and was a TV analyst for almost a decade.

The 66-year-old leaves the Blue Jackets in a much better position than they were in when he took over as president of hockey operations seven years ago.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — The NCAA has granted Memphis quarterback Brady White a sixth year of eligibility due to several medical issues he dealt with while playing at Arizona State.

Memphis announced the extension Friday.

White started all 14 games last season for Memphis. But he suffered a foot injury in 2016 after playing in three games that wiped out the rest of that season and all of the 2017 season. White, who sat out 2015 as a redshirt, graduated from Arizona State at the end of the 2017 season and enrolled at Memphis in January 2018.

COLLEGE BASKETBALL

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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — Guard Boogie Ellis has signed his national letter of intent to play at Memphis, joining a vaunted recruiting class for coach Penny Hardaway going into his second season.

Memphis announced Friday that Ellis officially is a part of the Tigers 2019 recruiting class.

A four-star combo guard from San Diego, Ellis was released from his commitment to Duke earlier this spring. The 6-foot-2 guard is the No. 32 prospect nationally on 247Sports composite rankings.

Ellis joins a recruiting class that also includes Damion Baugh of Tennessee Prep, Lester Quinones of Brentwood, New York, D.J. Jeffries, Malcolm Dandridge and the nations No. 1 recruit in James Wiseman.

SOCCER

LOS ANGELES (AP) — LA Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been suspended two games by Major League Soccers disciplinary committee for his conduct during last weekends game against New York City FC.

The league said Friday that Ibrahimovics actions against NYCFC goalkeeper Sean Johnson constituted violent conduct. Ibrahimovic was bumped in the back by Johnson following a missed shot in the 87th minute of a 2-0 loss Saturday. Ibrahimovic grabbed Johnson by the neck with his right hand before both players fell.

It is the second time the former Sweden star has been fined for on-field since he joined the league last year.

HORSE RACING

BALTIMORE (AP) — A filly collapsed and died while running at Pimlico Race Course on Friday, the day before the track hosts the second leg of the Triple Crown.

Congrats Gal faltered in the upper stretch of the Miss Preakness Stakes in 83-degree heat and was eased to the finish line.

The Florida-bred 3-year-old was running her sixth career race. She came in last in the eighth race on the card and fell to the dirt about 100 yards past the finish line.

Clearly distraught, Congrats Gal jockey Trevor McCarthy said the filly felt hot walking on the track before the race. As a medical team rushed to the scene, McCarthy said, “Shes clearly sound. Nothings broken or anything like that.”

After being treated on the scene, Congrats Gal was taken from the track by ambulance.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maximum Security owner Gary West has issued a multimillion dollar challenge to the owners of four horses that benefited from his horses historic disqualification in the Kentucky Derby.

In a statement released Friday, West says hell pay each of those owners $5 million apiece if Country House, War of Will, Long Range Toddy or Bodexpress finish 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 winners share for the Kentucky Derby.

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