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British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

Jul. 18, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to Royal Portrush after...

Column: McIlroy fizzles in home Open debut

Jul. 18, 2019 2:33 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The opening tee shot Rory McIlroy could live with, even after it went out of bounds and shattered the screen of a woman's mobile phone. He had, after all, spent the last five years anticipating a homecoming like no other and the first shot was always going to be a battle...

The usual crowd support saw an unusual score for Woods

Jul. 18, 2019 4:53 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The excitement that always surrounds Tiger Woods even brought out the hired help near the fourth hole at Royal Portrush. They couldn't help his sore back, or his soaring score at the British Open. The Masters champion, a three-time winner on the links courses of the only...

Harper, Hoskins rally Phillies past Dodgers with 4-run 7th

Jul. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper's hot streak of late has kept the Phillies in the playoff picture. He has opened some eyes with his offense — especially the comically oversized ones of the Phillie Phanatic mascot strapped to the slugger's forehead. Harper tied the game while wearing a Phillie...

Chris Sale snaps Fenway losing streak, beats Blue Jays 5-0

Jul. 18, 2019 5:22 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — That was a relief. And not a bad start, either. Chris Sale and two relievers combined on a two-hitter, and the Boston Red Sox left-hander struck out 12 in six innings to beat the Toronto Blue Jays 5-0 on Thursday and earn his first regular-season win at Fenway Park in more than a year. Sale...

Enter Rivera: Yankee closer awaits his place in Hall of Fame

Jul. 18, 2019 2:04 PM EDT

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (AP) — It never changed for Mariano Rivera — from his childhood in the fishing village of Puerto Caimito in Panama to the pitcher's mound at Yankee Stadium. "I always wanted to be the last guy to kick the ball or took the last shot at the basket. Give me the ball," Rivera said. "I...

Ron Francis has big hopes as GM of Seattle's new NHL club

Jul. 18, 2019 4:45 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — Ron Francis has all kinds of eye-popping statistics attached to his Hall of Fame career. He averaged more than point a game, is second in NHL history in assists behind Wayne Gretzky and fifth in career points. When CEO Tod Leiweke and the ownership group of the Seattle NHL expansion team...

2 horses killed at Del Mar in collision during training

Jul. 18, 2019 3:55 PM EDT

DEL MAR, Calif. (AP) — Two horses have been killed in a collision at Del Mar during training on the second day of its 2019 season. The track says the accident occurred Thursday morning when the horse Charge A Bunch threw rider Geovanni Franco, turned sharply and collided with Carson Valley. Carson Valley's...

Dennis quits Tour in bizarre way, Yates wins in Pyrenees

Jul. 18, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France (AP) — In 116 years of racing at the Tour de France, riders have done all sorts of bizarre things, from jumping on trains to fighting with fans at mountain stops. Rarely have they just vanished in the middle of a stage like Rohan Dennis did on Thursday during the first Pyrenean...

SEC experiencing rare moment with coaching stability

Jul. 18, 2019 3:43 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference pays big money to its coaches and that's one reason patience is often in short supply when things go wrong. But in a rare quirk, there were no new head coaches at the podium during SEC media days for the first time since 2006. Fans should embrace the...

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British Open back at Royal Portrush and puts on quite a show

Jul. 18, 2019 6:09 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — An emotional opening shot by Darren Clarke. A shocking one by Rory McIlroy. Tiger Woods had his worst score to start a British Open. Brooks Koepka quickly got into contention again. Emiliano Grillo made a 1. David Duval made a 14. The Open returned to Royal Portrush after...

Harper, Hoskins rally Phillies past Dodgers with 4-run 7th

Jul. 18, 2019 6:05 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bryce Harper's hot streak of late has kept the Phillies in the playoff picture. He has opened some eyes with his offense — especially the comically oversized ones of the Phillie Phanatic mascot strapped to the slugger's forehead. Harper tied the game while wearing a Phillie...

Holmes makes a return visit to Royal Portrush

Jul. 18, 2019 6:01 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — The strangest weather J.B. Holmes ever experienced was at Royal Portrush. Just not on Thursday in the British Open. Holmes, who grew up in a Kentucky town so small that he made the high school golf team when he was in third grade, dropped a mild surprise after he shot...

State court suit over 'no-call' can proceed against NFL

Jul. 18, 2019 6:00 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge won't stop a lawsuit against the NFL over the playoff "no-call" that led to the Rams beating the Saints and advancing to the 2019 Super Bowl. State Civil District Court Judge Nicole Sheppard ruled Thursday in the damage suit filed by attorney Antonio LeMon. LeMon says...

Raiders sign WR De'Mornay Pierson-El

Jul. 18, 2019 5:57 PM EDT

ALAMEDA, Calif. (AP) — The Oakland Raiders have signed free agent receiver De'Mornay Pierson-El. The Raiders waived receiver Saeed Blacknall on Thursday to make room for Pierson-El on the roster. Pierson-El most recently played for Salt Lake in the Alliance of American Football. Before joining the AAF,...

UNLV: Rebels assistant Cotton waiting for heart transplant

Jul. 18, 2019 5:51 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — UNLV offensive coordinator Barney Cotton is awaiting a heart transplant and will not coach on the field this season. Rebels coach Tony Sanchez said Thursday in a news release from the school that the 62-year-old Cotton is in Omaha, Nebraska, and on a waiting list to receive a heart. Cotton...

Royals hold off White Sox 6-5 to sweep 4-game series

Jul. 18, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — When the Kansas City Royals gave starter Brad Keller the lead with a five-run third inning, Keller made sure to show his gratitude. The 23-year-old took care of the White Sox batters in the top of the fourth, striking out the side on 14 pitches to get his guys back to the plate. "We...

Nneka Ogwumike scores 13 of her 22 points in 3rd, Sparks win

Jul. 18, 2019 5:47 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Nneka Ogwumike scored 13 of her 22 points in a decisive third quarter to help the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Dallas Wings 69-64 on Thursday. Los Angeles trailed by as many as 16 points in the first half, then outscored Dallas 24-9 in the third to take its first lead, 52-51, since 11-10....

British Open at a glance

Jul. 18, 2019 5:44 PM EDT

PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — A glance at the first round Thursday of the British Open at Royal Portrush: LEADING: J.B. Holmes with a 5-under 66. TRAILING: Shane Lowry had a 67, while 13 players were at 68. LOCAL FAVORITES: Rory McIlroy hit his first tee shot out of bounds and made a quadruple-bogey 8...

ACC urges fans to ask cable providers to carry new network

Jul. 18, 2019 5:42 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Atlantic Coast Conference is roughly a month away from launching its new ESPN-partnered TV channel and still awaiting key deals with several cable providers to carry it. The league and its schools need help from fans on that front. Schools are posting messages on social media...