Ex-Detroit Lion Barney accuses pizza chain of discrimination

DETROIT (AP) — Former Detroit Lions Hall of Famer Lem Barney and his wife are suing a Detroit-area pizza chain for racial discrimination after being refused service.

The lawsuit filed in Detroit’s federal court Monday says Lem and Jacqueline Barney went to Happy’s Pizza in Commerce Township Nov. 2. The lawsuit says that when they tried to order, the manager told them to go to Happy’s Southfield location because “they would be more at home there.”

The Barneys are black. Southfield has a majority black population and Commerce Township is mostly white.

The lawsuit says the Barneys called the police. The restaurant manager told an officer that the Barneys were denied service because workers were preparing for a corporate catering event.

The Associated Press left a message Monday seeking comment from Happy’s Pizza.

Broncos bring back RB Williams, waive OL Jacobson

Broncos bring back RB Williams, waive OL Jacobson

Running back David Williams, who

Broncos bring back RB Williams, waive OL Jacobson

Running back David Williams, who was originally drafted by the Denver Broncos in 2018, rejoined the team on Friday.

Williams wound up playing last season for the Jacksonville Jaguars, who signed him off the Broncos practice squad.

He rushed eight times for 36 yards in six games with the Jaguars, who released Williams on May 10.

The Broncos also announced that offensive lineman Nathan Jacobson had been waived. Jacobson had joined the Broncos in May as an undrafted free agent out of UNLV.

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Former Giants OL Petrus dies of heat stroke

Former Giants OL Petrus dies of heat stroke

Former offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in 2011, died Thursday night of an apparent heat stroke.

Petrus, who was 32, had spent the day working outside of his family's business near Little

Former Giants OL Petrus dies of heat stroke

Former offensive lineman Mitch Petrus, who earned a Super Bowl ring with the New York Giants in 2011, died Thursday night of an apparent heat stroke.

Petrus, who was 32, had spent the day working outside of his family’s business near Little Rock, Ark. The area has been under a heat advisory, with temperatures into the 90s.

The former University of Arkansas walk-on was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round in 2010 and was part of the team that won the title after the 2011 season. He was cut after the season and spent time with the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots the following season before leaving the NFL.

The official Razorbacks twitter account posted a tribute to Petrus on Friday morning.

“We are deeply saddened by the passing of Mitch Petrus,” it reads. “He was an outstanding competitor, incredible teammate and a true Hog. He will be greatly missed by many. Rest easy Mitch.”

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Ireland’s Lowry grabs share of Open lead

Ireland's Lowry grabs share of Open lead

Ireland’s Lowry grabs share of Open lead

Ireland’s Shane Lowry survived a shaky back nine and grabbed a share of the 36-hole lead at The Open Championship on Friday.

Lowry, who grew up 180 miles from Royal Portrush, shot another 67 to match his first-round score. That left him at 8-under and even with J.B. Holmes, who shot 68 in the second round.

“I knew with the weather coming in, there’s going to be rain in the afternoon, I knew I needed to get off to a decent start anyway,” Lowry said of his 31 on the front nine. “To be out there doing it in front of the Irish people, it’s incredible.”

Lowry is not entirely new to the pressure of leading a major. He held the 54-hole lead in the U.S. Open at Oakmont with a third-round 65, only to become the first golfer since Payne Stewart (1998) to blow a lead of more than four shots in the final round.

Lee Westwood sat one shot off the lead with Tommy Fleetwood also at 7-under. Westwood was the Open Championship leader through 54 holes at Muirfield in 2013, when Phil Mickelson emerged with the Claret Jug.

Mickelson, who carded an 8-over total through two rounds, and Tiger Woods (6-over) are done for the tournament.

Without a single bogey in the second round, Westwood walked off the course Friday with only his second bogey-free round in 86 tries in The Open. But Westwood isn’t ready to start counting his shots toward a major title.

“There’s too much ground to cover before Sunday night. There’s a long way to go in this tournament,” he said. “I’ve never felt under that much pressure, to be honest. You lads write about it. I’ve always gone out and done my best. If it’s going to happen, it’s going to happen, and if it doesn’t, it doesn’t.”

Fleetwood sits a 7-under, his best score through two rounds of any major, thanks to four birdies on the back nine and six in his second round Friday.

Brooks Koepka was 2-under on Friday and is three shots back of the lead at 5-under along with Jordan Spieth, Andrew Putnam and Dylan Frittelli.

Woods started the back nine birdie-birdie but finished with bogeys on 17 and 18. Woods confessed he was travel-weary and ready to pack his bags Friday night.

