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Rory McIlroy, in British Open victory, offers sense of history in the making

Rory McIlroy has already separated himself from the heat-wave players of his own generation, and it’s not because of his hot sleeves and pink spikes. The brilliance and audience magnetism that others strive for with their candy-colored club shafts and fluorescent shirts, McIlroy comes by easily. The golf audience long has sensed something apart about McIlroy, some elevated potential, and with his victory in the British Open, he affirmed it. The next great is crowned. He is the Boy King.

Mariners win another low-scoring marathon

ANAHEIM, Calif. — Not many runs were expected. Not many runs were scored. With All-Star starting pitcher Felix Hernandez and snubbed All-Star Garrett Richards matching up Saturday night, hitters for both the Mariners and Angels were in for a long and frustrating night.

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M’s edge A’s, 3-2

SEATTLE — Almost the moment Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon made the announcement last week, there was plenty of debate about the decision to move Felix Hernandez’s scheduled start back a day to Friday to face the Oakland A’s.