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McIlroy and Woods deliver at British Open

Rory McIlroy leads British Open with 66;Tiger Woods returns with promise at Royal Liverpool
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HOYLAKE, England - Rory McIlroy had everything go his way Thursday in the British Open.

A lovely summer day in England with abundant sunshine and minimal wind allowed him to attack Royal Liverpool. He made half his six birdies on the par 5s and kept bogeys off his card. And on the day Tiger Woods made a promising return, McIlroy took the lead with a 6-under 66, his best score in nearly two years at a major.

Freestyle ski team moves on without Bilodeau

Canada's freestyle ski team moves on without Alex Bilodeau
Joshua Clipperton, The Canadian Press

Canada's freestyle ski team will have a decidedly different look this season.

The likes of Justine Dufour-Lapointe, Dara Howell and Mikael Kingsbury will be there, but there was one glaring absence on the squad unveiled Wednesday.

Two-time Olympic moguls gold medallist Alex Bilodeau retired after the last World Cup season, leaving a big hole on the team as it begins the long road to the 2018 Games in South Korea.

Scott Dixon tries for another Toronto sweep

Deja Vu? IndyCar champ Scott Dixon again hopes Honda Indy Toronto revives season
The Canadian Press

TORONTO - Scott Dixon has been here before.

Dixon wasn't thinking about an IndyCar championship when he arrived at Toronto last year. He'd just won a race, but there wasn't any reason to believe he was about to turn his season around.

The next two races changed everything.

The 33-year-old Kiwi swept the Honda Indy Toronto doubleheader, moving him from fourth overall in the driver standings to second and eventually a third career championship.

Germany top of FIFA rankings after World Cup win

Germany replaces Spain at top of FIFA rankings after winning World Cup
The Associated Press

ZURICH - Germany climbed to the top of the FIFA rankings on Thursday after winning the World Cup for the first time in 24 years, while several European rivals paid the price for their dismal performances in Brazil.

Germany, which beat Argentina 1-0 on Sunday to win a fourth World Cup, replaced deposed champion Spain in first place. Argentina jumped three places into second in the rankings, while the Netherlands soared 12 spots into third after beating host Brazil to clinch third place.

Referee: Kramer was disoriented after blow to head

'Is this the final?': Referee reveals that Germany's Kramer was disoriented after blow to head
The Associated Press

ROME - Germany midfielder Christoph Kramer was disoriented and confused after taking a heavy blow to the head early in the World Cup final, according to the match's referee.

Commonwealth Games village hit by illness

Commonwealth Games village in Glasgow hit by outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting among workforce
The Associated Press

GLAGOW, Scotland - The Commonwealth Games athletes' village has been hit by an outbreak of diarrhea and vomiting just as competitors are arriving in Glasgow.

Games organizers say they are investigating 12 cases of the illness among the workforce at the village, but there are no reported cases of athletics or team officials being infected.

Organizers said in a statement that "village residents and workforce have been informed and issued with health information," adding that "the village is open and operating as normal."

Jerry Sandusky's son talks of his bedtime 'ritual'

Jerry Sandusky's son, who alleges molestation, talks to Winfrey about his bedtime 'ritual'
The Associated Press

HARRISBURG, Pa. - A son of convicted child molester Jerry Sandusky says the former Penn State assistant football coach had a bedtime "ritual" at the family's central Pennsylvania home.

The Oprah Winfrey Network on Wednesday released a clip of Winfrey's interview with Matt Sandusky, who says he was sexually abused by his father.

Sandusky tells Winfrey he enjoyed spending time with the family, except when it came time for bed. The full interview airs Thursday at 9 p.m. Eastern.

Durant, Rousey win top athlete honours at ESPYs

Kevin Durant and UFC fighter Ronda Rousey win top athlete honours at ESPY Awards
Beth Harris, The Associated Press

LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Kevin Durant won two ESPY Awards, including male athlete of the year, and mixed martial arts star Ronda Rousey earned female athlete honours, becoming the first UFC fighter to claim a trophy in the biggest category at the show honouring the year's best performances Wednesday night.

Durant also won best NBA player, ending LeBron James' two-year reign in both categories.

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DeLaet is happy to be back, and it shows

Canada's DeLaet, after a year away with bad back, opens with 63 at Sony Open
Doug Ferguson, The Associated Press

HONOLULU, Hawaii - Graham DeLaet has never been happier to be on the PGA Tour, and it showed Thursday in the Sony Open.

One year after back surgery that made him wonder if he could ever play golf again, DeLaet chipped in for eagle and twice holed 35-foot birdie putts for a 7-under 63 that gave the Canadian a two-shot lead.

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