Update on the latest sports
Zach Johnson the clubhouse leader
CARNOUSTIE, Scotland (AP) – Zach Johnson is the clubhouse leader on a rainy day where players are posting low scores in the British Open.
Johnson, the 2015 champion, birdied the tough 18th hole to shoot a 67 and move a stroke ahead of three players, including first round leader Kevin Kisner and England’s Tommy Fleetwood.
A steady rain fell most of the morning, allowing players to be more aggressive off the tee and into the greens. A day earlier the course had played hard and fast at Carnoustie, which has had little rain this summer.
Rory McIlroy is two strokes back after shooting his second straight 69.
Machado to debut with Dodgers
UNDATED (AP) – Manny Machado plays his first game for the Dodgers, filling a big gap at shortstop when the NL West leaders visit Milwaukee on Friday.
Los Angeles traded five minor leaguers to Baltimore during the break for the four-time All-Star. The 26-year-old Machado was hitting .315 with 24 homers and 65 RBIs. Shortstop Corey Seager helped the Dodgers reach the World Series last year, but had Tommy John surgery in May.
Machado might need to work out another trade, too. His favorite No. 13 is worn by Dodgers bright spot Max Muncy. We’ll see if Machado can come up with a deal to get the jersey.
Also on the Friday schedule:
– Milwaukee reliever Josh Hader rejoins the team, three days after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game. The 24-year-old Hader has apologized for the tweets, saying they did not reflect his values or the person he is now. The commissioner’s office will require Hader to participate in diversity and inclusion initiatives and sensitivity training.
– All-Star closer Brad Hand joins the AL Central-leading Indians as they begin the second half in Texas. Cleveland got the lefty and rookie righty sidearmer Adam Cimber from the rebuilding Padres on Thursday for switch-hitting catching prospect Francisco Mejia. The Indians own the biggest division lead in the majors at 7 1/2 games over Minnesota, but want to a bolster a bullpen that’s been minus star lefty Andrew Miller since late May and has a 5.28 ERA, second-worst in the majors.
– Mets star Noah Syndergaard pitches at Yankee Stadium for the first time when the Subway Series resumes in New York. Syndergaard has faced the Yankees just once, as a rookie in mid-September 2015, and he got off to a rough start – Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner led off that game with singles and Carlos Beltran followed with a home run in the Mets’ 5-0 loss.
NFL, NFLPA freeze anthem rules amid backlash to Miami policy
UNDATED (AP) – The NFL’s two-month old national anthem policy is on hold.
Hours after The Associated Press reported that Miami Dolphins players who protest on the field during the anthem could be suspended for up to four games under a team policy issued this week, the league and the players union issued a joint statement late Thursday night saying the two sides are talking things out.
The NFL rule that was passed in May forbids players from sitting or taking a knee if they are on the field or sidelines during “The Star-Spangled Banner,” but allows them to stay in the locker room if they wish. Teams would be fined if players didn’t stand during the anthem while on the field. The league left it up to teams on how to punish players.
None of the team policies had been made public until the AP obtained a copy of Miami’s nine-page discipline document. It included a one-sentence section on “Proper Anthem Conduct” and was provided to the AP by a person familiar with the policy who insisted on anonymity because the document is not public. It classifies anthem protests under a large list of “conduct detrimental to the club,” all of which could lead to a paid or unpaid suspension, a fine or both.
The Dolphins said in a statement: “The NFL required each team to submit their rules regarding the anthem before their players reported to training camp. We will address this issue once the season starts. All options are still open.”
High jumper Ukhov among top Russians facing doping cases
MOSCOW (AP) – Some of Russia’s best known track and field athletes are facing doping cases, including former Olympic high jump champion Ivan Ukhov.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which oversees anti-doping cases in track and field, has released details of 109 cases from around the world in a new transparency drive.
Besides Ukhov, the list includes top Russians such as the double world champion shot putter Tatyana Lysenko, Olympic bronze medal-winning long jumper Svetlana Shkolina and 2014 world indoor triple jump champion Lyukman Adams.
The AIU says all of the cases are based on evidence uncovered during World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren’s research into a widespread system of doping and cover-ups in Russia.
The cases of Ukhov, Lysenko, Adams and Shkolina are all listed as pending before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
FIGURE SKATER KILLED
Suspect detained in killing of Olympic figure skating star
MOSCOW (AP) – Authorities in Kazakhstan say a man has been detained and has confessed to killing Olympic figure skater Denis Ten.
A prosecutor said in a televised statement that the man “confessed his guilt in the presence of an attorney” while being questioned about the 25-year-old figure skater’s death. A second suspect has been identified and is being sought.
Ten was stabbed after a dispute with people who allegedly tried to steal a mirror from his car in his home city of Almaty (ahl-MAH’-tee). Kazinform news reports that Ten died in a hospital of massive blood loss from multiple wounds.
Ten became Kazakhstan’s first Olympic figure skating medalist when he won bronze in Sochi in 2014.