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British Open Round 2 Recap

ThinkStock(HOYLAKE, England) — New day, same story at the British Open. Rory McIlory remains atop the leader board after shooting his second straight 6-under 66.

Heading into the weekend, McIlory holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson.

For Johnson, he had a big day as he shot a 7-under 65, which was the best score of the day. He he 1-under 71 on Thursday.

“Navigating the bunkers out here is the big thing here off the tee,” Johnson said. “The rough is spotty, you can get decent rise, but if your in the bunker its a penalty every time. So I’ve done really well the first coulpe days, I haven’t hit any fairway bunkers. Today was a lot more windy but I hit hte ball solid.”

Tiger Woods had a rough second round that almost saw him missing the cut. Tiger just made the cut after shooting a 5-over 77 on Thursday.

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British Open Round 2 Recap

ThinkStock(HOYLAKE, England) — New day, same story at the British Open. Rory McIlory remains atop the leader board after shooting his second straight 6-under 66.

Heading into the weekend, McIlory holds a four-stroke lead over Dustin Johnson.

For Johnson, he had a big day as he shot a 7-under 65, which was the best score of the day. He he 1-under 71 on Thursday.

“Navigating the bunkers out here is the big thing here off the tee,” Johnson said. “The rough is spotty, you can get decent rise, but if your in the bunker its a penalty every time. So I’ve done really well the first coulpe days, I haven’t hit any fairway bunkers. Today was a lot more windy but I hit hte ball solid.”

Tiger Woods had a rough second round that almost saw him missing the cut. Tiger just made the cut after shooting a 5-over 77 on Thursday.

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49ers Reward Tackle Joe Staley with Two-Year Extension

Doug Pensinger/Getty Images(SANTA CLARA, Calif.) — One of the strengths of the San Francisco 49ers is their offensive line, which is why they’re rewarding tackle Joe Staley with a two-year extension that will run through the 2019 season.

This means Staley will continue to spend his seven-year career with the 49ers after he was selected 28th overall in the 2007 draft by the team.

“We both felt it was time to get something done, and what I’m most excited about is the opportunity to play my whole entire career as a San Francisco 49er,” Staley said later on a conference call with reporters. “That was one of my goals that I set out to do as a rookie coming into the NFL — make an NFL roster, become a starter, win a Super Bowl and play my whole entire career with one team.”

Staley has been a staple on the team’s offensive line, as he’s earned Pro Bowl honors each of the past three seasons. He’s done all this while protecting franchise quarterback Colin Kaepernick, who also received a contract extension this offseason.

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Report: Dodgers’ Matt Kemp Open to Being Traded

Christian Peterson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — With the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield as crowded as ever, Matt Kemp is open to a trade so he can get regular playing time.

Kemp’s agent, Dave Stewart, has expressed his client’s desire to be an everyday player. If the Dodgers can’t make that happen, he would be open to getting traded.

“Whatever they want to do we’re favorable to, as long as it gives him an opportunity to play every day,” Stewart told FoxSports.com. “He’d like to eventually go back to center field. He’s not opposed to right or left. But his hope at some point is to get back to center.”

The trouble with Kemp is that he is still owed $107 million on his contract from 2015-2019. While that number may have been reasonable a few years ago, Kemp has battled injuries in recent seasons that has seen a decline in his production.

Along with Kemp, the Dodgers have talented outfielders like Yasiel Puig, Carl Crawford, Andre Ethier, Scott Van Slyke, and prospect Joc Pederson in the minors.

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Alabama Picked to Win SEC

Streeter Lecka/Getty Images(HOOVER, Ala.) — Despite not even reaching the national championship game last year, SEC media members selected Alabama as the preseason favorite to win the conference this college football season.

The poll was revealed on Thursday, the final of four SEC media days. It showed what was a surprise to no one: Alabama vs. Auburn for the conference title.

The Crimson Tide (154) earned more votes than every other Southeastern Conference school combined. Auburn (75), South Carolina (32), Georgia (19), and LSU (9) rounded out the top 5.

“Arguably, they’ve got the greatest collection of football players ever assembled for a college team,” said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. “If the recruiting services are correct, and they’re pretty much correct.”

