Created: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:15:54 EST
Updated: Fri, 18 Jul 2014 01:15:54 EST
Wild round for Woods, McIlroy grabs the lead
HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy will be the leader when the second round of the British Open gets underway at Royal Liverpool.
McIlroy opened with a 6-under-par 66 that included six birdies. He finished in a tie for 23rd at the U.S. Open last month following an eighth-place tie at the Masters. He's seeking his third career major championship but hasn't done any better than a third-place tie at the British Open.
Italy's Matteo Manassero is alone in second at 5-under. World No. 1 Adam Scott, Sergio Garcia and Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk), will start the second round at 4-under.
Meanwhile, Tiger Woods opened with back-to-back bogeys before getting hot. He birdied five of his last eight holes for a 3-under-par 69 that leaves him three shots back.
Defending champion and five-time major winner Phil Mickelson had a wild ride and finished at 2-over, while Masters champ Bubba Watson had a good start to his first round but finished with a 76.
Diaz has the late first round lead
SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Laura Diaz shot a 9-under 92 for a four-stroke lead after the opening round of the Marathon Classic. She birdied her first five holes as she seeks her first LPGA victory since 2002. Sharing second were second-year pro Austin Ernst and Lee-Ann Pace.
Newly crowned British Open champ Mo Martin shot a 4-under-67 while Stacy Lewis shot a 1-under-70, Lexi Thompson a 71 and Michelle Wie (wee) a 74.
Lakers claim Boozer
UNDATED (AP) — The Los Angeles Lakers have continued their offseason makeover.
A person with knowledge of the details says the Lakers have claimed 12-year veteran Carlos Boozer after he was waived by the Chicago Bulls via the amnesty clause. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds for the Bulls last season, both below his career averages of 16.6 points and 9.8 rebounds.
He will join a Lakers team that has already signed fellow power forwards Jordan Hill and Ed Davis.
New stadium is open for business
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers now call Santa Clara, California, home. The team opened its new Levi's Stadium, which was built at a cost of $1.2 billion. It will hold 68,500 for Niners' games and will be expanded to 75,000 for Super Bowl 50 in January of 2016.
The 49ers have also announced the signing of left tackle Joe Staley to a two-year contract extension through the 2019 season. Staley has earned Pro Bowl honors the past three seasons and is primarily responsible for protecting Colin Kaepernick's (KAP'-ur-nihks) blindside.
Multiyear deal for Ennis
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — The Buffalo Sabres have formally announced the signing of center Tyler Ennis to a multiyear contract.
A person familiar with the deal told The Associated Press that the deal is worth about $23 million over five years.
Ennis was a restricted free agent, and the Sabres retained his rights by extending him an offer last month.
TOUR DE FRANCE
No change at the top
SAINT-ETIENNE, France (AP) — Italy's Vincenzo Nabili remains the overall leader in the Tour de France after 12 stages, 2 minutes and 23 seconds ahead of Australian Richie Porte.
Norway's Alexander Kristoff was the winner of the 12th stage, which covered 115 miles.
Armstrong met with panel investigating doping in cycling
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — An attorney for Lance Armstrong says the cyclist talked with investigators recently about doping in the sport's past.
Elliot Peters told The Associated Press that Armstrong set up the meeting and sat for questions for seven hours on May 22 in Northern Virginia, and described the session as a "very good meeting."
The probe has been expected to center on the International Cycling Union's handling of doping in the late 1990s and early 2000s, especially its links with Armstrong.
Armstrong won the Tour de France every year from 1999-2005, but those titles were stripped after a massive report by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency detailed doping by him and his U.S. Postal Service teammates.
Rangers bring back Arencibia, drop Pena
ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — The Texas Rangers have recalled opening day catcher J.P. Arencibia (ar-ehn-SEE'-bee-uh) from Triple-A Round Rock and may use him at first base. The team also activated catcher Geovany Soto, who had been on the 60-day disabled list since tearing cartilage in his right knee late in spring training.
The Rangers made roster room by designating first baseman Carlos Pena for assignment.
Basketball Hall of Famer collapses
INCLINE VILLAGE, Nev. (AP) — Celtics officials say basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell is doing OK after collapsing Thursday morning during a speaking engagement near Lake Tahoe.
A team spokesman says the 80-year-old Russell felt faint after the fall but was planning to return home that evening.
A witness tells The Associated Press that the five-time MVP was telling a story about Wilt Chamberlain when he started to sway at the podium and then fell backward, although he seemed to be conscious as hotel personnel and first responders came to his aid.