British Open…..1st round underway at Troon….Returns to Scottish course where Open was first played in 1923…Weather off the Firth of Clyde expected to be ever-changing…..Troon is tight 7200-yards course-whose wind off the tee is legendary…fairways and greens change due to the weather…..Tee Times-PST…Jordan Spieth (1:03am)….Jason Day (1:25)….Rory McIlroy (1:36)….Phil Mickelson (5:26)….Dustin Johnson (6:04)…Johnson hottest golfer coming off back to back wins including US Open….Jason Day-ranked #1 in world but may have ailing rib issue to contend with.
Padres….Trade rumors everywhere involving P-Drew Pomeranz….10-clubs expressing interest in lefthander…..Hottest rumor Texas Rangers-Padres…but San Diego wants SS-Jurickson Profar in swap.
Padres…Friday deadline to sign additional draft picks…San Diego has signed top 13-players taken in draft….and 21-of-top-26….Have signed 27-of-43 choices overall.
Padres….Open 2nd half of season against Giants on Friday night…3-game homestand…then head off on 10-game road trip.
Dodgers…Kick off 2nd half with 9-game road trip in Arizona on Friday.
Angels…Have 6-game homestand starting with White Sox tomorrow night.
Texas..Activate P-Yu Darvish from DL-recovering from neck issues
Arizona..Tony LaRussa gives vote of confidence to GM-Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale.
…AL East-Orioles 2-game lead over Red Sox-Blue Jays
…AL Central..Indians with 6.5-lead over Tigers
…AL West-Texas 5.5 lead over Astros
…NL East..Nationals have 6-game edge over Mets-Miami
…NL Central..Cubs have 7-game lead over Cardinals
…NL West..Giants have 8.5-game edge over Dodgers.
Tom Brady….US Court of Appeals turns down request for ‘rehearing’ by 3-judge panel…or full 7-judges on the “Deflategate ruling”…Brady must serve 4G suspension to start the season…Will miss opener at Arizona, in addition to 3-home games-vs-Miami-Houston-Buffalo.
Isiah Crowell…Browns running back agrees to turn over 1-game check (35,000) for denigrating instagram photo of black man wanting to slash police officer throat…NFL-yet to intervene.
Tony Dungy…Hall of Fame coach-Calls Dallas slayings a “Tragedy of America”
Ricky Francois..Redskins DE says he doesn’t care about “Black Lives Matter-All Lives Matter”
Cincinnati…Rookie CB-Corey Tindal robbed of 4,000-during poker game in West Virginia.
Baylor..Hires Missouri AD-Mack Rhoades to take over scandal marred-Bears program.
Nick Saban…Says he will meet with NFL officials to discuss plans for an “Underclassmen draft combine” to help evaluate players.
College Football Playoffs….Execs meeting to discuss moving Semi final games from New Years Eve to another date-36% drop-off TV ratings last year.
NBA…Changes Hack-A-Shaq rule….Rule invoked in final 2-minutes of game or overtime period….New rule….Invoked final 2-minutes of every quarter-teams get 2-free throws and possessions for intentional fouls away from the ball.
Charles Barkley…Reacting to Dallas shootings..”We black people want more respect-we have to give respect”….”Black people need to do better”
LeBron James…speaking at ESPY’s says it is time to “Stop the violence”
Carmelo Anthony…wants to form consortium of black players from each sport to lead drive to end black-white gun violence.
Golden State…Draymond Green apologizes for punching Michigan State football player after 2-incidents at 2-different restaurants in East Lansing, Michigan.
Boston-Oklahoma City….Celtics interested in trade for Thunder guard Russell Westbrook…willing to offer likely lottery pick of Brooklyn Nets plus other choices in deal.
Chicago..Sign FA-G-Isiah Canaan-ex-76ers.
Charlotte…Sign FA-C-Greg HIbbert–played last year with Lakers.
Aztecs….F-Winston Sheppard-undrafted-on Golden State Warriors Summer League team in Las Vegas…1-of-15 free agents on roster…has 7-points-2 blocked shots-2 rebounds in 3-games so far-limited playing time.
Ryan Clowe…Former San Jose Shark-Florida Panthers-New Jersey Devils-retires because of concussions…hired by Devils to be assistant coach.