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  • FedEx Cup: Van Pelt leads Barclays after Day 1, McIlroy stumbles

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    Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.

    He could afford a day off.

    That wasn't the case for players like Bo Van Pelt and Paul Casey, and they picked a good time to produce good scores.

    With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Van Pelt opened with three straight birdies Thursday and chipped in for eagle late in his round for a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the opener of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

    Van Pelt is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.

    The Barclays: Articles, videos and photos

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  • Nationals up winning streak to 10 games with another walk-off

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    It has become an almost nightly occurrence for the Nationals to find themselves tied late in a game, whether it be the bottom of the ninth or in extra innings. Night after night after night, the Nationals have been put in position to have one pitch decide the outcome of an entire day.

    On Thursday the Nats were locked in a scoreless tie with the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the ninth. Another chance for a walk-off after four in the previous five days. Déjà vu once again.

    Denard Span came up second in the inning and as he's done all year - but especially in recent weeks - he got the Nationals started with a one-out single. Then he stole second, his 27th steal of the season which established a new career-high.

    "I really don’t have the correct or the right words to say what the feeling is," he said. "Other than saying that we just feel confident, that somehow, someway, we’re going to inch [out] a victory."

    The next batter, Anthony Rendon, then put a ball in play to third baseman Jordan Pacheco. It was a tough angle for Pacheco and Rendon could tell off the bat.

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  • WATCH: Doug McDermott sings 7th-inning stretch at Wrigley

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    Check out Bulls rookie forward Doug McDermott sing the 7th-inning stretch at the Cubs-Giants game on Thursday. His performance at the microphone was equivalent to a 3-for-10 night from behind the three-point line. Not too great, but no major screw-ups either. The 2014 National Player of the Year nailed all the lyrics, but left something to be desired in the pitch and tone departments.

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  • Expect Tomlin to punish Bell and Blount before NFL does

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    Steelers running backs LeGarrette Blount and Le'Veon Bell were arrested for marijuana possession but the NFL can't take action until the case is completely resolved. Alan Robinson believes that Pittsburgh coach Mike Tomlin will send a message before the league does.

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  • Robert Griffin III calls out his 'doubters' on Twitter

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    A couple of days after taking some heat for bad sliding technique and taking some gambles with his running style on Monday night against the Browns, Robert Griffin III put out a tweet that got some attention.

    They doubted in High School They doubted a turnaround at @Baylor They doubted a Heisman was possible Keep doubting. It's nothing New.

    Reporters asked Griffin about the tweet at Redskins Park today. He didn’t have much to add to it.

    “You can say what you want in that regard but as far as I’m concerned I said what I needed to say,” he said. “There’s no need to look into it. It’s right there. It’s on Facebook, it’s on Instagram, it’s on Twitter. It is what I believe and what our household deems necessary to go out every day and be successful.”

    Griffin said that he would continue to participate on social media.

    “It is what it is,” he said. “We spend a lot of our day focused on football so when we get a chance to unwind whether it’s watching reality TV or being on Twitter for five minutes in the day it’s not subtracting from what we do on the field or in the film room.”

    -- Rich Tandler, CSNWashington.com

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  • The case for Chris Johnson to succeed with the New York Jets

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    Quite a few players are going to be playing with different teams this season but not all of them will enjoy successful tenures in their new homes. ProFootballTalk's Jon Ritchie and Takeo Spikes walk through some of the notable new faces in new places and whether or not they'll succeed. Of all this offseason's transactions, Ritchie believes Chris Johnson is going to excel for the Jets this season.

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  • Youth Olympian oversleeps for event, loses chance at medal

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    Ukraine’s Polina Konarieva arrived late for the 10m air pistol team shooting event at the Youth Olympics after oversleeping, costing her and her male teammate from Moldova a chance to win a medal.

    The 10m air pistol team event at the Youth Olympics is mixed, meaning shooters from different nations pair up for competition. Konarieva and Moldova’s Ion Aric were scheduled to face a duo from Armenia and Chinese Taipei in the quarterfinals.

    “I don’t know what to say to [Aric],” Konarieva said, according to the Nanjing 2014 website, which reported Aric was in tears.

    “Yes, there was a lot of emotion,” Aric said, according to the report. “Why she was late, I don’t know why. … She is not responsible for her action. I’m a little angry.”

    The Ukrainian’s coach took responsibility after Konarieva, 16, arrived via taxi.

    “She was sleeping and woke up at 8 o’clock and went to the station to get a taxi,” the coach said, according to the report. “The driver didn’t know the road, but he said, ‘OK, I know, shooting range … no problem.'”

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  • 49ers tear up Levi's Stadium turf just days before preseason game

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    After just three events, including one NFL game on sod that was installed in mid-April at $1.2 billion Levi’s Stadium, the field is undergoing some major repair.

    Coach Jim Harbaugh abruptly halted practice Wednesday at the 49ers’ new stadium in front of thousands of fans and took his team off the field due to safety concerns from poor field conditions.

    On Thursday morning, the stadium’s the heavy-traffic area of grass, stretching several yards beyond the hashmarks, was torn up from goal line to goal line. The 49ers plan is to re-sod the field so it can provide solid enough footing for Sunday’s exhibition game against the San Diego Chargers.

    Several players lost their footing and large divots were created on seemingly every play. There were small patches of replacement sod that were discolored and looked uneven. Finally, when wide receiver Stevie Johnson hit the ground hard after slipping on a routine out-route, Harbaugh stopped practice.

    On Wednesday, the 49ers issued a statement, which stated the organization “determined the appropriate measures necessary to have the field ready for Sunday and look forward to hosting the San Diego Chargers.”

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  • Possible punishments for Blount and Bell after pot charges

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    The top two running backs on the Steelers were pulled over and  are expected to be charged with possession of marijuana on Wednesday. Bell may also face the additional charge of driving under the influence. Mike Florio breaks down what ramifications the two rushers may face from the league and from the law.

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  • Washington Nationals in midst of 'absolutely epic' winning streak

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    This shouldn’t be happening, not like this. It’s not that the Nationals have won nine straight games. And it’s not that they’ve won in walk-off fashion four of the last five nights. It’s that they’ve won three of the last four nights after blowing a lead in the eighth or ninth inning.

    Really, who does this?

    “I mean, just absolutely epic,” Bryce Harper said. “That’s the best word I can put on it for you. It’s been incredible.”

    The events taking place each evening on South Capitol Street are beginning to defy explanation. Four nights after rallying from 3 runs down to beat the Pirates, three nights after watching Rafael Soriano melt down in the ninth before they came back to win in the 11th, two nights after watching Tyler Clippard blow his own ninth-inning lead before they again came back to win in the 11th, they did it yet again.

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