Park seeks fourth straight major...Red Sox challenge...Ullrich backs Lance


ST. ANDREWS, Scotland (AP) — Inbee Park began her pursuit of an unprecedented fourth straight major with a 3-under 69 in the Women's British Open. Stacy Lewis had five birdies on the back nine and is the clubhouse leader at 5-under 67.

BOSTON (AP) — Boston gets quite a challenge when it hosts Seattle tonight, trying to protect its newly acquired half-game AL East lead over idle Tampa Bay. The Mariners have scheduled American League ERA leader Felix Hernandez to start. He's 11-4 with a 2.34 ERA.

PITTSBURGH (AP) — NL Central-leading Pittsburgh goes for a rare five-game sweep of St. Louis tonight in the series finale between the top two teams in the division. The suddenly struggling Cardinals have dropped a season-high seven straight to fall 2 ½ games back of the Pirates for the division lead.

BERLIN (AP) — Former cyclist Jan Ullrich (yahn OOL'-rik) has told Sports Bild magazine Lance Armstrong should have his seven Tour de France victories reinstated because of the prevalence of doping at the time. The 1997 Tour winner finished second to Armstrong on three occasions but the German declined to stake a claim for his former rival's stripped titles.

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia's sports minister says a new law cracking down on gay rights activism will be enforced during the 2014 Olympics in Sochi. The contentious law imposes hefty fines on those providing information about the gay community to minors or holding gay pride rallies.

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