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    A former Marine who deployed twice to Afghanistan. A patent law professor. A woman who's blind. Two Rhodes scholars. They're among the lawyers starting work this summer as law clerks at the Supreme Court. The group of 16 women and 23 men hired by the justices were already on paths to become leading judges, professors and Supreme Court advocates. The one-year clerkship will cement their high-profile status. 'I think clerking on this court affects everybody's career who does it. ... You put it on your resume and all of a sudden doors open, sometimes justifiably so and sometimes not,' Justice Elena Kagan has said . She should know. Kagan, who clerked for Justice Thurgood Marshall, is one of five current justices who was once a Supreme Court clerk. So was Chief Justice John Roberts. Justices Stephen Breyer, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh also clerked. Justices hire four clerks annually; retired justices hire one. The clerks review potential cases, help their justice prepare for arguments, conduct research and write draft opinions. Scholars disagree about how much influence the clerks have. But what is clear is that while the justices are the public face of the court, the clerks are their behind-the-scenes assistants who help the place run. Clerks generally decline to give interviews until after their clerkships are over. Even then, they are careful about what they will say. For their work, they're paid about $83,000. When they're done, law firms have recently been offering bonuses of $400,000 to clerks who join them. This year's clerk group is not without some controversy. One Kavanaugh clerk is Sophia Chua-Rubenfeld, whose mother, Yale law professor Amy Chua, wrote a Wall Street Journal article praising Kavanaugh as a mentor to women following his nomination. The article came out before Kavanaugh was accused of a sexual assault alleged to have happened decades ago; he denied the accusation. Chua's article was criticized as self-serving given that her daughter already was in line to clerk for Kavanaugh before President Donald Trump nominated the federal appeals court judge. Another incoming clerk is Clayton Kozinski, who clerked for Kavanaugh at the appeals court and is now working for retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. Kozinski's father, Alex Kozinski, retired abruptly in 2017 from the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals following accusations by women, including former law clerks, that he had touched them inappropriately, made lewd comments and shown them pornography. Kozinski said at the time that many of the things being said about him were not true. Justices are looking for different things in their clerks. Top academic credentials are a must. Half the group this year attended law school at Harvard or Yale. Justice Sonia Sotomayor has said she wants clerks 'committed to making a contribution to the world.' Kavanaugh, during his confirmation hearing last year, highlighted his record of hiring female and minority clerks as an appeals court judge. His first group of Supreme Court clerks was all women, a court first. 'There's all sorts of quirky reasons to explain choices,' said law professor Todd Peppers, who wrote a book about clerking and noted that Chief Justice William Rehnquist liked clerks who played tennis. Justice John Marshall Harlan II preferred golfers. While most clerks are relatively recent law school graduates, two Breyer and two Gorsuch clerks are older. One Gorsuch clerk is Notre Dame law professor Stephen Yelderman, who clerked for Gorsuch when Gorsuch was an appeals court judge. The clerks have accomplishments beyond academics. Kagan clerk Jordan Bock rowed at Harvard, where she studied physics, astrophysics and government. Roberts clerk Joseph Falvey served in the Marines. Megan Braun, another Roberts clerk, played college water polo and was a Rhodes scholar. Mark Jia, retired Justice David Souter's clerk, was also a Rhodes scholar. Like other clerks for retired justices, he'll also help a current justice. Justice Clarence Thomas has said he likes to have clerks who come from different parts of the country and from modest backgrounds. He tends to hire clerks who share his conservative legal philosophy. Among his hires this year is Notre Dame graduate Laura Wolk, who lost her eyesight to retinal cancer as a child. Wolk, only the second blind person to clerk at the court, seems to share with Thomas a passionate opposition to abortion. Thomas this year likened abortion to eugenics. Wolk has said that 'even the most severely disabled' can teach others 'about what it means to be human.' Thomas also chose for his team this year James 'Matt' Rice, a law school graduate of the University of California, Berkeley. The former college baseball player at Western Kentucky was picked 1,525th — dead last — in the 2010 major league draft. ___ Follow Jessica Gresko on Twitter at http://twitter.com/jessicagresko
