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SANDWICH, England (AP) – Louis Oosthuizen is in the British Open record books with the lowest score on 36 holes.
Despite his first championship bogey on the 16th hole of the second round, Oosthuizen had a 65 and led by two strokes over Collin Morikawa.
He was 11 under 129. This breaks the British Open record of 130 first set by Nick Faldo at Muirfield in 1992 and tied by Brandt Snedeker at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 2012.
Oosthuizen narrowly missed a birdie on the final hole that would have equaled the Major Championship record set by Brooks Koepka at the 2019 PGA Championship.
TORONTO (AP) – The Toronto Blue Jays received approval from the Canadian government on Friday for an exemption from border restrictions that would allow them to play in Canada later this month.
The Blue Jays had asked the federal government to allow them to play at the Rogers Center starting July 30 and wanted a response by Friday.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Washington Nationals infielder Starlin Castro was placed on administrative leave Friday by Major League Baseball under its policy on domestic violence, sexual assault and child abuse.
The leave was imposed under policy adopted by the MLB and the players’ union in 2015 and may be the first step leading to a longer suspension. Administrative leave – during which a player is paid but cannot play for up to seven days – has been extended for players under policy in the past while the MLB investigates an allegation.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Saints starting defensive tackle David Onyemata has been given a six-game suspension after being told by the NFL that he tested positive for a banned substance and said the player in an article on social media on Friday morning.
In an NFL statement, the league said Onyemata was suspended without pay for the first six games of the 2021 regular season for violating the NFL’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. He will be able to participate in all pre-season training and matches.
The statement said Onyemata will be eligible to return to the Saints’ active roster on October 26, following the team’s Week 7 game in Seattle.
The Washington Wizards are offering their coaching job to Wes Unseld Jr. and hope to reach a deal with him, a person with knowledge of the details said on Friday.
A deal with the Denver Nuggets associate head coach will bring him back to the organization his father, Hall of Famer Wes Unseld, led to an NBA championship.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because no deal was reached.
Unseld would replace Scott Brooks, who was fired after three playoff appearances in five seasons.
– By AP Basketball writer Brian Mahoney.
Kevin Love withdrew from the Olympics with a right calf injury, forcing the U.S. basketball team to replace two players on their roster.
Veteran center JaVale McGee and Spurs goaltender Keldon Johnson will be added to the Olympic 12-player roster, a person with knowledge of the details said on Friday. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the additions had not been announced.
This means that a large part of the American squad will have little time together before their Olympic opener on July 25 against France.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) – WNBA star Liz Cambage has withdrawn from the Australian Women’s Olympic basketball team due to anxiety she feels about living and competing inside the restrictive bubble in place for the Tokyo Games.
Cambage posted a statement on social media on Friday that the prospect of having no friends, family, fans, or support system outside of the team during the Olympics is “honestly terrifying to me.”
The 29-year-old Las Vegas Aces center said she had panic attacks last month, was not sleeping or eating.
WOMEN’S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida women’s basketball coach Cam Newbauer resigned Friday for “personal reasons,” the school announced, in a surprising move six weeks after signing a contract extension for three years.
The 43-year-old Indiana native was 46-71 overall and 15-47 in the Southeastern Conference game, including three seasons of three wins in four years. Newbauer still had four years on a contract that paid him $ 500,000 a year.
His departure came two days after top scorer Lavender Briggs entered the transfer portal.
SEATTLE (AP) – Former Seattle Seahawks and San Francisco 49ers star Richard Sherman said on Friday he was “deeply remorseful” after his arrest on charges of crashing his damaged SUV intoxicated in a construction zone and attempting to break into the suburb of his in-laws. Seattle at home this week.
Sherman tweeted a statement before appearing in court and pleading not guilty to impaired driving, criminal trespassing, resisting arrest and other charges.
Sherman, who was released from prison Thursday, was brought to justice on five counts, including reckless endangerment of road workers and malicious mischief. These are all misdemeanors, punishable by up to 90 days in prison, or serious misdemeanors, punishable by up to one year.
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – Former Illinois football star Bobby Roundtree, who was paralyzed from waist to toe in a swimming accident two years ago, died on Friday, the university said. He was 23 years old.
Illinois said Roundtree, originally from Florida, died in the Tampa area where he lived. The cause of death was not immediately known.
Roundtree played two seasons for the Illini, starting in freshman and becoming one of the Big Ten’s top passers in sophomore in 2018. He had 11.5 sacks in his two seasons.
On May 18, 2019, Roundtree was at his home in Florida when he suffered a spinal cord injury while jumping from a boat. He was unable to move his legs after the accident.