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Russians top Biles, Americans in gymnastics qualifying

Jul. 25, 2021 06:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The trouble started early. A step out of bounds on floor exercise here. An extra hop on vault there. Over the course of two hours on Sunday, they kept piling up, chipping away at the aura USA Gymnastics has built over the past decade. Not even the greatest...

The jewel of the 1964 Olympics: The Yoyogi National Stadium

Jul. 25, 2021 04:26 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Yoyogi National Stadium by Kenzo Tange was the elegant symbol of Tokyo's 1964 Summer Olympics, a combination of modern technique and Japanese tradition. Tange was awarded the Pritzker prize in 1987 — architecture’s highest award — and the...

Untouchable: Aussie women continue 4x100 freestyle dominance

Jul. 25, 2021 05:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — You could see by the way they huddled afterward, arms linked and beaming smiles on every face, that this team is tight. Just about untouchable, too. Australia claimed a third straight gold in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay in...

Flying start: American swimmers do just fine without Phelps

Jul. 25, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Michael Phelps was up in his broadcast seat, a mere observer rather than the driving force of U.S. swimming. No need to fret about what he left behind. The Americans are off to a flying start at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. ...

Positive virus tests knock Rahm, DeChambeau out of Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 04:47 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — Positive COVID-19 tests knocked Jon Rahm and Bryson DeChambeau out of the Olympic golf tournament Sunday, in a pair of surprises that reinforced the tenuous nature of holding a massive sports event during a global pandemic. Word of Rahm's positive...

Olympics Latest: Abe wins Japan's second judo gold of Games

Jul. 25, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Uta Abe has won Japan’s second judo gold medal at its home Olympics,...

US women favorite to win 7th consecutive gold medal in Japan

Jul. 25, 2021 03:48 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — It's been nearly 30 years since the U.S. women's basketball team lost a game in the Olympics, yet the Americans showed they may be a little bit vulnerable in Tokyo after dropping a pair of exhibition contests last week in Las Vegas. Despite losses...

Sandoval has no-hit bid end in 9th; Angels beat Twins 2-1

Jul. 24, 2021 23:12 PM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Patrick Sandoval knew history was within his grasp. The young Los Angeles Angels left-hander looked up at the scoreboard after every inning to confirm his work: no hits allowed. His teammates also let him know what was at stake, by staying as far away...

Nerves, joy, and modest waves at surfing's Olympic debut

Jul. 25, 2021 03:56 AM EDT

ICHINOMIYA, Japan (AP) — It was surf’s up Sunday for the sport’s century-in-the-making Olympic debut as competitors were consumed emotionally by the momentous occasion and exuded the pure joy of finally making it. For many spectators, this was the first glimpse of a...

Odor, Yankees rally in 8th, end Boston's 4-game win streak

Jul. 24, 2021 20:14 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Rougned Odor’s two-run double highlighted a four-run rally in the eighth inning after his two errors helped Boston build an early lead, and the New York Yankees beat the Red Sox 4-3 on Saturday. Gleyber Torres added a go-ahead, bloop single for the...

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Russians top Biles, Americans in gymnastics qualifying

Jul. 25, 2021 06:14 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The trouble started early. A step out of bounds on floor exercise here. An extra hop on vault there. Over the course of two hours on Sunday, they kept piling up, chipping away at the aura USA Gymnastics has built over the past decade. Not even the greatest...

Olympics Latest: Abe wins Japan's second judo gold of Games

Jul. 25, 2021 06:10 AM EDT

The Latest on the Tokyo Olympics, which are taking place under heavy restrictions after a year’s delay because of the coronavirus pandemic: ___ MEDAL ALERT Uta Abe has won Japan’s second judo gold medal at its home Olympics,...

'Out of my body': Osaka sharp in debut at Tokyo Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Naomi Osaka is back playing, still winning, and also talking to the media again. The Japanese superstar who lit the Olympic cauldron defeated 52nd-ranked Zheng Saisai of China 6-1, 6-4 on Sunday in her first match in nearly two months. ...

Flying start: American swimmers do just fine without Phelps

Jul. 25, 2021 05:55 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Michael Phelps was up in his broadcast seat, a mere observer rather than the driving force of U.S. swimming. No need to fret about what he left behind. The Americans are off to a flying start at the Tokyo Aquatics Centre. ...

Lloyd navigates her 4th Olympics for the US women's team

Jul. 25, 2021 05:51 AM EDT

SAITAMA, Japan (AP) — Nobody was kicking herself more than Carli Lloyd. The veteran forward was lamenting her missed chances, even though the U.S. national team defeated New Zealand 6-1 in the group stage of the women's soccer tournament at the Tokyo Olympics. ...

Untouchable: Aussie women continue 4x100 freestyle dominance

Jul. 25, 2021 05:41 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — You could see by the way they huddled afterward, arms linked and beaming smiles on every face, that this team is tight. Just about untouchable, too. Australia claimed a third straight gold in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay in...

South Korea's female archers wrap up 9th straight team gold

Jul. 25, 2021 05:39 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — A contingent led by An San captured South Korea’s ninth straight women’s archery team event Olympic gold medal on Sunday at the Tokyo Games. The country has never lost the women’s team event since it was added to the Olympic program at the 1988 Seoul...

EXPLAINER: How team of refugee athletes made it to Olympics

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Refugee Olympic Team was created by the International Olympic Committee for the 2016 Olympics to allow athletes to keep competing even if they have been forced to leave their home countries. It had 10 athletes at the Rio de Janeiro Games and is set to include 29 athletes...

Matsuyama practices for Olympics on a strangely quiet course

Jul. 25, 2021 05:35 AM EDT

KAWAGOE, Japan (AP) — No fans. Barely any media, either. But yes, that was Hideki Matsuyama strolling down the fairways for an Olympic practice round Sunday that barely anyone noticed. The Masters champion played the front nine at Kasumigaseki Country Club, then hit the...

DeChambeau, Rahm out of Olympics after positive COVID tests

Jul. 25, 2021 05:32 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Known for their towering drives, Bryson DeChambeau and Jon Rahm won't make it to the tee box at the Olympics. The last two U.S. Open champions became the best-known athletes to drop out of the Tokyo Games on Sunday after testing positive for COVID-19. ...