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US women earn bronze medal with 4-3 win over Australia

Aug. 05, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KASHIMA, Japan (AP) — Although the color of their medal wasn’t what they wanted, the mettle of the team came through in the end. The United States salvaged a rocky tournament by winning bronze in women's soccer at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. Megan Rapinoe and...

US routs Australia 97-78, to play for more basketball gold

Aug. 05, 2021 09:49 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — The U.S. has owned gold for three straight Olympics, making the middle of the medals platform property of the Americans. The Australians tried everything they could to shove them off. “They hit us with a nice punch,” Kevin...

Losses in track, wins on field: Another rocky day for USA

Aug. 05, 2021 11:28 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A five-minute burst of action near the backstretch of the Olympic track served up the perfect snapshot of what is going right, and all that is going wrong, for the U.S. track and field team in Tokyo. At one moment in the pole vault pit Thursday night,...

Alvarez a summer-winter medalist, US reaches baseball final

Aug. 05, 2021 11:33 AM EDT

YOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Eddy Alvarez sat in the U.S. dugout after the final out, buried his face in his hands and wept, even though his biggest game remains ahead. A 7-2 victory over defending champion South Korea on Thursday night set up a...

Analysis: NFL kicks off amid nation's rising COVID-19 rates

Aug. 05, 2021 14:35 PM EDT

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — As COVID-19 and Delta variant positives increase across America, the NFL kicks off its first preseason since 2019 expecting the usual crowds. The numbers in the nation are of concern to some, staggeringly disappointing to others, and ignored by...

In Tokyo, social platforms help the Pandemic Olympics shine

Aug. 05, 2021 03:16 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A condom fixed Jessica Fox's canoe, and skateboarder Jagger Eaton celebrated his bronze medal by broadcasting live on Instagram. Margielyn Didal “let” Tony Hawk take a picture with her to post on Facebook. The stability of the cardboard framed beds in...

Expanded playoffs means more games and ... more injuries?

Aug. 05, 2021 12:13 PM EDT

Few college football coaches know the mental and physical grind that comes with navigating a long postseason better than Chris Klieman. The Kansas State coach was formerly at FCS juggernaut North Dakota State, whose teams routinely compete for national titles in a...

Belarus runner used quick thinking to avoid being sent home

Aug. 05, 2021 12:20 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A Belarusian Olympic sprinter who feared reprisals back home after publicly criticizing her coaches at the Tokyo Games used quick thinking to get help, using her phone to translate a plea and show it to Japanese police as she tried to avoid being forced onto a plane. ...

Felix runs for history; Americans seek more basketball gold

Aug. 05, 2021 12:51 PM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Set the alarm for Day 14 of the Tokyo Games and watch Allyson Felix attempt to win a 10th track and field Olympic medal over breakfast. Then stay up late to catch the U.S. men's basketball team play for the gold. Most of Friday's high-profile events are...

IndyCar's Nashville invasion takes winding road through city

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Honky tonk honk if you love racing! There’s a new sound of this musical city that drowns out the country tunes at the Grand Ole Opry and the cacophony coming from bands playing at every bar — and the party people hanging from the rafters — as you walk down...

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Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 16:30 PM EDT

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut public health officials plan to visit every nursing home to check on the number of employees who've been vaccinated for COVID-19. The move comes as federal data show at least 16 facilities in the state have staff vaccination rates below 50%. ...

From 6 a.m. texts to criticism, Pats' Jones taking it all in

Aug. 05, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — One thing rookie quarterback Mac Jones has learned during his infant New England Patriots career is that no matter the situation, his coaches want to see confidence in everything he does on the field. “One of the first things we talk about is...

Alfaro gets big hit as Marlins beat Mets 4-2, win series

Aug. 05, 2021 16:27 PM EDT

MIAMI (AP) — Jorge Alfaro hit a tiebreaking RBI single in the eighth inning and the Miami Marlins beat the New York Mets 4-2 on Thursday, taking three of four from the sagging NL East leaders. New York has lost six of eight overall and is 2-4 since its big...

Cardinals hand over defense to second-year LB Isaiah Simmons

Aug. 05, 2021 16:11 PM EDT

GLENDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Isaiah Simmons was a can't-miss prospect when the Arizona Cardinals selected him with the No. 8 overall pick in last year's draft. Pundits said he was a perfect prototype for the do-everything defensive player that NFL teams craved. Then something...

Resurgent wildfires in Greece burn homes, threaten monuments

Aug. 05, 2021 15:51 PM EDT

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A resurgent wildfire burned homes north of Athens and blazes across southern Greece forced more evacuations Thursday as weather conditions worsened and firefighters in a round-the-clock battle strove to save a former royal palace and the birthplace of the ancient...

Richard Trumka, longtime president of AFL-CIO, dies at 72

Aug. 05, 2021 15:44 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Richard Trumka, the powerful president of the AFL-CIO who rose from the coal mines of Pennsylvania to preside over one of the largest labor organizations in the world, died Thursday. He was 72. The federation confirmed Trumka’s death in a statement....

Michigan State AD Beekman to take on new role at school

Aug. 05, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The man hired by Michigan State to replace the school’s athletic director who retired following the sex abuse scandal involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar has a new job. Bill Beekman is moving this fall from vice president and AD to a...

IndyCar's Nashville invasion takes winding road through city

Aug. 05, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Honky tonk honk if you love racing! There’s a new sound of this musical city that drowns out the country tunes at the Grand Ole Opry and the cacophony coming from bands playing at every bar — and the party people hanging from the rafters — as you walk down...

Premier League champion Manchester City signs midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Premier League champion Manchester City signs midfielder Jack Grealish from Aston Villa.

Citing knee, Federer out of Toronto, Cincinnati tournaments

Aug. 05, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

Roger Federer pulled out of the upcoming hard-court tournaments in Toronto and Cincinnati on Thursday, citing lingering issues with his surgically repaired knee and shedding doubt on his status for the U.S. Open. The withdrawals by Federer, who turns 40 on Sunday, were...