Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Thursday. A full Sports Digest will be sent about 3 p.m. All times EDT:
– ST. ANDREWS, Scotland – Jordan Spieth resumes his Grand Slam chase, shooting a 5-under 67 in the first round of the British Open. Dustin Johnson leads at 65; Tiger Woods is at 76 and could miss the cut.
– NEW YORK – Baseball returns Friday after the All-Star break, with plenty of teams in the mix for the second half of the season. This is the year of parity in the major leagues.
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– ST. LOUIS – Their once-imposing NL Central lead has dwindled to 2 1/2 games. The bruised but tested St. Louis Cardinals, however, still have the best record in the majors.
– BASTAD, Sweden – Serena Williams, winner of the first three legs of the Grand Slam, hurts her right elbow during practice and pulls out of the Swedish Open. The extent of the injury is unclear.
– PLATEAU DE BEILLE, France – Chris Froome of Britain comes out of the toughest stretch in Pyrenees with his Tour de France lead comfortably intact. Joaquim Rodriguez of Spain wins the 12th stage.
– GENEVA – One of the seven FIFA officials arrested in Zurich as part of an investigation has been extradited to the U.S. The unidentified man spent 50 days of detention in Switzerland.
– HOOVER, Ala. – The Southeastern Conference’s new rule banning transfers for sexual or domestic violence does not address DUIs or drug arrests.
– HOOVER, Ala. – Mississippi football coach Hugh Freeze says he supports removing the Confederate battle emblem from the state flag.
– SYLVANIA, Ohio – Defending champion Lydia Ko, Inbee Park and Stacy Lewis open play in the LPGA Tour’s Marathon Classic.
– DES MOINES, Iowa – Ryan Hunter-Reay hopes a return to the site of his last victory will jump-start a disappointing IndyCar season.
– TORONTO – Golf debuts in the Pan Am Games, a reminder that the game is returning next year to the Rio de Janeiro Olympics after last being played in 1904 at the St. Louis Olympics.
– GLENDALE, Calif. – Mike Tyson once dominated boxing in much the same way Ronda Rousey dominates mixed martial arts. The former heavyweight king sees a bit of himself in the UFC champion.
– Russia withdraws its elite team of race walkers from all international competitions because of doping accusations to avoid ”disgrace.”