Rory McIlroy tied the major championship record by shooting a 9-under-par 63 Thursday in the opening round of the British Open. McIlroy, a 21-year-old from Northern Ireland, tied the back-nine record at the Open with a 30 that included six birdies.

 

McIlroy is the 22nd player in history to shoot 63 in a major championship. Tiger Woods was the most recent to accomplish the feat, which he did at the 2007 PGA Championship.

 

PGA golfer and Rhode Island resident Brad Faxon joined the Dennis & Callahan show Thursday morning to talk about the British Open at the legendary St. Andrews course in Scotland. "There's nothing quite like it," Faxon said of the difficult course. "You can't compare it to anything here [in the United States] at all, because there's nothing like it. A lot of players go over there for the first time and they hate it and they don't even want to go back. And then there's some players that just embrace it.

An NFL insider refers to Michael Vick's brief tenure in Philadelphia as an "abject failure" and notes that no team would give up even a seventh-round draft pick for the controversial quarterback. That story leads off Thursday's Morning Mashup, which features videos of a now-legendary (and since-banned) "beer cup snake," Lions linebacker Zack Follett's interesting offseason workout regimen, and baseball great Gary Carter getting grief from an obnoxious fan.

Tiger Woods spent another day calmly refusing to answer in depth any questions related to his personal life from the aggressive British media in Scotland as he prepares for the British Open. One columnist writes that Tiger would do everyone a favor by opening up and showing a human side. Read more about that, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Wednesday's Morning Mashup.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned during my 40-plus orbits of the sun on this spinning blue marble we call Earth, it’s that cynicism works.



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With the death of George Steinbrenner, the fraternity of sports owners lost a legend. Steinbrenner was easily the most controversial owner in his game and any other in this country. To find out which other owners join him on the list of most controversial, check out our list at the LEEInks blog.

 I'll stick to building ships.

-- George Steinbrenner at his introductory press conference as owner, promising to stay away from the day-to-day operations of the Yankees in January 1973.



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With the All-Star Game nearly upon us, we decided to take a look at the most memorable moments in the event's history. Three of them include Red Sox connections. Check out the list at the LEEInks blog.

The fallout from the LeBron James situation continues. Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, fresh off his $100,000 fine from the league, talked over the weekend about his website rant. The Heat are enjoying life as the most envied/reviled team in the NBA. And Isiah Thomas reportedly is trying to work his way back in with the Knicks, following his inclusion by the team in its free agent activities. Get caught up on all these stories at Tuesday's Morning Mashup.

On page 190 of the new book "Hellbound On His Trail" -- Hampton Sides' brilliant account of the international manhunt of James Earl Ray following the assassination of Martin Luther King -- a then 26-year-old Jesse Jackson gives a statement to a



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