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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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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...

Hawks sign draft picks Johnson, Cooper before summer league

Aug. 05, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Hawks signed first-round draft pick Jalen Johnson on Thursday before the forward participates in the team's summer league in Las Vegas. The former Duke standout was the No. 20 overall pick in the NBA draft last week. The Hawks on Thursday...

Saban: Alabama will be "very cautious" in COVID-19 protocols

Aug. 05, 2021 14:52 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Alabama coach Nick Saban isn't taking any chances with COVID-19 with the season approaching. Saban says the team will use the 2020 safety protocols for “the next six weeks or so” even though the vast majority of his players are fully...

Cousins returns to Vikings quarterback room after quarantine

Aug. 05, 2021 14:40 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins was activated Thursday from the COVID-19 reserve list after completing the NFL's required five-day quarantine for unvaccinated players deemed a high-risk close contact with an infected person. Admittedly...

Falcons' Jones wants another 'taste' of success rushing QBs

Aug. 05, 2021 14:39 PM EDT

FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Deion Jones describes his career-high 4 1/2 sacks last season as “just another taste” of his pass-rush potential. There may be more big-play opportunities for the Atlanta Falcons' middle linebacker in new defensive coordinator Dean Pees'...