Alabama also led the conference with nine players named to the preseason first-team. Wide receiver Amari Cooper and running back T.J. Yeldon were the top two vote-getters among all players.

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Jimmer Fredette Heads to the Pelicans

Jed Jacobson/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The New Orleans Pelicans have found a new sharpshooter. The team agreed to terms with Jimmer Fredette on a one-year deal on Thursday, worth the league minimum.

Fredette, who was drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finished last season with the Chicago Bulls after earning his release from the Kings. The guard played sparingly in eight games with the Bulls, spending time on the roster during their playoff run.

Fredette’s best season came in his rookie year, 2011-12, when he averaged 7.6 points per game and shot 36.1 percent from beyond the arc.

The Pelicans hope that the former Brigham Young star will replace the production lost when Anthony Morrow signed with Oklahoma City.

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Lakers Claim Boozer off Amnesty Waivers

Christopher Trotman/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The Los Angeles Lakers added to their wealth of big men on Thursday, claiming forward Carlos Boozer off amnesty waivers. The Lakers won a blind bid against nine teams, putting up $3.25 million to garner Boozer’s rights, according to reports.

“We’re very pleased to have won the bidding process and to have gained his rights, and look forward to his contributions next season,” Mitch Kupchak, Lakers general manager, said in a news release.

Boozer was released via the amnesty clause by the Chicago Bulls just over a week ago, making it possible for Chicago to sign free agents Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic. The Bulls still must pay the remaining $13.6 million on his 2014-15 contract, but by utilizing the amnesty clause, the contract comes off the books for salary-cap and luxury-tax purposes.

Los Angeles has already signed a pair of power forwards, reaching agreements with both Ed Davis and Jordan Hill. Boozer averaged 13.7 points and 8.3 rebounds per game in 76 contests for Chicago last season.

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Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tracy McGrady has retired for the second time, this time from the game of baseball. The former NBA All-Star called it quits after appearing in four games for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

His final appearance came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, and ended with his first-ever strikeout. McGrady tossed 1 1/3 innings, fanning Bryan Pounds to pick up the first, and only, “K” of his career. In total, the 35-year-old threw a total of 6 2/3 innings, earning a 6.75 ERA.

“This has been an awesome year,” McGrady said, according to CBS Houston. “Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”

McGrady played baseball all the way up until his senior year of high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball team. He then focused on basketball and became a seven-time All-Star.

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Tracy McGrady Retires From Baseball

Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Tracy McGrady has retired for the second time, this time from the game of baseball. The former NBA All-Star called it quits after appearing in four games for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the independent Atlantic League.

His final appearance came in the Atlantic League All-Star Game, and ended with his first-ever strikeout. McGrady tossed 1 1/3 innings, fanning Bryan Pounds to pick up the first, and only, “K” of his career. In total, the 35-year-old threw a total of 6 2/3 innings, earning a 6.75 ERA.

“This has been an awesome year,” McGrady said, according to CBS Houston. “Not having my basketball career end the way I wanted but having the opportunity to be friends with some of the guys and get to know them and compete with them, learn from them every day, it’s been an honor.”

McGrady played baseball all the way up until his senior year of high school, when he transferred to a school without a baseball team. He then focused on basketball and became a seven-time All-Star.

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Scoreboard Roundup – 7/17/14

Hemera/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — Golf – British Open Championship – First Round:

1. Rory McIlroy -6 (66)

2. Matteo Manassero -5 (67)

3. Edoardo Molinari -4 (68)

Brooks Koepka -4 (68)

Francesco Molinari -4 (68)

Jim Furyk -4 (68)

Sergio Garcia -4 (68)

Adam Scott -4 (68)

Shane Lowry -4 (68)

4. Tiger Woods -3 (69)

Robert Karlsson -3 (69)

Marc Leishman -3 (69)

Koumei Oda -3 (69)

Rickie Fowler -3 (69)

Hideki Matsuyama -3 (69)

Jimmy Walker -3 (69)

Yoshinobu Tsukada -3 (69)

Boo Weekley -3 (69)

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