Some of the sports stories The Associated Press is covering Friday. A full Sports Digest will be sent at about 3 p.m. EDT:
– HOYLAKE, England – South Africa’s George Coetzee shoots 69 on his 28th birthday in the second round of the British Open, pulling within a shot of leader Rory McIlroy. Phil Mickelson shoots 70 to stay in mix.
– OAKLAND, Calif. – Baseball returns after its All-Star break with a game between division leaders – Athletics vs. Orioles. Oakland has the best record in the majors. Game starts 10:15 p.m.
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– NEW YORK – NFL training camps to open in a few days, with unemployed players such as Ed Reed and James Harrison wondering if they’ll get one final call.
– CHAMROUSSE, France – Asserting himself in the mountains and on the rest of the field, overall leader Vincenzo Nibali of Italy wins the 13th stage of the Tour de France.
– STORRS, Conn. – The University of Connecticut will pay nearly $1.3 million to settle a Title IX lawsuit filed by five women who say the school responded to sexual assault complaints with indifference.
– SYLVANIA, Ohio – Laura Diaz, winless in her last 12 years on the LPGA Tour, carries a four-stroke lead into the second round of the Marathon Classic.
– CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Hornets introduce Lance Stephenson, a free-agent shooting guard from the Indiana Pacers who is certain to improve Charlotte’s game but could pose concerns off the court.
– TORONTO – Scott Dixon needs two wins in this weekend’s IndyCar doubleheader to prove he’s still threat for another championship.
– PHOENIX – The WNBA All-Star game Saturday is appropriately held in Phoenix, where the Mercury are riding an 11-game winning streak and feature Diana Taurasi and Brittney Griner.
– MELBOURNE, Australia – Six men are arrested in connection with an alleged international tennis match-fixing syndicate. Police says the matches are not tied to the ATP Tour or the Australian Open.
– MOSCOW – Two star Russian athletes suspended for doping – world open water champion swimmer Vladimir Dyatchin and former world champion biathlete Ekaterina Iourieva.