“I just want some time off just to get away from it. I had a long trip to Thailand and then trying to get ready for this event, to play this event, it’s been a lot of travel, a lot of time in the air, a lot of moving around and different hotels and everything.

“I just want to go home.”

Local favorite Rory McIlroy wasn’t quite ready to tag out after a miserable first round, charging toward the cut line with a furious run of birdies in the second round.

Frittelli, from South Africa, spun out of a share of the lead with a horrific tee shot on 17 and more trouble on 18 to end double bogey-bogey. His group at 6-under is one shot behind Justin Rose, Justin Harding and Cameron Smith, who are tied for fifth.

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Bills sign S Coleman to replace retiring Bush

Bills sign S Coleman to replace retiring Bush

The Buffalo Bills

Bills sign S Coleman to replace retiring Bush

The Buffalo Bills signed journeyman safety Kurt Coleman on Friday to replace Rafael Bush, who is retiring after nine seasons.

Coleman, 31, is entering his 10th season and received a one-year contract that is reportedly worth just over $1 million.

He played all 16 regular-season games last season for the New Orleans Saints, making nine starts. Coleman finished with 32 tackles.

Coleman has played for Bills coach Sean McDermott during previous stints with the Philadelphia Eagles and Carolina Panthers.

Bush made seven starts for the Bills last season, finishing the season with 45 tackles and 1.5 sacks.

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Tiger (6-over) projected to miss cut at The Open

Tiger (6-over) projected to miss cut at The Open

Tiger (6-over) projected to miss cut at The Open

Tiger Woods will likely miss the cut at The Open after shooting a 1-under 70 in the second round at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on Friday.

Woods appeared to recover from a disastrous first round on Thursday — he labored to a 7-over 78 — but bogeys on the final two holes left him at 6-over for the tournament.

Stamina and physical health were questioned in Woods’ media session after his first two rounds. While he said there is no specific injury, Woods confessed he’s beaten down emotionally by his physical limitations.

“There were some physical issues — it was more frustrating than anything else,” Woods said. “This is me not playing well. Not scoring well. I don’t have the flexibility I once had. … There are times it’s going to be there, times it won’t.

“There’s been a lot of travel lately. I just want to go home.”

The cut line was hovering around 2-over par, but had shifted to 1-over as the morning wave finished the second round.

Woods entered the second round 12 shots off the lead, but birdied two of the first six holes to pick up momentum.

A bogey on the par-5 No. 7 interrupted his strong start, though he quickly got back on track with birdies on Nos. 10 and 11.

After a string of pars, Woods followed up a bogey on No. 17 with another on No. 18 as his chances faded away.

The highest opening round by a champion of The Open since World War II was a 75 by Gary Player in 1959.

Woods began the week ranked No. 5 in the world, and could have climbed as high as No. 2 with a victory.

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NFL declines to punish Chiefs WR Hill

NFL declines to punish Chiefs WR Hill

NFL declines to punish Chiefs WR Hill

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill will not be punished under the personal conduct policy as the NFL closed its formal investigation into multiple alleged physical altercations.

Hill pleaded guilty to an assault and battery charge in 2015 but a full version of an audio recording aired recently revealed Hill denying assaulting his fiancée.

“Based on the evidence presently available, the NFL cannot conclude that Mr. Hill violated the Personal Conduct Policy,” the statement reads.

“Accordingly, he may attend Kansas City’s training camp and participate in all club activities. He has been and will continue to be subject to conditions set forth by the District Court, Commissioner [Roger] Goodell, and the Chiefs, which include clinical evaluation and therapeutic intervention.”

The Chiefs announced in late April that Hill has been barred from team activities. In three seasons with the Chiefs after he was a fifth-round draft choice out of West Alabama in 2016, Hill has 223 catches for 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns.

The Chiefs released a statement on Friday welcoming Hill back to the team for the start of training camp next week.

“We have been informed of the decision by the National Football League that, based on the available evidence, the league has not found that Tyreek Hill violated the NFL’s Personal Conduct Policy. Based on the information provided to us by the league, we have decided it is appropriate for Tyreek to return to the team at the start of training camp. The club fully supports the conditions for return laid out by the league and will continue to monitor any new developments in the case. We are glad to welcome Tyreek back to the team and look forward to the start of training camp next week.”

In the recently released recording, played by 610 KCSP radio, Hill is heard telling Crystal Espinal that he “didn’t touch you in 2014.”

