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Carmelo Anthony of the United States grabs a rebound over Miguel Ruiz of Venezuela during their pre-Olympic exhibition game in Chicago, IllinoisKyrie Irving scored 13 points as the US basketball team improved to 4-0 in their run up to the Rio Olympics with an 80-45 exhibition win over Venezuela. Klay Thompson also scored 13 points for the Americans, who cruised to victory despite shooting 42.4 percent, below the 49.8 percent averaged over their first three tune-up games. Team US also committed 13 turnovers in the game in front of a crowd of 20,578 at the United Center in Chicago.


Rory McIlroy of Northern Ireland has won four major titles, including the 2012 and 2014 PGA Championships, but has not won a major in two yearsRory McIlroy ended a "disappointing" year at the majors by missing the cut at the PGA Championship for the first time in his career, undone by nagging putting woes. McIlroy fired a one-under par 69 in the second round of the year's final major tournament at Baltusrol, but a birdie-less 74 Thursday proved too much to overcome and he finished one shot beyond the cut line. "I've hit the ball really well this week and I'm walking away not playing the weekend," McIlroy said.


PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundPhil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke. Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.


Phil Mickelson made a "horrific" start to the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday but recovered to make the cut with nothing to spare, while Rory McIlroy's bogey at the last saw him miss out by one stroke. Mickelson sliced his tee shot out-of-bounds at the par-four first, his ball landing on the adjacent Shunpike Road and bouncing onto another street. It was just horrific," said Mickelson, who teed up again and in the end was fortunate to salvage a triple-bogey seven after almost hitting his approach shot out-of-bounds too.

Robert Streb of the United States plays his shot from the third tee during the 2016 PGA Championship on July 29, 2016 in Springfield, New JerseyUnheralded Robert Streb matched the record-low round in major golf history with an astonishing seven-under par 63 to seize a share of the lead after the second round of the PGA Championship. Top-ranked defending champion Jason Day's amazing run of seven birdies in eight holes to grab a share of third was overshadowed by a 29-year-old American on a rain-soaked Baltusrol layout soggy enough to surrender low scores in a wild afternoon of shot making. Back-nine starter Streb made a lone bogey and eight birdies, the last of them on a curling 21-foot putt at the par-three ninth to make history and match compatriot Jimmy Walker for the 36-hole lead at nine-under 131.


PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead. "I want to be here. I wanted this my whole life. I want to win a major," Grillo told reporters on Friday after shooting three-under-par 67 at Baltusrol to tie for third with world number one and defending champion Jason Day. "We want to see our names on the board. We want to win. We want to hold the trophy. That is what we're here for. "I am going to feel the nerves tomorrow, that's for sure. ...


By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Argentinian Emiliano Grillo says he will embrace the opportunity as he enters the third round of the PGA Championship just two strokes off the lead.

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Unheralded Robert Streb fired a record-equaling 63 to share a two-shot lead with Jimmy Walker after the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, with heavyweights Jason Day and Henrik Stenson lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour victory, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship. "Most of the year has been a big struggle," said 29-year old Streb, who won the McGladrey Classic two years ago but has missed nine cuts this year including the Masters, U.S. Open, British Open and The Players.


* Streb 63 matches best round in a major * Joins fellow American Walker in lead * Defending champion Day two behind By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Unheralded Robert Streb fired a record-equalling 63 to share a two-shot lead with Jimmy Walker after the second round of the PGA Championship on Friday, with heavyweights Jason Day and Henrik Stenson lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour victory, rolled in a 20-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship.
July 30 (Gracenote) - Scores from the PGA Championship at the par-70 course on Friday in Springfield, New Jersey. The cut was set at 142. -9 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 65 66 Robert Streb (U.S.) 68 63 -7 Jason Day (Australia) 68 65 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 66 67 -6 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 67 67 -5 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 70 65 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 66 69 Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 68 67 -4 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 69 67 Harris English (U.S.) 67 69 Rickie Fowler (U.S.) 68 68 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 69 67 -3 Zach Johnson (U.S. ...

Robert Streb of the US reacts on the 18th hole during the second round of the 2016 PGA Championship in Springfield, New JerseySpringfield (United States) (AFP) - Robert Streb, who has not had a US top-10 finish in a year, matched the record-low round in major golf history with a seven-under par 63 at Baltusrol to seize a share of the lead at the PGA Championship.


