Zach Johnson wins British Open…AP Source: Lawson to Rockets…Predators ink Smith to long deal

ST. ANDREWS (AP) — Zach Johnson has hoisted the Claret Jug as the winner of the British Open. The 2007 Masters winner defeated former British Open champ Louis Oosthuizen (LOO’-ee WUHST’-hy-zehn) and Marc Leishman (LEESH’-muhn) in a four-hole playoff at St. Andrews.

HOUSTON (AP) — A person with direct knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press that Denver has agreed to send point guard Ty Lawson to the Houston Rockets. The Nuggets will get a lottery protected first-round pick in 2016 along with Nick Johnson, Kostas Papanikolaou, Pablo Prigioni and Joey Dorsey in the deal that also sends a future second-round pick to Houston.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Nashville Predators have avoided arbitration with Craig Smith by signing the forward to a $21.25 million, five-year contract. The 25-year old has scored at least 20 goals in two straight seasons and is considered a critical cog in the Predators future.

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — The Arizona Coyotes have announced the signing of two players. Defenseman Klas Dahlbeck is getting a one-year, two-way contract while forward Jordan Martinook inked a two-year, two-way deal. Dahlbeck had a goal and three assists in 23 games last season with the Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks, while Martinook had an assist in eight games with the Coyotes.

ATLANTA (AP) — The Los Angeles Dodgers have placed catcher A.J. Ellis on the 15-day disabled list with right knee inflammation. The Dodgers recalled rookie catcher Austin Barnes from Triple-A Oklahoma City and he is starting tonight against Atlanta. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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