  • The Latest on the British Open (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Gary McNeill was simply making up the numbers in the third round of the British Open. He still had a blast. The head professional of Royal Portrush since 1999, McNeill realized at 8:30 p.m. on Friday that he might be needed the following day as a marker in the first group of the third round. Seventy-three players made the cut, so Paul Waring would be going out on his own Saturday and was happy to have some company. McNeill, who was Irish Amateur champion in 1991, hit a few balls on the range in the morning and felt good. He took a swing on the first tee, with thousands watching him, and he said his club 'felt like a feather.' It got much better for McNeill, who made a long putt across the green at No. 17 for his highlight of the day. McNeill says 'I'm really glad I put myself through it. But I need to lie down after that.' ___ 1:45 p.m. Graeme McDowell didn't go quite as low as he wanted to get back in the mix at the British Open, but the Portrush native moved in the right direction. McDowell hit his approach to 2 feet on the 18th for his fifth birdie in a round of 3-under 68. That put him at 2-under 211 for the championship. The co-leaders, Shane Lowry and J.B. Holmes, were still nearly two hours away from teeing off on a bright, windy day on the North Atlantic. McDowell grew up on these links as a member of Rathmore Golf Club. Of the five players to finish the third round, McDowell was the only one to break par. ___ 10:15 a.m. Xander Schauffele is happy to be only five shots behind going into the third round of the British Open. He's just not happy with what he sees as inequity over testing that caused him to get a new driver before the opening round. Schauffele says his Callaway driver narrowly failed a test for the limits of the trampoline effect when the driver strikes the ball. Schauffele says he had to spend practice time trying to find a new driver, and only when he made more adjustments Friday morning did he feel comfortable. He opened with a 74 and followed that with a 65. Schauffele says he wasn't bothered that his driver didn't pass the test and he was happy to find one within the legal limits. He says he had issues with how the R&A only randomly selected 30 players for testing. Schauffele says it would be just as easy to test the entire field. ___ 10 a.m. Royal Portrush had all of Saturday morning to recover from the reality that Rory McIlroy is no longer part of this British Open. In a second round so packed with emotion that it felt like Sunday, McIlroy nearly recovered from his opening 79 by coming up one birdie short of making it to the weekend. McIlroy, one of three players from Northern Ireland celebrating the return of the Open after a 68-year absence, says he has never felt such support. And now for the rest of the show. Shane Lowry of Ireland and J.B. Holmes were tied for the lead at 8-under 134, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. Among those within three shots of the lead were Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf
  • Royal Portrush had all of Saturday morning to recover from the reality that Rory McIlroy is no longer part of this British Open. In a second round so packed with emotion that it felt like Sunday, McIlroy nearly recovered from his opening 79 by coming up one birdie short of making it to the weekend. McIlroy, one of three players from Northern Ireland celebrating the return of the Open after a 68-year absence, says he has never felt such support. And now for the rest of the show. Shane Lowry of Ireland and J.B. Holmes were tied for the lead at 8-under 134, one shot ahead of Lee Westwood and Tommy Fleetwood. Among those within three shots of the lead were Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka and Jordan Spieth. ___ More AP golf: https://apnews.com/tag/apf-Golf
