British Open 2017 Leaderboard: Latest Scores and Standings from Sunday

Jordan Spieth is the clear favorite to win the 2017 Open Championship at Royal Birkdale Golf Club in Southport, England, on Sunday, but savvy veteran Matt Kuchar, who has seven PGA Tour wins and made 28 of his last 31 major cuts, is hot on his heels.

Here’s a look at the latest leaderboard and predictions for three top golfers when play ends Sunday.

     

Leaderboard

    

Predictions

Brooks Koepka

The 2017 U.S. Open champion took a month off after winning his first major in mid-June, but he hasn’t looked rusty at Royal Birkdale, finishing the third round in a tie for third place with 20-year-old Austin Connelly.

Koepka has an advantage over many other American golfers on links courses, as he began his professional career in Europe, playing on the Challenge and European Tours. That has certainly helped him this week.

He also seems to bring his best at majors. Since the 2015 U.S. Open, Koepka has not finished worse than 21st in any event and has registered top-10 finishes four times.

Expect him to finish strong at Royal Birkdale, but with Spieth holding a healthy six-shot lead over Koepka entering the final round, it will be very difficult for him to win the Claret Jug.

Prediction: Third place (seven under)

            

Matt Kuchar

The 39-year-old Kuchar, who has seemingly been in the top five of every single Masters during his professional career (in reality, it’s four of the last six), is making waves at Royal Birkdale, which suits him well.

Kuchar doesn’t drive the ball far (he is 162nd on the PGA Tour in that statistic), but Royal Birkdale awards accurate, smart and technically sound players who are creative and can manage the elements.

Kuchar is that guy, as he’s proven over three rounds by shooting eight under overall. If not for a double bogey on the 16th hole Saturday, then Kuchar could be neck and neck with Spieth for the Claret Jug.

However, Kuchar has a three-shot deficit staring him down right now. That can be erased in the matter of one hole, but Spieth is playing so well that it’s hard to see him giving up a three-shot edge.

Still, Kuchar should do well again on Sunday and secure a second-place finish.

Prediction: Second place (11 under)

      

Jordan Spieth

Spieth, who is looking for his third major win, finished with bogey-free rounds on Thursday and Saturday, shooting a combined 12 under.

However, Spieth’s best performance in this tournament may have come on Friday, a day filled with nasty winds and rain that led to many high scores. Only eight players managed to finish under par during the second round, and Spieth was one of those eight.

He’s been nothing but spectacular this weekend and looks unstoppable right now. Although a comeback from Kuchar or a wild card outside the final grouping isn’t impossible, it’s hard to pick anyone but Spieth to win considering his nearly flawless play this week.

Prediction: Winner (13 under)

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Manchester City vs. Real Madrid: 2017 ICC Time, TV Schedule and Live Stream

Pre-season will continue for Manchester City and Real Madrid with another International Champions Cup match on Wednesday at the LA Memorial Coliseum in Los Angeles, California.

Both teams are winless so far in the friendly competition, with City losing to rivals Manchester United and Los Blancos drawing with the Red Devils, before dropping a penalty shootout.

Results are meaningless in these kind of pre-season friendlies, however―building fitness and figuring out formations are much more important.

         

Date: Wednesday, July 26

Time: 11 p.m. ET/4 a.m. BST (Thursday)

TV Info: ESPN (U.S.), Premier Sports (UK)

Live Stream: WatchESPN, Premier Player

          

Real Madrid didn’t shy away from using a handful of regular starters in their first ICC match of the summer, and Luka Modric was among the standouts. The Croatia international didn’t skip a beat after the UEFA Champions League final, with plenty of skills and great passes in the centre of the park.

Per Squawka Football, he’s been making opponents look silly for some time now:

Los Blancos faltered in the penalty shootout after the match ended in a 1-1 draw in regulation, but manager Zinedine Zidane won’t worry about that scoreline too much. He saw positive contributions from a number of young players, including new signing Theo Hernandez, who earned his side a penalty.

City failed to score in their first ICC match, a 2-0 defeat at the hands of United in Houston, Texas. The Red Devils scored their two goals in quick succession, as the Blues defence lost its composure and the squad never recovered.

The defence remains a work in progress, and manager Pep Guardiola added another piece on Monday, per the club’s official Twitter account:

Benjamin Mendy and Danilo are not expected to feature against Real, with Guardiola once again emphasising the physical nature of these friendlies. The Spaniard tested his players’ fitness against United, and will likely continue to build on that, with the Premier League season not starting until August 12.

