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HOYLAKE, England — Rory McIlroy and Tiger Woods are off to good starts in the British Open. McIlroy has a history of playing well Thursday — it's Friday where he tends to fall apart. Woods shot a 69, saying it felt like any other round. It was, however, his first in a major in 11 months. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words, photos by 5 p.m.
Sure, it was great for a couple days: the cheers for Derek Jeter, the power of Giancarlo Stanton, the excellence of Mike Trout in the AL's 5-3 victory. Baseball's All-Star party in the Twin Cities was a long series of smiles for players and fans. Now the break is over. The real fun begins Friday night. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HARRISBURG, Pa. — An adopted son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky tells Oprah Winfrey he was sexually abused by the former Penn State coach during a bedtime "ritual." Matt Sandusky, initially a foster child of the Sanduskys, speaks during a show broadcast Thursday night. SENT: 450 words, photos. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos after program, which airs 9 p.m.
CYC--TOUR DE FRANCE
SAINT-ETIENNE, France — Norway's Alexander Kristoff wins the 12th stage of the Tour de France on a course favoring sprinters. Italy's Vincenzo Nibali keeps the yellow jersey and is followed by Australia's Richie Porte and Spain's Alejandro Valverde. By Jamey Keaten. SENT: 550 words, photos.
— CYC--Tour de France-5 Things. By Jerome Pugmire. SENT: 500 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— CYC--Tour de France-Glance. SENT: 200 words.
SYLVANIA, Ohio — Beatriz Recari begins her title defense at the Marathon Toledo Classic after outdueling Paula Creamer down the stretch a year ago. Mo Martin, winner of the Women's British Open, is in the field along with Creamer, Stacy Lewis and Michelle Wie. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 7 p.m.
HOYLAKE, England — The warm ovation Tiger Woods heard walking up the 18th fairway at Royal Liverpool sounded familiar, even if the circumstances were not. Eight years ago it was because he was about to win the British Open. On Thursday, it was because he played. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 700 words, photos.
— GLF--British Open-Crane. By Doug Ferguson. Ben Crane came to Hoylake as an alternate and didn't get to play. SENT: 600 words.
— GLF--British Open-Uneasy Els. By Dennis Passa. Ernie Els gets off to rough start, and it gets no better. UPCOMING: 450 words, photos.
— GLF--British Open-Molinari Brothers. By Steve Douglas. Molinari brothers have nothing in common but a surname and score. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— GLF--British Open-Garcia. By Dennis Passa. Sergio Garcia still finding success at Hoylake. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— GLF--British Open-Factory Worker. By Steve Douglas. Factory worker makes most of British Open chance. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 500 words, photos.
— GLF--British Open-Notebook. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 900 words, photos by 5 p.m.
— GLF--British Open-Glance.
— GLF--British Open-Leader Cards
— GLF--British Open-Key Hole.
MINNEAPOLIS — Glen Perkins got to pitch the ninth inning for the AL in the All-Star game, representing the Minnesota Twins in the place where he was born and raised. He calls the cheers from the crowd as he jogged in from the bullpen an "overwhelming moment." By Dave Campbell. SENT: xxx words, photos.
CHICAGO — Each start was remarkably similar. That smooth, efficient motion. The devastating array of pitches. The easy cool that quickly spreads to his teammates, who are so confident when he takes the mound. A year after a disappointing departure from Baltimore, Jake Arrieta is thriving with the lowly Cubs. By Jay Cohen. SENT: 750 words, photos.
HOOVER, Ala. — The life of major college football players and coaches could change drastically in upcoming years once the NCAA and Big Five conferences revamp the current system. Players are mostly pleased about the likely changes, but also admit they've already got it pretty good. By David Brandt and John Zenor. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 5 p.m.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Alabama stumbled at the finish last season, victimized by Auburn's Kick Six and Oklahoma's offense. Neither that nor the search for a new quarterback diminishes the expectations facing the Crimson Tide, who have had two players arrested the last few weeks. By John Zenor. UPCOMING: 400 words, photos by 5 p.m.
SOC--MAN UNITED-VAN GAAL
Louis van Gaal, who coached the Netherlands to third place at the World Cup, awaits his next challenge — returning Manchester United to the elite of the Premier League. "It's the biggest club of the world," he says. For now, he's not making any bold predictions. By Rob Harris. SENT: 550 words, photos.
Go shopping with Russell Westbrook — whose style goes beyond the NBA courts — and check out his favorite section: the sale rack. At one upscale Manhattan store, the Oklahoma City guard roams the floor. When a fitted dark blue leather jacket is suggested, he says: "No, 'cause I know it costs like $3,000." By Entertainment Writer Mesfin Fekadu. SENT: 600 words, photos.
— SANTA CLARA, Calif. — FBN--49ers-49ers hold ribbon-cutting for $1.2 billion stadium. By Antonio Gonzalez. UPCOMING: 500 words, photos by 6 p.m.
— ANN ARBOR, Mich. — FBN--Titans-Lewan-Assault Case. Titans rookie Taylor Lewan to face a jury trial in fan-punching case. By Larry Lage. UPCOMING: 400 words by 4 p.m.
— HAMBURG, Germany — TEN--Hamburg. Third-seeded Tommy Robredo, fourth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov loses in third round of Hamburg Open. SENT: 250 words.
— ROME — TEN--Fognini Apology. Italy's Fabio Fognini apologizes for ethnic slur toward Serbia's Filip Krajinovic during Hamburg Open. SENT: 130 words, photos.
— BASTAD, Sweden — TEN--Swedish Open. Mona Barthel reaches quarterfinals of Swedish Open. SENT: 130 words.
— ISTANBUL — TEN--Istanbul Cup. Roberta Vinci advances to third round at Istanbul Cup. UPCOMING: 100 words by 4 p.m.
— NEWTON, Kan. — GLF--Men's Public Links. Second round of match play at U.S. Amateur Public Links. UPCOMING: 300 words by 9 p.m.
— DUPONT, Wash. — GLF--Women's Public Links. Second round of match play at U.S. Women's Amateur Public Links. SENT: 300 words by 11 p.m.
— OOTLEWAH, Tenn. — GLF--Southern Amateur. Grayson Murray leads by two shots entering second round of Southern Amateur. UPCOMING: 130 words by 9 p.m.
— ROME — SOC--WCup Final-Referee. World Cup referee says Germany's Christoph Kramer was disoriented after blow to head. SENT: 450 words, photos.
— HOCKENHEIM, Germany — The German Grand Prix is Sunday, with Mercedes the runaway leader in the Formula One season. By Ciaran Fahey. SENT: 850 words, photos.
— NEW YORK — McEnroe's Son-Arrest. John McEnroe's son arrested on drug charg. SENT: 120 words, photos.
— BKL--WNBA Capsules.
Thursday's Time Schedule (EDT)
San Antonio at Tulsa, 12:30 p.m.
Chicago at Indiana, 7 p.m.
Connecticut at Phoenix, 10 p.m.
Washington at Los Angeles, 10:30 p.m.