Column: Shane Lowry's British Open win caps off big year in majors

Ireland's Shane Lowry kisses the Claret Jug trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships on Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Column: Lowry's victory at British Open symbolizes a solid year in golf's majors

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman spotted with brace on thumb

Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman seen wearing brace or splint on left thumb at youth camp he organized last weekend, will reportedly be limited for three weeks

Twins hit five homers, turn triple play in 8-6 win vs Yankees

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota's Mitch Garver in the fourth inning of Monday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 8-6. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Garver hits pair of homers as Twins go deep 5 times, hang on for 8-6 win vs Yankees

Major League Baseball roundup

Astros starter Gerrit Cole pitches during the first inning of Monday's game against Oakland in Houston. Cole allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out 11 in Houston's 11-1 win. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Houston Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics

Falcons open camp with questions about hiring of Durkin

Then-Maryland head coach DJ Durkin, center, stands on the sideline in the first half of an Oct. 14, 2017 game against Northwestern in College Park, Md. The Atlanta Falcons have brought Durkin to serve as a guest coach during training camp, drawing immediate scrutiny over the wisdom of taking on someone who was fired from his previous job after a player's death. This is the first coaching stint for Durkin since he was dismissed by the Terrapins last October. (Patrick Semansky/AP Photo)

The Atlanta Falcons have brought in former Maryland coach DJ Durkin to serve as a guest coach during training camp, drawing immediate scrutiny over the wisdom of taking on someone who was fired from his previous job after the death of a player

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Twins hit five homers, turn triple play in 8-6 win vs Yankees

Yankees pitcher CC Sabathia reacts after giving up a solo home run to Minnesota's Mitch Garver in the fourth inning of Monday's game in Minneapolis. Minnesota won, 8-6. (Jim Mone/AP Photo)

Garver hits pair of homers as Twins go deep 5 times, hang on for 8-6 win vs Yankees

Major League Baseball roundup

Astros starter Gerrit Cole pitches during the first inning of Monday's game against Oakland in Houston. Cole allowed two hits over seven innings and struck out 11 in Houston's 11-1 win. (Eric Christian Smith/AP Photo)

Gerrit Cole pitched seven strong innings and Aledmys Diaz, Yordan Alvarez and Yuli Gurriel homered as the Houston Astros jumped on Homer Bailey for nine runs early and sailed to an 11-1 win over the Oakland Athletics

Martinez lifts Boston 9-4; Rays pitch position player down five

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers celebrate with J.D. Martinez, right, after Martinez hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay starter Jalen Beeks during the third inning of Monday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston won, 9-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay's curious decision to put a position player on the mound, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 9-4

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Six Broncos offensive players coming back from injuries

Denver running back Phillip Lindsay takes a hand off from quarterback Joe Flacco during drills at the team's training camp on Thursday in Englewood, Colo. (David Zalubowski/AP Photo)

The Denver Broncos' new offense features a half-dozen players coming off injuries that cut short their 2018 seasons

Broncos kick off NFL training camps with Emmanuel Sanders on board

FILE - In this June 17, 2019 file photo John Elway, general manager of the Denver Broncos, speaks during a news conference at the NFL team's headquarters in Englewood, Colo. The Broncos are the first team in the NFL to kick off training camp Thursday, July 18, 2019 and they’ll do it with Emmanuel Sanders on hand and also Drew Lock. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, file)

The Denver Broncos are the first NFL team to kick off training camp 2019 with veterans and rookies practicing Thursday

Texas sheriff apologizes to Patriots player, defends deputy

In this Feb. 5 file photo, New England Patriots' Elandon Roberts (52) rides a duck boat during the Patriots parade through downtown Boston to celebrate their win over the Los Angeles Rams in NFL Super Bowl 53. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

A Texas sheriff said Friday he has apologized to New England Patriots player Elandon Roberts for the actions of a deputy who referred to the linebacker's race and size during a March traffic stop but also defended the deputy's comment and the stop.

Ex-Patriot, ESPN analyst Bruschi recovering after 2nd stroke

Former New England Patriots linebacker and ESPN analyst Tedy Bruschi is recovering in a Massachusetts hospital after suffering a second stroke.

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UConn's Collier chosen to play in WNBA All-Star Game

Minnesota Lynx rookie forward Napheesa Collier from UConn has been named by WNBA Commissioner Cathy Engelbert to replace injured Las Vegas Aces forward A’ja Wilson at this Saturday’s WNBA All-Star Game.

WNBA roundup

Elena Delle Donne scored 28 points on 10-of-13 shooting to help the Washington Mystics rout the Atlanta Dream 93-65 on Sunday.

WNBA roundup

Rookie Marine Johannes scored 17 points, making all six of her shots, to lead the New York Liberty to an 83-78 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Saturday.

