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    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland _ As much as Rory McIlroy wants to treat this British Open like any other, he is not oblivious to his surroundings. It’s the first Open in his native Northern Ireland in 68 years, with most eyes on him. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. SENT: 800 words, photos. With notebook, field, tee times and glance (all sent).


    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland _ Graeme McDowell grew up playing next door to Royal Portrush, so this British Open has been his focus ever since its location was announced in 2014. Then the former U.S. Open champion came perilously close to missing it. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 800 words, photos.


    PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland _ Jon Rahm has good memories of this part of the world, having won two of the last three Irish Opens. With the British Open taking place here for the first time in his lifetime, perhaps this is the Spaniard's time to win his first major despite a poor record in the event. By Steve Douglas. SENT: 580 words, photos.



    TOULOUSE, France _ A bit more than a year ago, Caleb Ewan was devastated to be left out of the Tour de France. The Australian sprinter had to watch cycling's biggest race on TV after finding out at the last minute that his Mitchelton-Scott team was placing all its bets on Adam Yates in the fight for the yellow jersey, and would leave Ewan at home. By Samuel Petrequin. SENT: 620 words, photos. With sidebar on culture and gastronomy (sent).



    GWANGJU, South Korea _ Thirteen-year-old Chinese diver Chen Yuxi won the women's 10-meter platform final at the world swimming championships on Wednesday, and received two perfect marks for her third drive. Chen finished on 439 points to clinch the gold medal at her first worlds. SENT: 300 words, photos.


    CAIRO _ Nigeria beat Tunisia 1-0 in the third-place game at the African Cup of Nations on Wednesday with an early goal by Odion Ighalo, the tournament's leading scorer. Ighalo scored from close range in the third minute when he took advantage of a mix-up in the Tunisian defense at Al Salam Stadium to net his fifth goal in Egypt. By Gerald Imray. SENT: 300 words, photos.


    GLASGOW, Scotland _ Celtic eased through the Champions League's first qualifying round by beating Sarajevo 2-1 on Wednesday to complete a 5-2 aggregate win. The 1967 European Cup winner got goals in each half from Ryan Christie and Callum McGregor, and will next play Nomme Kalju of Estonia. SENT: 250 words, photos.


    TURIN, Italy _ Matthijs de Ligt has undergone medical exams with Juventus ahead of an expected 70-million euro ($80 million) transfer from Ajax. Juventus shared photos and videos on social media of De Ligt's arrival in Turin late Tuesday and of fans awaiting him outside the club's training facility when the Dutch defender showed up early Wednesday. SENT: 250 words, photos.


    MADRID _ Atletico Madrid has completed the signing of England right back Kieran Trippier from Tottenham. The Spanish club announced the arrival of Trippier on a three-year deal Wednesday, saying he was a "fantastic and experienced" addition to the squad. SENT: 250 words, photos.



    JOHANNESBURG _ South Africa selected flanker Rynhardt Elstadt and scrumhalf Herschel Jantjies to make their debuts in the Rugby Championship test against Australia on Saturday as a group of first-choice players traveled ahead to prepare for the away game against New Zealand. Springboks coach Rassie Erasmus split his squad into two groups, hoping to prepare better for the world champion All Blacks and manage fatigue ahead of the upcoming Rugby World Cup starting in September. SENT: 400 words, photos.



    LONDON _ Cricket World Cup star Jason Roy moved closer to a test debut after being named in England's squad Wednesday for its one-off match against Ireland at Lord's. The hard-hitting opener and white-ball specialist is set to make his test debut at the same ground where England, including Roy, beat New Zealand in the World Cup final on Sunday after a thrilling Super Over. SENT: 350 words.

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