(Reuters) - Following is a list of 63s, the lowest scores recorded in major championships, after American Robert Streb became the 28th player to achieve the feat in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Friday (United States unless stated): MASTERS Nick Price (Zimbabwe) 1986 Greg Norman (Australia) 1996 U.S. ...

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Americans Jimmy Walker and Robert Streb shared a two-shot, 36-hole lead at the PGA Championship on Friday with heavyweights Jason Day, Henrik Stenson and Martin Kaymer lurking nearby. Streb, who has one PGA Tour win to his credit, rolled in a 21-foot birdie putt on his last hole, the ninth at Baltusrol, for the 30th round of 63 ever shot in a major championship to tie Walker (66) with a nine-under-par total of 131.


July 29 (Reuters) - Following is a list of 63s, the lowest scores recorded in major championships, after American Robert Streb became the 28th player to achieve the feat in the second round of the PGA Championship at Baltusrol Golf Club in Springfield, New Jersey on Friday (United States unless stated): MASTERS Nick Price (Zimbabwe) 1986 Greg Norman (Australia) 1996 U.S. ...
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is showing no signs of letdown at the PGA Championship following his record-setting performance in winning the British Open two weeks ago and believes he can stay in the groove. "Maybe I'll run out of steam at some point, but up until then, I'll just keep trying my best," said Stenson.
By Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey, July 29 (Reuters) - Henrik Stenson is showing no signs of letdown at the PGA Championship following his record-setting performance in winning the British Open two weeks ago and believes he can stay in the groove. "Maybe I'll run out of steam at some point, but up until then, I'll just keep trying my best," said Stenson.

Jimmy Walker, pictured on July 15, 2016, fired a five-under 65 to lead after 18 holes, birdied the fifth and eighth holes and has yet to make a bogey to stand on nine-under with five holes remainingTop-ranked defending champion Jason Day made seven birdies in eight holes to charge within two shots of the lead at the PGA Championship as pace-setter Jimmy Walker clung to a one-shot edge. Walker birdied three holes in a row starting at the par-3 12th but a bogey at the par-5 18th left him with a four-under par 66 second round to stand on nine-under 131 after 36 holes. Unheralded American Robert Streb had seven birdies and a lone bogey to stand on eight-under with two holes remaining with Day next at seven-under alongside Emiliano Grillo of Argentina in the clubhouse.


July 29 (Gracenote) - Latest leaderboard in the second round from the PGA Championship at the par-70 course on Friday in Springfield, New Jersey holesplayed rounds -10 Jimmy Walker (U.S.) 16 65 -7 Emiliano Grillo (Argentina) 17 66 -6 Robert Streb (U.S.) 13 68 Jason Day (Australia) 14 68 Henrik Stenson (Sweden) 18 67 67 -5 Patrick Reed (U.S.) 18 70 65 Martin Kaymer (Germany) 18 66 69 -4 Brooks Koepka (U.S.) 15 68 Harris English (U.S.) 18 67 69 Hideki Matsuyama (Japan) 18 69 67 -3 Jamie Donaldson (Britain) 14 69 Gregory Bourdy (France) 13 69 Jordan Spieth (U.S.) 18 70 67 William McGirt (U.S. ...

RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Liz Young's husband-caddie provided a perfect summary after his expectant wife's brave bid to qualify for the last two rounds of the Women's British Open ended in disappointment on Friday. "The heart was willing but the body gave up on her," Jonathan Young told Reuters after the blonde Englishwoman, who is seven months pregnant, tired over the closing holes and missed the cut on 149, five over par.


NHL: Stanley Cup Final-San Jose Sharks at Pittsburgh PenguinsBy Jonathan Stempel NEW YORK (Reuters) - The National Hockey League's players union on Friday urged a U.S. court not to grant Commissioner Gary Bettman broad power to override arbitrators when deciding how severely to discipline players for improper on-ice conduct. Citing a recent appeals court ruling against New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, the NHL Players Association said Bettman should not be allowed to restore a 20-game suspension of Calgary Flames defenseman Dennis Wideman for hitting a linesman, after an arbitrator cut the ban to 10 games.


RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way on 11-under 133, one ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) of China and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). It was 2009 British Open champion Matthew, though, who took most of the plaudits after packing seven birdies into a flawless round to share fourth spot with South Korean Jang Ha-na (67).


