A's and Giants end series
UNDATED (AP) — There are four day games in baseball today with the best matchup taking place in Oakland. This is the final game of a four-game set between the Athletics and Giants. Last night San Francisco put an end to Oakland's six-game winning streak with a 5-2 win. On the mound this afternoon for the A's is 10-game winner Scott Kazmir, who is facing Tim Hudson.
The other day games feature the Cubs facing the Reds in Cincinnati, the Brewers at home to the Phillies and in Boston the Red Sox entertaining the White Sox.
The Royals and Tigers open up an interesting American League Central Division series tonight. The Tigers start the day with a 4 ½-game lead over the second-place Royals. Tonight's game is the first of four.
The remaining games tonight have the Indians closing out a home series with the Yankees, Washington at Baltimore, the Mets at home to the Braves, Pittsburgh at St. Louis, the Rangers at home to the Angels, Seattle hosting the Twins and the Padres in Los Angeles to play the Dodgers.
LPGA-WOMEN'S BRITISH OPEN
Wie falters in opening round
SOUTHPORT, Eng. (AP) — The third of the five major tournaments in women's golf is underway in Southport, England. It's the Women's British Open and the players to keep an eye on are Michelle Wie (wee), who won the U.S. Women's Open last month, Stacy Lewis and Inbee Park. Lexi Thompson won the other major this year, the Kraft Nabisco in April.
Things didn't go very well for Wie in the opening round as she shot a 3-over 75 to trail clubhouse leader Ayako Uehara of Japan by seven strokes. American Mo Martin stands in second at 3-under while fellow Americans Mina Harigae and Morgan Pressel are in the clubhouse at minus-2. Lewis shot a 1-under 71.
Royal Birkdale is where Wie first played the British Open in 2005 when she was a 15-year-old amateur. She tied for third.
U.S. SENIOR OPEN
Play begins today
EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — The fourth of the five Champions Tour majors, the U.S. Senior Open, starts today in Edmond, Oklahoma. The winners of the first three are Kenny Perry, the Tradition; Colin (KAH'-lihn) Montgomerie, the Senior PGA; and Bernhard Langer at the Senior Players Championship.
The winner last year of the Senior Open was Perry, who finished in front by five strokes. He closed with rounds of 64 and 63 to finish 13 under par.
Making his senior debut with this tournament is Scott Verplank.
PGA-JOHN DEERE CLASSIC
First round action
SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — A year ago Jordan Spieth (speeth) became the first teenager to win on the PGA Tour since 1931 when he won the John Deere Classic. He's back to defend his title as play in the annual event starts today in Illinois.
The top finisher not previously eligible for the British Open will earn a spot next week at Royal Liverpool for this year's Open, provided he's among the top five and ties.
TOUR DE FRANCE
120 mile race today
ARRAS, France (AP) — Today's sixth stage of the Tour de France is heading toward the Champagne country in France. The race will cover 120 miles on what is mostly a flat course.
The big news yesterday was the withdrawal of defending champion Chris Froome (froom). He pulled out after crashing in the fifth stage, a day after hurting his wrist in another crash.
Ready for the final weekend
UNDATED (AP) — The scene is set for the World Cup final as Germany will face Argentina. The Argentinians advanced with a win Wednesday over the Netherlands. The two sides played 120 minutes of scoreless soccer before Argentina connected on all four of its shots in the shootout.
The championship match will be played on Sunday while the third-place match, featuring host Brazil against the Dutch, is set for Saturday.
The Dutch coach has called the third-place match meaningless, saying "this match should never be played."
FIFA denies appeal
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — FIFA (FEE'-fuh), the governing body of soccer, has rejected Luis Suarez's appeal against his four-month ban for biting an opponent in a World Cup match. The Uruguayan can appeal the veridic to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Suarez was banned from all soccer matches and fined over $100,000 for biting the shoulder of an Italian player. This is the third time Suarez has been banned for biting an opponent.