“You f—ing ruined my life and you lied on me in 2014,” Hill told Espinal. “I’m still not over that. I didn’t touch you in 2014.

“You lied on me in 2014. If you want to rewind that night, we can rewind that night, too. You was in my house. And did I pick you up and slam you? Hell no. I picked you up and put you out my door and after that you left.”

In August 2015, eight months after his arrest, Hill entered a guilty plea to domestic assault and battery by strangulation for allegedly punching and choking Espinal, who was pregnant at the time.

While entering his plea, Hill told a judge that he “did something I shouldn’t have done” and that “I let my feelings take control of me,” according to ESPN’s reporting.

Kansas City television station KCTV aired another audio recording, believed to have been made as Hill and Espinal were in Dubai’s international airport, that spurred the Johnson County District Attorney’s Office to take a second look at a possible criminal case involving injuries to the couple’s 3-year-old son.

The television station said it received the audio from “someone who is concerned about the welfare of the couple’s child.”

When police responded to their home previously, there were signs that a crime had been committed against the child, but the District Attorney’s Office said it would not have been able to prove who did it.

In the 11-minute audio file released in April, Espinal is heard telling Hill that the boy said “Daddy did it,” referring to an injury to the child’s arm.

The league left the door open for potential discipline down the line, saying “If further information becomes available through law enforcement, the pending court proceeding, or other sources, we will promptly consider it and take all appropriate steps at that time.”

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Tiger 500-1 to rally for The Open Championship

Tiger 500-1 to rally for The Open Championship

Tiger

Tiger 500-1 to rally for The Open Championship

Tiger Woods entered The Open Championship as a 20-1 bet to claim his 16th career major title this week at Royal Portrush.

After a sloppy and disastrous 7-over-par 78 in Thursday’s opening round, PointsBet and FanDuel dropped those odds to 500-1, as Woods will need a stellar round on Friday to even sniff the cut line.

He was given the same odds to win as David Duval, who carded a 91 on Thursday.

Woods began the week ranked No. 5 in the world, with an opportunity to climb as high as No. 2 with a victory. Others in his odds category entering Friday include the likes of Champions tour regular Tom Lehman, 528th-ranked Innchoon Hwang of South Korea, No. 350 Nino Bertasio of Italy and No. No. 327 Yosuke Asaji of Japan.

Woods looked so out of sorts, admitting after his round that he’s not feeling 100 percent physically, that Rory McIlroy has odds twice as good to win the tournament despite sitting another shot back at 8 over.

After offering everything from whether Woods would be paired with Sergio Garcia at some point during the tournament to whether he would keep the flagstick in on the final shot of a victory, the only Tiger-related prop bet being offered by PointsBet on Thursday was a “3-ball” bet. Woods is favored at +169 to play better on Friday than England’s Matt Wallace (+176, currently at 2 over) and former Masters champion Patrick Reed (+183, currently at even par).

For those who believe Woods can make one of his vaunted comebacks, PointsBet is offering a 30-1 bet that Woods can rally to finish within the top 10. FanDuel is offering 100-1 that he can climb his way into the top 5, but a less aggressive play is the 10-1 to rally for a top 40 finish.

Then again, that’s shorter odds than the 11-1 FanDuel is offering for the same bet on Phil Mickelson, who begins Round 2 two shots ahead of Woods at 5 over.

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Dolphins’ Norton discharged from hospital after losing arm

Dolphins' Norton discharged from hospital after losing arm

Two weeks after a car accident

Dolphins’ Norton discharged from hospital after losing arm

Two weeks after a car accident led to him losing his left arm, Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton walked out of a Miami hospital Thursday afternoon after being discharged, offering his gratitude after his life-changing amputation.

The 22-year-old Norton, who underwent six surgeries since his July 4 wreck, spoke on camera briefly from the parking lot at Jackson Memorial Hospital and thanked his numerous supporters through the ordeal.

“I just want to give a big thank you first of all to God for me still being here,” Norton said. “Second of all to Jackson Medical Center. They did a great job. They took great care of me while I was in here.

“Next, I want to thank the Miami Dolphins family. They’ve been crazy with how much help they’ve been willing to give and, you know, they really didn’t have to. … Everyone’s been showing so much support and so much love. I really appreciate it. … They’ve been a big part of me being able to even be out this early.”

Norton, who played at the University of Miami, said that several Dolphins teammates and coaches came to see him in the hospital often, and cited first-year head coach Brian Flores as a daily guest to his hospital room since the career-ending accident.

Norton spent most of the 2018 season on the Panthers’ practice squad after Carolina selected him in the seventh round of the 2018 draft. The Dolphins signed him in December.

