Your Top Plays for Today
The Associated Press
Jul. 17, 2014
Your Top Plays for Today: AP's Sports Guide
--WOODS IS THE SHOW AT HOYLAKE, WITH A YOUNG GENERATION UNAWARE OF HIS MYSTIQUE
Tiger Woods is the big show at the British Open, especially now that he is back from another injury. Playing in front of him during the opening round at Royal Liverpool will be Harris English. Two groups behind will be Jordan Spieth and Hideki Matsuyama. They were among 25 players at The Open who have this in common — Woods has never won a major during their professional careers.
-- GALLOPIN WINS HILLY 11TH STAGE OF TOUR DE FRANCE; ITALY'S NIBALI KEEPS YELLOW JERSEY
French rider Tony Gallopin led a late breakaway in a show of opportunism and savvy racing to win the 11th stage of the Tour de France as Italy's Vincenzo Nibali retained the overall lead.
--MANNY PACQUIAO RETURNS TO RING NOV. 22, TAKING ON CHRIS ALGIERI IN MACAU
Manny Pacquiao will return to China for his next fight, taking on Chris Algieri in the gambling enclave of Macau. The scheduled November fight for a piece of the welterweight title held by Pacquiao comes a year after the Filipino headlined the first big fight card there with a win over Brandon Rios.
--MASSIMILIANO ALLEGRI HIRED TO COACH ITALIAN CHAMPION JUVENTUS A DAY AFTER CONTE LEAVES
New Juventus coach Massimo Allegri says he was both surprised and honored when the Italian champions approached him to take the job, just a day after Antonio Conte made his sudden departure.
--FOR 2ND YEAR IN A ROW, HENRIK STENSON LOOKS FOR BRITISH OPEN BOOST FOR LAST HALF OF SEASON
A year after a second-place finish at the British Open started him on his way to a near-flawless second half of 2013, Sweden's Henrik Stenson has a good feeling that this year's tournament at Royal Liverpool — a "course that suits my eye pretty well" —will give him a similar boost.