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GOLF Sten­son pes­simistic

Hen­rik Sten­son is pes­simistic about his chances of suc­cess­fully de­fend­ing the Bri­tish Open ti­tle at Royal Birk­dale this week. The Swedish golfer shot his best round of the week at the Scot­tish Open at Irvine on Sun­day — a 4-un­der 68 for a score of 4 un­der over­all — but it still wasn’t enough to raise his hopes of lift­ing the claret jug again. “I know I’m not re­ally where I want to be in my game and maybe noth­ing else, ei­ther,” Sten­son said, “but I’ll try to en­joy.” Sten­son hasn’t won a ti­tle since shoot­ing a fi­nal-round 63 at Royal Troon to win his first ma­jor.

BASE­BALL Keuchel to pitch

Hous­ton Astros ace Dal­las

Keuchel (Arkansas Ra­zor­backs) is ex­pected to throw two in­nings in a re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion start for Class AA Cor­pus Christi tonight. The lefty, who was on the Amer­i­can League All-Star team, hasn’t pitched since June 2 be­cause of a pinched nerve in his neck. He’s 9-0 with a 1.67 ERA for the AL West lead­ers, and the for­mer Cy Young Award win­ner likely will need mul­ti­ple starts in the mi­nors be­fore he comes off the dis­abled list.

Broad­caster Wolff dies

Bob Wolff, who called Don Larsen’s per­fect game for the New York Yan­kees in the 1956 World Se­ries, the New York Giants’ over­time loss in the epic 1958 Na­tional Foot­ball League cham­pi­onship game and the New York Knicks’ two ti­tle runs in a record-set­ting eight decades as a sports broad­caster, died Satur­day in South Ny­ack, N.Y. He was 96. Wolff was be­hind the mi­cro­phone from the ra­dio age to the rise of ca­ble tele­vi­sion. He was cited by Guin­ness World Records in 2012 as hav­ing the long­est ca­reer of any sports broad­caster. He started out in 1939 while a stu­dent and for­mer base­ball player at Duke Univer­sity, broad­cast­ing games on a lo­cal CBS ra­dio sta­tion.

BAS­KET­BALL Magic add Sim­mons

The Or­lando Magic have signed Jonathon Sim­mons, the for­ward who helped the San An­to­nio Spurs reach the Western Conference fi­nals. Sim­mons av­er­aged 6.2 points in 78 reg­u­lar-sea­son games and then ap­peared in 15 play­off games, av­er­ag­ing 16.8 points in his four starts. The un­drafted Sim­mons was cho­sen to play in the Rising Stars Chal­lenge at the All-Star break last sea­son. Terms of the deal an­nounced Satur­day were not dis­closed. Magic Pres­i­dent Jeff Welt­man said the 6-foot-6 Sim­mons “is an elite wing de­fender that will pro­vide tough­ness and ath­leti­cism to our team.” Lak­ers, Blaz­ers in fi­nal Lonzo Ball’s bid for a third con­sec­u­tive triple-dou­ble was short-cir­cuited by a calf in­jury. The lead he helped the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers build while he was in the game proved to be just enough to top Den­nis Smith Jr. and the Dal­las Mav­er­icks. Ball had 16 points and 10 as­sists in 21 min­utes be­fore leav­ing with a strained right calf, and the Lak­ers held on for a 108-98 vic­tory in the Las Vegas Sum­mer League semi­fi­nals Sun­day night. Kyle Kuzma scored 24 points, Matt Thomas had 20 and Van­der Blue added 17 to help the Lak­ers reach the cham­pi­onship game. They will face the Port­land Trail Blaz­ers, who beat Mem­phis 87-82 in the other semi­fi­nal, on Mon­day night. Smith scored 21 points on 7-for-13 shoot­ing for the Mav­er­icks, who trailed by as many as 26 points in the se­cond half.

SOCCER U.S. adds veter­ans

For­ward Clint Dempsey, mid­fielder Michael Bradley and goal­keeper Tim Howard are among six ad­di­tions to the U.S. ros­ter for the knock­out phase of the CONCACAF Gold Cup as Coach Bruce Arena opted to add some of his most ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers. Arena also added for­ward Jozy Alti­dore, mid­fielder Dar­ling­ton Nagbe and goal­keeper Jesse Gon­za­lez, the U.S. Soccer Fed­er­a­tion said Sun­day. Gon­za­lez’s ap­pli­ca­tion to change af­fil­i­a­tion from Mex­ico to the U.S. was ap­proved by FIFA last month, af­ter the dead­line for set­ting the 23-man ros­ter for the group phase.

FOOT­BALL Pats QB Parilli dies

Babe Parilli, the for­mer Bos­ton Pa­tri­ots quar­ter­back who starred in the team’s Amer­i­can Foot­ball League days, died Satur­day. He was 87. The New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots an­nounced the death, but a cause wasn’t given. Parilli played for the Pa­tri­ots from 1961 to 1967. He was voted to three AFL All-Star games and was the AFL’s Come­back Player of the Year in 1966. Parilli was named to the All-AFL 10 Year An­niver­sary Team in 1971 and his 31 touch­down passes in 1964 were a team record un­til 2007. Parilli is fourth on the Pa­tri­ots’ ca­reer pass­ing list with 16,747 yards and is in the team’s Hall of Fame. He be­gan his pro ca­reer with the Green Bay Pack­ers in 1952 He was the backup to Joe Na­math when the Jets won the Su­per Bowl in 1969.

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