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McIlroy shoots 79 after wild opening round


PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) –


A quadruple-bogey 8 at the first hole might not have been the most embarrassing part of Rory McIlroy’s wild opening round at the British Open.


Three-putting from 4 feet for a double at the par-3 16th also left the Northern Irishman shaking his head, and another double at No. 18 saw him stumble home for an 8-over 79. It tied his worst first round at the British Open.


He got the quadruple-bogey 8 on the first hole after his tee shot hit a woman out of bounds and broke a cell phone in her pocket. Tournament officials say a 34-year-old woman from Northern Ireland was standing along the side of the first fairway when she was hit by the errant shot.


McIlroy was 12 strokes off the lead, his major drought almost certainly extending to a sixth year.


Tiger Woods got up and down from a greenside bunker to make par on his opening hole as rain returned to Royal Portrush.


Shane Lowry remained in sole possession of the clubhouse lead at 4 under.


Jordan Spieth was only a shot behind making three birdies in his first five holes.




Short turnaround for Dodgers and Phillies


UNDATED (AP) – The Dodgers and Phillies are facing a tight turnaround after a long rain delay pushed the end of Wednesday night’s game in Philadelphia to almost 2 a.m. Thursday. The first pitch of the series finale is set for 12:35 p.m. Eastern.


It’s been a long week for the Dodgers, who played for 5 hours, 40 minutes Sunday night in a 12-inning win over Boston. The Dodgers return to Los Angeles for a series starting tomorrow against Miami.


Elsewhere in the majors Thursday:


– The Yankees and Rays will make up Wednesday night’s postponement with a single-admission doubleheader in the Bronx. New York leads Tampa Bay by six games in the AL East after the teams split their first two matchups this week, with the Yankees leading the season series 10-5. Yonny Chirinos will start the opener for the Rays followed by All-Star right-hander Charlie Morton at night. Domingo Germán will start the first game for the Yankees, who haven’t announced the starter for the nightcap.


– The Giants have been presumptive trade deadline sellers, with ace lefty Madison Bumgarner’s name burning on the hot stove for months, but San Francisco’s recent hot streak could keep him around into August. The Giants have won 12 of 15 and are 2 1/2 games out of the second NL wild card heading into a four-game series against the Mets. Bumgarner will pitch the opener against New York, the only NL team that hasn’t put a loss on his record. Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd), another hot name in trade rumors, is set to pitch for New York in the rematch of a stirring 2016 NL wild-card game.




Ramirez, Marisnick appeal suspensions


UNDATED (AP) – Angels right-hander Noe Ramirez is appealing his three-game suspension for throwing a pitch near the head of Astros outfielder Jake Marisnick.


Ramirez was punished a day after drilling Marisnick between the shoulder blades during a 7-2 Angels win on Tuesday. Marisnick was playing his first game against Los Angeles since his violent home plate collision injured catcher Jonathan Lucroy.


Marisnick was suspended two games by MLB and is also appealing.


In other baseball news:


– The Kansas City Royals have placed shortstop Adalberto Mondesi on the 10-day injured list with a left shoulder injury. In a series of moves announced prior to Wednesday’s game, the Royals also recalled infielder Humberto Arteaga, activated left-handed pitcher Mike Montgomery, optioned right-hander Jake Newberry and traded outfielder Terrence Gore to the New York Yankees.




Capitals’ Alex Ovechkin to make summer trip to China


WASHINGTON (AP) – Capitals captain Alex Ovechkin will go to China as part of the NHL’s continued outreach in that country.


Ovechkin will visit Beijing in early August as a league ambassador. He’s expected to take part in youth hockey clinics, interviews and business development meetings.


The Russian star says it’s “very important to spend time to help make people all over the world see how great a game hockey is.”


Ovechkin was outspoken prior to the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics, at one point saying he’d like to go even if the NHL doesn’t because of how much he values representing his country. The NHL decided not to send players, and Ovechkin did not leave the Capitals to participate.


The NHL has not committed to going to the Beijing Games in 2022. The league staged exhibition games in China each of the past two seasons, and the Boston Bruins are making their fifth trip this summer.




Simon Yates wins first Pyrenean Tour stage


BAGNERES-DE-BIGORRE, France (AP) – British rider Simon Yates won the first Pyrenean stage of the Tour de France on Thursday after a long breakaway.


Yates, who won the Spanish Vuelta last year, launched a counterattack behind a group of fugitives in a downhill and was joined at the front by Gregor Muhlberger and Pello Bilbao.


The trio worked well together until the final sprint shaped up 200 meters from the finish line in Bagneres-de-Bigorre.


Yates launched the sprint and edged Bilbao for his first stage win at the Tour.


The main pack of favorites was lagging some nine minutes behind, with no major change expected in the overall standings.



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