By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) - Evergreen Catriona Matthew, boosted by having husband Graham back on her bag after a spell looking after their two young children, launched a determined title charge at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. South Korean Lee Mi-rim (71) led the way on 11-under 133, one ahead of Shanshan Feng (68) of China and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). It was 2009 British Open champion Matthew, though, who took most of the plaudits after packing seven birdies into a flawless round to share fourth spot with South Korean Jang Ha-na (67).

Sweden's Henrik Stenson made bogeys at holes 12 and 13 in the second round of the PGA Championship on July 29, 2016British Open champion Henrik Stenson fired a three-under par 67 Friday to seize a one-stroke lead over two-time major winner Martin Kaymer and Patrick Reed in the rain-soaked second round of the PGA Championship. Reed fired a 65 to join Kaymer in second after the German shot 69. Jimmy Walker, the American who opened with a 65 to lead after 18 holes, was among the late starters along with Rory McIlroy and top-ranked defending champion Jason Day.


(Reuters) - Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games. The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics. AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) - Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.

South Korea's Lee Mirim tees off on the 17th hole on the second day of the 2016 Women's British Open Golf Championships at Woburn Golf Club in central England, on July 29, 2016Lee Mirim couldn't match her great golf of the first round, but a 71 was still good enough to hold the halfway lead on 11 under par 133 at the Women's British Open at Woburn on Friday. The 25-year-old South Korean leads an Asian 1-2-3 as she holds a one shot lead over China's Feng Shanshan (68) and Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (69). Scotland's Catriona Matthew, who will be 47 next month and won the title at Royal Lytham and St Annes in 2009, shot a best of day 65 and moved into joint fourth place on nine under alongside another South Korean, Jang Ha-Na (67).


RICOH Women's British Open 2016By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - British number one Charley Hull looked like the 'Pied Piper of Woburn' as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men's British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said "I didn't get into golf to get other people in the game". World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.


By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England (Reuters) - Lydia Ko, faced with the embarrassing prospect of missing the cut at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday, showed why she is the world's number one golfer by delivering the goods when it mattered. "Those birdies really gave me some breathing room going down the last two holes," Ko told reporters after a two-under 70 gave her a level-par aggregate of 144. "Going into today my goal was to play all four days so I think goal number one is accomplished." Ko said the Marquess Course at Woburn was a difficult test for the players and could not believe clubhouse leader Lee Mi-rim (71) of South Korea was flying high at 11-under.

PGA: PGA Championship - Second RoundEarly second-round play in the PGA Championship resumed after a delay of 41 minutes at Baltusrol on Friday with weather threatening to cause further interruptions in the year's final major championship. Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who began the day one stroke behind American leader Jimmy Walker, took a step back on the leaderboard in the early going. Bogeys at the first and third holes dropped Kaymer to two under before a birdie at the par-three fourth brought him back within two shots of the lead.


By Tony Jimenez WOBURN, England, July 29 (Reuters) - British number one Charley Hull looked like the 'Pied Piper of Woburn' as she treated her fans to another sparkling exhibition of golf to move into contention at the Ricoh Women's British Open on Friday. Four-times major winner Rory McIlroy caused controversy during the men's British Open at Royal Troon two weeks ago when he said "I didn't get into golf to get other people in the game". World number 27 Hull, however, clearly takes a different view.
Early second-round play in the PGA Championship resumed after a delay of 41 minutes at Baltusrol on Friday with weather threatening to cause further interruptions in the year's final major championship. Former PGA champion Martin Kaymer of Germany, who began the day one stroke behind American leader Jimmy Walker, took a step back on the leaderboard in the early going. Bogeys at the first and third holes dropped Kaymer to two under before a birdie at the par-three fourth brought him back within two shots of the lead.
July 29 (Gracenote) - Scores from the European Tour King's Cup at the par-70 course on Friday in Pattaya. The cut was set at 141. -7 Terry Pilkadaris (Australia) 66 67 Sattaya Supupramai (Thailand) 63 70 -6 Joachim Hansen (Denmark) 67 67 -5 Natipong Srithong (Thailand) 66 69 Jaco Ahlers (South Africa) 67 68 Sutijet Kooratanapisan (Thailand) 67 68 Lin Wen-Tang (Chinese Taipei) 69 66 -4 David Lipsky (U.S. ...
(Reuters) - Following the International Olympic Committee's (IOC) decision on Sunday not to issue a blanket ban on Russian athletes despite evidence of systematic doping across the majority of Olympic sports, global sporting federations have been left to decide which Russians can compete at next month's Rio Games. The IOC said any Russian athletes with a previous doping suspension will be ineligible to compete at the Olympics. AQUATICS (SWIMMING, DIVING, SYNCHRONIZED SWIMMING AND WATERPOLO) - Yulia Efimova, Mikhail Dovgalyuk, Natalia Lovtcova, Anastasia Krapivina, Nikita Lobintsev, Vladimir Morozov and Daria Ustinova are seven Russian swimmers banned by the governing body FINA from competing at Rio.

