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FRIDAY, July 12
GLF--BRITISH OPEN-AP WAS THERE
PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland _ The British Open returns to Royal Portrush on July 18-21 for the first time since 1951, the only other time golf's oldest championship as been held outside Scotland or England. Max Faulkner won his only major on a rainy final day in Northern Ireland. To mark the return, the AP is reprinting this story about the conclusion of the 80th British Open that first appeared on July 6, 1951. By Glenn Williams. UPCOMING: 600 words, photos by 3 a.m.
GLF--British Open-Key Anniversaries. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 3 a.m.
Tiger Woods won the Masters and the countdown was on 15 majors, three more to catch Jack Nicklaus. That now seems much longer ago than three months. As a reminder that Woods is 43 with four back surgeries behind him, he has played only three tournaments 10 rounds since he slipped on the green jacket. He missed the cut at the PGA Championship. He was never in the mix at the U.S. Open. And now he goes to unfamiliar links Royal Portrush _ for the British Open without having played in a month. By Golf Writer Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING 800 words, photos by noon.
GLF--British Open-Capsules. A capsule look at 10 contenders. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,200 words, photos by noon.
GLF--British Open-Trivia Quiz. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 1,000 words by noon.
The NHL's weeklong free agent interview period dragged on longer than some executives had hoped, but it also brought some unexpected twists and turns. Rather than the old-school offer-and-sign process free agency used to be, the chance for teams and players to talk led the New York Rangers to sell Artemi Panarin on their vision, turned the New York Islanders off to Robin Lehner and changed the course of history because there was so much time to wine and dine. By Hockey Writer Stephen Whyno. UPCOMING: 700 words, file photos by 3 a.m.
WEDNESDAY, July 17
BBO--HALL OF FAME-MARTINEZ
SEATTLE _ Edgar Martinez trained for every aspect of his career. Whether it was nearly two decades of doing daily exercises to overcome an eye condition as a player, or his meticulous planning as a hitting coach, Martinez had a plan and an approach. It was why he became arguably the best right-handed hitter of his generation. So why would his Hall of Fame induction speech be any different? "“I think it’s like anything if you want to do it right and do well you have to practice,” Martinez said. By Tim Booth. 800 words, photos by 3 a.m.
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