NFL officials have said league and team insurance will cover his medical bills.

Norton was cited with making an improper lane change, per a Florida Highway Patrol report. He suddenly pulled his F-250 truck in front of a Maserati and clipped it, sending his car into a concrete barrier. The other driver was not injured, and the report said drugs or alcohol were not believed to be a factor.

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Poston matches course record at Barbasol Championship

Poston matches course record at Barbasol Championship

Poston matches course record at Barbasol Championship

J.T. Poston tied the course record with a 10-under-par 62 to grab the first-round lead in the Barbasol Championship at Nicholasville, Ky.

The 26-year-old North Carolina native produced 11 birdies and one bogey at Keene Trace Golf Club’s Champion course. He sits one shot ahead of Canada’s Nick Taylor and two shots in front of Wes Roach.

Kelly Kraft, Kramer Hickok, D.J. Trahan, Roberto Castro, Jim Herman, Bill Haas, Josh Teater and Colombia’s Sebastian Munoz are tied for fourth at 7 under.

Poston notched birdies on six of his first eight holes before recording his lone bogey on the par-3 ninth hole. He bounced back with five more birdies on the back nine, rolling in a 27-foot putt to end his round and match the course record.

“It was one of those days, everything clicked and I was hitting it so good, I didn’t have that many lengthy birdie putts I made until the last hole,” Poston said. “I kind of hit it like that the last month or so and had a couple of good rounds. …

“Lot of rain last night, so (the greens) are soft and they are really good greens and you can make a lot of putts. They are rolling really well.”

Former major champion Jason Dufner is tied for 15th at 5 under par.

John Daly, who pulled out of this week’s Open Championship a week ago after being denied a medical exemption for the use of a golf cart, shot a 1-under 71 on Thursday in the Barbasol event.

The alternate-field tournament is being held concurrently with The Open, which is underway at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland.

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NFL notebook: Amputated Norton out of hospital after losing arm

NFL notebook: Amputated Norton out of hospital after losing arm

Two weeks after a

NFL notebook: Amputated Norton out of hospital after losing arm

Two weeks after a car accident led to him losing his left arm, Dolphins defensive tackle Kendrick Norton walked out of a Miami hospital Thursday afternoon after being discharged, offering his gratitude after his life-changing amputation.

The 22-year-old Norton, who underwent six surgeries since his July 4 wreck, spoke on camera briefly from the parking lot at Jackson Memorial Hospital and thanked his numerous supporters through the ordeal.

“I just want to give a big thank you first of all to God for me still being here,” Norton said. “Second of all to Jackson Medical Center. They did a great job. They took great care of me while I was in here.

Norton, who played at the University of Miami, said that several Dolphins teammates and coaches saw him in the hospital often, and cited first-year head coach Brian Flores as a daily guest to his room since the career-ending accident. NFL officials have said league and team insurance will cover his medical bills.

–A 64-year-old Missouri man who aimed a laser pointer at New England quarterback Tom Brady’s face during the AFC Championship pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and must pay a $500 fine.

Dwyan Morgan of Lee’s Summit faced up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in April. The incident happened in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 20.

A photographer for KMBC in Kansas City recorded evidence of a green laser shining in Brady’s face. Prosecutors did not say how investigators were able to determine that Morgan was allegedly involved. Morgan has been banned for life from the stadium.

–The Denver Broncos signed wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr., filling out their 90-man roster.

Contract terms were not announced. He takes the spot of Aaron Burbridge, who unexpectedly retired Wednesday at age 25 and was waived.

Dunbar, a 23-year-old Houston product who went undrafted in 2018, spent most of last year on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad, appearing in just one game. In college, he caught 180 passes for 2,430 yards, adding 11 touchdowns for the Cougars.

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Broncos LB Davis carted off at 1st camp practice

Broncos LB Davis carted off at 1st camp practice

The Denver Broncos saw one of their

Broncos LB Davis carted off at 1st camp practice

The Denver Broncos saw one of their defensive starters get carted off the field on the opening practice of training camp, but the team may have dodged a serious injury.

Inside linebacker Todd Davis, the Broncos’ leading tackler last season, went down to injury Thursday in Englewood, Colo., but he is expected to miss only three to four weeks, according to multiple media outlets.

NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero later reported that an MRI showed a partially torn calf muscle, but the timetable should allow Davis to return to action before the start of the regular season.

“It was the very last one rep (with starters on the field) I had of the whole day. The very last play,” Davis said, per 9News in Denver. “I went to plant and run towards the ball. The ball was thrown, and I just felt something kind of pull in my calf. Nothing major happened.”

