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The dispute between the PGA Tour and the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series is now in the courts. Phil Mickelson and Bryson DeChambeau are among 11 players who have sued the PGA Tour in federal court in San Francisco. They are challenging the tour's right to suspend them for joining the rival league. Three other players are seeking a temporary restraining order that would allow them to play in the lucrative FedEx Cup playoffs, the PGA Tour’s postseason, which begins next week. The lawsuit was expected as soon as the Saudi-backed league launched and PGA Tour players began taking signing bonuses to play LIV Golf.

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The Pittsburgh Steelers say they want to keep wide receiver Diontae Johnson. It's the price tag to keep him that's up for debate. Johnson is entering the final season of the rookie contract he signed in 2019. Johnson has voluntarily sat out portions of practice at the team's training camp in an effort to protect his health as his agent and the Steelers try to work out a new deal. The 26-year-old Johnson caught 107 passes last season and made the Pro Bowl for the first time.

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The signing bonus for players jumping over to Saudi-funded LIV Golf is what gets attention. The real temptation might be found in the prize fund. That's one reason the brash and honest Pat Perez says it feels as though he won the lottery. Perez has played two events. He is a combined 11-over par. And he has made $1.8 million. In 21 years on the PGA Tour, he has made more than that for a full season just twice. Branden Grace leads the way at nearly $6.7 million in three events. And there's still five events left this year, AP Golf Writer Doug Ferguson points out.

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Henrik Stenson, right, of Sweden, greets former President Donald Trump after winning the individual competition of the LIV Golf Invitational at Trump National in Bedminster, N.J., Sunday, July 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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These are giddy times in Atlanta and Houston. The Falcons and the Texans have yet to lose a game and can talk boldly about defying the NFL skeptics, a group comprised of pretty much everyone outside their locker rooms. That sort of bravado is a lot easier to muster in the dog days of training camp, when the actual season is still a month-and-a-half away. From this vantage point, those 17 games are a pristine canvass in which anyone can produce a Michelangelo of the gridiron. Chances are, these teams will turn out something closer to Dogs Playing Poker.

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Phil Mickelson lines up a shot on the 18th hole during the first round of the Bedminster Invitational LIV Golf tournament in Bedminster, N.J., Friday, July 29, 2022. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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Major League Baseball told a Senate committee planning a hearing on the sport’s antitrust exemption that it prevents teams from moving without approval and allows the sport to maintain the minor leagues at a wide level. In addition, baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said many terms of minor leaguers’ employment are determined by the Major League Baseball Players Association’s collective bargaining agreement with MLB. Leaders of the Senate Judiciary Committee asked Manfred on July 18 to explain the impact of potential legislation stripping the sport’s antitrust exemption from the sport’s relationship with minor league players.

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The players’ association has rejected what Major League Baseball called its final offer for an international draft, a move that will keep direct draft-pick compensation in place for free agents and likely limit the market for some older players. The union announced its decision about eight hours before Monday’s midnight EDT deadline for an agreement that was set in the March 10 lockout settlement.

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Henrik Stenson is out as Ryder Cup captain for Europe. The European tour says decisions for his personal life go against the contract he signed to be captain four months ago. In the middle of it all is the Saudi-funded LIV Golf series. Stenson confirmed that he has agreed to play for LIV Golf. It's a direct challenge to the European tour and Stenson effectively had to choose between being the Ryder Cup captain or taking guaranteed cash from a Saudi-funded league. Europe is now looking for a new captain.