Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Golf: Rampant Rahm takes first-round lead at WGC-St. Jude Invitational
Spaniard Jon Rahm enjoyed a dream day with the putter and charged to a three-shot lead with an eight-under-par 62 in the first round of the WGC-St. Jude Classic in Memphis on Thursday. Rahm sank a bunch of medium-length putts in the 15-to-20-foot range, notching eight birdies at TPC Southwind, where he got up-and-down from 60 yards at his final hole to keep his card bogey-free.
Alaphilippe cracks but high-speed descent keeps him in yellow jersey
Frenchman Julian Alaphilippe cracked at the top of the ascent to the Col du Galibier on Thursday, but a high-speed final descent in the 18th stage helped him regain contact with most of the big guns and retain the overall lead in the Tour de France. The world number one sustained the pace in the climbs up to the Col de Vars and the Col d'Izoard, both culminating at more than 2,000 meters, but then lost ground when his compatriot Thibaut Pinot accelerated to rein in defending champion Geraint Thomas.
Lochte to make competitive return next week after 14-month ban
Six-time Olympic gold medallist Ryan Lochte will return to competition following a 14-month doping ban at next week's Phillips 66 National Championships in Palo Alto, California, USA Swimming said on Thursday. Lochte, who was banned for taking an intravenous infusion, has been entered in six events at the July 31-Aug. 4 meet.
Hamilton hoping for rain to beat the Hockenheim heatwave
Formula One leader Lewis Hamilton is hoping rain will come to the rescue as a Hockenheim heatwave threatens to dash Mercedes's hopes of a home German Grand Prix win on Sunday. The five-times world champion and Mercedes have been dominant this season, the team winning nine of 10 races so far, but they wilted in the sweltering heat at last month’s Austrian Grand Prix.
American Creamer rises to the top at Evian Championship
Paula Creamer carded a bogey-free seven-under-par 64 to surge to the top of the leaderboard after the opening round at the Evian Championship in France on Thursday. With temperatures soaring up to 36 degrees Celsius (96.8°F) at the Evian Resort Golf Club, Creamer made a brilliant start to make the turn at 31 before grabbing the lead with her seventh birdie on the par-five 18th.
Fatigued Djokovic withdraws from Montreal event
Novak Djokovic has withdrawn from next month's Rogers Cup in Montreal in order to get more rest before opening his hard court season, the world number one said on Thursday. Djokovic, a four-times champion in Canada, said he needs more time to recover after a physically demanding run at Wimbledon, where he beat Swiss Roger Federer in a five-set final to secure his 16th Grand Slam title.
WBC seeks information on Whyte dope test reports
The World Boxing Council (WBC) said on Thursday it had asked Britain's governing body for information after media reported that heavyweight Dillian Whyte failed a dope test before fighting Colombian Oscar Rivas in London last weekend. Whyte won the fight on a unanimous points decision at the O2 Arena, making him a mandatory challenger for WBC heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder.
Dressel says beaten rival Chalmers is better 100 swimmer
American Caeleb Dressel almost set a world record in the 100 freestyle at the world championships on Thursday, and said he could not have done it without being pushed to the very end by his Australian rival Kyle Chalmers. Dressel successfully defended his title, holding off Chalmers by .12 seconds for his third gold medal of the championships, but he said afterwards that he considered the Australian a better swimmer over 100 metres.
Report: Rangers' Gallo to undergo wrist surgery
Texas Rangers All-Star outfielder Joey Gallo will undergo surgery on his right wrist on Thursday to repair a broken hamate bone, according to multiple reports. Gallo is expected to miss at least one month.
Major League Baseball expands partnership with DraftKings
Fantasy sports provider DraftKings Inc on Thursday announced an expanded multi-year deal with Major League Baseball to use league data and logos within its sports wagering products, as real-time betting becomes more popular at sports and entertainment events. The partnership, whose financial terms and duration were not disclosed, gives DraftKings the right to use official MLB game data along with MLB marks and logos - expanding its wager offerings.