The 27-year-old, a full-time starter for the past three seasons in Denver, enjoyed a career year in 2018, recording personal bests in tackles, passes defensed (seven), tackles for loss (six) and quarterback hits (five).

Originally a rookie waiver pickup by the Broncos after the New Orleans Saints signed him as an undrafted free agent out of Sacramento State in 2014, Davis has played in all 16 games in three of the past four seasons. For his career, Davis has 338 tackles, two sacks and one interception in 71 games (49 starts).

Davis is expected to be a key ingredient in new head coach Vic Fangio’s defense this season as the Broncos come off a 6-10 campaign, one in which they ended the season by dropping their final four games.

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Duval cards 14, shoots 91 in Round 1

Duval cards 14, shoots 91 in Round 1

Duval cards 14, shoots 91 in Round 1

Thirteen-time PGA Tour winner David Duval walked off the 18th green at Royal Portrush and the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday wondering what just hit him.

“Just done something I’ve never done as a professional,” Duval said in Portrush, Northern Ireland. “It was a long day, a rough day. A very unique, awful situation.”

Duval carded a career-worst 14 on a single hole and finished with a 91, six shots more than the 47-year-old ever previously needed in his worst round as a pro.

The 1991 Open winner played in four prior PGA Tour events this year and participated in a Korn Ferry Tour event last week in Colorado. As a past major champion, he remains exempt for The Open until age 60. Duval might feel as if he aged rapidly on Thursday.

On the par-5, 592-yard seventh hole, Duval hit two tee shots that weren’t found by marshals immediately. He was required to hit a provisional tee shot in the event neither of the first two balls could be located in the thick rough.

With no luck discovering the first two shots, Duval approached and hit what he thought was his ball — and fifth shot on the hole.

But it wasn’t his ball, and this fact wasn’t apparent until Duval already had hit the ball multiple times.

“I get up to the front of the green, I discover it was the wrong No. 2 Titleist,” he said. “I am at fault, I didn’t check it myself close enough. It happened to me once before — a marshal is standing right next to the ball. It’s just my mistake.”

The punishment was Duval returning to the tee box to start all over, plus a two-stroke penalty.

Six shots later, he rolled in for a 14.

“It’s fairly unsettling,” Duval said. “As a professional, if you play, you post your score. Is there some hint of embarrassment to it? I don’t know, but I teed off and what I shot at the end of the day, put it on the board.”

He wound up with three scores of triple bogey or worse on Thursday, a dubious accomplishment that hadn’t happened in the same round at The Open since 2003, when Duval shot 83 at Royal St. George’s.

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Tiger struggles to opening 78 at The Open

Tiger struggles to opening 78 at The Open

Tiger struggles to opening 78 at The Open

Tiger Woods arrived at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland this week admitting his game was not as sharp as he would like entering the final major of the year.

The inconsistency in Woods’ game – and inability to control the shape of his shots – was on full display during a 7-over-par 78 on Thursday that left him 12 shots off J.B. Holmes’ first-round lead.

Woods will now have to post a very solid score on Friday just to reach the weekend.

Appearing to be holding off from some of his typically aggressive swings, Woods managed to get through the first four holes in even par including a miraculous par on the first hole.

“I’m not moving as well as I’d like,” Woods said. “Certain shots I just can’t hit. Father time, the procedures I’ve had … just the way it’s going to be from here on out. It’s why I’m not playing as often anymore on the PGA Tour.”

The highest opening round in The Open by an eventual champion in event history is 75.

Woods bogeyed the par-4 fifth hole, then doubled the par-3 sixth. Two more bogeys over the next three holes left Woods with a 5-over 41 on the front nine.

He added another bogey on No. 10 and one more at the 14th to drop to 7 over for the first time. In jeopardy of posting only the sixth birdie-free round of his major career, Woods rolled in a lengthy putt on No. 15 to finally gain a stroke back, raising his arms in a feigned celebration.

After a pair of pars, Woods pulled his drive left off the 18th hole. He chopped out of the rough, chipped onto the green and missed his par putt.

Woods will play in the morning wave Friday, with the cut line expected to fall around 2-over par depending on what type of weather conditions players face in the second round.

Woods was hardly the only marquee player to feel the wrath of Royal Portrush.

Northern Ireland’s Rory McIlroy hit his opening drive out of bounds en route to an 8-over 79, while Phil Mickelson stumbled to a 5-over 76.

