Ledecky smashes own record in winning 400 free

RIO DE JANIERO (AP) — The U.S. picked up its first individual swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday. Fittingly, it was Katie Ledecky (leh-DEH'-kee) doing it in world record time.

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Ledecky posted an easy victory in the women's 400 free, finishing in 3 minutes, 56.46 seconds. The 19-year-old from Maryland crushed the mark of 3:58.37 that she set nearly two years ago. She finished almost five seconds ahead of her nearest opponent.

Ledecky has dominated the longer freestyle events since winning gold in the 800 free at the London Olympics as a 15-year-old.

Ledecky's performance was followed by Michael Phelps' 19th Olympic gold medal. Phelps was part of the American 4x100 relay team that beat France.

Ryan Held, Phelps, Caeleb Dressel and Nathan Adrian finished in 3 minutes, 9.92 seconds, more than a half-second ahead of the French team.

Also in the pool, Cody Miller of the U.S. took bronze in the men's 100 breaststroke. Britain's Adam Peaty won the event in world record time.

Dana Vollmer captured bronze in the women's 100 butterfly, 17 months after having her first child.

In other results:

— Led by three-time world champion Simone Biles, the U.S. women's gymnastics team breezed to the top of the leaderboard in preliminaries. Their total score of 185.238 was nearly 10 better than second-place China through four subdivisions. Biles' all-around total of 62.366 was more than two points clear of teammate Aly Raisman.

— The five-time defending-champion U.S. women's basketball opened its Olympic schedule with a 121-56 blowout over Senegal. Diane Taurasi (tohr-AH'-see) led the way with 15 points in the largest team offensive output in U.S. team history. The Americans' 42nd straight Olympic win also set marks for the largest margin of victory and assists with 36.

— Top-ranked American Alexander Massialas (mah-see-AH'-lihs) was upset in the men's foil fencing final by Italy's Daniele Garozzo 15-11. Massialas settled for silver after attempting to become the first American man to win at the Olympics in the modern version of the sport. He becomes the first individual Olympic medalist the U.S. has produced in men's fencing since 1984.

— Shooter Corey Cogdell-Unrein has delivered a bronze medal for the United States in women's trap. The 2008 bronze medalist topped Spain's Fatima Galvez in a shoot-out. Cogdell-Unrein lost her semifinal match in a shootout.

— The United States men's 4x100 meter relay team posted the second-fastest time of the preliminaries and will be a gold medal threat in tonight's final. Eighteen-time gold medalist Michael Phelps is expected to be part of the relay team in the final.

— Serena Williams won her singles match and dropped her doubles match with her sister, Venus. Serena Williams opened her Olympic schedule with a 6-4, 6-2 win over Australia's Daria Gavrilova. But the Williams sisters were 6-3, 6-4 losers to Lucie Safarova and Barbora Strycova after entering the tournament with a 15-0 record in Olympic competition.

— Top-ranked Novak Djokovic lost his first-round match to 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro (POH'-troh), 7-6, 7-6.

— The American tandem of Lauren Fendrick and Brooke Sweat lost their opening beach volleyball match in three sets to a duo from Poland, marking the first loss by a U.S. women's team in Olympics beach volleyball play.

— The U.S. men's volleyball team got off to a rough start by losing to Canada 25-23, 25-17, 25-23.

— The Americans now have three gold medals and 12 overall. They lead the overall medal count and are tied with China and Australia for the most gold medals.

PARALYMPICS-RUSSIANS BANNED

Russian banned from Paralympics

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The entire Russia team has been banned from competing in the upcoming Paralympic Games as punishment for the country running a doping operation.

The International Paralympic Committee's blanket ban on Russia is in sharp contrast to the earlier decision by the IOC to allow individual sports to decide whether Russians could compete in the Olympics.

The Paralympics organization directly condemned the Russian state's involvement, while stopping short of blaming Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Machado's blasts help Birds take over AL East lead

UNDATED (AP) — Manny Machado and the Baltimore Orioles have regained sole possession of first place in the American League East by taking the rubber match of their series with the White Sox in Chicago.