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Central Recasting: Division rivals ready to challenge Blues

Then-Islanders goaltender Robin Lehner defends his net against Carolina during the second period of Game 1 of an NHL second-round playoff series on April 26 in New York. Lehner agreed to a free-agent deal Monday continuing an active summer for Chicago after it missed the playoffs for the second straight year. Lehner got a $5 million, one-year contract after he earned a career-high 25 wins last season with the Islanders. (Julio Cortez/AP Photo)

After the big and gritty St. Louis Blues bruised their way to the Stanley Cup, Central rivals responded in different ways this offseason to create a stacked division

Sabres among teams focused on trade market over free agency

Buffalo's Jeff Skinner celebrates his goal during the second period of a Dec. 16, 2018 game against Boston at TD Garden. Realizing how difficult it is to lure free agents to Buffalo, Sabres general manager Jason Botterill has relied mostly on trades to stock his roster with established talent, like Skinner. (Michael Dwyer/AP Photo)

Sabres general manager Jason Botterill is focused more on adding talent through the trade market in knowing how difficult it is to lure players to Buffalo in free agency

Rangers, Panthers, Predators winners early in free agency

Then-Columbus goalie Sergei Bobrovsky looks on during the third period of a March 31 game against the Sabres in Buffalo, N.Y. Florida signed goalie Sergei Bobrovsky to a seven-year contract. A person with knowledge of the signing says Bobrovsky's deal is worth $70 million for a salary-cap hit of $10 million per season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Monday because the team did not announce the terms of the contract. (Jeffrey T. Barnes/AP Photo)

The New York Rangers, Florida Panthers and Nashville Predators were winners on Day 1 of NHL free agency, signing the best players available to seven-year contracts

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Sun have enjoyed some breaks before All-Star break

Connecticut Sun guard Jasmine Thomas gives instructions to her teammates during a timeout against the Atlanta Dream on Friday at Mohegan Sun Arena. The veteran guard and her teammates and had time to rest during a light July schedule and the upcoming WNBA All-Star break. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Downtime is precious for most WNBA players because they play overseas. The Connecticut Sun have benefitted from a lighter schedule in July and host the New York Liberty on Wednesday in their final game before the All-Star break.

Sun move back to top of WNBA Power Poll

The play of all-star center Jonquel Jones is a major reason why the Connecticut Sun have returned to the top of the WNBA power rankings headed into this weekend's all-star break. (Sean D. Elliot/The Day)

Connecticut Sun rises to top of the standings behind solid play from Jonquel Jones and Alyssa Thomas ahead of All-Star break

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Newgarden takes control of IndyCar title race

Josef Newgarden celebrates after winning Sunday's IndyCar Series race in Newton, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP Photo)

Column: Newgarden takes control of IndyCar title race

Martinez lifts Boston 9-4; Rays pitch position player down five

Boston Red Sox's Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers celebrate with J.D. Martinez, right, after Martinez hit a three-run home run off Tampa Bay starter Jalen Beeks during the third inning of Monday's game in St. Petersburg, Fla. Boston won, 9-4. (Steve Nesius/AP Photo)

J.D. Martinez homered and drove in four runs, including an RBI double in the ninth inning following Tampa Bay's curious decision to put a position player on the mound, and the Boston Red Sox beat the Rays 9-4

NFL suspends Seahawks DL Reed for 6 games

In this Oct. 28, 2018, file photo, Seattle Seahawks defensive tackle Jarran Reed watches a game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

The Seattle Seahawks will be without defensive lineman Jarran Reed for the first six games of the season after he was suspended by the NFL on Monday for violating the league's personal conduct policy.

Out of the shadows of Irish golf, Lowry a major champion

Ireland's Shane Lowry smiles as he sits next to the Claret Jug trophy while he attends a press conference after he won the British Open Golf Championships on Sunday at Royal Portrush in Northern Ireland. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

No longer in the shadows of Irish golf, Shane Lowry now has his name etched on the base of the silver claret jug.

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Baseball

7 p.m., NESN, WTIC (1080-AM), WEEI (103.7-FM) — MLB: Boston Red Sox at Tampa Bay Rays.

7 p.m., SNY, WCBS (880-AM) — MLB: San Diego Padres at New York Mets.

7 p.m., WICH (1310-AM) — NYP: Staten Island Yankees at Connecticut Tigers.

8 p.m., YES, WFAN (660-AM) — MLB: New York Yankees at Minnesota Twins.

Basketball

9:30 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA All-Star Game Selection Show.

10 p.m., ESPN2 — WNBA: Seattle Storm at Las Vegas Aces.

Cycling

7:30 a.m., NBCSN — Tour de France.

Soccer

6:30 a.m., ESPN2 — Men's exhibition: FC Barcelona vs. Chelsea in Rakuten Cup from Saitama, Japan.

7 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Real Madrid vs. Arsenal from Landover, Md.

9 p.m., ESPN — International Champions Cup: Guadalajara vs. Atletico Madrid from Arlington, Texas.

11 p.m., ESPN — Leagues Cup: Tijuana at Los Angeles Galaxy in a quarterfinal.

Swimming

Noon, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

7 p.m., NBCSN — FINA World Championships diving from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Midnight, NBCSN — FINA World Championships from Gwangju, South Korea. (taped today)

Tennis

6 a.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Hamburg European Open from Germany; ATP Swiss Open from Gstaad, Switzerland; WTA Baltic Open from Jurmala, Latvia; WTA Palermo Open from Italy.

1:30 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.

7 p.m., Tennis Channel — ATP Atlanta Open.