Real won’t play a competitive fixture until August 8―they’ll face Manchester United again, this time in the European Super Cup―and they won’t be in action in La Liga until August 19, with two legs of the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona also on the schedule.

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Biggest Hurdle Every Top NBA Rookie Will Face in 2017-18 Season

The NBA game isn’t college basketball, and many of the top rookies will soon find that out. 

Each one has a signature weakness that will act as a hurdle during his transition to the pros. 

Many of them are bound to experience dramatic role changes. Meanwhile, the non-shooters or weaker athletes must finds ways to compensate. 

We broke down the major challenge for each lottery pick (and Ben Simmons) in position to crack his team’s rotation. Note that Zach Collins and Bam Adebayo aren’t projected to have significant roles as rookies, so they are not included. 

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David Price Reportedly Cursed, Heckled Dennis Eckersley on Multiple Occasions

New details have emerged concerning the confrontation between Boston Red Sox pitcher David Price and NESN announcer and former MLB pitcher Dennis Eckersley, when Price reportedly mocked and cursed out Eckersley on the team charter, according to Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe.

The incident reportedly took place after Price learned Eckersley said “Yuck” after Eduardo Rodriguez’s stats from a rehab start were flashed onto the screen.

Price then confronted Eckersley, per Shaughnessy’s report:

“On the day of the episode, Price was standing near the middle of the team aircraft, surrounded by fellow players, waiting for Eckersley. When Eckersley approached, on his way to the back of the plane (Sox broadcasters traditionally sit in the rear of the aircraft), a grandstanding Price stood in front of Eckersley and shouted, ‘Here he is—the greatest pitcher who ever lived! This game is easy for him!’ 

“When a stunned Eckersley tried to speak, Price shot back with, ‘Get the [expletive] out of here!’

“Many players applauded.”

Per that report, Price again told Eckersley to “Get the [expletive] out of here!” when the former MLB pitcher crossed into the section of the plane where Price was seated.

As Shaughnessy noted, Eckersley’s “blunt, sometimes critical style” has rubbed many Red Sox players the wrong way. He added, “At Fenway, there has been clubhouse disgruntlement about Eckersley’s style for some time.”

Price’s response seemed to have crossed a line, however. He defended his actions, saying in June, “I stand up for my teammates. Whatever crap I catch for that, I’m fine with it.”

Precisely how the Red Sox addressed the situation remains unclear. Team CEO Sam Kennedy said, “We handled it internally in Toronto. David met with [president of baseball operations] Dave Dombrowski and [manager] John Farrell. It was dealt with at that level.”

Per Shaughnessy, team owner John Henry visited with Eckersley privately off the air during a recent game, while chairman Tom Werner, Dombrowski and Kennedy have met with him as well in an effort to resolve the situation. But he also reported that neither Price nor Farrell have apologized to Eckersley following the incident.

“We have moved on and our focus is on winning games,” Farrell said in his lone statement on the matter.

While players responding harshly to criticism from announcers and sportswriters is nothing new, Eckersley’s opinions would seem to carry more weight, given that he is a Hall of Famer who won an MVP and Cy Young award in his long and decorated career. 

Apparently Price felt differently. 

And the star pitcher has had a contentious relationship with the media this season. As ESPN.com noted, Price “announced last month that he would no longer speak to the media on days when he doesn’t pitch and also lashed out at a reporter from CSNNE.com earlier this season after a game in New York.”

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Zach Britton Sets AL Record After Converting 55th-Straight Save Opportunity

Baltimore Orioles closer Zach Britton registered a save in Sunday’s 9-7 win over the Houston Astros, and he made history in doing so.

Britton has now converted 55 straight saves dating back to last year, setting a record in the American League. The Orioles celebrated the achievement:

Britton has a lot of work ahead of him if he’s going to set the MLB mark. Former Los Angeles Dodgers closer Eric Gagne converted 84 straight saves from 2002 to 2004.

Britton hasn’t quite been as dominant as he was a year ago. The 29-year-old finished 2016 with a 0.54 ERA after allowing four earned runs in 67 innings.

A left forearm strain caused Britton to miss almost all of May and the entirety of June as well. As a result, he has been limited to 17 innings in 16 appearances.

