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CARNOUSTIE, Scotland — They are the luggers of the clubs and the lifters of the spirit. They’re focused on what’s happening on the ground and in the skies, where winds constantly shift and foreboding clouds threaten rain at any moment.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — The Los Angeles Angels publicly praised Mike Trout "for prioritizing his personal values over commercial self-promotion" a day after baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred said the All-Star outfielder would be an even bigger star if he would spend more time marketing himself.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Major League Baseball said Wednesday that Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Josh Hader will be required to go through sensitivity training after years-old racist and homophobic tweets of his resurfaced during the All-Star Game.

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In an extraordinary rebuke of a sitting commissioner, the Angels issued a statement Wednesday strongly defending their franchise player, Mike Trout, against criticism that he ought to dedicate more time to selling himself and his sport.

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The competitive portion of their season long over, the Mets have abandoned the pretense of being a hot streak away from contention, of an injured player or two returning to make all the difference, of those postseason hopes harbored all winter.

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RICHMOND, Va. (AP) -- Danny Woodrow singled three times, and A.J. Ladwig allowed just one hit over 5 1/3 innings as the Erie SeaWolves beat the Richmond Flying Squirrels 4-3 in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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LOWELL, Mass. (AP) -- Tyler Esplin hit a walk-off single with two outs in the seventh inning, as the Lowell Spinners topped the Aberdeen IronBirds 3-2 in the second game of a doubleheader on Wednesday.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Saints have signed veteran running back Shane Vereen in a move that could help the club respond to Mark Ingram's early season suspension.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Real Salt Lake coach Mike Petke has been suspended an additional game and fined $10,000 by Major League Soccer for on-field misconduct during a game against Minnesota United.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Lawyers representing former NFL players estimated Wednesday that payouts from the concussion settlement with the league will top $1.4 billion, a $400 million jump because of thousands more players filing claims.

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Doug DeVos remembers sailing along "fat, dumb and happy" under spinnaker in 15 knots of wind on Lake Michigan in last year's Chicago Yacht Club Race to Mackinac when his 86-foot maxi Windquest suffered a knockdown punch.

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina coach Larry Fedora said Wednesday he doesn't believe it's been proven that football causes the degenerative brain disease CTE and offered a passionate defense of a sport he believes is "under attack."

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The weekly fishing report as compiled for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department for July 18 and also available on the internet at http://www.txfishing.com :