  • A look at what's happening around the majors today: BE CAREFUL The extreme heat gripping much of the country is having an effect around the major leagues. The Yankees and Rockies have called off most of the pregame activities for their afternoon game — New York is forecast to come close to its first 100-degree day since 2012. It is expected to be 100 in Baltimore, where the Orioles host Boston at night. And it was 94 at Target Field on Friday night — the second-hottest start in park's 10-year history, trailing only a 97-degree reading on July 16, 2012 — when Minnesota faced Oakland. Players appeared to have trouble at times gripping the ball. Twins starter Jake Odorizzi took off his glove during a mound visit in the first inning and peppered both arms with the rosin bag. 'It was only like pitching in a rain forest,' Odorizzi said. 'I was taking the rosin bag and going up and down my arms so I could stop the sweat coming from my hand because I was just pouring sweat. I changed my jersey after the first inning, my hat. I just took it all off and came back fresh. I was pretty drenched out there and I know a lot of guys were in the same place.' MOVING UP San Francisco is back to .500 and has surged into the NL wild-card race, thanks to a seven-game winning streak. Jeff Samardzija and the Giants try to keep it going at home, a day after a botched flyball in the 10th inning gave them a 1-0 victory over the Mets. ... The Indians have moved into playoff contention by winning six in a row. Adam Plutko starts for Cleveland at home against Kansas City. ALL SET The Brewers are expected to activate Gio Gonzalez from the 10-day injured list to start at Arizona. The 33-year-old lefty was 2-1 with a 3.19 ERA in six starts for Milwaukee before being sidelined by arm fatigue. Gonzalez made rehab starts with Class A Carolina and Triple-A San Antonio after going on the injured list May 29. WHAT A RELIEF Red Sox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi is ready to rejoin the Red Sox after missing three months because of elbow surgery. Although he appeared as a starter in all four of his games in April, the 29-year-old will return as a member of the bullpen, possibly the closer. Eovaldi is expected to be activated for the game in Baltimore. WELCOME BACK Journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway was a big hit in his return to the majors. With the Reds needing a backstop after a series of injuries left them thin behind the plate, they signed the 31-year-old on Thursday after he was released by the Yankees — he had batted .213 in a Triple-A backup role. Lavarnway hit two homers, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs as Cincinnati lost to St. Louis 12-11 on Friday night. Lavarnway had played a total of 12 games in the big leagues in the last four seasons. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • A week after the worst start of his career, Mike Leake came back with his best. Shockingly so. Leake took a perfect game into the ninth inning, losing his bid at baseball immortality when rookie Luis Rengifo hit a leadoff single as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels 10-0 Friday night. 'It was fun,' Leake said. 'As you get closer, you get the shakes and you have to calm yourself down. Other than that, it's just a matter of making pitches.' There were hugs all around the clubhouse after Leake finished off a one-hitter and stopped Seattle's six-game losing streak. It was an amazing turnaround from his previous outing — the Angels tagged him for seven runs on eight hits in a walk last Friday while he got just two outs, the only time he's been pulled from a start without getting through the first inning. Seattle lost that game 13-0 as two Angels pitchers combined for a no-hitter on a day their club wore the jerseys of late teammate Tyler Skaggs. 'Wow,' Mariners manager Scott Servais said. 'It's baseball, it's just crazy. . Just five, six days ago, he was pitching and they were on everything. So you just never know what you're going to see when you come to the park.' Leake hadn't come close to giving up a hit before Rengifo sent his 79th pitch cleanly between the first and second baseman. He hadn't gone to a three-ball count on any batter and had reached two balls on just six until the ninth. The fans gave Leake a standing ovation after the hit and he quickly waved to acknowledge their cheers. 