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Machado was the leader in the Birds' 10-2 rout of the Chisox, belting three home runs and driving in seven. He hit a two-run homer in the first and a three-run shot in the second off James Shields before adding another two-run homer in the third off Matt Albers. Machado is the second player to homer in each of the first three innings, and the first since Carl Reynolds of the White Sox in 1930.

Chris Davis and J.J. Hardy also homered off Shields, giving the O's a major league-leading 168 home runs this season.

Dylan Bundy struck out a season-high nine and allowed two runs and four hits over six innings of Baltimore's fifth victory in seven games.

The Orioles top the AL East by one game over Toronto following the Blue Jays' 7-1 loss at Kansas City.

Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales hit a grand slam to back Yordano Ventura, who was 0-5 in his previous seven starts before holding the Jays to a run and five singles over 6 2/3s.

The Blue Jays have dropped two straight since a four-game winning streak to finish 4-3 on their road trip.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Texas padded its lead in the AL West by scoring twice in the 11th inning to beat the Astros 5-3 in Houston. Ian Desmond singled home the tiebreaking run and scored on Rougned Odor's (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHRZ') double before Texas moved 7 1/2 games ahead of the Astros. Jurickson Profar hit a two-run double to help the Rangers beat Houston for the 11th time in 13 meetings this season.

— Masahiro Tanaka (mah-sah-HEE'-roh tah-NAH'-kah) struck out eight and held Cleveland to a run and six hits in six-plus innings as the Yankees held off the Indians 3-2. Didi Gregorius (DEE'-dee greh-GOHR'-ee-uhs) belted a solo homer and Mark Teixeira (teh-SHEHR'-uh) added an RBI double while the Yankees took a 3-0 lead. The Indians lost for the fifth time in seven games, keeping them two games ahead of second-place Detroit in the AL Central.

— The Tigers absorbed a 3-1 loss to the Mets on Neil Walker's tiebreaking, two-run homer off Francisco Rodriguez in the ninth. Michael Conforto also homered and Jacob deGrom left with a 1-0 lead in the seventh before getting a no-decision. The Tigers wasted a fine outing by Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez, who held New York to a run and four hits while fanning 10 over eight innings.

— Washington's 1-0 win over San Francisco gives the Nationals a seven-game lead over Miami in the NL East. Giants starter Madison Bumgarner went the distance on a two-hitter, but he surrendered a homer by Wilson Ramos (RAH'-mohs) in the seventh. Tanner Roark worked seven innings and combined with two relievers on a five-hitter as the Nationals took the rubber match of the three-game set.

— The Giants' lead in the NL West is down to one game following the Dodgers' 8-5 win over Boston. Rob Segedin had two hits and four RBIs in his major league debut for the Dodgers, who also got home runs from Justin Turner, Adrian Gonzalez and Enrique Hernandez. David Price struggled over five innings as the Red Sox fell three games off the AL East lead.

— The Cubs' 3-1 win at Oakland gives them a hefty 11 ½-game lead in the NL Central. Kyle Hendricks pitched Chicago to its seventh consecutive victory by holding the A's to a run and three hits over 7 1/3 innings. Kris Bryant and Jorge Soler (soh-LEHR') smacked solo homers for the Cubbies.

— Ichiro Suzuki became the 30th major leaguer with 3,000 career hits when he tripled off the wall in Miami's 10-7 win at Colorado. Suzuki was hitless in his first three at-bats of the game before the big hit against Chris Rusin. Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) and Jeff Mathis each had three hits and three RBIs as the Marlins moved one game ahead of St. Louis for the final NL wild-card berth.

— Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) laced a two-run triple and Nick Markakis (mahr-KAY'-kihs) hit a two-run single as Atlanta doubled up the Cardinals 6-3 in St. Louis. Mike Foltynewicz (fohl-tih-NAY'-vihch) held the Cards to one run over six innings while the Braves lit up Adam Wainwright for six runs and nine hits over six frames. Yadier Molina (YAH'-dee-ehr moh-LEE'-nuh) had three hits and an RBI for the Redbirds.

