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Trending: Blake Griffin, British Open, dogs

While his Team USA mates handled things on the court with a 118-78 rout of Great Britain Thursday, Blake Griffin continued his work off it. He is recovering from arthroscopic surgery that repaired torn cartilage in his left knee:

From bgthreetwo via Instagram

Phil Mickelson will take a big left turn and return to the United States early after shooting a 78 Friday and missing the cut at +11 following his first two rounds Royal Lytham & St. Annes in the British Open.

Luke Donald’s caddie, John McLaren, departed earlier than Mickelson. Donald, the No. 1 player in the world, is seeking his first major. McLaren and his wife Helen, meanwhile, were expecting something even bigger:

Newly-acquired forward Antwan Jamison got a special greeting from a Los Angeles legend:

The Oakland Athletics welcomed 718 dogs to their 7th Annual Athletics Dog Day at the Park Thursday. The event raised $15,000 for Dog4Diabetics and, the team tweeted, will be submitted to be considered for the "the world record for most dogs to attend a sporting event."

From oakathletics via Instagram

In Indianapolis, it was a case of "Peyton Who?"

Andrew Luck's four-year deal is worth a guaranteed $22.1 million, and, reported The Indianapolis Star, includes a team option for a fifth season:

Long-snapper Matt Overton urged Luck to take the next step toward NFL and social media superstardom:

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