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  • Golf makes its big debut; Rio up next

    TORONTO — Golf made its debut at the Pan American Games on Thursday, warming up for its return to the Olympic family next year in Rio de Janeiro after a 112-year absence.

    The four-day tournament has a modest mix of professionals and amateurs: 64 players, 32 men and 32 women. But knowing this event leads to Olympic golf makes it big. Very big.

  • Setting the tone

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Jordan Spieth played like he had a Grand Slam to win. Dustin Johnson played like he had a score to settle.

    The two main characters from Chambers Bay brought their games across eight time zones and an ocean Thursday and set the tone at St. Andrews for what could be another riveting battle at the British Open.

  • Tougher transfer rules in the SEC

    Associated Press

    HOOVER, Ala. — The Southeastern Conference has taken the high road when it comes to domestic violence, aiming to keep alleged abusers off their rosters even if it means they land in a rival league.

    It’s a rare move that could put the SEC, which won seven straight national titles from 2006-2012, at a competitive disadvantage in some cases. So far, no other conference has put a similar rule into effect.

  • Dewees, others continue to put up solid stats

    A trio of area baseball draftees continue to put up solid numbers in the minor league ranks this summer. 

  • ‘Another event’

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — With a chance to match history at the home of golf, Jordan Spieth is trying to make the British Open feel like just another event.

    And that might be as tough as any challenge at St. Andrews.

  • Cowboys, Bryant beat deadline with big deal

    IRVING, Texas — Dez Bryant has the long-term contract he said he wouldn’t play without, and the Dallas Cowboys can quit worrying about whether he really would skip games.

    The All-Pro receiver signed a five-year, $70 million deal Wednesday, after months of posturing from both sides and less than an hour before a deadline that would have required him to play under a one-year agreement.

  • Tiger awaits St. Andrews

    ST. ANDREWS, Scotland — Winless in nearly two years, Tiger Woods at least has experience on his side at St. Andrews.

    It has been 20 years since he first played the Old Course as a 19-year-old amateur and heard the secret was to hit it hard and hit it left. After playing the British Open four times at St. Andrews, and winning twice, he realized that wasn’t the case. There are bunkers to avoid and angles to create, and it can change with the slightest shift in direction of the notorious wind.

  • MLB hopes Rays, A’s can get new parks

    CINCINNATI — Major League Baseball remains hopeful the Tampa Bay Rays and Oakland Athletics will be able to obtain new ballparks without relocating yet will examine other markets in case a team needs to move or the sport decides to expand.

  • Gamecocks’ Spurrier confident heading into 23rd SEC season

    HOOVER, Ala. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier spent his Tuesday morning at SEC Media Days poking fun at some league rivals, discussing his football program and — of course — fending off questions about his advancing age.

    The most quotable coach in the SEC turned 70 back in April, and he now enters his 11th season at South Carolina and 23rd in a league that’s famous for churning through head coaches because of the immense pressure to win.

  • Wimbledon repeat

    LONDON — A game away from a third Wimbledon championship and ninth Grand Slam title, Novak Djokovic sized up a 108 mph serve from none other than Roger Federer and stretched to smack a cross-court forehand return winner.

    Two points later, Djokovic again took the measure of a serve from Federer, this one at 123 mph, and delivered a down-the-line backhand for another return winner. After this one, Djokovic bellowed.