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Annoyed Sergio Garcia suggests he will leave PGA Tour for Saudi series

Sergio Garcia believes he was prematurely put on the clock while searching for his ball Thursday.Gregory Shamus/Getty

Things went sideways for Sergio Garcia at the 10th hole at TPC Potomac (Md.) during Thursday’s first round of the Wells Fargo Championship when his drive went left into what appeared to be a penalty area. And while searching for his ball, Garcia was heard on the television broadcast muttering about how a rules official had prematurely started the three-minute clock used on players who can’t find their shot. His comments — “I can’t wait to leave this tour,” “can’t wait to get out of here,” “just a couple more weeks until I don’t have to deal with you anymore” — seemed to suggest Garcia is among the golfers who will be leaving the PGA Tour for the LIV Golf Invitational Series, a rival circuit funded by Saudi money that is set to begin in June. Garcia has not publicly announced he will play but he has played numerous times at the Saudi International, a European tour event funded by the same source — Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund, the financial arm of the country’s government — as the new circuit.

Horse racing

Secret Oath wins Oaks

Secret Oath charged from pack to grab the lead from Yuugiri and off favorite Nest by two lengths in the Kentucky Oaks at Churchill Downs in Louisville, giving 86-year-old trainer D. Wayne Lukas his fifth Oaks win and first since 1990. Coming off a third-place run behind colts Cyberknife and Barber Road in the Arkansas Derby, the chestnut filly started the 14-horse race from the rail and was in the middle as Yuugiri set the pace through the final turn. Secret Oath steadily worked forward and moved into contention by the far turn before surging along the rail into the lead. Nest, the 2-1 favorite, made a push down the stretch but couldn’t catch Secret Oath at the finish. As she earned her fifth career win in eight starts, the Hall of Fame trainer got his first Grade 1 stakes win since the 2017 Hopeful Stakes with Sporting Chance at Saratoga. Lukas, who last won the Oaks in 1990 with Seaside Attraction, also won in 1989, 1984 and 1982. The win offset Ethereal Road’s defection from the Kentucky Derby earlier in Friday. Ridden by Luis Saez, Secret Oath covered the 1th mile on a good track in 1:49.44 and paid $10.80, $5.60 and $4.60. She took $767,250 for the win. Nest returned $4.20 and $3.20 to place, and Desert Dawn paid $15.40 to show.

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Tennis

Teen sensation defeats idol Nadal in Madrid

In a clash of generations, 19-year-old Carlos Alcaraz overcame an injury to defeat his idol, Rafael Nadal, 6-2, 1-6, 6-3, in the Madrid Open quarterfinals. The teen recovered from a bad ankle twist early in the second set to earn his first victory against Nadal, marking what could be the beginning of a change of guard in Spanish tennis. “It’s obvious there’s [a change in guard],” Nadal said. “He turned 19 yesterday, I’m almost 36 years old. If [the change] begins today or not, we will find out in the next months. I’m happy for him. He was better than me in several aspects of the game.”

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Minor League Baseball

WooSox, Sea Dogs stumble

Jeter Downs and Triston Casas combined to leave five runners on base as the Triple-A Worcester WooSox lost at Toledo, 6-2. Brian Keller took the loss, allowing five runs (three earned) in 3 innings . . . In Double A, Jay Groome yielded seven hits and four runs as the Sea Dogs fell to Reading, 5-3, at Portland Maine.

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NFL

Raiders president leaves less than year on the job

Raiders president Dan Ventrelle has left the organization less than a year after taking over the job. Owner Mark Davis announced in a statement Ventrelle “is no longer with the Raiders organization” but divulged no details around the decision.