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  • Tina Mickelson, Phil's sister, has only tweeted five times in this calendar year. But she did so on Tuesday with a photo you have to see: Phil is ripped. Entering The Open Championship, the 49-year-old lost 15 pounds in 10 days in what he described as “a hard reset,” to get his body and mind back on track entering the last few events of the season.

  • Philip Rivers is willing to admit that Tom Brady's better than he is. During an interview on the Dan Patrick Show, Rivers pointed to the end of Super Bowl XLIX, when it was Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler's interception that sealed the win for New England over the Seahawks. “I remember thinking when the Patriots beat the Seahawks, when they had that interception against the Seahawks and that gave them what, their [fourth] championship?” Rivers said, via Matt Vautour of Masslive.com.

  • The fallout for the Lakers from DeMarcus Cousins' ACL tear is coming into focus in Los Angeles. Aside from the obvious basketball tragedy that is Cousins' now injury-riddled career is the challenge the Lakers face trying to replace him. With the prime NBA free agency period long over, the answer for the Lakers is to resort to desperate measures.

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  • Defending champions Naomi Osaka and Novak Djokovic are the No. 1 seeds for singles play in the U.S. Open. Osaka, who beat Serena Williams in last year's final for her first Grand Slam title, recently regained the top spot in the WTA rankings from Ash Barty. Barty is the No. 2 seed, followed by Karolina Pliskova, Wimbledon champion Simona Halep and Elina Svitolina.

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  • Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald was asked about how much has changed with his program since the last time his football team entered August without knowing its starting quarterback, which was four years ago. The Wildcats undoubtedly have been a success story under Fitzgerald, who enters his 14th season as their head coach. No wonder Fitzgerald has turned down overtures from more blue-blood football factories and even parried mild NFL head-coaching interest for now.

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  • Malcolm Mitchell's life after football has not been easy. Mitchell, as a rookie, played an important role in the team's historic Super Bowl LI comeback win over the Atlanta Falcons with six receptions for 70 yards. Mitchell released Tuesday part one of a short film named "TREASURE BOX." It highlights his life after football, and Mitchell is very honest in the film.

  • Braxton Miller starred at Ohio State while in college and now he's back in the state as he tries to continue his NFL career. The Browns announced on Wednesday that they have signed Miller to their 90-man roster. Tight end Mik'Quan Deane was waived with a non-football illness designation in a corresponding move. Miller moved [more]

  • The Dallas Cowboys have reached a contract extension with one of their young stars. Dallas Cowboys linebacker Jaylon Smith has agreed to a contract extension with the team. Cowboys vice president Stephen Jones told media that Dallas and linebacker Jaylon Smith have agreed on a five-year extension worth $64 million, with $35.5 million guaranteed.

  • Adam Scott, the former world No 1, has labelled the Tour Championship “a big old exhibition with a pot of gold at the end” as the PGA Tour's season finale employs a bizarre scoring format to find the $15 million (£12.3 million) champion. Never before will a professional golfer have started the first round with a two-stroke advantage and Justin Thomas admits it will be a “weird” sensation on Thursday. The American hurtled to the top of the FedEx Cup standings with a win in Chicago at the weekend, meaning he will begin the famous East Lake event on 10 under.

  • Maddon told Holmes not only does Castellanos have good at-bats, but praised the player's attitude as well. "A couple of games ago we had that bad game in Philadelphia and I took everybody out but him," Maddon said. "So he came standing next to me before his next at-bat and I said 'How ya doing man?

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