Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BRITISH OPEN
Scott is in front of a tight race
LYTHAM ST. ANNES, England (AP) -- Adam Scott will start the
fourth round of the British Open with a four-shot lead over Brandt
Snedeker and Graeme McDowell. And five shots back is a guy by the
name of Tiger Woods.
Scott shot a 2-under 68 in the third round to finish play
11-under-par. McDowell shot a 3-under-67 to secure his share of the
runner-up position, while Snedeker was all over the course with a
3-over-73. His round consisted of six bogeys and three birdies.
Woods toured the 18 holes in par-70 and is 6-under overall, five
shots back of Scott. Ernie Els and Zach Johnson are a shot off
Woods.
The forecast is calling for gusting winds for the fourth round.

MLB-SCHEDULE
Nats-Braves up first
UNDATED (AP) -- There are three afternoon games being played in
the National League. In the first-half of a day-night doubleheader,
Washington is playing host to Atlanta. The Nationals started the
day with a 2 1/2 game lead over the Braves in the National League
East. The other NL day games feature the Dodgers playing the Mets
in New York, and San Francisco in Philadelphia against the
Phillies.
The rest of the National League schedule is under the lights.
Washington's John Lannan makes his major league season debut
against Atlanta after spending the season at Triple-A. Pittsburgh's
A.J. Burnett will try for his 11th victory when he faces Miami's
lineup. Cincinnati hosts the Milwaukee Brewers, who will send
Yovani Gallardo (yoh-VAH'-nee gy-AHR'-doh) to the mound against
Bronson Arroyo. The Reds-Brewers clash is scheduled to begin around
the same time Jake Westbrook throws his first pitch for St. Louis
against the Chicago Cubs. In other games, Arizona is entertaining
Houston and Colorado is at San Diego.

The American League schedule begins with key matchups in the
Central and West divisions. Chicago White Sox hurler Chris Sale is
looking for 12th win as the Sox face the Tigers in Detroit.
Entering play the Tigers are just a half-game back of the White Sox
in the AL Central.
The only other AL matinee has Texas playing the Angels in
Anaheim. Ranger's starter Yu Darvish enters the game with a 10-6
mark as he tries to stretch his team's lead in the West to six
games over the Angels.
Later on, it's Baltimore at Cleveland, Kansas City hosting
Minnesota, Tampa Bay entertaining Seattle, Toronto visiting Boston
and the New York Yankees facing the Athletics in Oakland. Phil
Hughes goes for his 10th win for the Yankees, who own baseball's
largest division lead.

MLB-METS
Santana placed on DL
NEW YORK (AP) -- Johan (YOH'-hahn) Santana was placed on the
15-day disabled list by the Mets with a sprained right ankle. The
left-hander has struggled since Reed Johnson of the Cubs stepped on
his foot July 6 on a play at first base. Santana was hit hard for
the third straight start Friday night in a 7-6 loss to the Dodgers,
and manager Terry Collins said afterward the team was looking for a
way to get some "energy" back in his arm.
Santana missed last season following major shoulder surgery. He
is 6-7 with a 3.98 ERA in 19 starts covering 110 2-3 innings.

TOUR DE FRANCE
Bradley secures lead with win
CHARTRES, France (AP) -- Bradley Wiggins all but wrapped up the
2012 Tour de France with a win in the final time trial. The Team
Sky leader obliterated the pack in today's 33-mile ride from
Bonneval to Chartres. He is poised to become the first Briton to
take home the yellow jersey.
The race against the clock in stage 19 set up what is likely to
be a largely ceremonial ride into Paris for Sunday's finale.

F1-GERMAN GP
Alonso gets the pole
HOCKENHEIM, Germany (AP) -- Fernando Alonso, the overall leader
in the drivers standings, will start Sunday's German Grand Prix
(pree) from the pole. He set the fastest lap in wet conditions. The
Spaniard edged two-time defending champion Sebastian Vettel of
Germany and his Red Bull teammate Mark Webber of Australia. Michael
Schumacher of Germany was fourth in a Mercedes.
Alonso has a 13-point lead over Webber heading into the 10th of
20 races this season and is looking for his third win of the season
after victories in the Malaysian and European races.

INDYCAR-EDMONTON
Qualifying at Edmonton
EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) -- Qualifying is taking place today for
tomorrow's IndyCar race in Edmonton, Alberta. A year ago Will Power
took the checkered flag as he held off teammate Helio Castroneves
for the fourth of his six 2011 victories.
Series points leader Ryan Hunter-Reay was penalized in Friday's
first practice session for unsportsmanlike conduct. He was charged
with running James Jakes wide on the course. Later, IndyCar said
he'll be dropped 10 spots on the starting grid because his Andretti
Autosport team changed his engine after the July 8 race at Toronto.

IOC-DOPING
IOC strips Crystal Cox of 2004 relay gold medal
LONDON (AP) -- The IOC has stripped American runner Crystal Cox
of her gold medal from the 4x400-meter relay at the 2004 Athens
Olympics for doping. Cox admitted in 2010 to using anabolic
steroids and accepted a four-year suspension and disqualification
of her results from 2001 to 2004.
The IOC executive board finally got around to formally
disqualifying Cox today. the IOC left it up to the IAAF, the
governing body of track and field, whether to disqualify the U.S.
team, annul their victory and strip the other medals.
Cox ran in the preliminaries for the American team. Sanya
Richards ran the final along with Dee Dee Trotter, Monique
Henderson and Monique Hennegan.


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