Spieth throws line in water, comes up with 12-foot shark
During a week off from the pro golf tour, Jordan Spieth caught a shark in the Bahamas.
The Masters and U.S. Open champion threw a line in the water on the way back from snorkeling. Spieth hooked a tuna and was fighting with it for close to an hour, as small sharks kept approaching to try to get the fish.
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"The captain was scaring them off, banging on the boat and on the water," Spieth said Tuesday. "And all of a sudden, (the rod) just rips back down again. And I almost got pulled in. And it was so much heavier."
There was a reason for that, as Spieth soon found out.
The battle continued until Spieth said he couldn't move his arm any longer. He took a break to use the bathroom and asked the captain to take over, and then Spieth grabbed the rod again. Finally, it surfaced. Only it wasn't the tuna.
"What surfaced was like a 12-foot long, 300-pound black tip shark that had eaten this tuna and then had hooked itself," Spieth said. "So I guess I caught both in one."
There was no room on the boat for the shark. The captain managed to get the hook out and send the shark on its way.
"It was a cool experience," Spieth said.
Five-time major champion Phil Mickelson refused to comment on allegations linking him to an illegal gambling operation, saying Wednesday he is used to being an "object to be discussed." ESPN reported last week that $2.75 million belonging to Mickelson was transferred to a former sports gambling handicapper, who pleaded guilty to laundering money. According to court documents, the money was part of "an illegal gambling operation which accepted and placed bets on sporting events." ESPN reported that Mickelson hasn't been charged with a crime and isn't under federal investigation.
Legends beat Sand Gnats with run in 9th
Second baseman Luis Valenzuela hit a line single to left to drive in Samir Duenez with two outs in the ninth and the host Lexington Legends walked off with 2-1 victory over the Savannah Gnats 2-1. Lexington scored in the first when Ryan O'Hearn singled in Corey Toups, who had doubled and stolen third.
Legends starting pitcher Scott Blewett allowed no runs and only one hit and struck out four in five innings, but the win went to reliever Evan Beal, who pitched a scoreless ninth inning.
German wins fifth stage of Tour
Andre Greipel won a rain-drenched fifth stage of the Tour de France in a sprint finish on Wednesday, while fellow German Tony Martin kept the yellow jersey and the main Tour contenders stayed safe as others tumbled around them. Greipel attacked about 100 yards from the line and held on to beat Slovakian Peter Sagan. British sprinter Mark Cavendish took third.
The mostly flat stage took the riders over 117.5 miles from Arras to Amiens in northern France, passing some of the battlefields of World War I. Riders hoping for a stress-free stage after three days of intense racing were to be disappointed as the rain thundered down and turned the slippery roads of northern France into something of an ice rink.
ESPN splits with Keith Olbermann
ESPN says it's parting ways with Keith Olbermann. While praising Olbermann's late-night sports show on ESPN2, the network said Wednesday it has made "a business decision to move in another direction." It said the program, Olbermann, will end sometime this month.
ESPN's announcement came two years after Olbermann, 56, returned to the network years after his tumultuous but star-making stint as a co-host of SportsCenter that ended bitterly in 1997. In between, he abruptly quit his political talk show on MSNBC after eight years and joined Current TV but was taken off the air after just a year. He filed a lawsuit, which was settled out of court.
UK center on Rimington watch list
Kentucky's junior center Jon Toth was named to the 2015 Rimington Trophy Fall Watch List on Wednesday. The trophy is given annually to the best center in NCAA Division I-A college football. Toth is one of 63 centers on the list, including eight from the Southeastern Conference.
Giants defender has finger amputated
New York Giants defensive lineman Jason Pierre-Paul had his right index finger amputated on Wednesday as a result of a July 4 fireworks accident. Pierre-Paul suffered a severe burn to the palm and three fingers of one hand and minor injuries to the other hand, and one finger might had suffered nerve damage. As previously reported, negotiations between the Giants and Pierre-Paul for a long-term contract have not broken off, but given the July 15 deadline, it seems unlikely. The team gave Pierre-Paul a franchise tender worth $14.8 million for 2015.
* The father of Tampa Bay cornerback C.J. Wilson told a Charlotte television station that his son lost two fingers in a July 4 fireworks accident. Curtis Wilson Sr. said the fireworks did not pop out of the canister when they exploded.
* A federal judge upheld a decision by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's appeal board to cancel six trademarks held by the Washington Redskins, another victory for Native American groups that have been urging the team for decades to scrap its name. The ruling was also a blow to the team, which has vociferously claimed that its name is not racist as some Native American groups contend.
Dempsey scores twice as U.S. beats Honduras
Two headed goals by Clint Dempsey gave the United States a 2-1 victory over Honduras on Tuesday in Frisco, Texas, for a successful start to its title defense in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Dempsey's goals in the 25th and 64th minutes were created from crosses from Michael Bradley, wearing the captain's armband in his 100th international appearance. The Americans play Haiti on Friday and Panama on Monday.
* Sepp Blatter's decision to step down as FIFA president poses "no threat" to Russia's staging of the World Cup in 2018, the host nation's sports minister Vitaly Mutko said Wednesday. Blatter announced his intention to quit last month and elections will be held against the backdrop of investigations into corruption allegations, including some that involve bidding for the 2018 and 2022 World Cups. Mutko said that any new FIFA president would back Russia's World Cup, which he called FIFA's "pearl."
The last word
Agents from the Department of Homeland Security swooped in on rogue street vendors during the NBA Finals and seized 14,000 unlicensed items worth an estimated $500,000. Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle was not impressed.
"If I'm an agent, I'm wondering if this is what I signed up for. Couldn't the illegal-souvenir cleanup have been handled by lower-level defense forces, like school-crossing guards who are idle for the summer? It must have been a slow week for terrorist chatter."