Golf: Dustin Johnson, one of the biggest hitters in golf, took some attention away from the Big Three on Thursday at the Memorial, in Dublin, Ohio.
Johnson opened with three straight birdies, closed the front nine with three straight birdies and then made four in a row on the back nine on his way to an 8-under 64. That gave him a two-shot lead over Hudson Swafford among the early starters at Muirfield Village.
The latest version of the Big Three – at least two of them – struggled to keep pace.
Jordan Spieth, coming off a victory at Colonial last week, saved his round with his putter. Spieth started with seven straight one-putt greens that allowed him to make the turn in 1 under instead of a score far worse. Once he started hitting fairways and greens, he didn’t make quite as many putts in a round of 70.
Rory McIlroy, who won two weeks ago at the Irish Open, played with Spieth and never got any momentum. McIlroy took double bogey from the bunker on the par-3 16th and turned a birdie chance into bogey on the par-5 seventh on his way to a 71.
Japan ties US at International Friendly
Soccer: Kumi Yokoyama scored in stoppage time to give Japan a 3-3 tie with the United States in Commerce City, Colorado, in a rematch of the Americans’ victory last year in the Women’s World Cup final.
Alex Morgan scored twice, and Lindsey Horan added a goal to help the United States overcome a 2-0 deficit.
Real Salt Lake wins 3-2 Juan Manuel Martinez broke a tie midway through the second half and Real Salt Lake beat New York City FC 3-2 in New York, for their first ever meeting at Yankee Stadium.
Real Salt Lake (7-4-2) scored three goals for a third straight match and concluded a five-game road swing with a 2-3-0 record. New York City (4-5-6) is winless in four games.
Galaxy, Sporting play to draw: Brian Rowe made four saves in his second shutout for the LA Galaxy, who managed just one shot in a 0-0 draw with Sporting Kansas City, in Carson, California.
Tim Melia didn’t have to make a save in his fourth shutout for Kansas City, which has just one victory in 11 matches since April 9.
Scoring chances were rare in a meeting of teams missing several international stars on the final day before MLS’ Copa America break.
Rhodes leads Auburn women past UCLA
Softball: Jade Rhodes had three hits and scored twice to help Auburn rout UCLA 10-3 in Oklahoma City, on the opening day of the Women’s College World Series.
It was a rematch of last year’s world series showdown, when Auburn won 11-10 in 10 innings to eliminate the Bruins.
This was over early. Auburn scored five runs on just one hit in the bottom of the first inning. Four Tigers were hit by pitches, and three of them scored.
Rain washes out night play Rain suspended the Oklahoma-Alabama game in Oklahoma City, at the Women’s College World Series after the top of the second inning and forced the postponement of the scheduled late game between LSU and Michigan.
Allegations handled inappropriately
Miscellany: Former Baylor coach Art Briles tells a Waco television station that the school commissioned report on its handling of sexual assault allegations has not been shared with him and that he assumes it supports a conclusion already drawn by the board of regents.
The report by the Philadelphia law firm Pepper Hamilton stated school leadership, including football coaches and staff, inappropriately handled allegations of sexual violence made by students.
Brazilian Organizers address Zika: Seeking to allay political, economic and health concerns as the games approach, Brazilian organizers assured IOC leaders that final preparations for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro would not be derailed by the Zika outbreak, a presidential impeachment or construction delays.
With South America’s first Olympics just over two months away, Rio organizers made their final presentation to the IOC executive board ahead of the Aug. 5 opening ceremony.
Nyquist returns to the track: Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist has returned to the track for the first time since illness knocked him out of contention for the Belmont Stakes.
The colt jogged one lap around Pimlico in Baltimore, his first time on the track since finishing third in the Preakness on May 21.
Nyquist had been limited to walking around the barn since a fever and elevated white blood cell count.
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