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Brown practices with Pats…Record-breaking year for HRs…NYT says Derby winner failed drug test

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) – Wide receiver Antonio Brown went through his first practice with the New England Patriots yesterday. Wednesday’s workout was held one day after Brown’s former trainer filed a civil lawsuit in Florida accusing him of sexually assaulting her on three occasions. Patriots coach Bill Belichick (BEHL’-ih-chik) declined to comment on additional questions about Brown other than to say the team takes the allegations very seriously.

BALTIMORE (AP) – The big league single-season record for total homers was broken when Baltimore Orioles infielder Jonathan Villar  clubbed a three-run shot in a 7-3 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. It was the 6,106th home run hit in the majors this year, topping the old mark set in 2017. John Means limited the NL West champions to two runs and four hits over 6 1/3 innings, one day after Los Angeles wrapped up its seventh consecutive division title.

NEW YORK (AP) – The New York Times says Justify won the 2018 Triple Crown after a failed postrace drug test at a California track that could have kept the horse out of the Kentucky Derby. The newspaper reported Wednesday that the Bob Baffert-trained colt tested positive for the drug scopolamine  after winning the Santa Anita Derby, one of the final prep races for the Kentucky Derby. The Times said instead of a speedy disqualification, the California Horse Racing Board took more than a month to confirm the results.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – The NCAA Board of Governors wants California Gov. Gavin Newsom to reject a new attempt to pay college athletes. The board has sent a letter to Newsom urging him not to sign the legislation known as the Fair Pay to Play Act, which would allow college athletes to be paid for the use of their names, likenesses and images. The board warned that California schools may be declared ineligible for NCAA competition if the bill becomes law because they would have an unfair recruiting advantage.

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. (AP) – Rory McIlroy  has been voted PGA Tour player of the year over Brooks Koepka  after posting the most top-10 finishes and winning the FedEx Cup. It’s the third time McIlroy has won the Jack Nicklaus Award, and the first without having won a major. McIlroy had three victories among his tour-best 14 finishes in the top 10, including The Players Championship.

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