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Spieth still has the lead...Grace sets a record...Coyotes sign Martinook

By The Associated Press | Posted - Jul. 22, 2017 at 11:53 a.m.



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SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth is holding onto his two-shot lead in the British Open. Spieth was 9 under through 13 holes, with Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) second at 7 under, three ahead of the nearest contender, Branden Grace. Spieth, who has won the Masters and U.S. Open, is trying for his first British Open title.

SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Branden Grace didn't realize he was making major championship history with his 8-under 62 in the British Open. But he did, sinking a 2-footer on the final hole to break the former mark of 63 held by several players. The South African also broke the course record at Royal Birkdale. Grace says he was trying to finish the round without a bogey and wanted to make one final birdie on the last hole. He says sometimes it helps not to know records.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have signed restricted free agent forward Jordan Martinook to a two-year, $3.6 million contract, avoiding arbitration. The contract, announced today, will pay Martinook $1.75 million this season and $1.85 million next year. The Coyotes also signed center Tyler Gaudet to a one-year, two-way contract.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Two Oakland Raiders fans accused of assaulting a 55-year-old Maryland man during a Baltimore Ravens football game won't serve jail time. The Baltimore Sun reports that Scott Smith and Andrew Nappi will serve 18 months of probation after entering an Alford plea on misdemeanor second-degree assault. In an Alford plea, a defendant maintains innocence but acknowledges enough evidence exists to convict. Prosecutors say Joseph Bauer suffered a severe brain injury when he was punched and fell backward, hitting his head on the ground.

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Andy Roddick and Kim Clijsters (KLY'-sturz) are among five people being enshrined today in the International Tennis Hall of Fame. They join six-time Paralympic medalist Monique Kalkman, and journalist and historian Steve Flink and tennis instructor and innovator Vic Braden, who will be inducted posthumously.

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