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  • Jordan Spieth plays himself back in contention at British Open

    Jordan Spieth reacts after his par putt on the 17th hole. (REUTERS)Jordan Spieth reacts after his par putt on the 17th hole. (REUTERS)So Jordan Spieth was out of contention at the British Open, right? Five strokes back of Dustin Johnson, who was showing no let up. No way to make up that much ground.

    Well, he did, and a little more.

    Spieth went low in Sunday's third round, firing a 6-under 66 to vault himself from 5-under, 5 strokes back to 11-under and (at the moment) the clubhouse lead.

    "At this point it's free rolling," he said after his round. "I'm going to play to win, and I'm not playing to – I'm not playing for a place. I don't want to place third tomorrow. I want to win."

    There are still players on the course and ample numbers to be had – St. Andrews is giving away birdies like Bed Bath and Beyond 15-percent off coupons – and several players are at 12-under, but Spieth did what he had to do, and will at least have a shot at a third straight major and, yes, keeping those Grand Slam hopes alive.

    Spieth carded seven birdies on his round, though will likely be smarting over two missed opportunities: a bogey at 9,

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  • Surfer attacked by shark, punches it in the back

    The J-Bay Open, a surfing competition off the southeastern coast of South Africa, was halted Sunday. Here's why (and a proverbial language warning):

    Yeah, that'll do it.

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    That's Australian Mick "White Lightning" Fanning, the defending champ at J-Bay, and, as you might suspect, he was having none of the shark, so he punched him in the back before being pulled out of the water by support crew.

    As you'll see here, Fanning was A-OK, with nary a scratch on him.

    Jokes? This soon? Nah, it's surfing, brah. Vaya con dios.

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  • The new normal: Tiger Woods misses the cut at the British Open

    After shooting a 4-over 76 in Round 1 of the British Open, Tiger Woods explained why he still had a chance, despite being 11 strokes back:

    "I'm so far back and the leaderboard is so bunched that in order for me to get in there by Sunday, I'm going to have to have the conditions tough and then obviously put together some really solid rounds. If you shoot some good, solid rounds in tough conditions like that, players can move up the board, and hopefully I'm one of them."

    Friday gave him exactly what he wanted – heavy rain followed by blustery winds. Aaaaand … Tiger went 1-over before play was suspended.

    Saturday also gave him exactly what he wanted – wind gusting more than 25 mph. Aaaaand … Tiger went 2-over for a second-round 75 – 7-over for the tournament.

    Now, for the second straight major, Woods missed the cut by a mile. Seven strokes at St. Andrews, backing up his 11-stroke deficit at last month's U.S. Open.

    We're talking about strokes short of

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  • Round 2 of the British Open isn't over yet.

    Rain delayed action Friday morning, meaning those with later tee times weren't able to finish all 18 holes. That group includes Dustin Johnson, who sits atop the leaderboard at 10-under through 13 holes.

    That's one stroke better than Danny Willett, the clubhouse leader, who's in at 9-under.

    In all, 18 players – finished or still with holes to play in Round 2 – are within five strokes of the lead heading into play on Saturday (Friday night if you're on the West Coast).

    Tom Watson acknowledges the crowd as he poses on The Swilcan Bridge. (REUTERS)Tom Watson acknowledges the crowd as he poses on The Swilcan Bridge. (REUTERS)The delay means:

    • Round 2 will continue at 7 a.m. local time, 2 a.m. ET.

    • The tournament is facing a potential massive pile up, as heavy rain is expected Saturday morning.

    • And Tiger Woods must stick around one more day to not make the cut, which is projected to be even par. Woods, through 11, is 5-over.

    In all, 42 players have yet to complete Round 2.

    As darkness fell and most play was suspended, one final group strolled up 18, that of Tom Watson, who is playing in his

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  • Tiger Woods flails at U.S. Open, will likely miss cut

    Tiger Woods is still not back, at least not according to his play at the 115th U.S. Open.

    Woods carded bogeys on four of his first six holes, and then this happened on the par-5 eighth:

    To understand how bad Tiger's round started, that was actually one of his better holes, as he scrambled to make par following that shot.

    Things got worse on the back 9, when he went bogey-bogey-bogey-triple to balloon to 10-over.

    A birdie on 16 – his first – moved him up one to 9-over. For a minute.

    On 18, he topped his second shot into a deep fairway bunker known as Chambers Basement, his round at that point disintegrating beyond frustration. With little to lose, he pitched it out without much thought en route to another bogey – the eighth of the round to go along with the triple.

    The damage: 10-over 80.

    That's how it is these days for the 14-time major winner, now the world's 195th-ranked player.

    Last we saw Woods he was carding a career-high 85 at the Memorial on June 6. He didn't go quite that

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  • Report: Aaron Hernandez lawyers claim jury corrupted

    Aaron Hernandez (AP)Aaron Hernandez (AP)Here's your weekly Aaron Hernandez legal update:

    Lawyers for the former New England Patriots star turned convicted murderer have filed four motions asking that their client's guilty verdict be overturned because of, essentially, "a juror's exposure to extraneous matters," according to a report from FOX25 News in Boston.

