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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...

J.R. Richard, power pitcher for Astros in '70s, dies at 71

Aug. 05, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — J.R. Richard, a huge, flame-throwing right-hander who spent 10 years with the Houston Astros before his career was cut short by a stroke, has died. He was 71. The team announced his death on Thursday but did not provide any further details. ...

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...

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Reyes 2 triples, Tigers beat slumping Red Sox 8-1

Aug. 05, 2021 17:28 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — Victor Reyes tripled twice and drove in three runs, Tarik Skubal pitched five scoreless innings, and the Detroit Tigers beat the Boston Red Sox 8-1 on Thursday. Skubal (7-10) allowed five hits and struck out four. He had surrendered six home runs in 10...

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

Aug. 05, 2021 17:24 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...

Florida to spend training camp in hotel to combat COVID-19

Aug. 05, 2021 17:23 PM EDT

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Florida will spend at least part of its training camp in a hotel as coach Dan Mullen searches for ways to avoid another COVID-19 outbreak within the program. The Gators begin three weeks of fall practice Friday, with Mullen understanding much...

Bounce-back Bundy, Angels roll to 5-0 victory over Rangers

Aug. 05, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Dylan Bundy pitched shutout ball into the seventh inning in the opening day starter's second appearance since returning from a demotion to the bullpen, and the Los Angeles Angels beat the Texas Rangers 5-0 on Thursday. Adam Eaton homered, and...

Sarkisian, new coach at Texas, wants to stay in the moment

Aug. 05, 2021 17:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Steve Sarkisian has yet to make his debut in the Big 12, but the new Texas coach was asked Thursday to ponder life in his next league, the Southeastern Conference. Texas and Oklahoma will move to the SEC at some point between 2022 and 2025. For...

J.R. Richard, power pitcher for Astros in '70s, dies at 71

Aug. 05, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

HOUSTON (AP) — J.R. Richard, a huge, flame-throwing right-hander who spent 10 years with the Houston Astros before his career was cut short by a stroke, has died. He was 71. The team announced his death on Thursday but did not provide any further details. ...

3 Miami Dolphins removed from COVID-19 reserve list

Aug. 05, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) — Three of the four Miami Dolphins players who had been on the COVID-19 reserve list were removed from it Thursday. Coming off the list were tight ends Cethan Carter and Adam Shaheen and receiver Preston Williams. Tight end Mike Gesicki remained...

Nursing home inspections to include staff vaccinations

Aug. 05, 2021 17:11 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%. ...

Jocelyne Bourassa, Canadian golf star, dies at 74

Aug. 05, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Jocelyne Bourassa, a star Canadian golfer and the LPGA Tour’s Rookie of the Year in 1972, has died. She was 74. Her death was announced Thursday by Golf Canada, which did not give details. After her star rookie season on the LPGA...

Raiders' receivers ready to produce in high-flying offense

Aug. 05, 2021 17:05 PM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — Las Vegas quarterback Derek Carr says this year's Raiders have a do-it-all group of receivers that he believes are the best he’s had in eight seasons. “Oh yeah, absolutely, very diverse,” Carr said this week. "(Coach Jon) Gruden is going to...