The break continues
UNDATED (AP) — Now that the All-Star Game is in the books, the players, coaches and managers have two days off to contemplate the second half of the season. The regular season resumes Friday with a full schedule of games including a day-night doubleheader in Chicago between the White Sox and Royals.
In case you missed it, the American League won the All-Star Game for the third straight year Tuesday night, beating the stars from the National League 6-3. Mike Trout of the Angels was named the game's MVP after slamming a lead-off home run in the first inning.
The National League now leads the overall series 43-41-2.
The victory means the American League champion will have home field advantage in the World Series this fall.
St. Andrews is ready
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — The third Grand Slam tournament of the year in men's golf starts Thursday in St. Andrews, Scotland. That means one thing of course, the British Open. Last year Rory McIlroy won at Royal Liverpool for the third of his four major titles. He led wire-to-wire for a two-stroke victory over Rickie Fowler and Sergio Garcia. Because of an injury suffered while playing soccer with some friends recently, McIlroy won't be on hand for the tournament.
But Jordan Spieth (speeth) will, and he's the hottest player on the planet. The 21-year-old Texan has already won the Masters and U.S. Open this year and is looking for a sweep of the four Grand Slam events. Following completion of the Open, the final major will be the PGA Championship next month at Whistling Straits in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.
Spieth is the fourth player since 1960 to win the first two majors of the year. Arnold Palmer did in in 1960, as did Jack Nicklaus in 1972 and Tiger Woods in 2002. All failed to make it three straight with a win in the British Open.
And of note, five-time British Open winner Tom Watson is playing in the event for the final time.
Comments could cost Trump, again
ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — British Open organizers are biding their time before deciding whether Turnberry should be removed from the championship rotation following comments by the course's owner, Donald Trump, about Mexicans.
Trump, a Republican candidate for president, is facing a backlash after saying some Mexican immigrants to the U.S. bring drugs and crime, and some are rapists.
Trump recently purchased Turnberry, a links resort on the west coast of Scotland that has hosted the British Open four times.
TOUR DE FRANCE
Froome is yellow
UNDATED (AP) — The 11th stage of the Tour de France is underway. Today's stage covers six mountain climbs and Britain's Chris Froome is the man wearing the yellow jersey, symbolic of being the overall leader.
His dominant performance, like when he won the Tour in 2013, has revived suspicions about doping that have plagued cycling. Froome says he is clean, and he has never tested positive for doping. Froome leads second-place Tejay van Garderen by 2 minutes, 52 seconds.