PGA: The 145th Open Championship - Third RoundBy Tony Jimenez COVENTRY, England (Reuters) - Europe captain Darren Clarke should select Francesco Molinari as one of his three wildcard choices for the Ryder Cup because of his almost metronomic driving accuracy, according to Costantino Rocca. Rocca, who featured in the biennial team event in 1993, 1995 and 1997, believes fellow Italian Molinari would be a dream match play partner for any of the European players when the holders take on the United States at Hazeltine, Minnesota in September. "If I was the captain I would give Francesco a wildcard pick," the burly 59-year-old told Reuters in an interview while competing in this week's Farmfoods British Par-3 Championship at Nailcote Hall near Coventry.


(Reuters) - German Stephan Jaeger completed a historical first when he shot a 12-under-par 58 on the PGA Tour's secondary Web.com Tour in California on Thursday. Jaeger became the first player to shoot 58 on either of the main North America-based circuits, bettering the 59 recorded six times on the PGA Tour and five times on the secondary one.
German Stephan Jaeger completed a historical first when he shot a 12-under-par 58 on the PGA Tour's secondary Web.com Tour in California on Thursday. Jaeger became the first player to shoot 58 on either of the main North America-based circuits, bettering the 59 recorded six times on the PGA Tour and five times on the secondary one.

PGA: U.S. Open-First RoundBy Liana B. Baker SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Sweden's Henrik Stenson and the United States' Bubba Watson will be vying for a gold medal in golf's return to the Olympics after 112 years, an event with less buzz than many in the sport had hoped for due to some high-profile no-shows. Watson and Stenson, ranked No. 1 and No. 2 respectively in the Olympics field of 60 players, will be missing some familiar foes, since the top four men in the world -- Jason Day, Dustin Johnson, Jordan Spieth and Rory McIlroy -- have controversially decided not to play in the competition, which takes place between Aug. 11 and 14.


PGA: PGA Championship - First RoundBy Larry Fine SPRINGFIELD, New Jersey (Reuters) - Texan Jimmy Walker has been working mighty hard to turn his game around and thinks it is only fair to see some results. At venerable Baltusrol Golf Club on Thursday, Walker enjoyed the fruits of his labors and the sight of birdie putts falling into the cup as he claimed the first-round lead at the PGA Championship. Walker, who won five tournaments over the previous two seasons but has not cracked into the top 10 of an event since early March, collected six birdies and one bogey in registering a five-under 65 for a one-shot lead in the year's final major.


Golf - Kaymer, Stenson set for early charge at rainy PGAInspired by his upcoming Rio Olympics golf appearance, Germany's Martin Kaymer has regained the form that made him a two-time major winner and become a PGA Championship title threat. Kaymer fired a four-under-par 66 Thursday at Baltusrol to stand one stroke off the pace of US leader Jimmy Walker after the first round of the year's final major tournament, moved up two weeks because of next month's Olympic golf event. "If you have, for example, (NBA star) Dirk Nowitzki there, (18-time Olympic champion swimmer) Michael Phelps and those guys, they are the best in what they do.


American Jimmy Walker fired a five-under-par 65 to take a one-shot lead at the PGA ChampionshipJimmy Walker is having a flop golf season after two breakthrough campaigns. Ross Fisher has not contended for a major crown since 2009. The unheralded trio joined two-time major champion Martin Kaymer of Germany at the top of the leaderboard after Thursday's opening round of the 98th PGA Championship at Baltusrol, dreaming of becoming the sport's fifth consecutive first-time major winner.


Germany's Stephan Jaeger hit the first 58 recorded in a US professional tournamentGermany's Stephan Jaeger has fired the first 58 recorded in a US professional tournament, going 12-under to lead a developmental tour event in Hayward, California. The lowest score recorded on the US PGA Tour or the 50-and-over Champions Tour had been 59 but the 27-year-old German eclipsed that with 12 birdies and six pars in Thursday's first round of the Web.com Tour's Ellie Mae Classic at par-70 TPC Stonebrae. "I'm really happy with the way I played, especially on the back nine," Jaeger said.


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