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GOLF McIl­roy fires cad­die

Rory McIl­roy has parted ways with his cad­die and will use his best friend, Harry Di­a­mond, at the up­com­ing Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional and PGA Cham­pi­onship, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. Reuters cited a source it did not iden­tify as say­ing McIl­roy fired J.P. Fitzger­ald. They have worked to­gether for the past nine years, dur­ing which McIl­roy has won four ma­jor cham­pi­onships and reached No. 1 in the world. He is cur­rently ranked No. 4. McIl­roy is ex­pected to speak about the change Wed­nes­day at the Bridge­stone In­vi­ta­tional, which is be­ing held at Firestone Coun­try Club in Akron, Ohio. It is the sec­ond sig­nif­i­cant player-cad­die split this sum­mer. Phil Mick­el­son and Jim “Bones” Mackay de­cided to end 25 years to­gether. Mackay since has taken a job as an an­a­lyst on the course at NBC Sports.

SOC­CER Sounders eye mid­fielder

Span­ish mid­fielder Vic­tor Ro­driguez is train­ing with the Seat­tle Sounders in the hopes the club can sign the 28-year-old later this week. Seat­tle Gen­eral Man­ager Garth Lager­wey said Mon­day that the club is hope­ful it can com­plete the trans­ac­tion be­fore the close of the sum­mer trans­fer win­dow next week. Ro­driguez most re­cently played for Sport­ing Gi­jon in La Liga 2, the Span­ish sec­ond divi­sion. Ro­driguez spent time as a youth in the FC Barcelona academy.

Ron­aldo in court

Real Madrid star Cris­tiano Ron­aldo ap­peared in a Span­ish court on Mon­day, where he is fac­ing al­le­ga­tions of tax eva­sion. Ron­aldo is ac­cused of dodg­ing $17.3 mil­lion in taxes by cre­at­ing for­eign shell com­pa­nies to hide in­come gen­er­ated in Spain from his im­age rights. He has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions, and said he ex­pects his name to be cleared. He and FC Barcelona’s Lionel Messi are among sev­eral soc­cer play­ers who have been in­ves­ti­gated by the Span­ish tax author­i­ties. Messi was

sen­tenced to 21 months in prison last year for al­legedly evad­ing $4.8 mil­lion in taxes from im­age rights. He ap­pealed, and a court re­cently ruled he could pay a $296,000 fine in­stead.

BAS­KET­BALL Refs group an­gry

Court Club Elite, the com­pany that has pro­vided of­fi­cials for the Adi­das Upris­ing Sum­mer Cham­pi­onships in Las Ve­gas, is end­ing its re­la­tion­ship with Adi­das be­cause of Fri­day’s in­ci­dent in which LaVar Ball suc­cess­fully re­moved a fe­male ref­eree from a game. Ball is the father of Los An­ge­les Lak­ers rookie

Lonzo Ball. Court Club Elite, which trains and de­vel­ops ref­er­ees at am­a­teur and pro­fes­sional lev­els, re­leased a state­ment crit­i­ciz­ing Adi­das: “The events that led to the re­moval of a fe­male of­fi­cial on Fri­day are some­thing that shall not and will not be ac­cepted within the of­fi­ci­at­ing com­mu­nity. … It was clear that the ac­tions of the of­fi­cial in en­forc­ing and ad­dress­ing un­sport­ing be­hav­ior were de­fend­able and fit­ting of the be­hav­ior dis­played; how­ever, the agenda and lack of courage to do the right thing by Adi­das lead­er­ship sent a clear mes­sage that the game and those cho­sen to pro­tect the in­tegrity were not of pri­or­ity.”

WKU sus­pends cen­ter

Western Ken­tucky men’s bas­ket­ball Coach Rick Stans­bury has sus­pended fresh­man cen­ter Mitchell Robin­son in­def­i­nitely for an un­spec­i­fied vi­o­la­tion of team rules. Robin­son, a 7-footer from Chal­mette (La.) High School, is a con­sen­sus All-Amer­i­can and five-star prospect by sev­eral re­cruit­ing ser­vices. He’s the top re­cruit signed so far by Stans­bury, who’s pre­par­ing for his sec­ond sea­son coach­ing the Hill­top­pers. The coach said Robin­son is “a good kid” in a state­ment re­leased Mon­day. Robin­son left cam­pus with­out tel­lling any­one last week.

BASE­BALL Mets give prospect shot

The Mets are bring­ing up top short­stop prospect Amed Rosario and say the 21-year-old will be in the start­ing lineup Tues­day night at Colorado in his ma­jor league de­but. Rosario hit .328 with 7 home runs, 58 RBI and 19 steals in 94 games at Class-AAA Las Ve­gas.

SS Marte to miss time

In­fielder Ke­tel Marte was placed on the be­reave­ment list by the Ari­zona Di­a­mond­backs on Mon­day af­ter his mother died in a car ac­ci­dent in the Do­mini­can Repub­lic. Marte is hit­ting .242 with 4 HRs and 10 RBI in 25 games in his first sea­son with the D-backs. He can re­turn as soon as Thurs­day.

Trumbo goes to DL

Ori­oles out­fielder Mark Trumbo was placed on the 10-day dis­abled list with a right rib cage strain, the team an­nounced Mon­day. Trumbo was do­ing squats to stretch in the weight room be­fore Sun­day’s game at Globe Life Park in Arlington, Texas, and tweaked his back. Trumbo bat­ting .238 with 17 home runs and 50 RBI.

Astros’ Mc­Cullers out

The Hous­ton Astros have put right-han­der Lance Mc­Cullers on the 10-day dis­abled list with back dis­com­fort. Mc­Cullers, who spent 12 days on the DL in mid-June with a sim­i­lar in­jury, is 7-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 19 starts this sea­son for the AL West lead­ers.

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