Lefty wins first Open with final round 66, MLB News and Notes, OKC and KD’s Super-Max, Bruins “Bieberize” locker room, + Saturday Recap: Sunday, July 21, 2013

Lefty’s final round 66 buries the field

It’s been a pretty good last 10 days for Phil Mickelson. Last Sunday, Lefty snapped a 20-year winless drought in Europe by winning the Scottish Open. Today, he captured his first “Open” victory and fifth major title with a lights out final round 66. Mickelson birdied four holes on the extremely tough Muirfield back nine to tie for the best round of the tournament. Henrik Stenson finished second, three shots back. Ian Poulter, Adam Scott and Lee Westwood tied for third. Tiger Woods could only manage a final round 74 to finish T-6 five shots back.

MLB News and Notes

For most pitchers, a no-hitter often defines their career. Not the Astros Erik Bedard though. After years of unfulfilled promise and numerous physical ailments, Bedard was knocking on the door of history after throwing 6 1/3 hitless innings against the Seattle Mariners but removed himself from the game after throwing 109 pitches. Bedard, who walked five and struck out ten, also took the loss as the Mariners lone hit was a two-run double in a 4-2 Seattle win.

Astros manager Bo Porter on pulling Bedard ….

“I asked him, ‘Are you sure?’ And he said, ‘I’m done,’ ”

Bedard on leaving the game ….

“I’ve had three shoulder surgeries and I’m not going over 110 [pitches]. I’d rather pitch a couple more years than face another batter.”

Prudent ??? Gutless ??? With the loss, the Astros fell 30 games below the .500 mark. Did Bedard owe anything to the fans of his teammates ??? Former Cy Young award winner Tim Licecum threw 148 pitches in his no-no last week. You make the call.

NBA will reimburse OKC for Durant Super-Max difference

Due to a clause regarding max contract players in the CBA signed in 2011, the league has voted to reimbursed the Oklahoma City several million dollars towards moneys to be paid to Kevin Durant. In a nutshell, a clause often referred to as the “Rose Rule” was added to the new CBA regarding what percentage of a team’s cap (25 or 30%) that a max player can receive. It’s somewhat complicated but you can read a full explanation by clicking here.

The Clippers have added another big body by signing 7-foot Byron Mullens from the Charlotte Bobcats. Mullens averaged 10.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists in 26.9 minutes per game last year in Charlotte. He’s a big guy that has no qualms about stepping out and shooting the three.

Bruins prepare for Justin Bieber visit

Much like baseball’s “unwritten” rules, it’s a generally a rule in professional sports locker rooms that you don’t intentionally or unintentionally stand on the team logo on the floor of a pro locker room. On July 9th, Justin Bieber set twitter alight after being photographed standing in the middle of the Blackhawk logo while admiring the Stanley Cup. Tonight, Bieber is in Boston and the Bruins have taken precautions to make sure Bieber or his entourage don’t get near the Bruins logo by cordoning off the logo with a barrier. Not much going on in hockey on Saturday.

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