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Donald Trump Isn’t Backing Away from Immigrant Comments

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:10 Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:05

Donald TrumpCanadian Press

NEW YORK, New York (Jonathan Lemire/AP) — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump stood firm on his description of Mexican immigrants as criminals.

The businessman, under fire from critics in and out of his party, issued a lengthy statement refusing to back off comments he made in the speech launching his presidential bid last month. In it, he called Mexican immigrant criminals and rapists, prompting several businesses, including NBC, Univision and Macy’s, to cut ties with Trump.

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McIlroy Ruptures Ligament in Ankle While Playing Soccer

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 04:03 Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:38

Rory McIlroyCanadian Press

LONDON, England (AP) — Rory McIlroy was on crutches with an ankle injury from playing soccer, leaving in doubt the prospects of golf’s No. 1 player defending his British Open title next week at St. Andrews.

Just as excitement was building toward a potential clash at the Old Course between McIlroy and Jordan Spieth, McIlroy posted a jarring photo on Instagram showing him on crutches with a walking boot on this left ankle. The 26-year-old from Northern Ireland said it was a “total rupture” of an ankle ligament and the joint capsule that happened while he was playing soccer with friends.

Sean O’Flaherty, his chief spokesman, said McIlroy has withdrawn from the Scottish Open at Gullane. O’Flaherty said they would not know until later in the week the extent of the injury and whether McIlroy would be able to tee it up July 16 at St. Andrews.

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Daniela Iacobelli Wins Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:36 Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:31

Daniela IacobelliCanadian Press

STANWOOD, Michigan (AP) — Daniela Iacobelli birdied the final two holes for a one-stroke victory in the Symetra Tour’s Tullymore Classic.

The 27-year-old former Florida Tech player closed with a 6-under 66 to finish at 16-under 200 at Tullymore Golf Club. She was born in Detroit and lived in Michigan until she was a teenager.

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Wiesberger Comes from 3 Shots Back to Win French Open

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:29 Tuesday, 07 July 2015 03:27

Bernd WiesbergerCanadian Press

PARIS, France (AP) — Bernd Wiesberger of Austria came from three shots back to win the French Open, making five birdies on the front nine to take command as overnight leader Jaco Van Zyl faltered.

Wiesberger finished with a 6-under 65 to win by three shots ahead of James Morrison of England, who shot a 67. Van Zyl only managed a 73 to finish five shots behind Wiesberger’s total of 13-under 271.

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2016 Ryder Cup Pitch Comes Up Short with Minnesota Officials

Last Updated on Tuesday, 07 July 2015 02:51 Monday, 06 July 2015 22:52

Tiger WoodsCanadian Press

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (Brian Bakst/AP) — The 2016 Ryder Cup was awarded to the Hazeltine National Golf Club near Minneapolis years ago, however its promoters quietly recently tried to wedge money into Minnesota’s new state budget for logistical assistance and sponsorships of the event.

Although their efforts fell short — the Legislature concluded its session after passing a budget without any money for the prestigious tournament — organizers are expected to continue to push for state assistance before next year’s event.

Their pitch — detailed in a private meeting held days before lawmakers adjourned their 2015 legislative session — ran from $600,000 to $2 million depending on the state’s involvement and willingness to absorb security costs. Potential benefits would range from the use of a private chalet for tourism and business promotion to Minnesota-themed ads run on international TV to hundreds of event tickets.

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