- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 21, 2015


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) - Zach Johnson cradled the silver claret jug in his arms. Jordan Spieth let it slip through his fingers.

Spieth was right where he wanted to be in his spirited bid for the Grand Slam - tied for the lead with two holes to go in the British Open, right after making a 50-foot birdie putt that made it feel as though he were destined to win at St. Andrews for his third straight major.

And he was still there at the very end, but only as a spectator.

The slam gone, Spieth graciously returned to the steps of the Royal & Ancient clubhouse to watch Johnson finish off a sterling performance of his own. Johnson rolled in a 30-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole that got him into a three-man playoff, and he outlasted Louis Oosthuizen and Marc Leishman to win the British Open.

After missing an 8-foot par putt on the tough 17th hole, Spieth needed a birdie on the closing hole to join the playoff. His long birdie attempt up the slope from outside the green stayed inches left of the cup, and he tapped in for a 69 - one shot out of joining the playoff.


ZURICH (AP) - Sepp Blatter had a good day at the office, even if a prankster tried to spoil it by showering the FIFA president with fake dollar bills at a news conference.

Nothing could spoil Blatter’s day after he outwitted some of his FIFA opponents to earn precious extra time as their president and enjoy more such days in 2016.

Mastering FIFA politics yet again, amid calls to step down immediately, Blatter is set to stay atop world soccer for seven more months after FIFA agreed Monday on a Feb. 26 election to replace him.

A British comedian who gatecrashed the news conference at FIFA’s headquarters threw the fake bills in the air after making a spoof statement about supporting North Korea to host the 2026 World Cup.

NEW YORK (AP) - Former FIFA Vice President Jeffrey Webb no longer has time on his hands.

The indicted soccer official is providing 11 luxury watches to secure the $10 million bond that provided his release from custody along with his wife’s wedding ring, three opulent cars and 10 properties.

According to an order setting the conditions for release, Webb secured the bond with five Rolex watches plus a Cartier Roadster, Hublot, Breitling, Panerai, Royal Oak Offshore and Luminor Marina. The government noted that the Hublot has not yet been turned over to the FBI and must be provided by Aug. 2

Webb’s bond also is secured by a 2015 Ferrari and 2014 Range Rover in the name of his wife, Dr. Kendra Gamble-Webb, a 2003 Mercedes-Benz in his name and a 401k account in his wife’s name. His wife’s diamond wedding ring also is security along with a diamond bracelet, diamond and pearl necklace, one pair of pearl earrings, one pair of long-hanging diamond earrings, and Rolex and Hublot watches.


INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - The committee that puts together the field of 68 for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament will have more flexibility to set the First Four and give No. 2 seeds more favorable matchups.

The NCAA announced that the Division I selection committee will now be allowed to slide every team up or down the seed list, including the last four at-large teams selected. Until now, the last four teams voted into the tournament field were locked into the First Four, the eight-team playoff that serves as the tournament’s first round.

Going forward, the last four at-large teams on the overall seed list - after the seeds have been tweaked by a process known as scrubbing - will play in the First Four.


LAS VEGAS (AP) - Becky Hammon already made history when she became the first female head coach in NBA summer league.

Leading the San Antonio Spurs to the Las Vegas Summer League championship just made the experience that much sweeter.

Hammon coached the Spurs to a 93-90 victory over the Phoenix Suns in the title game on Monday night.

The Spurs participated in both the Orlando and Las Vegas summer leagues, but Hammon served as the head coach only in the higher profile Vegas event.

The Spurs lost the opener to the New York Knicks, and then won six straight.

Jonathon Simmons scored 23 points and took home MVP honors for the championship game.

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - Less than a month ago, Stan Van Gundy said bringing back point guard Reggie Jackson was his top offseason priority.

The Detroit Pistons introduced Jackson in a formal news conference in the west atrium of the Palace - where the team holds many of its biggest announcements these days.

Jackson was a restricted free agent, and this deal - worth a reported $80 million over five years - keeps him with Detroit after the Pistons traded for him in the middle of last season. The agreement came together a while ago - Van Gundy had talked about Jackson’s return after a news conference about a different topic over a week ago - but the team formally announced the signing Monday.

HOUSTON (AP) - Rockets general manager Daryl Morey knows adding Ty Lawson is a risky move. He believes the possible reward is worth that risk.

Lawson was acquired in a trade with the Denver Nuggets, giving the Rockets needed depth at point guard, though he is currently dealing with off-court issues. He entered a 30-day residential treatment program last week after his second DUI arrest.

Morey noted there are always risks with players, whether it’s concerns like Lawson’s or with injuries or other issues.

Morey vowed that the team will help him stay on track after he leaves the treatment program.

The Nuggets receive a lottery protected first-round pick in 2016 and cash considerations along with Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni and Joey Dorsey in the deal that also sends a 2017 second-round pick to Houston.


TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Amid 100-degree heat and energy-sapping humidity, a small group of volunteers stood on a corner across from the BOK Center and handed out “Save Our Shock” T-shirts before their team’s WNBA showdown with the Minnesota Lynx over the weekend.

It could be all for naught: Shock majority owner Bill Cameron announced plans Monday to move the franchise to the Dallas-Fort Worth market as early as next season.

Cameron said in a statement emailed to The Associated Press that he hoped the WNBA Board of Governors would vote as soon as possible on the relocation, though the team will finish this season in Tulsa. He said he was proud of the effort by the community since the team moved from Detroit before the 2010 season.

There is still hope for Tulsa; the league’s 12-member board needs to approve the request by majority vote.

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