World Cup digest moves separately.



SOUTHAMPTON, New York — The U.S. Open begins at Shinnecock Hills with Tiger Woods back for the first time in three years and having a rough start with a triple bogey on the first hole. Phil Mickelson also stutters in his bid to complete the career Grand Slam. By Doug Ferguson. UPCOMING: 800 words by 0000 GMT, photos.



— GLF--US OPEN-THE LATEST — Real-time updates.

— GLF--TIM DAHLBERG-US OPEN-MICKELSON — Column: Mickelson gives US Open the silent treatment. By Tim Dahlberg. SENT: 710 words, photos.

— GLF--US OPEN-SHINNECOCK NATION — USGA, Shinnecock Nation honor Native American golf history. By Terrin Waack. SENT: 650 words, photo.

— GLF--US OPEN-POULTER — Poulter's 1-under helps erase bad Shinnecock memories. By Jimmy Golen. SENT: 470 words, photos.


BARCELONA, Spain — Julen Lopetegui said being fired as Spain coach two days before its opening match at the World Cup was possibly "the saddest day of my life" since his mother died, and joining Real Madrid as its new coach was "the happiest day of my life." By Joseph Wilson. SENT: 580 words, photos.


MADRID — Antoine Griezmann says he is staying at Atletico Madrid, putting an end to widespread speculation that the France forward would leave to join Spanish rival Barcelona. SENT: 190 words, photos.


BANGALORE, India — Afghanistan hits back with five wickets after Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay score centuries for India to finish day one of the one-off cricket test on 347-6. By Chetan Narula. SENT: 550 words, photos.


GROS ISLET, St. Lucia — Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal held out defiantly on the opening day of the second test against West Indies on Thursday with an undefeated 119 but ran out of partners as his team was dismissed for 253. UPCOMING: 200 words by 2330 GMT.


NEW YORK — Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor expressed regret Thursday for a backstage melee at a Brooklyn arena that saw him caught on camera hurling a hand truck at a bus full of fighters, and he is negotiating a plea deal to resolve criminal charges in the case. By Michael R. Sisak. SENT: 550 words, photos.


A week after celebrating Siya Kolisi's elevation to Springboks captain, prop Tendai Mtawarira will play his 100th rugby test against England in Bloemfontein on Saturday. England has welcomed back Joe Launchbury, and replaced Chris Robshaw with Brad Shields. By Tristan Holme. SENT: 620 words, photo.


SANTA FE, Argentina — Wales center Hadleigh Parkes was ruled out of the second rugby test against Argentina this weekend because of a broken finger and replaced by Owen Watkin on Thursday. SENT: 350 words.


STUTTGART, Germany — Tomas Berdych beat Benoit Paire 7-6 (3), 6-4 to end his five-match losing streak and reach the quarterfinals of the Stuttgart Open on Thursday. SENT: 110 words, photos.


NOTTINGHAM, England — Johanna Konta won an all-British match against Heather Watson to reach the Nottingham Open quarterfinals on Friday. SENT: 160 words.


EAST RUTHERFORD, New Jersey — Pat Shurmur's first minicamp with the New York Giants ended with a helmet-swinging scuffle between two linemen. By Tom Canavan. SENT: 580 words, photos.


OCEANPORT, New Jersey — New Jersey's governor kicked off a new era of gambling Thursday in the state that led the charge for the entire nation to bet on sports legally. By Wayne Parry. SENT: 660 words, photos.

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