'I had confidence because we'd faced him two times in the game,' Rengifo said. After a walk to Kevan Smith, Leake (8-8) retired the next three batters, striking out Mike Trout on a full-count pitch to end it. Leake fanned six and walked one. Though all smiles, the bearded, 31-year-old righty admitted he was disappointed. He'd never made it past the seventh inning with a no-hitter at any level. 'Oh, yeah, to get that close,' Leake said. 'Hopefully there's another shot, though.' Leake threw his second career shutout, erasing the sting of his last start. 'I think a little bit more urgency,' Leake said when asked about the difference. 'They came out super urgent last game and I didn't want that to happen again.' Leake, who has been the subject of trade speculation with the rebuilding Mariners, improved to 101-95 in 10 seasons. This was his sixth career complete game, and second this year, in 284 starts. There have been 23 perfect games in major league history, the last by Felix Hernandez of the Mariners in 2012, who was in the dugout cheering Leake. Leake said his teammates began to drift away from him in the dugout as the game progressed. Toward the end no one was talking to him, though he would occasionally catch guys eyeballing him to see what he was doing. Daniel Vogelbach hit two three-run homers and drove in a career high-tying six runs against reliever Jaime Barria (3-3). Leake kept the Angels off the bases with a fastball that was right around 88 mph, along with a cutter, changeup and curve. 'He mixes pitches and mixes speeds,' Angels manager Brad Ausmus said. 'You've got the cutter and sinker moving in two directions. He's got the big curveball. He can sometimes drop his arm a little bit on that and make it sweep away from righties. He did an excellent job, threw strikes. Not a ton of strikeouts, but not a lot of solid contact by us as well. It was his night.' Seattle has six no-hitters in its history, the last by James Paxton against Toronto in May 2018. The Mariners hadn't won since before the All-Star break, a stretch that included their no-hitter loss in LA, and had lost 13 of their last 15. Vogelbach made it 3-0 with a homer in the fourth. He hit his 23rd home run in the fifth. TRAINER'S ROOM Angels: Albert Pujols sat out Friday's game as a precaution. The first baseman came out of Thursday night's game against the Astros with left hamstring tightness. Manager Brad Ausmus said the hope is Pujols will be ready for Saturday's game against the Mariners. . Reliever Keynan Middleton's rehab assignment at Triple-A Salt Lake City has been shut down due to numbness and tingling in his pitching arm. Ausmus said a test showed that Middleton's grafted UCL remains attached. There's no timetable for his return. Mariners: Closer Hunter Strickland will begin a rehabilitation assignment at Triple-A Tacoma on Saturday in his return from a right lat strain that's kept him out since March. Servais said he will need to make three or four appearances in Tacoma before returning to the major league roster to regain his endurance. But he can't get into the lineup soon enough with Seattle's struggles in the bullpen. ... Center fielder Mallex Smith left the game after the fifth inning with a sore right thumb he injured in the game. UP NEXT Angels: RHP Griffin Canning (3-5, 4.74 ERA) will make his first career start against the Mariners. Mariners: Seattle will send a pitcher to be determined to the mound for an inning before turning it over to LHP Wade LeBlanc (5-3, 5.15 ERA). ___ More AP baseball coverage: www.apnews.com/MLB and www.twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Mike Leake of the Seattle Mariners has lost his bid for a perfect game in the ninth inning on a leadoff single by rookie Luis Rengifo of the Los Angeles Angels. Rengifo hit a grounder into right field on a 1-1 pitch Friday night. The crowd in Seattle gave Leake a big cheer and he waved to the fans. The Mariners lead 10-0. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Even from the training room, Adam Wainwright could sense something brewing. 'You just had that feeling,' he said. 'Every one of those guys said, 'We've got you.' Jose Martinez homered and singled and Paul DeJong added a two-run double during a 10-run rally in the sixth inning, and the St. Louis Cardinals overcame a seven-run deficit Friday night for a wild 12-11 win over the Cincinnati Reds. Down 7-0, the Cardinals put together their biggest inning of the season on the way to their sixth win in seven games. Wainwright was rocked for nine hits and seven runs in 3 1/3 innings but ran out in shorts and a T-shirt to pass out high fives after the big inning. 