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Sports Report: Zach Johnson Wins 144th British Open


Zach Johnson survived a four-hole aggregate playoff to win the 144th British Open for his second major title. Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that got him into a three-man playoff, and he outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the British Open.

Meanwhile,  Masters and U.S. Open champion Jordan Spieth says he will defend his Australian Open title at the end of November.


In baseball, in the American LeagueThe Red Sox dropped both ends of their doubleheader in Anaheim yesterday, with the Angels downing the Red Sox 11-1 in the afternoon game and 7-3 in the nightcap. Detroit edged Seattle 5-4.

The Yankees had a day off.

In the National League, Washington topped the Mets 7-2, Cincinnati slid past the Cubs 5-4, Atlanta won against the Dodgers 7-5, Arizona beat Miami 3-1, and it was San Diego over San Francisco 4-2.

In interleague play, Philadelphia defeated Tampa Bay 5-3, Pittsburgh trumped Kansas City 10-7, and it was Colorado over Texas 8-7.


Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb no longer has time on his hands. The indicted soccer official is providing 11 luxury watches to secure the $10 million bond that provided his release from custody, along with his wife's wedding ring, three opulent cars and 10 properties.

Former FIFA Vice President Chung Mong-joon says he is leaning toward running for president of football's governing body at the Feb. 26 election to replace Sepp Blatter. Chung tells The Associated Press that a non-European leader would help breathe "new wind" into FIFA, which faces mounting pressure to reform amid ongoing American and Swiss investigations into alleged corruption.


A City Councilor is demanding a full copy of the initial bid Boston submitted to the U.S. Olympic Committee. Councilor Tito Jackson has proposed issuing a written summons to Boston 2024 CEO Richard Davey to provide the materials by the Aug. 13 meeting of the council's Olympics oversight committee.


The NBA's first female summer league head coach has led her team to the title. Becky Hammon coached the San Antonio Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the Las Vegas Summer League championship on Monday night.

Jonathon Simmons scored 23 for San Antonio and took home MVP honors. Treveon Graham added 22 points. Last year Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich made Hammon the first female full-time assistant coach in league history.

Tour de France:

Spain's Ruben Plaza Molina was the winner of the 16th stage of the Tour de France. Chris Froome remains the overall leader by 3 minutes, 10 seconds.


The committee that puts together the field of 68 for the NCAA men's basketball tournament will have more flexibility to set the First Four and give No. 2 seeds more favorable matchups.

The NCAA has announced that the Division I selection committee will now be allowed to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field were locked into the First Four, the eight-team playoff that serves as the tournament's first round.

Going forward, the last four at-large teams on the overall seed list — after the seeds have been tweaked by a process known as scrubbing — will play in the First Four.


With the Grand Slam in sight, Serena Williams is not going to risk playing World Team Tennis. Williams originally was slated to play for the Washington Kastles this week. But the Kastles announced that Williams would miss those matches.

The No. 1-ranked Williams withdrew from the Swedish Open last week, citing an injured right elbow. The 33-year-old American won Wimbledon this month for her fourth consecutive major title, including all three in 2015. If she wins the U.S. Open, which begins Aug. 31, she will be the first tennis player with a calendar-year Grand Slam since Steffi Graf in 1988.

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