• McIlroy's caddie digs him out of a hole
McIlroy's caddie digs him out of a hole

The world No 4 battled hard to combat the strengthening south-easterly winds over the remainder of his round as his short game bailed him out of trouble on several occasions, although he could not avoid bogeys at 13 and 15 before he got one back at the 17th and parred the last to stay within three shots of early clubhouse leader Matt Kuchar .

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  • Jordan Spieth seeking improvement despite two-shot lead
Jordan Spieth seeking improvement despite two-shot lead

Although he made his fourth bogey of the second round at the next hole, Spieth was more than happy with his day's work. Just last week at the Scottish Open , McIlroy said his attitude to golf and life in general had improved since getting married in April.

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  • Caddie's pep talk to McIlroy: 'What the (expletive) are you doing?'
Caddie's pep talk to McIlroy: 'What the (expletive) are you doing?'

It did so in conditions one might call Open conditions, with Open wind, and Open gusts, and Open anemometers showing 30 mph-plus, and Open savagery. Nevertheless, Johnson (33) has remained the favourite for the $1.845 million first prize with most bookmakers this week, while fourth-ranked McIlroy looks to climb out of a worrying slump.

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  • Diego Costa reacts to Alvaro Morata's Chelsea move
Diego Costa reacts to Alvaro Morata's Chelsea move

By winning the Premier League and being FA Cup runner-up in 2017, Antonio Conte has silenced critics who doubted his capabilities on arrival at Chelsea and confirmed his status as a top coach. John Terry , now of Aston Villa , has had the role on a full-time basis since 2004, but left when his contract expired at the end of last month. "We'll see ...

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  • Rory McIlroy displays patience and shows he can take a punch
Rory McIlroy displays patience and shows he can take a punch

He made a few chances coming in, and birdied the par-5 15th, but afterwards McIlroy felt it was too little, too late. The four-time Major victor had been five over after six holes in his first round, but he did not record another bogey until the 13th hole of his second round.

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  • Brooks Koepka holes out from bunker for share of Open Championship lead
Brooks Koepka holes out from bunker for share of Open Championship lead

I had a few friends out. "I chipped in right before it and it couldn't have been better timing". "And a year ago I was pretty caught in 2015. But as of right now I still have got a few more to win". The wind remained strong, though the course was manageable for everyone who stayed out of bunkers and deep grass and who holed putts. "It was quite a...

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  • The Open: Rory McIlroy delighted with second-day performance
The Open: Rory McIlroy delighted with second-day performance

And after finishing with a 68 McIlroy is thrilled to be where he is going into the weekend. "There was a lot of quality out there", he said, "and I was happy to see that", as he prepared to go back, eat and refrain from watching others suffer through conditions forecast to worsen.

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  • Pablo Sandoval Singles in First At-bat With San Jose Giants
Pablo Sandoval Singles in First At-bat With San Jose Giants

With the Giants , Sandoval has three World Series rings, a World Series MVP Award and two All-Star nods. "I apologize to the fans, especially for the things that I said - both the things I said to (them and) my former teammates". Sandoval added that he would have stayed in San Francisco if he could do it over again. It's unclear if Sandoval ca...

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  • Open Championship wrap after third round
Open Championship wrap after third round

Grace didn't know what he meant. "Sitting on the couch watching this morning I'd have taken even par (if offered) and I'd have stayed there", he said. Kuchar missed his effort from closer range, which has left him and the rest of the field with a huge task to reel in the two-time Major victor. It all started so well for the Northern Irishma...

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  • Chris Weidman Submits Kelvin Gastelum in Stellar Performance
Chris Weidman Submits Kelvin Gastelum in Stellar Performance

Weidman rocks Gastelum with a multiple punch combination, Gastelum starts catching Weidman with some jabs. Gastelum sneaks his way inside and lands a head-kick. He doesn't get Gastelum to the ground but is able to press him against the cage. Chris is working from full guard now. The finish came after a takedown and Weidman scramble to get into fi...

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  • Trio lead American British Open charge
Trio lead American British Open charge

Of the early finishers, Scotland's Richie Ramsey's 70 kept him at two under, with Canada's Austin Connelly (72) a shot back. After just six holes of golf on Thursday, McIlroy had bogeyed five holes. Following Kucher into the bunker from his tee shot on the 17 however, the grin was quickly wiped off Spieth's face as his opponent closed the lead to...

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  • PSG Confident of Signing Barcelona's Neymar and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez
PSG Confident of Signing Barcelona's Neymar and Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez

If the 25-year-old Brazilian does leave the Catalan club for Paris, it will be for a record-breaking $259 million USA - his current Barcelona transfer fee. It would also come with a substantial salary bump for the superstar who is now suspected to be making around $18.6 million USA per year with Barcelona .

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  • The Open | Jordan Spieth makes hay while Branden Grace makes history
The Open | Jordan Spieth makes hay while Branden Grace makes history

Kuchar missed a golden chance for a birdie after coming close to holing his approach shot on the last, while Spieth converted a more hard birdie opportunity to extend his advantage. He's looking forward to doing it all over again, even though the 39-year-old has given himself more work to do than he would probably have wanted in the final round a...

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  • Pundit: New Chelsea signing ideal for Antonio Conte
Pundit: New Chelsea signing ideal for Antonio Conte

According to The Sun , Chelsea have approached Inter Milan to scour the availability of Italian global Antonio Candreva. The Premier League champions completed their fourth summer signing this week with Alvaro Morata joining the club, joining Willy Caballero, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Antonio Rudiger at Stamford Bridge .

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  • Chelsea a step ahead of Arsenal
Chelsea a step ahead of Arsenal

Chelsea head coach Antonio Conte clarified that Morata will be the first choice striker for the club ahead of fiesty Diego Costa , who will exit the club, possibly on a loan deal. " I can't wait to see the players in action against other top teams in the world", said the 37-year-old general manager at La Barca Ristorante and Wine Bar.

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  • Chelsea Boss Opens Up About Costa Situation
Chelsea Boss Opens Up About Costa Situation

Speaking at a press conference in Beijing earlier yesterday, Conte said: "We have added a fantastic striker, even at a young age he has won a lot already and we are looking forward to welcoming him". Morata for sure is our first choice. "We are 16 players, without the goalkeepers, and to face four competitions in a good way we need more players".

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  • Spieth in charge; awesome Grace shoots 62 at British Open
Spieth in charge; awesome Grace shoots 62 at British Open

Earlier in the week the R&A, the tournament organisers, expressed hope of attracting aggregate spectator numbers in excess of 225,000, which would make it one of the best attended Opens ever. There was that familiar bounce in his step. His approach to No. 8 was short of the green and another loose pitch, to 12 feet, cost him another shot.

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  • No clear faves in British Open
No clear faves in British Open

His short game will come in handy, and of course, there's the adjustment to slower green speeds at Royal Birkdale because of the wind. The first round of the 146th Open Championship is in the books and it's a trio of Americans who share the lead, but it is two-time major champion Jordan Spieth who is the favorite heading into Round 2.

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  • British Open at a glance
British Open at a glance

Spieth shot a third round 65 to enter the final round 11 under par . Scoring will not be so easy, but every player back of Kuchar knows they have to attack if they are to prevent Spieth from completing the third leg of golf's Grand Slam.

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  • Juan Mata pleased with Manchester United's early pre-season efforts
Juan Mata pleased with Manchester United's early pre-season efforts

But time could be on United's side after Jose Mourinho struck an agreement with his former club. But the United manager claims his first-choice goalkeeper will now be staying at Old Trafford after Madrid refused to follow up their interest.

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