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Holmes alone in lead after first round at The Open

Holmes alone in lead after first round at The Open

Holmes alone in lead after first round at The Open

J.B. Holmes grabbed a one-shot lead after the first round of The Open Championship on Thursday while local favorite Rory McIlroy struggled at Royal Portrush Golf Club in the tournament’s return to Northern Ireland after a 68-year wait.

Holmes shot a 5-under-par 66, leaving him one stroke ahead of another local favorite, Ireland’s Shane Lowry, on a day when Phil Mickelson posted a 76 and Tiger Woods limped home with a 78. McIlroy, who shot a course-record 61 as a 16-year-old amateur at Royal Portrush in 2005, tumbled to a 79.

Holmes, a 37-year-old who has never won a major tournament, started his round with his only bogey at the par-4 first hole before delivering three birdies in the next four holes. He added birdies at Nos. 12, 14 and 18.

“Every time you come over here, it’s a unique experience,” said Holmes, who has won once this year at the Genesis Open in Pacific Palisades, Calif. “You get the wind, the rain, and you play the ball on the ground a little bit more. You’ve got to be very patient, it’s a march.”

A group of 13 sits two shots back at 3 under par, including world No. 1 Brooks Koepka, Tony Finau, Spain’s Sergio Garcia and England’s Tommy Fleetwood and Lee Westwood.

Koepka, who won the PGA Championship in May and finished second at the U.S. Open in June, has won four major titles. His best finish at The Open was a tie for sixth in 2017. He finished tied for 39th last year at Carnoustie in Scotland, and he is looking to improve on that result by using a local caddie in this year’s tournament.

“It’s been relatively easy,” Koepka said of his transition to the course. “He just tells me where to hit it, and I go from there. It’s been fun. I’ve enjoyed it. It’s fun to be in his hometown. Never being here, it’s a special place.”

One player who knows the course well is Northern Ireland’s McIlroy, but the knowledge has not seemed to help. He opened with a quadruple-bogey 8 on No. 1, tied for his highest score on a hole at any PGA Tour event.

McIlroy also made a double bogey at No. 15 and a triple bogey at No. 18.

“It was obviously a disappointing day,” said McIlroy, who tied his highest ever first round at The Open. “I didn’t put it in the fairway enough to play.”

Mickelson, whose 2013 victory at The Open was the last of his five major titles, had three bogeys on the front nine and four more on the back nine.

Woods, a three-time winner at The Open, had six bogeys plus a double bogey at the par-3 sixth hole.

Lowry’s 67 was his lowest score in a major tournament. He made the turn at 3 under before recording a birdie at the par-4 10th hole, a bogey at the par-4 11th and another birdie at the par-5 12th.

New Zealand’s Ryan Fox, who is in the group at 3 under par, shot a 6-under-par 29 on the back nine, the 15th score of 29 or better in the history of The Open and the lowest score ever on the back nine. All six of the birdies came on his final seven holes.

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McIlroy implodes with 79 at The Open

McIlroy implodes with 79 at The Open

McIlroy implodes with 79 at The Open

Rory McIlroy shot an opening-round 79 at The Open Championship at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland on Thursday, all but dashing dreams he’d win his first major title in five years in his home country.

“I would like to punch myself. I made a couple of stupid mistakes. I was pretty nervous on the first tee and hit a bad shot,” McIlroy said Thursday.

The World No. 3 entered the tournament as the favorite or co-favorite to win by most sportsbooks, but making the cut is not a guarantee after he opened with a quadruple-bogey on the par-4, 421-yard first hole.

The round got off to a disastrous start for the 30-year-old. His drive sailed out of bounds, into thick brush and he wound up with a quadruple-bogey 8.

McIlroy said he wasn’t rattled.

“It was almost as if that first tee shot settled me down a little bit,” he told the Golf Channel after the round. “It was like, ‘We can’t start much worse than this, so we might as well just get the head down and get going. I thought that I showed some resilience around the middle of the round. Made a couple of birdies, got it back a little bit. But, whenever you play your first and last holes in a combined 7-over par, it’s going to be a pretty tough day.”

He added a bogey on No. 3, a double bogey on No. 16 and a triple bogey at No. 18. Only two birdies sprinkled in the round kept him from an over-80 score.

He hit eight of 14 fairways and 11 of 18 greens and needed 32 putts to complete the round. This is the same course where as a 16-year-old amateur in 2005 he set the course record of 61.

That time, he didn’t have the weight of a nation on his shoulders, though he said he didn’t feel the extra pressure.