Still, Britton is one of the more intriguing relievers on the trade market. ESPN.com’s Jerry Crasnick reported Thursday the Dodgers are interested in acquiring the left-hander but that his injury gave them pause.

As Britton continues his push for Gagne’s record, he may soon be doing so outside of Baltimore.

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John Elway, Broncos Agree on New 5-Year Contract

John Elway transformed the Denver Broncos into Super Bowl champions as one of the leading minds in the team’s front office, and he was rewarded for his commitment to the franchise Monday with a new five-year contract. 

The Broncos announced the new deal after ESPN’s Adam Schefter first reported the agreement. Schefter later reported that while figures aren’t yet available, the contract is “fully expected” to make Elway the league’s highest-paid general manager.

“We’re pleased to reach an agreement on a five-year contract with John to continue leading our football operations,” Broncos President and CEO Joe Ellis said in the team release. “During these last six seasons, John’s clearly established himself as one of the best general managers in all of sports. He’s demonstrated impressive football instincts, a strong business acumen and a consistent ability to build competitive teams.

“There’s no doubt John means a great deal to the Broncos, our fans and the entire community. It was important for us to reach this long-term agreement, and we’re all excited to now turn our full attention toward the 2017 season.”

Elway joined the Broncos front office in 2011 as the director of player personnel, and it wasn’t long before he became the team’s chief decision-maker.

A season later, Elway’s title was changed to executive vice-president of football operations, and he officially became the Broncos’ general manager in 2013 after he served in that role on a de facto basis in 2012 when Peyton Manning was brought aboard. 

The Broncos proceeded to rip off four straight seasons of at least 12 wins between 2012-2015, and an AFC title in 2013 represented their first trip back to the game’s grandest stage since Elway quarterbacked them to a Vince Lombardi Trophy during the 1998 season. 

Despite a loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Super Bowl 48, they avenged that loss two seasons later with a victory over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. 

However, the 2016 season represented a step back. 

With Trevor Siemian under center and the offense in a transitionary space, the Broncos battled inconsistencies and missed the postseason following a 9-7 finish. 

Change continued to envelop the Broncos after the season ended, when head coach Gary Kubiak announced he was retiring. 

But despite the uncertainty, Elway has remained committed to the only NFL franchise he’s ever known.

“Challenges excite me; that’s what it’s about,” Elway said, per Broncos Wire’s Rich Kurtzman. “… This game is about adjusting. We can continue to work hard, and so that’s what we’ll continue to do. Like I said, the goal and the plan have not changed. That’s how people win championships. We were there a year ago. There is no reason that we can’t get back there soon again.”

Elway still has plenty to figure out with Vance Joseph at the helm and the offense searching for an identity, but his track record suggests the Broncos will be back in title contention sooner rather than later. 

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Luke Rockhold vs. David Branch Fight Announced for UFC Fight Night in September

The UFC announced Saturday that Luke Rockhold would take on David Branch at the UFC Fight Night in Pittsburgh on Saturday, Sept. 16.

As Brett Okamoto of ESPN noted, that’s the same night as Gennady Golovkin vs. Canelo Alvarez, one of the most anticipated boxing matches of the year.

Rockhold, 32, is looking to rebound after getting knocked out by Michael Bisping in June 2016 at UFC 199. That halted a five-match winning streak that included Rockhold claiming the UFC middleweight belt after defeating Chris Weidman at UFC 194 in December 2015.

Rockhold is 15-3 overall in his professional career, with injuries delaying his comeback to the Octagon following his loss to Bisping.

Branch (21-3), meanwhile, is on an 11-match winning streak and last beat Krzysztof Jotko at UFC 211 in May. The 35-year-old has climbed in the middleweight ranks and could put himself in the running for a title fight with a victory over Rockhold.

Certainly, Rockhold—currently ranked No. 3 among middleweight division contenders—could make himself an attractive figure for another title fight with a convincing win over Branch.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723227-luke-rockhold-vs-david-branch-fight-announced-for-ufc-fight-night-in-september

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LeBron James’ Less Than $1M Investment in Blaze Pizza Reportedly Reaches $25M

In addition to being one of the greatest players ever to step on a basketball court, Cleveland Cavaliers star LeBron James has proved to be a shrewd businessman away from the game.

