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Spieth in the early mix ... OJ to ask for parole ... Dodgers look for 12th straight victory

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SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth is in the early mix at Royal Birkdale as he tries to add a British Open title to his collection of major championships. Ian Poulter also had quite the day today, making only one bogey on his way to a 3-under 67 that gave him the clubhouse lead among early finishers. Stuart Manley, who is playing in his first British Open, managed to get on the leaderboard. The 38-year-old has struggled for 13 years as a pro.

LOVELOCK, Nev. (AP) — Former football star O.J. Simpson goes before a parole board in Nevada today to plead for his freedom. He has served about nine years of a 33-year sentence for a 2008 armed robbery involving two sports memorabilia dealers in a Las Vegas hotel room. The 70-year-old's parole hearing will be televised live. In 1995, Simpson was acquitted of the double murder of ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ronald Goldman.

UNDATED (AP) — The Dodgers are bringing home their longest winning streak of the season, seeking a 12th straight victory as they host Atlanta. Los Angeles has won 31 of 35 — its best stretch of that length ever — and can extend it when Brandon McCarthy (6-3, 3.38 ERA) faces Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY'-vihch) (7-5, 3.84).

UNDATED (AP) — The Cubs are hopeful that NL MVP Kris Bryant won't miss much time after he sprained his left pinkie during a headfirst slide in Wednesday's win over Atlanta. X-rays were negative, and Bryant is considered day-to-day. Chicago has a day off before opening a series against St. Louis at Wrigley Field on Friday.

UNDATED (AP) — Madison Bumgarner makes his first home start since missing three months following a dirt bike accident. Bumgarner (0-3, 3.18 ERA in five starts) threw 103 pitches and allowed three runs in seven innings in his first start back, taking a no-decision in a loss to the Padres. The Giants have the second-worst record in the majors.

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