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    Rory McIlroy is coming off a two-week break and sure doesn't look to have much rust. At least with his irons. McIlroy was practically flawless from tee to green in the Scottish Open. He had a 66 for a one-shot lead going into the weekend. He only wishes it could have been better. McIlroy missed nine putts from 10 feet or closer, all but one of those chances for birdie. He's still happy to be leading. One shot behind are Tom Kim, Byeong Hun An and Tyrrell Hatton. Among those missing the cut are Jordan Spieth and Patrick Cantlay.

      Former world champion Michal Kwiatkowski has soloed to the top of the Grand Colombier mountain on the Tour de France and Tadej Pogacar has cut a little more time off Jonas Vingegaard's lead in the fight for the yellow jersey. Kwiatkowski was part of an early breakaway and went solo about 11 kilometers from the daunting mountaintop finish. Vingegaard and Pogacar watched each other closely then Pogacar attacked on the last 500 meters of the 17.4-kilometer-long ascent.

        New York Liberty guard Sabrina Ionescu electrified the crowd by scoring a record 37 of a possible 40 points to easily win the 3-point shooting contest at the WNBA All-Star Game. She beat the Seattle Storm's Sami Whitcomb and the Dallas Wings' Arike Ogunbowale in the final. Whitcomb had 24 points and Ogunbowale 11. The Las Vegas Aces' team of Chelsea Gray and Kelsey Plum won the skills competition with a time of 44.3 seconds in the final round, easily beating the 58.0 put up by the Liberty's Ionescu and Courtney Vandersloot.

        ARLINGTON, Texas — Thus far Steve Sarkisian’s greatest accomplishments at Texas are a shiny Alamo Bowl runner-up trophy, and a first-place “finish” in the 2023 Big 12 preseason poll. The last time Texas was picked to finish first in the Big 12 preseason poll was 2009, the year the Horns did win the league, and reached the national title game. Since then, no team in major college sports ...


        Dutch forward Vivianne Miedema and England’s Leah Williamson are among the stars of women's soccer who won’t be playing in the World Cup. Both players have been ruled out because of ACL injuries. And they’re not the only ones. 

        The Women's World Cup will be played with new programs in place to help protect players and other participants. The attention on player safety comes after a series of sexual abuse scandals rocked the game in recent years, and brought greater awareness. 

        Elias Díaz hit a two-run homer off Félix Bautista in the eighth inning, and the National League snapped a nine-game losing streak in the All-Star Game with a 3-2 win over the American League.

        The Los Angeles Angels drafted one of the Joyce brothers in 2022. They grabbed the other one on the final day of this year's draft. The Angels selected Zach Joyce in the 14th round after they took his twin brother, Ben, in the third round of last year's amateur draft. Zach Joyce helped the University of Tennessee reach the College World Series this season, going 1-0 with a 4.35 ERA and 17 strikeouts in 10 1/3 innings over 13 appearances.

         Paolo Banchero saw the picture every day at his family home. It was a team photo of a USA Basketball squad from the 1990s, one that included his mother. Red, white and blue seeds were planted. And in the end, that picture was the biggest factor in why he'll be playing for USA Basketball this summer and likely beyond. 

        A Hawaii surfer known for shooting awe-inspiring photos and videos from the inside of massive, curling waves has died after a surfing accident in Indonesia. Mikala Jones was 44. His father Dr. John Jones, a Honolulu dentist, says Jones had gone out Sunday morning during a trip to the Mentawai Islands off the western coast of Sumatra when his surfboard fin cut his femoral artery. The femoral artery is a large blood vessel in the thigh that delivers blood to lower limbs. Jones' Instagram account shows images of waves curling around him from above while he crouches on his board with a sunset or sunrise visible in the distance.

        The World Cup always draws attention to the inequities between men's and women's soccer. But it also highlights the inequity within the women's game itself. Teams like the United States and England, with greater support from their federations, enjoy the best that money can buy: Things like sports psychologists, massage therapists and team chefs. Other teams, like Jamaica and South Africa, are uncertain they'll even get paid. So they're using social media and collective action to draw attention to their plight.

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