Double major winner Jordan Spieth believes defending champion Rory McIlroy's potential absence from the British Open through injury would "dampen" the occasion. McIlroy's title defense and keenly anticipated contest against Spieth was thrown into doubt on Monday when the Northern Irishman revealed he had ruptured an ankle ligament while playing soccer with friends. While many observers believe McIlroy is certain to miss the third major of the season, the American winner of this year's U.S. Masters and U.S. Open is keen to see the world number one recover in time to play at St Andrews next week.
Spanish All-Star center Marc Gasol has agreed to terms to remain with the NBA's Memphis Grizzlies, in a five-year deal worth $110 million according to reports. ESPN and CBS Sports reported that terms of the deal would give Gasol a chance to opt out after four seasons. Gasol, 30, never considered offers from other teams before deciding to stay in the city where he has spent his entire seven-season NBA career.