    In other words, they're alleging a juror found out about something he or she shouldn't have, which isn't too farfetched given the widespread media coverage of the trial.

    Jurors were not sequestered during the two-plus-month-long trial. And while Judge E. Susan Garsh asked them at the end of each day of testimony to avoid consuming coverage of the trial, 12 people adhering to that directive seems like a tall order considering one could have happened upon news simply by mistake.

    Exactly what a juror may have been exposed to is unclear, as the documents filed by Hernandez's lawyers are sealed from the public.

    What we do know is that at several points during the trial,

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  • FIFA indictment: Seedy inner workings and how one bribe led to the next

    On May 15, 2004, FIFA's executive committee held a vote to select the host nation for the 2010 World Cup. In the running were South Africa, Egypt and Morocco.

    Among those in the room that day were Jack Warner and Chuck Blazer, each of whom had a vote.

    Several months earlier, Warner, former president of CONCACAF, and Blazer, the former CONCACAF general secretary, travelled to Morocco and met with a member of the country's bid committee. During the meeting, the Moroccan official offered Warner $1 million in exchange for his vote.

    Chuck Blazer plead guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. (AP)Chuck Blazer plead guilty to racketeering, wire fraud, money laundering and other charges. (AP)Little did the Moroccan official know his bribe wasn't even close; South African officials were prepared to do 10 times better, offering Warner $10 million.

    South Africa eventually won the bid, getting votes from Warner, Blazer and one other associate who were all allegedly in on the fix.

    This is just one in a laundry list of corruption schemes laid out in the U.S. Justice Department's indictment that on Wednesday led to the arrest of 14 current and former FIFA

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  • Aaron Hernandez lawyers say jury wasn't 'rational'

    Aaron Hernandez's attorneys have filed an appeal of the guilty verdicts against the former New England Patriots star, claiming that "no rational jury could have found [guilt in] every essential element … beyond a reason doubt."

    Aaron Hernandez, center, stands as the verdict is read in his murder trial. (AP)Aaron Hernandez, center, stands as the verdict is read in his murder trial. (AP)"Rather, improper speculation, conjecture, and guesswork was required to reach a guilty verdict," the memorandum reads.

    So begins the appeals process for Hernandez, who in April was found guilty of first-degree murder of Odin Lloyd.

    Hernandez was handed a mandatory sentence of life in prison without the possibility of parole. His lawyers are seeking to have the guilty charge reversed and, barring that, imploring the court to reduce his sentence to one that could potentially have him out of jail in 15 years.

    All along, the case against Hernandez was built on circumstantial evidence. There was no murder weapon found, no eyewitnesses that would testify that he was the shooter, and no clear motive as to why Hernandez wanted to kill a man who was dating his

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  • Aaron Hernandez's lawyers heading back to court

    A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of Aaron Hernandez. (AP)A court officer places handcuffs on the wrists of Aaron Hernandez. (AP)Aaron Hernandez is not heading back to court just yet, but his lawyers will be.

    A May 21 status hearing has been set at the Suffolk County Superior Court for the double-murder charge Hernandez faces for a 2012 shooting in Boston's South End.

    Prosecutors allege that in July 2012, the former New England Patriots star opened fire on an SUV, killing two people and wounding another.

    Hernandez, already serving a life sentence following his conviction last month in the 2013 murder of Odin Lloyd, has pled not guilty to the double homicide. He is not expected to be in court for the status hearing, according to The Patch, meaning he will likely remain in Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center, located 40 miles west of Boston.

    A status hearing is just that: a hearing for lawyers on both sides to update one another on the status of the case. More precisely, it's a moment for the prosecution to determine if the defendant is willing to announce a plea negotiation.

    Hernandez pled not guilty to the

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  • Aaron Hernandez during his rookie season with the New England Patriots. (Getty Images)Aaron Hernandez during his rookie season with the New England Patriots. (Getty Images)When the New England Patriots drafted Aaron Hernandez in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL draft, they knew they were taking a gamble.

    Hernandez's troubled past wasn't a complete mystery. He'd failed a drug test (or tests) at the University of Florida, and there were rumors about a thug life. So when the Patriots signed him to his rookie contract, the deal was structured so that "75 percent of the money in the contract set up so that he would only make it if he stayed out of trouble, didn’t miss meetings, was always there doing the right thing," according to an MMQB interview with Floyd Reese, a senior adviser with the team at the time Hernandez was drafted.

    "And for the period of the original contract, he lived up to every bit of it. So it turned out well," Reese told MMQB. "Of course, after that, after he signed [his $40 million contract extension], things kind of went awry."

    After he signed the $40 million contract extension?

    Hernandez is actually accused of killing two people in a

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