'There wouldn't have been a comeback if I hadn't pitched terrible,' he added, jokingly. Jesse Winker hit a two-out, two-run single in the ninth off Cardinals closer Carlos Martinez. But Joey Votto grounded out with runners at the corners to give Martinez his seventh save. Journeyman catcher Ryan Lavarnway hit two homers, doubled and drove in a career-high six runs for Cincinnati in his first game in the majors this season. Released by the Yankees this week after hitting .213 in a Triple-A backup role, Lavarnway was signed by the Reds after a series of injuries left them thin behind the plate. The 31-year-old Lavarnway, who had played a total of 12 games in the big leagues in the last four seasons, went 3 for 4 with a walk. Wainwright's career ERA against the Reds jumped from 5.01 to 5.31, his worst against major league team. Michael Wacha (6-4) wound up with the win, allowing three hits in 1 2/3 scoreless innings. Jose Martinez had an infield single that loaded the bases with no outs in the sixth against Tyler Mahle. After DeJong's two-run double off Matt Bowman made it 7-5, a two-out error by Votto at first base let the Cardinals tie it. Martinez capped the comeback with a three-run homer off Jared Hughes (3-3). DeJong added a long two-run homer in the seventh, his second in two nights off Robert Stephenson. 'We can get the homers late to bury teams, but passing the baton is huge,' DeJong said. 'Getting base hits and infield singles is a way we can score runs.' Lavarnway hit a three-run homer in the fourth that finished Wainwright for his first home run in the big leagues since Aug. 23, 2015, for Atlanta. Lavarnway added a two-run shot in the eighth for his first multihomer game since hitting two for Boston on Sept. 27, 2011. 'I was just enjoying it,' he said. 'I've been up and down so many times. You never know when it's going to be your last one. Earlier in my career, I didn't let myself enjoy the highs. I tried to be stoic. I tried to be Jason Varitek. I'm like a cat with nine lives right now. I'm grateful for the opportunity.' MAGIC SIXTH The Cardinals rode a big sixth to a win for the second straight night. They scored five in the sixth on Thursday to grab a 7-3 lead on the way to a 7-4 win. MONEY'S WORTH Cincinnati 3B Eugenio Suarez and manager David Bell were ejected between the first and second innings by plate umpire Carlos Torres for arguing balls and strikes. Bell's ejection was a club-record seventh of the season, breaking a tie with Clark Griffith, who had six each in 1909 and 1910. The Reds lead the majors with 15 ejections. NEW GROUND Jose Peraza made his first career appearance at third base after Suarez's ejection, pushing to five the number of positions he's played this season. Peraza has appeared at shortstop, second base, left field and center field. BIG DEBUT Lavarnway became the first player with six RBIs in his Reds debut since RBIs became an official statistic in 1920, according to the Reds. BIG INNINGS Cincinnati allowed as many as 10 runs in an inning for the first time since July 26, 2015, in the third inning at Coors Field. TRAINER'S ROOM Cardinals: OF Marcell Ozuna can resume baseball activities after the swelling in his injured right hand decreased and he went through an encouraging workout on Thursday at Busch Stadium. He's been out since June 29 with hand and finger fractures. . The Cardinals hope INF Matt Carpenter can start a minor league rehab assignment sometime in the next week. Carpenter went on the 10-day IL on June 16 with a right foot contusion. Reds: LHP Alex Wood, out all season with lower back problems, is scheduled to throw a bullpen in Cincinnati on Saturday to get ready for his fourth rehab start on Monday for Double-A Chattanooga at Birmingham. UP NEXT Cardinals: The Reds roughed up RHP Miles Mikolas (6-9) for six hits, including three home runs, and four runs in five innings of a 12-1 St. Louis loss on April 26. Reds: RHP Luis Castillo (9-3) pitching six innings of two-hit, one-run ball in a 4-1 Cincinnati win at St. Louis on June 4. