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ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, JULY 4-6 - FILE - In this June 15, 2010, file photo, Barbara Castelein, left, and Mierte, both from the Netherlands, walk after an interview outside Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg. Soccer's governing body says the outfit

GOLF

PARAMUS, N.J. (AP) Rory McIlroy took a week to celebrate his blockbuster summer and paid for it in The Barclays with his worst start in two months.

With no guarantee of playing beyond this week, Bo Van Pelt opened with three straight birdies and chipped in for eagle late in his round for a 6-under 65 that gave him a one-shot lead in the opener of the FedEx Cup playoffs.

Van Pelt is No. 104 in the FedEx Cup. Only the top 100 advance to the next tournament.

Paul Casey is No. 118 with a lot on his mind - specifically the birth of his first child in two weeks - and played bogey-free at Ridgewood to join seven other players at 66. That group included Brendon Todd and Hunter Mahan, who at No. 62 is in danger of missing the Tour Championship for the first time since the FedEx Cup began in 2007.

McIlroy, the British Open and PGA champion went 13 holes before he made his first birdie and finished with a 74.

LONDON, Ontario (AP) - So Yeon Ryu set a course record with a 9-under 63 to take the lead at the Canadian Pacific Women's Open after one round.

Ryu finished with nine birdies at the London Hunt and Country Club to take a one-stroke lead over fellow South Korean Na Yeon Choi, who chipped in three times during an impressive morning round.

Swede Anna Nordqvist, who was playing with Ryu in the afternoon, was alone in third at 7 under.

Inbee Park, coming off a victory in last week's LPGA Championship, and Choi were part of a group at 6 under along with Azahara Munoz, Danielle Kang and Xi Yu Lin.

BASEBALL

BOSTON (AP) - The Los Angeles Angels are going to be without Garrett Richards for a playoff run.

One of the AL West leader's top starters sustained a serious knee injury, tearing his left patellar tendon Wednesday against the Boston Red Sox

Richards was 13-4 with a 2.61 ERA this year. It's a serious blow to the Angels, who also lost starter Tyler Skaggs to Tommy John surgery earlier this season.

Richards crumbled to the ground covering first base on a potential 3-6-1 double play against Boston. He was taken off the field on a stretcher and was flown to Los Angeles in the morning, where he had an MRI.

The Angels tweeted Richards will have surgery on Friday. The rehabilitation time should be six to nine months.

PRO FOOTBALL

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - The banged-up Kansas City Chiefs suffered another blow when linebacker Joe Mays was told he would need surgery on the wrist he injured last weekend at Carolina.

Mays, who was expected to start alongside Derrick Johnson at inside linebacker, will likely have the procedure later this week, according to a person familiar with the situation.

The Chiefs play the Vikings in their third preseason game Saturday night.

Mays signed a $6 million, two-year contract with the Chiefs in the offseason, and he was being counted on to replace the departed Akeem Jordan. He had been having a productive training camp as a run-stuffing linebacker who would then sub out in obvious passing situations.

IRVING, Texas (AP) - The Dallas Cowboys said Thursday linebacker DeVonte Holloman has a career-ending neck injury related to a spinal problem that kept him out almost half of his rookie season a year ago.

Coach Jason Garrett said Holloman was advised not to play again after doctor evaluations this week.

After missing the first two days of practice this week, the 23-year-old Holloman was on the field in his No. 57 jersey but didn't appear in the locker room when it was open to reporters after Garrett's announcement.

LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (AP) - Joshua Houston had a clutch two-run single, reliever Cameron Bufford pitched a tense scoreless sixth inning, and Chicago's Jackie Robinson West held off gritty Philadelphia 6-5 in a matchup of inner-city teams at the Little League World Series.

The loss eliminated Philadelphia and prevented star pitcher Mo'ne Davis from getting one last shot to put another stamp on what had become her personal playground.

Jackie Robinson West, comprised of all back players, is making its first appearance in 31 years in the Little League World Series. The victory sends the Great Lakes champs into the U.S. title game on Saturday against Las Vegas.

HOCKEY

DENVER (AP) - Goaltender Jean-Sebastien Giguere is retiring after 16 NHL seasons in which he won 262 games, a Conn Smythe Trophy and a Stanley Cup championship.

The Colorado Avalanche said Giguere made the announcement in Quebec while with the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada hockey team. He's part owner of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League squad.

Giguere served as Semyon Varlamov's backup last season in Hall of Fame goaltender Patrick Roy's first season behind the bench. The 37-year-old Giguere is best known for his time with the Anaheim Ducks. He led the team to two appearances in the Stanley Cup finals, capturing the Conn Smythe Trophy in defeat in 2003 and hoisting the Cup in 2007.

WNBA

SECAUCUS, N.J. (AP) - It had been 11 years since Seattle had been in the WNBA draft lottery. Coach Brian Agler and the Storm made the most of their return, walking away with the No. 1 pick.

Seattle won the initial draft lottery in 2002 and drafted Sue Bird. The Storm also were in the next two lotteries, but didn't get the No. 1 pick.

The Tulsa Shock will pick second with Connecticut getting the third and fourth choices. The Sun acquired the Liberty's pick on draft night this past April in part of a package for Tina Charles.

The Storm finished tied with Tulsa for the league's worst record at 12-22 and each had a 35.9 percent chance of landing the No. 1 pick. Connecticut, which finished a game better, had a 28.2 percent chance when combining its chances with those of the New York Liberty, who finished 15-19.PRO BASKETBALL

NEW YORK (AP) - Maya Moore put up incredible numbers all season for Minnesota. Now she's got her first WNBA MVP award.

Moore earned the league's most valuable player, hours before the Lynx opened their Western Conference semifinals playoff series with the San Antonio Stars.

Moore led the league in scoring, averaging a career-best 23.9 points. She set a WNBA record by scoring at least 30 points 12 times, including in four straight games. The scoring mark was the third-highest average in league history, trailing only Phoenix's Diana Taurasi's 25.3 points in 2006 and 24.1 points in 2008.

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