Following is a summary of current sports news briefs.
Lowry ready to get back to work after British Open win
British Open champion Shane Lowry says becoming a major winner will count for nothing when he steps onto the first tee in his first tournament back since last month's Royal Portrush triumph. "Obviously I won The Open and I'm a major champion but that doesn't give me the God-given right to go out and shoot 65 tomorrow," the Irishman, who will make his first career PGA Tour playoffs start at the Northern Trust Open in Jersey City, told reporters on Wednesday.
NFL notebook: Kaepernick says he's 'still ready'
Colin Kaepernick last played in Week 17 of the 2016 season, but the former San Francisco 49ers quarterback is not ready to give up on an NFL career. In a post from his Twitter account on Wednesday, Kaepernick wrote: "5am. 5 days a week. For 3 years. Still Ready."
Gold comfort for Warner as he defends Pan Am decathlon title
While a successful defense of his Pan Am Games decathlon title on Wednesday was the result Damian Warner had been aiming for, the chilly conditions meant it was not the world championships 'warm-up' the Canadian was expecting. "It's cold," said Warner, wrapping himself in the Canadian flag for a bit of warmth as much as pride.
Tokyo Olympics organizers launched a second ticket lottery on Thursday after unexpectedly high local demand forced them to reevaluate their Japanese sales strategy earlier this year. Organizers said 5.12 million people had applied during the opening domestic lottery in May with only 960,000 able to get their hands on at least one ticket for their favorite events.
Halep survives Brady test to reach last 16 in Toronto
Wimbledon champion Simona Halep survived a stern test from American qualifier Jennifer Brady with a 4-6 7-5 7-6(5) victory to reach the last 16 on Wednesday and keep alive her hopes of a second consecutive Rogers Cup title. Halep, playing her first match since her Wimbledon triumph, built a 4-0 cushion in the deciding set but had to dig deep after Brady mounted an strong comeback.
MLB notebook: Yankees' Torres avoids IL
The New York Yankees didn't have to add Gleyber Torres to their long injured list Wednesday, as tests on the infielder came back negative after he had to leave two games in the previous three days. Torres was sent back to New York for evaluation -- including an MRI exam -- after he again experienced what was described as 'core pain' following Tuesday night's 9-4 win at the Baltimore Orioles.
Tiger battling back stiffness ahead of the playoff opener
Tiger Woods on Wednesday said stiffness in his surgically repaired back had limited his ability to practice ahead of the Northern Trust Open, which kicks off the PGA Tour playoffs on Thursday in Jersey City. The American played what he called a "modified" nine holes at the Liberty National Golf Club on Tuesday with Brooks Koepka and Dustin Johnson but limited his shots to chips and putts on the back nine at Wednesday's pro-am.
Nadal shakes off slow start to reach Montreal third round
Top seed and defending champion Rafa Nadal overcame a slow start to beat British qualifier Dan Evans 7-6(6) 6-4 on Wednesday and reach the third round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal. Nadal, playing his first match since losing to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon semi-finals, fell behind 5-2 in the tiebreak before roaring back to prevail in his first career meeting with world number 53 Evans.
CFB notebook: Schools not required to report injuries
The NCAA declined to implement standardized injury reports in college football for the 2019 season as a potential response to the rise of legal sports wagering. The NCAA Board of Governors made the announcement Wednesday after studying the issue through an ad hoc committee and determining that "player availability reporting is not a viable option at this time."
NBA notebook: Durant doesn't blame Warriors for injury
Kevin Durant said the Golden State Warriors aren't responsible for the Achilles injury that likely will force him to sit out the 2019-20 season. "Hell, no. How can you blame (the Warriors)? Hell, no," Durant told Yahoo Sports in his first interview since suffering the injury in Game 5 of the NBA Finals in June. Durant returned to the court for Game 5 after missing nine straight postseason games with a right calf strain.
(With inputs from agencies.)