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Jim Herman took the Barbasol Championship lead — with some help from President Donald Trump. Trump's regular golf partner while working as an assistant professional at Trump National Bedminster in New Jersey, Herman changed to a conventional putting grip and clubhead at the president's suggestion. 'He gave me a good talking to and told me to use a different style if it's not working,' Herman said. 'So, that was a couple weeks ago and I finally put it into play.' It has worked well at rain-softened Keene Trace, with Herman shooting his second straight 7-under 65 on Friday to take the second-round lead in the PGA Tour event. Encouraged years ago by Trump to pursue a playing career, Herman is in position for his second PGA Tour victory. 'Some great advice, so I appreciate it,' Herman said. 'Seems like I played pretty well after I played with him. I played with him the week before I won Houston, so maybe that's a sign to come, hopefully.' Herman had a one-stroke lead over Bill Haas. 'Everything seems to be working this week,' Herman said. 'Nice change up. I haven't been playing very well or had the best results lately. Just some good play. ... Hitting a lot of greens and making some putts and that's always a good combination.' Haas followed his opening 65 with a 66. He made a 45-foot eagle putt on the par-5 eighth, his 17th hole. 'The eagle was nice,' Haas said. 'That drive I won't say is uncomfortable for me, but I just fear left a lot. I feel like I could hit it left, so I tend to miss those tee shots right. I hit a nice tee shot down the fairway and I just told myself to be aggressive with a nice drawing iron in there. Aggressive was still 30 feet right. So, 30 footer up over a slope, I just would have been happy with a two putt there. Just fortunate to make a long one.' David Toms was two strokes back at 12 under after a 64. The 52-year-old Toms made a 13-foot eagle putt on the par-5 fifth, his 14th hole of the day. D.J. Trahan, Kelly Kraft and Kramer Hickok also were 12 under, each shooting 67. 'Just really solid,' Toms said. 'Probably the key to today is I had a couple pitch-ins from off the green in tough situations on a couple of the par 3s, so to hole those kind of kept my round going. But other than that, I hit a lot of shots in the fairway, I had a lot of birdie chances.' Jose de Jesus Rodríguez (65), Austin Cook (66), Sebastian Munoz (68) and Wes Roach (69) were 11 under. Tom Lovelady played the first six holes on the back nine in 7 under, capped by a 10-foot eagle putt on the par-5 15th. He bogeyed the par-3 16th and parred the last two for a 65 to top the group at 10 under. J.T. Poston, the first-round leader after a 62, had a 73 to drop into a tie for 18th at 9 under. Canadian Nick Taylor, a stroke behind Poston after an opening 63, also was 9 under after a 72. John Daly missed the cut with rounds of 71 and 72. Fighting osteoarthritis in his right knee, the 53-year-old Daly was playing his first PGA Tour event since he was approved for a cart last fall. Denied a cart by the R&A for the British Open, he has been approved for a cart at PGA Tour events until the end of the year. The winner will receive a spot in the PGA Championship, but not in the Masters.

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  • Another race, another win for UGA track phenom Matthew Boling. This victory, however, was international. Boling, who expected to report to Georgia later this summer, won the 100 meters at the Pan American U20 Championships with a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 seconds. The event took place in Costa Rica on late Friday, and Boling's blistering time was no surprise after he was clocked in the semifinals at 10.2 seconds. Winning never seems to get old for Boling, who is from Houston, Texas. He became a bona-fide mainstream sports celebrity in the last four months with his viral track videos and jaw-dropping times. Boling is one of the nation's top Olympic hopefuls for the 2020 Games in Japan. Matthew Boling runs a wind-legal personal best of 10.11 to win the Pan Am U20 100m title in Costa Rica. Moves into sole possession of 4th on the all-time high school list, per T&F News. pic.twitter.com/m2ATCTsKtw Jonathan Gault (@jgault13) July 20, 2019 Four words you never want to hear in a race: 'here comes Matthew Boling' Watch him in the finals tonight at Pan Ams, live on FloTrack! pic.twitter.com/gfDYdSFWrO FloTrack (@FloTrack) July 19, 2019 The post Mathew Boling: UGA track phenom turns heads in international event appeared first on DawgNation.
