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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — Everyone in the massive grandstand rose to cheer and celebrate a bold performance by Rory McIlroy, who longed for such support and affection on his walk toward his final hole at Royal Portrush in the British Open.

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Central High School football hit the road this week for a pair of seven-on-seven scrimmage tournaments at Walker Valley and Shelbyville High Schools. The Red Raiders showed improvement over the course of the week and wrapped up with a winning record in their Shelbyville scrimmages. 

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The Central High School Raiderettes dance team returned home on Thursday, July 18, from the four-day Universal Dance Association Camp at the University of Alabama-Huntsville. The team earned several honors over the course of the week at both the team and individual level.

Central High School tennis player Jaden Talley posted impressive results on the court this past weekend in Nashville. The rising junior took second place at the Ensworth Summer UTR Invitational. 

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference pays big money to its coaches and that's one reason patience is often in short supply when things go wrong.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Kentucky ended its 31-game losing streak against Florida last year. Now, coach Mark Stoops was asked a tongue-in-cheek question about whether the Wildcats were ready to start a winning streak against the Gators.

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PORTRUSH, Northern Ireland (AP) — On the final day of practice for the final major of the year, Rory McIlroy ripped a shot out of the light rough and began walking toward the green when he stopped in the middle of the fairway for a quick interview with Sky Sports.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Schools interested in joining the American Athletic Conference after Connecticut leaves can call Commissioner Mike Aresco. The AAC will not be soliciting applications for membership.

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The Coffee County Raiders 10U team competed in the Tennessee Youth Baseball Association Recreation Division State Tournament in Murfreesboro this past weekend. After a 5-0 start to the three-day competition, the Raiders defeated the Liberty Patriots 14-4 in the championship game on Sunday, July 14.

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NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Central Florida has been picked to win the American Athletic Conference and face Memphis in the championship game for a third straight season.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins has yet to lead an official NBA game, but he's bringing some hardware home to Beale Street.

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HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Southeastern Conference Commissioner Greg Sankey considers the mental health of athletes an important issue to be considered when it comes to legalized betting on college sports.

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Pernell Whitaker, an Olympic gold medalist and four-division champion who was regarded as one of the greatest defensive fighters ever, has died after being hit by a car in Virginia. He was 55.

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LAS VEGAS (AP) — Brandon Clarke made a dunk with 10.7 left in overtime and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 88-86 on Sunday in the NBA Summer League semifinals.

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — For nearly five tight, tense and terrific hours, Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer traded the lead, playing on and on and on until an unprecedented fifth-set tiebreaker was required to settle their memorable Wimbledon final.

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WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Clutching her trophy 20 minutes after becoming Wimbledon's champion, Simona Halep checked out the board inside Centre Court that lists tournament winners. Below all of the mentions of Serena Williams, her opponent in Saturday's final, there already was inscribed: "M…

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Central High School football returned to Carden-Jarrell Field on Thursday, July 11, for a seven-on-seven scrimmage against Lincoln County. The home game closed out the team's scrimmage schedule for the week after earlier matches against Ooltewah and Moore County.