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  • Rory McIlroy sets course record with 64 at Scottish Open

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    Perhaps Rory McIlroy's struggles with links golf were overrated.

    Amid sunny skies and breezy conditions, McIlroy had no problems at Royal Aberdeen, firing a 7-under 64 to set a new course record and take a one-shot lead at the Scottish Open.

    McIlroy hasn't played in this event since 2009 and has struggled on links courses at the Open Championship, including a missed cut last year at Muirfield. He appeared in complete control Thursday in Scotland, though, carding eight birdies against just one bogey to move to the top of the early standings.

    "Going out this morning in these blustery conditions, I thought anything sort of in the 60s was going to be a good score," McIlroy told EuropeanTour.com after the round. "So to shoot something a bit better than that is very pleasing."

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  • WATCH: Phil Mickelson goes up and down from pavement for birdie

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    It always seems to be Phil Mickelson in these types of situations.

    On the par-4 13th hole at Royal Aberdeen, site of the Scottish Open, Mickelson found himself on the cart path after his tee shot. Being the otherworldly shotmaker he is, the eight-time major champion took a full swing with a wedge, picked the ball clean off the pavement and spun it back to eight feet. Of course, Mickelson knocked in the putt for a birdie. 

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  • Impact of Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane on Blackhawks goes beyond numbers

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    Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane have become synonymous with Chicago Blackhawks hockey — together.

    You can't think of one without the other, can't talk of the abilities of one without saying the same about the other. And if you're a Blackhawks fan, you can't imagine one here without the other.

    Now, you don't have to.

    As we've written in this space several times, it's never been a question of when Toews and Kane would re-sign lucrative, long-term deals with the Blackhawks; it was when they would sign. That happened on Wednesday, as each signed eight-year extensions worth a reported $84 million apiece (a $10.5-million AAV).

    But this isn't about the numbers that Toews and Kane will receive with these new deals, which run through the 2022-23 season. It's about the numbers they've already put up with the Blackhawks: 440 points thus far for Toews, 493 for Kane and, of course, two Stanley Cups they helped the team win. It's also about the numbers they'll likely put up for years to come, and we won't even try to guess how many there will be.

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  • Rory McIlroy (64) sets course record, leads Scottish Open

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    Perhaps Rory McIlroy's struggles with links golf were overrated.

    Amid sunny skies and breezy conditions, McIlroy had no problems at Royal Aberdeen, firing a 7-under 64 to set a new course record and take a one-shot lead at the Scottish Open.

    McIlroy hasn't played in this event since 2009 and has struggled on links courses at the Open Championship, including a missed cut last year at Muirfield. He appeared in complete control Thursday in Scotland, though, carding eight birdies against just one bogey to move to the top of the early standings.

    "Going out this morning in these blustery conditions, I thought anything sort of in the 60s was going to be a good score," McIlroy told EuropeanTour.com after the round. "So to shoot something a bit better than that is very pleasing."

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  • Tour de France landscape changed dramatically without Chris Froome

    NBC Sports at NBC on Yahoo Sports15 hrs ago

    NBC Sports cycling analysts Bob Roll and Christian Vande Velde have both conquered the cobbles and say the 2014 Tour de France will take on a completely new complexion now that defending champion and yellow jersey-favorite Chris Froome has bowed out.

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  • Chris Froome 'hugely disappointed' to abandon Tour de France

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    After being forced to abandon the 2014 Tour de France due to crashing three times in two days, defending champ Chris Froome is clearly upset. "It's a really tough one," Froome told the media. "But i think the way my hand was with the conditions today it made it almost impossible to control the bike."

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  • WATCH: Jesper Parnevik breaks rib in Segway fall

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    Move over,   Brandt Snedeker: the best (worst?) Segway crash in golf now belongs to   Jesper Parnevik.

    Snedeker   strained his ACL   in November when he fell off a Segway while in China for the WGC-HSBC Champions, an injury that shelved him for several weeks. The former   FedEx Cup   champ didn't provide video of his motorized demise, though, which is why Parnevik's recent tumble in a backyard edges out Snedeker's for top honors.

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  • Tour players following Phil Mickelson's pre-Open precedent

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    Fifty-two weeks ago, who could have guessed that Phil Mickelson would be a links golf trendsetter?

    A claret jug can change everything, though, and so a year after Lefty completed the improbable double dip, the Scottish Open field has been transformed from one of its worst in 2013 to arguably its best ever.

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  • Has David Ortiz gotten a free pass for connection to PEDs?

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    Did David Ortiz get a free pass?

    Of course he did. That’s what happens to heroes around here.

    I blame John Lackey for starting this whole mess. After Nelson Cruz tattooed him with a 5-for-5 performance -- just a triple short of the cycle -- on Saturday night, Lackey told the media we should refresh our memories about Cruz, who was suspended for 50 games last year for violation of MLB's drug policy.

    In response to Lackey’s idiotic statement, Orioles manager Buck Showalter suggested Lackey look in his own backyard -- meaning at David Ortiz -- before talking about other players. Former big-league pitcher Joe Magrane said on MLB Network that Oritz has received a free pass regarding his alleged PED use.

    We know Cruz tested positive. It was leaked that Ortiz’s name was on a list of players who tested positive during the sample year of 2003. Ortiz has never officially flunked a PED test. But that doesn’t mean he hasn't been given a free pass around here.

    In my opinion, performance-enhancing drugs are a way of life in all sports. Can I prove it? If I dedicated my life to the cause, I probably could.  Do I want to? Not a chance.

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  • The story behind the A's acquisition of Jeff Samardzija

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    The motivating factor for the A’s swinging a blockbuster trade last weekend wasn’t just to bolster the starting rotation, but provide a shot in the arm for a team that needed one.

    That was the viewpoint of A’s general manager Billy Beane, who sat down with CSN California for an exclusive interview Tuesday morning to discuss all things A’s-related.

    Jeff Samardzija looked dominant in winning his A’s debut Sunday against Toronto. Fellow right-hander Jason Hammel will make his first start in green and gold Wednesday against the Giants. Both were acquired from the Cubs on Saturday for two standout prospects, shortstop Addison Russell and outfielder Billy McKinney, right-hander Dan Straily and a player to be named later or cash.

    Beane, who cut his teeth as a baseball executive under former A’s GM Sandy Alderson, said the timing of making such a trade is as important as deciding to pull the trigger in the first place.

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