  • One of UGA's most promising young players on defense is Quay Walker. The sophomore is battling for the No. 1 job at inside linebacker with senior Tae Crowder and junior Monty Rice, among others. Walker has gotten himself into contention for more playing time after getting into much better shape after being in UGA's strength and conditioning program for more than a year. 'In the middle of June, we were (at Georgia) for a passing-league tournament,' said Brad Harber, who coached Walker at Crisp County (Ga.) High School. 'In the past few years at that event, Quay has been walking through the field after class, and he'll see all the guys and the coaches (from Crisp County). '(Quay) laughs at me because I tell him he's getting taller or I'm getting shorter or older. But he doesn't have trouble with his weight. I think they want him around 230 or 235. I know at one time he got up to around 240. 'To me, he looked leaner than what he was in high school. He's a physical specimen anyways. But he looked good when we saw him a (few weeks ago).' The 6-foot-4 Walker narrowly and famously signed with UGA over Tennessee. Last year as a freshman, Walker appeared in all 14 games, and was named by the Bulldogs as co-winner of Special Teams Newcomer of the Year. 'I felt confident that Quay was going to be successful I knew that going off to a big university like Georgia, there was going to be a learning curve,' Harber said. 'Quay has always been physically gifted. The big thing was learning the language at Georgia. We had the chance to watch Georgia's spring practices with some other recruits we have (at our high school), and it was nice to see Quay in the two-deep rotation.' When UGA's coaches stopped by Crisp County on the recruiting trail within the last few months, they've also given encouraging reports on Walker. His mental approach to the game is quickly catching up with his elite athletic skills. 'Just in talking with people close to the program, obviously with the football and academic workload, he's gotten more comfortable with all of that the day-to-day operations,' Harber said. 'It looks to me, outside looking in, he's starting to understand the defensive playbook better. Anytime you do that, it gives you better opportunities to get on the field to play.' Probably the only football topic on Walker's mind more than the playbook right now is the competition at his position. It will be hard to unseat Crowder, who is a fifth-year senior that is finally in position to start. Then again, it will be hard to keep Walker off the field this season after a strong showing in the spring. 'To me, it's all starting to come together his knowledge of the playbook and the system, along with playing on special teams,' Harber said. 'I think he's going to have a really good year. I would guess that he's going to get more playing time. 'It looked to me when he was playing spring ball that he was in a two-deep rotation. I know that there are a lot of elite players at Georgia right now, especially at the linebacker spot. But I see Quay as a guy who will have the opportunity to get plenty of playing time this season.' The post Quay Walker: It's all starting to come together' for young UGA linebacker appeared first on DawgNation.
  • ATLANTA (AP) - Josh Donaldson finally took his turn on the Atlanta Braves' list of game-ending heroes. Donaldson's bases-loaded single off Fernando Rodney in the ninth inning lifted the Braves over the Washington Nationals 4-3 on Friday night after Luke Jackson allowed a tying, two-run homer to Victor Robles in the top half. Ronald Acu a Jr., who had three hits, led off the bottom of the ninth with a walk off Rodney (0-3) and took second on Dansby Swanson's single. Freddie Freeman walked on four pitches, loading the bases. Nationals manager Dave Martinez brought in left fielder Juan Soto as a fifth infielder, including three on the left side against the right-handed hitting Donaldson. Rodney's plan was 'get a ground ball for a double play.' Instead, Donaldson lofted a 2-0 pitch over Robles to the warning track in left-center, and the Braves boosted their NL East lead to 6 1/2 games over the second-place Nationals. Atlanta had lost its previous five home games against Washington. The Braves have six walk-off wins but it was Donaldson's first game-ending hit since 2015 with Toronto. That void had not escaped his attention. 'I was actually looking at that today,' Donaldson said. Donaldson's teammates surrounded him near first base for an on-field celebration. Entering the game, Donaldson's 14 homers since June 11 were tied with Cody Bellinger for the most in the majors in that span. Donaldson, who signed a one-year, $23 million contract with Atlanta as a free agent, is hitting .255 with 22 homers. His power stroke as a cleanup hitter has given Freeman protection in the lineup. 'This is what I expect of myself,' Donaldson said. 'I'm just glad to be put in a situation where I could help the team win the ballgame.' Martinez said Nationals closer Sean Doolittle was ready in the bullpen. Martinez said he liked the matchups with Rodney against Acu a and Swanson, even though the 42-year-old Rodney rarely is asked to pitch more than one inning. 'When you're playing on the road, Doolittle comes in the game for a save,' Martinez said. 