“I don’t think that was it. If anything, I think that people wanted it more for me than I … obviously I wanted it, and I wanted to play well,” he said.

He will enter Friday’s second round trying to make up some ground.

“I’m going to have to have a number in mind. I’d obviously love to be here for the weekend, and I need to shoot a pretty good score tomorrow for that to happen.,” he said.

The early leader on the day was Irishman Shane Lowry, who shot a 4-under 67. Six players trailed him by one shot, including Spain’s Sergio Garcia.

“It was tough all day,” said Garcia. “This course is playing difficult. It was quite breezy. So some tough holes out there. Obviously 18 we played into the wind and with rain, so that played really long.”

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Broncos sign WR Dunbar

Broncos sign WR Dunbar

The Denver Broncos

Broncos sign WR Dunbar

The Denver Broncos signed wide receiver Steven Dunbar Jr. on Thursday, filling out their 90-man roster.

Contract terms were not announced.

He takes the spot of Aaron Burbridge, who unexpectedly retired Wednesday at age 25 and was waived.

Dunbar, a 23-year-old Houston product who went undrafted in 2018, spent most of last year on the San Francisco 49ers practice squad, appearing in just one game.

In college, he caught 180 passes for 2,430 yards, adding 11 touchdowns for the Cougars.

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Missouri man fined $500 for aiming laser at Pats’ Brady

Missouri man fined $500 for aiming laser at Pats' Brady

Missouri man fined $500 for aiming laser at Pats’ Brady

A 64-year-old Missouri man who aimed a laser pointer at New England quarterback Tom Brady’s face during the AFC Championship game pleaded guilty to disturbing the peace and must pay a $500 fine.

Dwyan Morgan of Lee’s Summit faced up to a year in jail or a fine up to $1,000, Jackson County prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said in April.

The incident happened in the fourth quarter of the Patriots’ 37-31 overtime win against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Jan. 20.

A photographer for KMBC in Kansas City recorded evidence of a green laser shining in Brady’s face. Prosecutors did not say how investigators were able to determine that Morgan was allegedly involved.

Morgan has been banned for life from the stadium. He admitted in May in an interview with “Inside Edition” that, from his seat in the end zone, he aimed the laser at Brady in an effort to distract him.

–Field Level Media

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Win or early flight home? Tiger props for The Open

Win or early flight home? Tiger props for The Open

Win or early flight home? Tiger props for The Open

Tiger Woods hasn’t played a competitive round of golf since the U.S. Open, and he admitted he didn’t feel particularly sharp as he arrived in Northern Ireland this week for The Open Championship.

Like most of the field, Woods isn’t very familiar with Royal Portrush, but he has worked diligently to learn the nuances of the rolling links course this week. Still, expectations are tempered, with Woods listed at 20-1 by PointsBet just hours before teeing off in the first round Thursday.

Woods could leave Northern Ireland ranked as high as No. 2 in the world with a victory at The Open Championship. But few would be highly surprised if he doesn’t even make the weekend, having played 10 total rounds on tour since winning the Masters in April.

That has created a bevy of interesting prop bets around his performance this week.

Tiger props by PointsBet:

–Finish Top 5: +380

–Finish Top 10: +185

–Finish Top 20: -110

–Round 1 Over/Under: 69.5

–Round 1 Leader (including ties): +3000

–To be the top USA player: +800

–Play in the final group on Sunday: +800

Those all lean toward how well Woods potentially can finish. For those who believe his game isn’t in shape to even stick around for the weekend, the moneyline bet on him making the cut is -501.

Props can also be on the outlandish side, and there are some entertaining options around Woods. Among them:

–Will be paired with Sergio Garcia in any round: +600

–To win The Open AND final shot made with the flagstick in: +2200

–To make a hole-in-one: +10000

Then there are the individual battles. No. 4 Justin Rose of England is one spot ahead of Woods in the world rankings. Italy’s Francesco Molinari is the defending champion. Xander Schauffele is the young American counterpart with a stellar — albeit short — history in 10 career majors.

Woods’ odds to finish higher than each at Royal Portrush:

–vs. Rose: -110

–vs. Molinari: -122

–vs. Schauffele: -120

–To beat all three: +250. Rose and Molinari are each +250 on the same bet, while Schauffele is +300.

Woods has been the most dynamic figure in golf for the past two decades. His ability to win the Masters this year and then play only sparingly since — without being in contention on a Sunday — has created a special kind of wagering dynamic.

