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Sports Report: Rory McIlroy Wins British Open



Rory McIlroy went wire-to-wire in capturing his first British Open with a final-round 71 for a 17-under 271 finish, two shots ahead of Sergio Garcia and Rickie Fowler. The 25-year-old McIlroy picked up the third leg of a career Grand Slam. If he wins the Masters next year, he would become just the sixth player to win all four of golf's majors.


In baseball, in interleague play… the New York Yankees have opened their second half of the season by sweeping a three-game interleague series against Cincinnati. The Yankees wrapped things up with a 3-2 walkoff win as Jacoby Ellsbury got four hits and scored the winning run in the ninth inning on Brian McCann's pop-fly single that dropped among three Reds in shallow right field.

In the American League, the Boston Red Sox completed a three-game sweep of the Kansas City Royals with a 6-0 win yesterday. Jon Lester allowed no earned runs for the third time in four starts. In eight innings, the All-Star left-hander struck out eight and gave up two walks and four hits. Only one Royals player reached third base. Elsewhere Toronto bested Texas 9-6, Detroit won against Cleveland 5-1, Tampa Bay defeated Minnesota 5-3, Houston topped the White Sox 11-7, the Angels trumped Seattle 6-5, and it was Oakland over Baltimore 10-2.

In the National League, San Diego beat the Mets 2-1, Atlanta bested Philadelphia 8-2, Pittsburgh defeated Colorado 5-3, Arizona topped the Cubs 3-2, Washington trumped Milwaukee 5-4, Miami edged San Francisco 3-2, and it was the Dodgers over St. Louis 4-3.


The Washington Wizards have acquired forward Kris Humphries from the Boston Celtics for a protected 2015 second-round draft pick. Humphries appeared in 69 games, averaging 8.4 points and 5.9 rebounds, last season with Boston. In 10 seasons with the Jazz, Raptors, Mavericks, Nets and Celtics, he's averaging 6.8 points and 5.5 rebounds.


The New England Patriots have signed veteran tight end Nate Byham. The 26-year-old spent the past two seasons with Tampa Bay after his first two seasons with San Francisco. Byham has 11 catches for 83 yards and one touchdown in 29 games since the 49ers drafted him out of Pittsburgh in the sixth round in 2010. Last season, he had three catches for 38 yards in four games with the Buccaneers.

Horse Racing:

Stopchargingmaria took command approaching the stretch and drew off impressively to capture the Grade 1 $300,000 Coaching Club American Oaks by five lengths Sunday at Saratoga Race Course.

Already a multiple graded stakes winner, the 3-year-old daughter of Tale of the Cat became a millionaire with her first Grade 1 victory in the 1 1/8-mile race for sophomore fillies.

Trained by Todd Pletcher for owner Mike Repole, Stopchargingmaria hit the wire in 1:49.80 and returned $4.40, $2.60 and $2.10, boosting her career earnings to $1,054,000 in nine lifetime starts.

Unbridled Forever came from last to finish second in a field of six, paying $2.90 and $2.20, and Miss Besilu returned $2.50 for third.

In Sunday's co-feature, Spring to the Sky dismissed a late challenge from Great Attack and pulled clear by 1¾ lengths to win the $100,000 Lucky Coin.

Spring to the Sky led from gate to wire under jockey Javier Castellano, running 5½ furlongs on the main turf course in 1:10.66 and paying $3.80, $2.80 and $2.30. Great Attack returned $5.20 and $3.30 for second, and Strong Impact paid $2.60 for third.

Tour De France:

Alexander Kristoff of Norway won the 15th stage of the Tour de France while overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy finished in the main pack to keep the overall lead. After two days in the Alps, the 15th stage provided some relief over a flat 138 miles. Nibali is 4:37 ahead of second place Alejandro Valverde of Spain.

Riders take the second rest day on Monday.

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