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Tough course or easy, Brooks Koepka repeats as US Open champ

SOUTHAMPTON, N.Y. — Brooks Koepka has the game to win a U.S. Open on any course.

One year after Koepka overpowered the wide fairways of Erin Hills in a U.S. Open remembered for low scoring, he navigated his way through the brutal conditions of Shinnecock Hills and closed with a 2-under 68 to become the first repeat champion in 29 years.

Marquee threesome off to rough start early at U.S. Open

Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy, and Jordan Spieth already are falling well behind in the U.S. Open.

The marquee threesome of the morning was a collective 15-over par through nine holes, and then McIlroy double-bogeyed the first hole (his 10th on the round).

Through nine holes, McIlroy was seven-over while Spieth and Mickelson both were four-over.

Strikeouts on upswing entering College World Series

OMAHA, Neb. — If the College World Series is like the rest of the season, there will be lots of strikeouts when the final eight teams play for the national championship at TD Ameritrade Park.

Strikeout numbers are the highest on record in college baseball, and pitching staffs averaging nine or more Ks per nine innings have tripled the last two years.