–Field Level Media

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NFL notebook: Falcons sign LB Jones to hefty extension

NFL notebook: Falcons sign LB Jones to hefty extension

NFL notebook: Falcons sign LB Jones to hefty extension

The Atlanta Falcons signed linebacker Deion Jones to a four-year extension on Wednesday, putting him under contract through 2023.

Jones’ agent, Drew Rosenhaus, told multiple media outlets the extension is worth $57 million with $34 million guaranteed for injury. According to The MMQB, the deal includes an $11 million signing bonus, $13.45 million paid in 2019 and $35.5 million over the first three years, with $25.8 million guaranteed in full.

The annual average of $14.25 million makes Jones the second-highest-paid off-ball linebacker in the NFL, behind only the Jets’ C.J. Mosley ($17 million). His guaranteed money also trails only Mosley ($51 million) at the position.

Jones, 24, was set to enter the final year of his rookie deal. A second-round pick out of LSU in 2016, he had 244 tackles (14 for loss), six interceptions and 21 pass breakups in 31 games (29 starts) through two seasons, earning Pro Bowl honors in 2017. He was limited to six games in 2018 due to a foot injury.

–Denver Broncos rookie quarterback Drew Lock will not hold out of any training camp practices after he agreed to terms on his rookie contract, multiple outlets reported.

A report Tuesday from 9News.com said negotiations between the sides had stalled, as Lock sought a “quarterback premium” — with additional guarantees or workout bonuses — to be paid more than fellow second-round rookie Dalton Risner, a guard taken by Denver one pick before Lock in April’s draft.

Risner, picked 41st, signed his rookie deal later Tuesday, worth $7.14 million over four years with a $3.2 million signing bonus. Based on the No. 42 draft slot, Lock’s deal is worth just over $7 million over four years with a $3.1 million signing bonus. Both players had portions of future salaries turned into workout bonuses, but Lock was not given a premium, per multiple reports.

–Running back Phillip Lindsay and wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders will practice with the Broncos when on-field work at training camp opens Thursday.

Head coach Vic Fangio said Lindsay is “ready to go” following offseason wrist surgery. General manager John Elway said Sanders will be eased into action after tearing his Achilles last season, but he will not be placed on the physically unable to perform list.

Meanwhile, the Broncos waived wide receiver Aaron Burbridge, whom ESPN reported opted to retire rather than report to training camp.

–A scheduled three-day bargaining session between the NFL and the NFL Players Association ended after one day, according to multiple reports.

The sides released a joint statement, saying, “(Wednesday’s) meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue.”

Multiple media outlets reported the sides will reconvene on July 29. ESPN reported the scheduled sessions ended early because information emerged that needed to be discussed further with other owners, quoting a source saying, “big topics are tabled (for now). There is definitely a lot of work to be done.”

–Police in North Carolina issued a felony arrest warrant for Arizona Cardinals tackle Desmond Harrison on charges of assault by strangulation and assault on a female, multiple outlets reported.

Greensboro police said a report was filed Tuesday against the 25-year-old offensive lineman, who was signed off waivers by Arizona last month after being cut by the Cleveland Browns.

The Cardinals immediately released Harrison after the allegations were reported by Bleacher Report and Yahoo! Sports.

–The NFL suspended free agent cornerback Rashard Robinson for 10 games for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy with several missed drug tests.

“I would like to take this opportunity to apologize and take full responsibility,” Robinson said in a statement to NFL Network. “I have no one to blame for my actions. I would like to apologize to my family and supporters.”

Robinson, who turns 24 next week, was suspended four games last year for a substance-abuse violation. He was waived by the New York Jets in May after playing in 10 games (one start) in 2018. A 2016 fourth-round pick of San Francisco, he started 14 of 28 games through his first two seasons with the 49ers and Jets, breaking up 15 passes.

–Field Level Media

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Reports: NFL-NFLPA meetings cut short two days

Reports: NFL-NFLPA meetings cut short two days

Reports: NFL-NFLPA meetings cut short two days

A scheduled three-day bargaining session between the NFL and the NFLPA ended after one day, according to multiple reports on Wednesday.

The sides released a joint statement on Wednesday afternoon, saying, “Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue.”

Multiple media outlets reported the sides will reconvene on July 29, rather than continuing with scheduled meetings Thursday and Friday.

ESPN reported the sessions ended early because information emerged that needed to be discussed further with other owners, quoting a source saying, “big topics are tabled (for now). There is definitely a lot of work to be done.”

The current collective bargaining agreement expires after the 2020 season, but sentiment around the league is that the NFL would like to reach agreement on an extension before the 2019 regular season begins in September.

–Field Level Media

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