ESPN.com’s Darren Rovell reported Monday that James stands to gain at least $25 million for his roughly 10 percent stake in nationwide chain Blaze Pizza. James collaborated with others to invest less than $1 million in the company in 2012.

According to Rovell, Blaze Pizza recently sold a percentage of the company to a private equity firm, valuing the company at $250 million.

James’ financial stake could also climb to $35 million or $40 million when he receives endorsement payments that are part of his deal with Blaze Pizza.

In April 2016, Blaze Pizza was named the fastest-growing restaurant chain in the United States.

Maverick Carter, James’ business partner, explained that he and the four-time NBA MVP are constantly looking for ways to expand James’ financial portfolio.

LeBron and I have always been about finding companies that we truly believe in and putting real money into them,” Carter said, per Rovell. “We’re not talking putting in $15,000 or $20,000. It’s real money plus the expertise, understanding and knowledge that we bring as well as bringing LeBron’s name and likeness to the product.”

James famously made $30 million from the $3 billion sale of Beats Electronics to Apple.

Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723589-lebron-james-less-than-1m-investment-in-blaze-pizza-reportedly-reaches-25m

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Robert Griffin III Reportedly to Work out for Chargers on Tuesday

Free agent quarterback Robert Griffin III will work out for the Los Angeles Chargers on Tuesday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN. 

Schefter added that the former Washington and Cleveland Browns quarterback has been working out in Florida with his quarterbacks coach from last season, Pep Hamilton.

Griffin, 27, appeared in just five games for the Browns last season, throwing for 886 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions while completing 59.2 percent of his passes. He also rushed for 190 yards and another two scores. 

He missed the majority of the season due to a shoulder injury.

And this offseason, there hasn’t been much interest in his services, per Schefter: 

That may be changing, however. Along with Griffin’s scheduled workout with the Chargers, B/R’s Mike Freeman reported the following on July 19:

“Several teams told me Griffin is starting to draw some mild interest—emphasis on mild. Still, there are teams who want to see what he has left. The hesitancy with Griffin, though, is obvious: He’s as frail as a snowman in July. But all it takes is one team, and there appears to be more than that willing to give him a look, maybe in camp.”

And Hamilton spoke highly of Griffin, per Ian Rapoport of NFL.com: 

In LA, Griffin would fight for a backup spot behind Philip Rivers. Kellen Clemens is currently second on the depth chart behind Rivers. 

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723562-robert-griffin-iii-reportedly-to-work-out-for-chargers-on-tuesday

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Mike Williams Denies Needing Season-Ending Surgery for Back Injury

Los Angeles Chargers rookie wide receiver Mike Williams denied on Saturday that he would require season-ending back surgery despite previous reports to the contrary.

“I’m good. Everything good. The back situation. That was some false information being released,” he said, per Lakisha Jackson of NFL.com. “I don’t know who released it but everything is good.”

On Wednesday, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com noted that season-ending surgery had been a possibility for Williams three to four weeks ago but “two sources with direct knowledge say it is NOT on the table now” and that Williams was showing improvement.

Mike Garafolo of NFL.com reported the same day that Williams “is likely to start camp on the physically unable to perform list following a second epidural on the herniated disk in his lower back,” per Marc Sessler of NFL.com.

Adam Schefter of ESPN.com reported during the week that surgery is still a possibility, however:

“The rookie wide receiver recently was given the epidural in a last-ditch effort to get him ready at some point during training camp, but sources said he is not expected to be available for the start of camp and there is concern he could need season-ending back surgery.

“Another source is optimistic that Williams will not need surgery and said Thursday afternoon, ‘He’s been coming along pretty well.’”

The injury was discovered after the team’s first practice of rookie minicamp, though as Schefter reported, the Chargers are unclear as to precisely when Williams suffered the injury.

Schefter added, “One source said it’s possible it was injured at the combine and during his pro day but he did a good enough job masking it so that teams would not know and his draft stock would not be affected.”

Were Williams to miss the entirety of the 2017 season, it would be a major disappointment for the Chargers after they made him the No. 7 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft. He was expected to make an instant impact in the team’s offense and pair with the talented but oft-injured Keenan Allen at wideout.

Given the latest reports and Williams’ comments Saturday, however, it would appear season-ending surgery is no longer the most likely scenario.

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Source: http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2723216-mike-williams-denies-needing-season-ending-surgery-for-back-injury

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