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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
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.