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On The Fly: You Won't Make Much Betting Always Dreaming, But There's History

The 9.5-furlong Preakness Stakes is Saturday at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. Either you have a hunch and root for whatever your betting ticket reads, or you root for history — which means rooting for the Kentucky Derby winner in order to create a chance for the Triple Crown at the Belmont Stakes. Derby winner Always Dreaming is the favorite, 4-5 on the morning line, followed by Classic Empire at 3-1. … Aaron Rodgers got a bunch of Iowa high school kids out of a test. A teacher, Laura Roberts, promised her sports literature students there would be no final exam if one of them could get Rodgers to retweet the news that kids were eager to spread. Rodgers retweeted Peyton Meyer's tweet and commented, "I'm sure a sports lit final is very important, but here you go. #PayItForwardFriday."

Donald Trump's buddy, Tom Brady, and the Patriots are essentially calling fake news on Brady wife Gisele Bundchen's claim to "CBS This Morning" that No. 12 sustained a concussion last season. "Tom was not diagnosed with a concussion last year," Don Yee, Brady's agent, told ESPN. "Many of the protocols and safeguards still are evolving, and it's obviously a good thing the organization, and everyone close to him is vigilant and always looking out for his health." … Kyle Shanahan, the current 49ers coach but offensive coordinator for the Falcons during their epic Super Bowl collapse, said on the "The Rich Eisen Show" that the play he most regrets during the Patriots' 25-point comeback was a sack of Matt Ryan on second-and-10 with about four minutes remaining, a play that pushed Atlanta back from the New England 23 to the 35. If a handoff was called there, the Falcons, leading by eight at the time, go on to win. ... The Browns announced the signing of defensive end Myles Garrett, the 2017 No. 1 overall draft pick, and NFL.com reports the deal is for a guaranteed $30.4 million over four years.

The Mets' best pitcher (Noah Syndergaard), best hitter (Yoenis Cespedes), closer (Jeurys Familia) and a bunch of other key players are on the disabled list, and general manager Sandy Alderson says injuries are a "contributing factor" to the team's magnificent struggles. More like the driving force. The Mets entered Friday's game against the Angels on a seven-game losing streak. While those suiting up haven't been very good (Matt Harvey, for one), the injuries alone have been enough to take down this team. … The Yankees opened a three-game series at Tampa with Luis Severino on the mound against the Rays. We're already looking ahead and wondering about Saturday's starter, up-and-down Masahiro Tanaka. The supposed ace has a 5.80 ERA and failed to make it out of the second inning against the Astros on Derek Jeter night. He was great in late April, though, including a shutout of the Red Sox.

manthony@courant.com

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