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Updated: Sat, 19 Jul 2014 01:15:56 EST


McIlroy finished strong to widen lead

HOYLAKE, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy shot a 4-under 68 to open a six-shot lead after three rounds of the British Open. The Northern Irishman stands at 16-under par for the 54 holes in an attempt to add the claret jug to his trophies for winning the U.S. Open and PGA Championship.

McIlroy was threatened during a dreary day at Royal Liverpool by Rickie Fowler, who pulled into a tie for the lead after birdies on seven of the first 12 holes. But McIlroy snapped the tie by holing a 35-foot birdie putt on 14th hole and added eagles on 16 and 18.

Fowler bogeyed 14 and 16 on the way to a 68 to hold down second place.

Sergio Garcia and Dustin Johnson are tied for third, seven shots off the lead.

Defending champ Phil Mickelson turned in a 1-under 71 and is 1-under while Tiger Woods shot 73 and is 3-over for the tournament.

Because of the potential for threatening weather, the tournament used two tees and threesomes for the first time in history.


Diaz takes 3-shot lead into weekend

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — Laura Diaz takes a three-stroke lead over Lydia Ko and Lee-Anne Pace into today's third round of the Marathon Classic on the LPGA Tour. Diaz rallied for four birdies down the stretch to shoot a 2-under 69.


Yanks try to make it two straight over the Reds...Day-night twinbill in Motown

UNDATED (AP) — There are three early starts on the Major League Baseball schedule. The New York Yankees face a tough customer when they take on 12-game winner Alfredo Simon (SY'-muhn) and the Cincinnati Reds at Yankee Stadium in a 1:05 Eastern start. Simon will be trying to become the first 13-game winner in the majors.

The Texas Rangers, mired in last place in the AL West, are trying to turn things around after the All-Star break. The Rangers, who snapped their eight-game losing streak with a 5-1 victory over Toronto last night behind ace Yu Darvish, send out 6-6 Colby Lewis as they try to make it two-for-two against the Blue Jays north of the border.

In the final early start of the day, Cleveland takes on Detroit in the first game of a day-night doubleheader at Comerica Park. The Tribe's Corey Kluber is trying for his 10th win. The Indians erupted with seven runs in the seventh inning to shock the Tigers last night.

The NL West-leading L.A. Dodgers are in St. Louis to take on the Cardinals, who are battling the Milwaukee Brewers for the NL Central lead. The Dodgers send out 11-game winner Zack Greinke (GREHN'-kee) against the Cards.

The rest of the games are under the lights. The Washington Nationals send out 6-6 southpaw Gio Gonzalez against the Milwaukee Brewers' Matt Garza, who is 6-6. The Brewers opened the second half of the season by beating Stephen Strasburg and the Nationals 4-2 last night.

Tampa Bay's David Price aims for his 10th victory when the Rays travel to Minnesota to play the last-place Twins.

Elsewhere, Kansas City is at Boston, Houston travels to Chicago to play the White Sox, San Francisco sends out Tim Hudson against Miami, Atlanta hosts Philadelphia, the Chicago Cubs are at Arizona, the New York, Mets visit San Diego, Baltimore is at Oakland and the L.A. Angels take six-game winning streak into their home game against Seattle.


Racing under the lights at Chicagoland

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — The Sprint Cup circuit takes the weekend off, but there's Nationwide racing under the lights tonight at Chicagoland Speedway. Qualifying for the Chicagoland event will be in the afternoon.


Bourdais wins first pole of weekend.

TORONTO (AP) —Sebastien Bourdais (bohr-DAY') won his first open-wheel pole since 2007, taking the top spot for the first IndyCar Series race of a doubleheader weekend at Toronto.

Will Power joins Bourdais on the front row for today's race. Points leader Helio Castroneves (EHL'-ee-oh kas-troh-NEH'-vehz), Ryan Hunter-Reay (RAY), Simon Pagenaud and Tony Kanaan (kah-NAHN') completed the top six.


Rosberg claims pole

HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) — Formula One championship leader Nico Rosberg claimed pole position for Sunday's running of the German Grand Prix. Williams' Valtteri Bottas and Felipe Massa were second and third, respectively.


Nibali builds lead

GRENOBLE, France (AP) — Italy's Vincenzo Nibali finished second in the 14th stage of the The Tour de France to widen his overall lead. He's added a full minute to his advantage and now is 4 minutes, 37 seconds in front in the standings. Poland's Rafal Majka won the 110-mile stage.

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