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Tiger, Phil do something they've never done before  4 Weeks ago

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It was a week of reflection as the Baseball Hall of Fame welcomes a new class and the sports world looked back on the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. But in the present, the final major of the golf season was taking place -- but without some familiar faces:

History was made before the 148th British Open even finished, but it wasn't good. For the first time ever, both Phil Mickelson and Tiger Woods missed the cut in the same major. Rory McIlroy, too, had a rough week, and his departure Friday left him emotional given that he was playing just miles from his boyhood home. 

But more importantly, folks, we have a good ol' fashioned golf fight! Here's the vitals: Scottish golfer Robert MacIntyre got mad because American Kyle Stanley didn't yell "Fore" when he drove a ball into the gallery. The ball hit MacIntyre's caddie's mom. MacIntyre called Stanley's golf etiquette into question. You do not call a professional's golf etiquette into question. Stanley said he didn't feel the need to yell "Fore" and was mad about the whole etiquette thing. Overall, it was pretty weird.

Irishman Shane Lowry took a four-shot lead into Sunday's final round. Sitting at T-6 is Englishman Lee Westwood, who has an outside shot to make major history. Joining him will be his girlfriend, Helen Storey, who has served as Westwood's caddy since the fall.  

For a complete recap on the British Open, visit golf.usatoday.com.

We've done it, everyone. We've reached a point of the year when we can start discussing college football and not feel insane. Speaking of not insane, potential jurors in a trial in Mississippi were asked an important question during jury selection: "Are you a fan of Mississippi State or Ole Miss?" Yep. Really. 

We had some more media days, with the typical Jim Harbaugh bravado, as the Michigan coach took a swipe at former Ohio State coach Urban Meyer. Convenient timing, since Meyer is no longer around to handle Harbaugh's Wolverines on the field.

A long time ago, but in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the momentous occasion (that some still remain skeptical of), we also looked back at how the lunar landing had a connection to sports. Our columnist Kevin Allen looks back on his childhood in the 1960s and how the moon landing and sports went hand-in-hand. Christine Brennan talked with a friend of Neil Armstrong's who discussed the astronaut's golf game and demeanor.

We also took a look back at what the world of sports was like in 1969, and, at the very least, things looked a lot different.

It's best to just use ESPN's Dan Le Batard's words on their own here, so this is a brief excerpt of what he said about the "send her back" chant at President Trump's rally:

"This isn't about politics, it's about race – what you're seeing happening around here is about race being turned into politics. And we only talk about it around here (at ESPN) when Steve Kerr or (Gregg) Popovich says something. We don't talk about what is happening unless there's some sort of weak, cowardly sports angle that we can run it through. When sports has been a place where this stuff changes."

Le Batard's comments are especially noteworthy given ESPN's company policy on employees speaking publicly about politics.

Four players will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame on Sunday, including Mariano Rivera, the first player to ever be unanimously selected. He'll be joined by Harold Baines, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Edgar Martinez, and the late Roy Halladay in the six-man class. Rivera, however dominant, is not the best No. 42 ever to be in the Hall. That distinction belongs to Jackie Robinson. Here are the best players with every uniform number in the Hall of Fame, and here's who's poised to be in a future class.

Six-year-old throws a tantrum? Not a surprise. Oh, wait ... 6-year-old baseball coach throws tantrum, bats and balls after being ejected? Now you've got my attention ... Drake, coaching for the Kalamazoo Growlers, had a real on-field hissy fit. If you've ever been a parent of a 6-year-old, you know it's best to just let him get it out of his system. 

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– Manny Pacquiao handed Keith Thurman (who is 10 years younger) his first career loss Saturday night in a WBA welterweight title showdown. 

– Takeaways from the NBA Summer League, including a discussion suggesting that, yes, Zion Williamson may not be in playing shape.

– Steelers running back James Conner's doctor told him he had just a week to live if his Hodkin's lymphoma had remained untreated. 

– How do you stop Von Miller? These offensive linemen met to figure it out.

– This is not normal. Police investigate threats made against Oklahoma City Thunder staff after the Paul George trade. Come on, people.  

– MLB advanced stats ... for DUMMIES! (Yes, that's most of us, too).

– Learn how a member of the 1990 NBA champion Detroit Pistons found hope after prison. 

– Late Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens claimed he saw Babe Ruth call his shot. 

– Mark your calendars. These are the top 10 SEC football games this season.

– The Alabama-Clemson trash talk is already fierce.

– How will Clemson be as the newest team to beat in college football?

– The Ryan Day era begins, soon, at Ohio State. His plan? Just be himself.

– Chiefs receiver Tyreek Hill won't be punished by the NFL. Our columnist is not a fan of that decision. 

– Yankees' manager Aaron Boone was mad at the home-plate umpire. Like, *REALLY* mad.

– Maximum Security crossed the wire first at the Haskell Invitational, but just like at the Kentucky Derby it was subject to a stewards' inquiry for interference. Unlike the Run for the Roses, though, the victory stood. 

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