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POSTED August 2, 2013 1:33 a.m.


• Park, seeking 4th straight major, opens with 6
9: ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Inbee Park began her pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight major with a 3-under 69 on Thursday in the Women’s British Open.

For 10 holes, it looked as though Park would be tough to beat. After a ragged back nine, she was happy to break 70.

Park made five putts from 15 feet or longer in an amazing display with the putter. She made six birdies in 10 holes to get her name atop the leaderboard at St. Andrews. But the 25-year-old South Korean began missing fairways, and she took double bogey from a pot bunker in front of the 16th green.

Park wound up three shots behind Morgan Pressel and Camilla Lennarth of Sweden, a solid start to what should be a fascinating week at the home of golf.

Stacy Lewis, the former No. 1 player in women’s golf, shot 31 on the tougher back nine for a 67 to be part of a large group that included former U.S. Women’s Open champion Na Yeon Choi and Nicole Castrale. Another shot behind were Paula Creamer, Catriona Matthew and Lizette Salas.

• Simpson makes most of his 1st Bridgestone round: AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Webb Simpson shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday in his first competitive round at Firestone Country Club to take a one-stroke lead in the Bridgestone Invitational.

The 2012 U.S. Open champion had six birdies in an eight-hole span to get the upper hand on seven-time Bridgestone winner Tiger Woods. Woods, with top-10 finishes in 11 of his 13 starts on the course, shot a 66 in the World Golf Championships event.

Henrik Stenson was alone in second with a 65. Defending champion Keegan Bradley, Ryan Moore and Chris Wood, another first-time entrant, matched Woods at 66.

Phil Mickelson had a 72 in his return from winning the British Open two weeks ago at Muirfield.

The Bridgestone also serves as a tuneup for next week’s PGA Championship at Oak Hill.


• Shields sets US Open meet record in 100 butterfly
: IRVINE (AP) — Tom Shields broke the U.S. Open meet record in the 100-meter butterfly, finishing in a personal-best 51.65 seconds Thursday.

Shields, sixth at 50 meters, swam a 27.05 on the final length at William Woollett Jr. Aquatic Center to take the title. He had the fastest time of the year by an American and fourth-best in the world.

Tim Phillips was second in 51.78.

Felicia Lee won the women’s race in 58.94. Australia’s Christina Licciardi followed in 59.27.

In the women’s 400 individual medley, Australia’s Keryn McMaster won in 4:39.97, and Celina Li was second in 4:39.47. On the men’s side, Sebastien Rousseau of South Africa set a U.S. Open meet record at 4:11.11, the fourth-best time in the world this year. Gunnar Bentz was second in 4:15.81.


• NCAA taking flexible approach to tourney games
: INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA tournament selection committee will have more flexibility next year.

One change announced Thursday eliminates the prohibition of placing more than two teams from the same conference into a regional bracket unless nine or more teams from that conference were chosen. The new policy allows teams that met once during the season to play as early as the third round. Teams that play twice during the season could not meet until the regional semifinals, and teams that played three times cannot meet until the regional final.


• Sensitivity training set for Eagles WR Cooper
: PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles are setting up Riley Cooper with sensitivity training after the wide receiver was caught on video making a racial slur.

“In meeting with Riley yesterday, we decided together that his next step will be to seek outside assistance to help him fully understand the impact of his words and actions,” the team said in a statement Thursday. “He needs to reflect. As an organization, we will provide the resources he needs to do so.”

Cooper apologized profusely Wednesday after a video of him using the N-word at a Kenny Chesney concert last month surfaced on the Internet. The Eagles immediately fined him.

Cooper, an Oklahoma City native, was selected in the 2010 fifth round by the Eagles out of the University of Florida. He had 248 yards receiving and three touchdowns last season.


• Bulls’ Rose could suit up Oct. 5 at Indiana
: DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Former NBA MVP Derrick Rose could suit up for the first time in more than a year when the Chicago Bulls visit the Indiana Pacers for the preseason opener on Oct. 5.

The preseason schedule released Thursday also has the Bulls playing Washington in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 12 and hosting Detroit on Oct. 16. The regular-season schedule comes out Tuesday.

Rose is expected to be ready after sitting out last season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. His status became an ongoing soap opera, with neither he nor the team publicly ruling out a return.

Without him, the Bulls won 45 games and bowed to Miami in the second round of the playoffs.

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