U.S. Open champ withdraws from British Open

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U.S. Open champ withdraws from British Open

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CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -- U.S. Open champion Webb Simpson withdrew from the British Open on Friday as he awaits the birth of his second child. It will be the second time in the last five years that the British Open is missing the U.S. Open champion. Tiger Woods did not play in 2008 because of season-ending knee surgery the day after he won the U.S. Open. Simpson has said all along it was doubtful he would travel to Royal Lytham & St. Annes because his wife, Dowd, was expecting their second child. The British Open starts next Thursday. Simpson was not immediately replaced in the field. Two spots were available this weekend, which would bring the field to 156 players. If both were not filled, Ben Crane would get in as the first alternate.

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John Wall has message for fans after agreeing to four-year extension with Wizards

John Wall has message for fans after agreeing to four-year extension with Wizards

On the first night of NBA free agency, the Wizards offered John Wall the designated player extension or better known as the supermax. It took a few weeks, but Wall agreed to sign the extension with the Wizards.

Now, he's released a message for the fans shortly after agreeing.

A formal announcement from the Wizards is expected on Saturday, but Wall took to Twitter to let everyone know.

"You know I wasn't going nowhere." Wall said, "I love being in D.C."

Wall, who has repeatedly said he wished to remain in Washington to bring a championship to the city, reiterated that once again.

"You all know what I'm going for. Definitely going to bring you all that championship." Wall added, "You know that's my ultimate goal."

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John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

John Wall agrees to four-year extension with Wizards

The Washington Wizards' long-term future is now a lot clearer, as superstar point guard John Wall agreed to terms on a four-year contract worth $170 million. David Aldridge first reported the news.

Wall, 26, re-ups with the Wizards through the 2022-23 season. By the time it expires he will be 32 years old, meaning the Wizards have locked him up for the majority if not all of his prime.

Wall was able to earn the dollar amount he did in part because of his selection to third team All-NBA for the 2016-17 season. Under the recently installed collective bargaining agreement, honors like All-NBA and Defensive Player of the Year allow players to earn more money on contract extensions.

The Wizards drafted Wall first overall in 2010 out of the University of Kentucky. In his seven NBA seasons since, Wall has blossomed into one of the NBA's best players with career averages of 18.8 points, 9.2 assists and 4.4 rebounds per game. He has been an All-Star in each of the past four seasons and is a one-time All-Defensive team selection.

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By signing Wall to four more years, the Wizards have locked up their three core players, including Bradley Beal and Otto Porter, through the 2019-20 season. Like Beal and Wall, Porter is under contract through the following season, but he could choose to leave in free agency through a player option. Porter signed his new contract on July 13, a four-year max deal worth $106.5 million.

Wall had the best season of his career in 2016-17, averaging 23.1 poitns, 10.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game. He was a driving force behind the Wizards' best season as a franchise since the 1970s. Not since 1979 had they won 49 games, their division or reached the seventh game of the second round of the playoffs.

Now with Wall, Beal and Porter locked up for the foreseeable future, the Wizards can continue to build on an era that has already seen three appearances in the postseason's second round. It all began with Wall getting drafted in 2010 and now it is ensured he will get to finish what he and the Wizards have started.

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