— The Reds were 7-3 winners at Pittsburgh as Billy Hamilton went 3-for-4 with four stolen bases and three runs scored. Brandon Phillips hit a pair of RBI singles to back Dan Straily, who is 3-0 with a 1.97 ERA in his last five starts. Matt Harrison and Josh Harrison homered off Straily, who held the Bucs to just one other hit over six innings.

— James Paxton came within two outs of a complete-game in Seattle's 3-1 triumph against the Angels, allowing an unearned run and five hits. Nelson Cruz and Mike Mike Freeman supplied RBI singles during the Mariners' three-run fourth off Matt Shoemaker.

— Miguel Sano (sah-NOH') drove in four runs with a pair of homers in Minnesota's 6-3 verdict over Tampa Bay. The Twins have won eight of their last 11.

— Jake Lamb and Phil Gosselin ripped two-run homers while Arizona scored five times in the fifth inning of a 9-3 pounding of Milwaukee. Lamb provided three of the Diamondbacks' 12 hits.

— Tommy Joseph singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh and the Phillies turned their first triple play in seven years before completing a 6-5 win at San Diego. Odubel (oh-DOO'-bul) Herrera was 3-for-5 with a solo homer and an RBI single for Philadelphia.

MLB-RODRIGUEZ

A-Rod to retire

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is ending his lengthy major league career Friday in the Yankees' game against Tampa Bay.

It's been a career of great accomplishments and much controversy. The 41-year-old Rodriguez is a three-time American League MVP and a 14-time All-Star whose 696 homers rank fourth all-time.

But Rodriguez has been a polarizing figure, sitting out a full season in 2014 in the longest doping suspension in baseball history.

A-Rod has struggled this season, hitting just .204 with nine homers and 29 RBIs. He's only had one start and seven at-bats in 14 games since July 22.

Rodriguez will become a special adviser and instructor for the Yankees starting in spring training.

NFL-HALL OF FAME GAME

Hall not ready for some football

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Hall of Fame game between Green Bay and Indianapolis has been canceled because of poor field conditions.

Hall President David Baker made the announcement after discussing the artificial turf's problems with both teams, saying it was a safety issue. Most noticeable were bare spots around midfield, and several players said painted areas were too hard.

Baker added that all fans would be fully refunded for ticket purchases, which will cost the hall several million dollars.

GOLF-TRAVELERS CHAMPIONSHIP

Kelly wins, Furyk fires record-setting 58

CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Jim Furyk (FYOOR'-ihk) broke the record for lowest round in golf history on Sunday, but it wasn't enough to win the PGA's Travelers Championship near Hartford.

The 46-year old former U.S. Open champ turned in a PGA Tour record 58 that included a course-record 27 on the front nine. Furyk co-held the previous mark of 59 before recording a round that included seven straight birdies. Amazingly, his score could have been lower if didn't miss birdie tries of eight and 12 feet on the back nine.

However, Furyk's 11-under total was three shots behind winner Russell Knox, who closed with a 2-under 68 for a 14 under total that left him one stroke ahead of Jerry Kelly. Knox saved par with a 12-foot putt on the final hole.

CHAMPIONS TOUR-3M CHAMPIONSHIP

Durant wins in playoff

BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Joe Durant's eagle on the first playoff hole gave him a win over Angel Miguel Jimenez in the Champions Tour 3M Championship.

Jimenez birdied the final four holes of regulation to shoot a 5-under 67 to tie Durant at 19-under par. Durant closed with a 63.

NASCAR-WATKINS GLEN

Hamlin scores Glen win

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Denny Hamlin has earned his first career road course victory by holding off a last lap challenge at Watkins Glen.

Hamlin was battling Martin Truex, Jr. on the final lap until Brad Keselowski tapped Truex and spun him out.

It was sweet redemption of sorts for Hamlin, who was beaten on the road course at Sonoma in June by Tony Stewart in a bang on the last turn.

Joey Logano finished second, followed by Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger, and Stewart. Kyle Busch, Truex, Jamie McMurray, Trevor Bayne and Matt Kenseth rounded out the top 10.