'With a tie game, if he comes in right there and we have to pinch-hit for him right away, then we're looking at who knows who?' Robles' homer went 446 feet to left, giving Jackson his seventh blown save in 24 chances. Julio Teheran gave up one hit through five scoreless innings and retired 14 consecutive hitters before pinch-hitter Gerardo Parra singled with one out in the sixth. Anthony Rendon chased Teheran with a two-out RBI single. Nationals left-hander Patrick Corbin allowed two runs and eight hits in five innings. He struck out Ozzie Albies with the bases loaded in the first and fanned Albies to end the fifth with two out. Albies hit a two-out double in the fourth and scored on Austin Riley's double. Acu a's RBI double against Tanner Rainey gave the Braves a 3-1 lead. TRAINER'S ROOM Nationals: RHP Max Scherzer, on the 10-day IL since July 10 with an injury originally announced as a mid-back strain, was given a cortisone shot on Tuesday to address inflammation in the bursa sac under his right shoulder blade. Scherzer still has some discomfort and must throw a bullpen session before cleared to pitch in a game. With Scherzer unavailable, RHP Austin Voth is expected to start in Sunday night's series finale. Braves: RHP Patrick Weigel, who had Tommy John surgery in 2017, was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett for his major league debut. Weigel will pitch in relief. ... RHP Wes Parsons also was recalled from Gwinnett. RHPs Kyle Wright and Touki Toussaint were optioned to Gwinnett. BIRTHDAY BATTERY Corbin couldn't win on his 30th birthday while paired with catcher Yan Gomes, who turned 32. Corbin and Gomes became only the second pitcher-catcher tandem to start together on their birthdays since 1900, according to the Elias Sports Bureau. Chicago Cubs pitcher Dave Hillman and catcher Jim Fanning did it against Pittsburgh on Sept. 14, 1957. RARE HIT Freeman was 2 for 20 in his career against Corbin before his RBI single in the fifth. STREAKING Acu a has reached base in a career-best 26 consecutive games since June 19, the longest active streak in the majors. Donaldson's on-base streak was extended to 16 games. UP NEXT Nationals: RHP An bal Sanchez (5-6, 3.71) is 1-0 with a 3.00 ERA in two starts this season against the Braves, his former team. Braves: Rookie RHP Mike Soroka (10-1, 2.24) will try to win his sixth straight decision on Saturday night. The 21-year-old right-hander became the youngest pitcher in franchise history to be selected an All-Star. ___ More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
  • Georgia football is the No. 1 topic every day on DawgNation Daily the daily podcast for Georgia Bulldogs fans. Catch up on everything happening with UGA athletics with host Brandon Adams and the DawgNation experts as they break down the latest Georgia football recruiting news and discuss coach Kirby Smart's quest to return the Bulldogs to the top of the SEC. On episode No. 989 (July 20, 2019) of the podcast, Georgia fans can hear a discussion about what Georgia safety JR Reed said about the UGA defense. Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense Beginning of the show: One of the hot topics this offseason has centered around the possibility Georgia freshmen such as linebackers Nolan Smith and Nakobe Dean become breakout stars this fall. UGA safety J.R. Reed didn't dismiss the possibility of that occurring when asked about the topic at SEC Media Days. However, I'll play audio on today's show of what Reed did have to say including why he thinks some players who've been on the roster for a year or more could be strong candidates to stand out this season. 10-minute mark: I discuss the possibility UGA is the most physical team in the SEC and share some of the chatter regarding that topic. 15-minute mark: DawgNation's recruiting insider Jeff Sentell joins the show. Some of the topics covered include The preview of Jeff's profile of Smith and his journey to UGA An early look at why next weekend is a crucial recruiting weekend for the Bulldogs The latest on UGA running back recruiting including 5-star Kendall Milton and 4-star Tank Bigsby Thoughts on 4-star defensive tackle Timothy Smith's Alabama commitment And reaction to 4-star defensive back Avantae Williams' jab at Florida coach Dan Mullen's Jordan Brand sneakers 40-minute mark: I share some final thoughts on SEC Media Days including what could improve the event in the future. End of show: I share the Gator Hater Updater. The post Georgia football podcast: J.R. Reed warns not to overlook certain members of UGA defense appeared first on DawgNation.
  • Cole Wilcox dominated on the mound last night for Team USA only allowing one base runner, while striking out three batters over 2.2 innings of relief, helping them secure a 2-0 win while one-hitting Japan at Kizuna Stadium. This was the first time the Collegiate National Team ever played at Kizuna Stadium. Wilcox has shined all summer for Team USA as he still maintains a 0.00 era this summer. Team USA is one win away from winning the USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Star Series in Japan, something the team has not done in 40 years. Team USA has lost 15-straight series in Japan.