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McIlroy makes more noise at US Open, this time with racquets

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – Rory McIlroy has attracted a lot of attention as statesman for the game. He’s also pretty good with his golf. McIlroy kept bogeys off his card until the last hole in the opening round of the US Open. He still had a 67 and shares the early lead with David Lingmerth, Callum Tarren and Joel Dahmen. Collin Morikawa and…

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McIlroy makes more noise at US Open, this time with racquets

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – Rory McIlroy has attracted a lot of attention as statesman for the game. He’s also pretty good with his golf. McIlroy kept bogeys off his card until the last hole in the opening round of the US Open. He still had a 67 and shares the early lead with David Lingmerth, Callum Tarren and Joel Dahmen. Collin Morikawa and defending champion Jon Rahm were two behind. Phil Mickelson was already 5-over par on six holes. McIlroy says he’s not worried about his views against the Saudi-funded rival league. It’s been eight years since he won a major and he wants another.

Warriors lean on history and have a chance to end Celtics

BOSTON (AP) — Stephen Curry and the Warriors have come close to winning a championship in three of the last five trips from Golden State to the NBA Finals during his 13-year NBA career. Curry says he will draw on that experience when he goes to court at Boston’s TD Garden Thursday night. The Warriors have a 3-2 lead over the Celtics. The stakes will be even for the Celtics, who will try to force a Game 7. Celtics star Jayson Tatum said they are optimistic given how they won Game 7 in the previous two playoff series.

US Open updates: A bumpy start for Mickelson on birthday

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – Welcome back to American golf, Phil Mickelson. The fans have supported Mickelson. The golf course? Not as much. Mickelson missed the first green from the fairway and started the US Open with a bogey. Things got really bad on the par 3 sixth hole when he made four putts from about 18 feet. Mickelson was 5-over-par through six holes at the US Open, the only major to keep him from a career grand slam. It probably wasn’t the birthday present he had in mind. Mickelson turned 52 on Thursday.

Tarren among early US Open leaders with late arriving clubs

BROOKLINE, Mass. (AP) – Former US Open leader Callum Tarren had a head start on his trip to Boston when he missed the cut in Canada last week. His clubs weren’t so lucky. For the second time in two US Open appearances, Tarren’s golf bag didn’t make it onto the plane. They arrived a day later – still in time for the tournament. Tarren passed No. 8 to shoot a 3-under 67 and end the first round level on points for the lead at The Country Club. 2011 Champion Rory McIlroy also shot 67 David Lingmerth and Joel Dahmen was also tied for the lead.

Atlanta, Miami, Philadelphia, Seattle among the World Cup venues

NEW YORK (AP) — Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Philadelphia and Seattle, along with Kansas City, Missouri, were the newcomers among 11 U.S. locations selected to host games at the 2026 World Cup, while Baltimore, Cincinnati, Denver, Nashville, Tennessee, and Orlando, Florida were left out. Arlington, Texas; East Rutherford, NJ; Foxborough, Massachusetts, and Inglewood and Santa Clara, California were the remnants.

Storm star Sue Bird says 2022 will be her final WNBA season

Seattle Storm star and five-time Olympic gold medalist Sue Bird says the 2022 season will be her last game in the WNBA. The 41-year-old considered retirement after last season before returning as a player for a 19th season. She missed two seasons due to injuries. At the time of her retirement, she says, “You know it when you know it.” Bird is a four-time WNBA champion, a 12-time All-Star, and the league’s oldest player. The former No. 1 draft pick has spent her entire WNBA career with The Storm. Her announcement came a day before Seattle’s game in Connecticut, the state where she was a college star and national player of the year. The Storm finish their road trip Sunday in New York, about 30 miles from where they were born.

All eyes are on the NFL’s upcoming decision on Deshaun Watson

The Cleveland Browns and football fans everywhere are waiting for the NFL to determine an appropriate punishment for star quarterback Deshaun Watson, who is accused of sexual misconduct by 24 women. A person familiar with the league’s investigation told The Associated Press a decision is expected before the training camp. The person spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity as the investigation is ongoing. Once it is complete, former US District Judge Sue Robinson will review the league’s findings to determine whether Watson violated the personal conduct policy and whether he will be disciplined. Robinson was jointly appointed by the league and the NFL Players’ Association.

Manfred says Rays A needs new deals soon

NEW YORK (AP) — Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred says the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics will need to make new agreements soon, leaving open the possibility of considering a move if no agreements are made. Tampa Bay’s lease at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Fla., expires after the 2027 season. The Athletics have played at the Coliseum since 1968 and their lease expires after the 2024 season. The A’s have proposed a new ballpark and are working with Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf to get the necessary permits.

Minor league playing time reduced by 29 minutes with pitch clocks

NEW YORK (AP) — Minor league games using a pitch clock have averaged 2 hours and 35 minutes this season, compared to 3:04 through June 14 last year. It’s an experiment that’s preparing Major League Baseball for a possible introduction in 2023. However, robotic umpires who call balls and shots are nowhere near making it into the big leagues. MLB is considering a 14-second pitch clock with no runners, a 19-second pitch clock with runners, limits on defensive shifts, and the use of larger bases. The new collective agreement established a competition committee composed of six managers, four union representatives and one referee, which has the right to make changes to the rules of the game, subject to 45 days’ notice.

A keeps Bosox away, avoids sweep for only 2nd win in 15 games

BOSTON (AP) — Paul Blackburn continued his road success as he hit hard in the sixth inning, Christian Bethancourt hit a two-run single and the Oakland Athletics held the Boston Red Sox 4-3 for their second win in 15 games . Chad Pinder added an RBI single for Oakland, who finished their nine-game road trip 2-7 and avoided being swept by Boston for the second time this month in a three-game streak. JD Martinez had three singles and drove for Boston in one run. The Red Sox, who had won 11 of 13, had eight runners and 13 overall in the first four innings. Boston star Rafael Devers went 2-0 with two walks and was hit by a pitch, ending his four-game streak with a home run.

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