Emotional exit for Woods, big chance for Smith at St Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods made an early and emotional departure from the British Open at St. Andrews, perhaps for the last time. Cameron Smith of Australia can only hope this Open might mark his arrival among the truly elite. Already The Players Championship winner. the Aussie took his first lead at a major going into the weekend. He had six birdies...
Emotional exit for Woods, big chance for Smith at St Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods made an early and emotional departure from the British Open at St. Andrews, perhaps for the last time. Cameron Smith of Australia can only hope this Open might mark his arrival among the truly elite. Already The Players Championship winner. the Aussie took his first lead at a major going into the weekend. He had six birdies in 10 holes and made a long eagle putt for a 64. Smith leads by two over Cameron Young. Rory McIlroy and Viktor Hovland were three shots behind. Woods shot 75 and missed the cut.
Tiger Woods gets emotional sendoff from St. Andrews
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Tiger Woods may have played his final round of a British Open at St. Andrews. He received an emotional sendoff worthy of the occasion. Woods shot a 75 and missed the cut. But that’s not what Friday was all about. Crowds got larger and louder as he neared the end. Woods crossed the Swilcan Bridge and did not stop to pose like other legends before him have done. He kept walking. Woods says this will not be his last British Open. He just doesn’t know if he’ll be healthy enough to play when it returns to St. Andrews.
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Lawyer: 30 women settle Watson-related claims against Texans
HOUSTON (AP) — An attorney representing 30 women who have accused the Houston Texans of turning a blind eye to allegations that Deshaun Watson was sexually assaulting and harassing women during massage sessions says they have settled their legal claims against the team. Tony Buzbee, the women’s attorney, says the terms of the settlements reached between each of the women and the Texans are confidential. Buzbee says while only one of the women had filed a lawsuit against the team, the others had also intended to make legal claims against the Texans before the settlements were reached. In a statement, the owners of the Texans say they hope the settlement will “provide some form of closure to the parties involved, our fans and the Houston community at large.”
Griner lawyer: WNBA star had doctor’s note for cannabis use
KHIMKI, Russia (AP) — A lawyer for WNBA star Brittney Griner at her drug possession trial has given a Russian court a letter from a U.S. doctor recommending she use cannabis to treat pain. The two-time Olympic gold medalist and standout for the Phoenix Mercury was arrested at a Moscow airport in February after customs officials said they found vape canisters containing cannabis oil in her luggage. She faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. Last week, Griner pleaded guilty and acknowledged possessing the canisters but said she had no criminal intent. She said they were in her luggage because she packed hastily in her return to Russia to play for the UMMC Ekaterinburg basketball team during the WNBA’s offseason.
Jim Thorpe reinstated as sole winner for 1912 Olympic golds
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Jim Thorpe has been reinstated as the sole winner of the 1912 Olympic pentathlon and decathlon in Stockholm. The move comes nearly 110 years after he was stripped of those gold medals for violations of strict amateurism rules of the time. The International Olympic Committee announced the change on the 110th anniversary of Thorpe winning the decathlon and later being proclaimed by King Gustav V of Sweden as “the greatest athlete in the world.” Thorpe was a Native American. He had his medals stripped months after the Olympics when it was discovered he had been paid to play minor league baseball over two summers.
Orioles’ win streak ends at 10; Bethancourt, Rays rally
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The Baltimore Orioles’ winning streak ended at 10 when Christian Bethancourt hit his first home run for Tampa Bay and the Rays rallied for a 5-4 victory. The winning streak was the Orioles’ longest in a single season since they won 13 straight in 1999. Ramon Urías homered twice for the Orioles, the first multi-home run game of his career, and Trey Mancini also connected. But Baltimore also left the bases loaded without scoring in the first and fifth innings. The Rays trailed 2-1 in the sixth when they got four straight extra-base hits with two outs.
Dodger Stadium workers won’t strike during All-Star Game
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The union representing concession workers at Dodger Stadium says it won’t strike during Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game and its related events. Unite Here Local 11 and concessionaire Compass Group and its subsidiary Levy Restaurants have made what the union says is “substantial progress” in contract negotiations this week. As a result, there won’t be a strike during the All-Star events that begin Saturday and culminate in the game on Tuesday. Union spokesperson Maria Hernandez says both sides look forward to a successful event and continued negotiations. The union had earlier voted to authorize a strike.
MLB to pay minor leaguers $185 million to settle lawsuit
NEW YORK (AP) — Major League Baseball has agreed to pay minor leaguers $185 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging violations of minimum wage laws, a case that progressed through the courts for eight years without reaching a trial. The proposed settlement was filed with the U.S. District Court in San Francisco, where Chief Magistrate Judge Joseph C. Spero is expected to grant his approval. An early estimate is that perhaps 23,000 players could share the money with an average payment of $5,000 to $5,500, according to a filing by Brian Kriegler, the players’ damages expert. The players’ lawyers will get $55.5 million.
Jennifer Kupcho, Lizette Salas lead LPGA Tour team event
MIDLAND, Mich. (AP) — Jennifer Kupcho and Lizette Salas shot a 6-under 64 in alternate-shot play Friday to take a four-stroke lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational. Kupcho and Salas had a 17-under 193 total with a better-ball round left at Midland Country Club in the LPGA Tour’s lone team event. The U.S. Solheim Cup partners birdied three of the last five holes in a bogey-free round. Kupcho has broken through this year with her first two LPGA Tour titles, taking the major Chevron Championship in early April in the California desert and the Meijer LPGA Classic last month in Belmont, Michigan. Salas won the 2014 Kingsmill Championship for her lone tour title. Matilda Castren and Kelly Tan were second after a 67.
Chez Reavie has late eagle, leads Barracuda Championship
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TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) — Chez Reavie holed a long chip shot for eagle on the par-5 sixth hole and took a three-point lead Friday in the Barracuda Championship. Reavie had a 19-point round in the modified Stableford scoring system event at Tahoe Mountain Club, getting five points for the eagle and 14 for seven birdies. Players also receive eight points for albatross, while a point is deducted for bogey and three taken away for double bogey or worse. Reavie took a 28-point total into the weekend in the event co-sanctioned by the European tour. Mark Hubbard and Henrik Norlander were tied for second.
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