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SOUTHPORT, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth is the British Open champion. Spieth used a remarkable string of holes on the back nine to hold off Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) and win the third major championship of his career. He won by three shots — the same margin he started the day with — after a final round 1-under 69.

PARIS (AP) — Defending champion Chris Froome HAS won his fourth and most challenging Tour de France title. The 32-year-old Kenyan-born British rider finished 54 seconds ahead of Colombian Rigoberto Uran overall, the smallest margin of his wins. Frenchman Romain Bardet (roh-MAN' bahr-DAY'), the runner-up last year, placed third.

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky (leh-DEK'-ee) has won two gold medals on the opening night of swimming at the world championships in Hungary. The 20-year-old American pulled away for a dominating win in the women's 400-meter freestyle, though she failed to break her own world record. Ledecky returned to the pool about an hour later for the 4x100 free relay, putting the U.S. ahead to stay on the third leg.

BALTIMORE (AP) — Houston Astros rookie Colin Moran has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a facial fracture. The third baseman is in the hospital getting treatment for the injury. Moran fouled a ball off his face last night in the sixth inning of Houston's 8-4 win over the Orioles. His face was bloodied and he had difficulty retaining his balance before being carted off the field.

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Seven-time NASCAR champion Jimmie Johnson will be one of three cars sent to the back of the Brickyard 400 starting grid. After qualifying fourth yesterday, Johnson made a rear gear change. Cole Whitt made the same change, also pushing him to the back of the field. Whitt had qualified 34th in the 40-car field. The third car belongs to Joey Gase, who qualified 38th. He made an engine change. A fourth driver, BJ McLeod, was sent to the back of the field when series officials tossed out his qualifying time because of a rules violation.

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