AP Monday Sports Roundup
Extinguish the cauldron
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Rio Olympics are officially over following a closing ceremony that was a bit more subdued than the opener.
The athletes danced, smiled and took selfies as they entered the stadium and walked around the arena's floor during the flag procession. Simone Biles had the honor of carrying the U.S. flag for the ceremony after winning four gold medals.
Once the Olympic cauldron's flame was extinguished, the stadium turned into a samba-fueled Carnival-like party. Athletes got up from their chairs and danced alongside the costumed performers and a giant float featuring birds.
IOC President Thomas Bach declared the Rio Games over and the Olympic flag was formally handed over to the governor of Tokyo, which will host the 2020 Summer Games.
The ceremony took place on a rainy and windy night in the same venue where Brazil beat Germany on penalty kicks to win a gold medal in men's soccer just one day earlier.
The remaining athletes in Rio gathered hours after the U.S. men's basketball team captured the country's final gold medal in a 96-66 blowout against Serbia. Kevin Durant poured in 30 points for the United States, four years after he scored 30 in the gold medal game at London.
DeMarcus Cousins added 13 points and 15 rebounds as the U.S. team took gold for the third straight Olympics.
Mike Krzyzewski (shuh-SHEF'-skee) is the first coach to lead three gold medal-winning Olympic teams. It was his final game on the bench for the U.S.
Also on the final day of the Rio Games:
— Claressa Shields is the first American boxer to win two gold medals. The 21-year-old Flint, Michigan, native earned a unanimous decision over a Dutch fighter to wrap up back-to-back middleweight gold. Shields ran her Olympics record to 6-0 ans stayed unbeaten since the 2012 London Olympics, winning two world championships and a Pan-American Games title.
— Kyle Snyder won gold in the 97 kilogram class to become the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history. The 20-year-old is the second straight American wrestler to win Olympic gold in his weight class, four years after Jake Varner won in London. Snyder beat Varner at the U.S. Olympic team trials in April.
— The U.S. has its first marathon medal since 2004 after Galen Rupp captured the bronze, finishing behind Eliud Kipchoge (kihp-CHOH'-gee) of Kenya and Feyisa Lelisa of Ethiopia. The winning time was 2 hours, 8 minutes and 44 seconds.
— The United States men's volleyball team rallied from a two-sets deficit against Russia to capture the bronze medal. The fifth-ranked Americans won 23-25, 21-25, 25-19, 25-19, 15-13. The gold medal match was won by the host country, beating Italy in three sets, 25-22, 28-26, 26-24.
— U.S. Olympic Committee CEO Scott Blackmun says further action is coming in the matter of 12-time swimming medalist Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) and his three teammates whose story of a robbery overshadowed the Rio de Janeiro Games. Blackmun offered no details on what disciplinary action may be coming, but he made no effort to hide his frustration with the situation. Blackmun said the swimmers let down other U.S. athletes and the country.
— The United States dominated the overall medal count with 121, finishing first overall in each category. The Americans racked up 46 gold medals, 37 silver and 38 bronze. China collected 70 medals overall, while Britain had 67. The 51-medal margin over runner-up China is the largest in a non-boycotted Olympics in nearly a century.
Indians rally to stay 7-up on Tigers
UNDATED (AP) — The Cleveland Indians continue to own a seven-game lead in the American League Central after taking two of three from Toronto, with both victories coming in their final at-bat.
Jose Ramirez was the hero in Sunday's 3-2 win over the Blue Jays after providing a go-ahead, two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth. Francisco Lindor (lihn-DOHR') scored on the home run, two innings after his RBI single got the Indians within 2-1.
Steve Clevenger got the victory in relief of Corey Kluber, who struck out eight and allowed two runs over 6 2/3 innings.
Cleveland's rally came against Brett Cecil after Marcus Stroman held the Indians to one run while fanning nine over 7 1/3 frames.
Detroit remains seven games behind Cleveland after trouncing the Red Sox 10-5. Justin Upton collected six RBIs with a pair of three-run homers, the second of which put the Tigers ahead 8-0 in the fifth.
Justin Verlander gave up a run and just three hits in six innings for his 13th victory, helping the Tigers earn a split of the four-game set.
Andrew Bennintendi smacked his first big league homer for the Red Sox, who remain a half-game behind the AL East-leading Blue Jays.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Texas absorbed an 8-4 loss at Tampa Bay that keeps the Rangers' lead in the AL West at six games over Seattle. Logan Fosythe belted a three-run homer and Steven Souza Jr. added a two-run blast to help Drew Smyly improve to 6-11. Delino DeShields and Drew Stubbs homered for the Rangers.
— The Mariners absorbed a 7-6 loss to Milwaukee as Tom Wilhelmson surrendered four runs in the ninth. Keon Broxton and Chris Carter homered in the ninth before Scott Gennett (jeh-NEHT') singled home the tiebreaking run. Broxton homered twice and Ryan Braun laced a two-run double to help the Brewers end a six-game losing streak.
— Houston's 5-3 win at Baltimore gets the Astros within 3 1/2 games of an AL playoff berth and keeps the Orioles 2 ½ games out of first in the AL East. The game was tied 1-1 in the fifth until Jose Altuve (al-TOO'-vay) hit an RBI single and scored on Carlos Correa's two-run double. Jake Marisnick homered for the Astros, who outscored the Birds 32-13 in taking the last three games of the four-game set.
— Los Angeles paces the NL West by a half-game over San Francisco after Julio Urias scattered six hits over as many innings to pitch the Dodgers past the Reds 4-0 at Cincinnati. Chase Utley hit a solo homer and an RBI single to help L.A. halt a three-game skid. Eugenio (yoo-HAY'-nee-oh) Suarez had three hits for the Reds, who had won five in a row.
— Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) won a pitchers' duel against Jeff Samardzija (sah-MAHR'-juh) and Yoenis Cespedes (yoh-EH'-nehs SEHS'-peh-dehs) homered for the third time in two games to lead the Mets past the Giants 2-0 in San Francisco. Syndergaard held the Giants to a pair of hits over eight innings to improve to 11-7 with a 2.61 ERA. Samardzija had a no-hitter until Curtis Granderson led off the seventh with a double and scored on the Cespedes home run.
— Atlanta rallied from an early four-run deficit and beat the Nationals 7-6 on Jace Peterson's walk-off homer with two out in the 10th. The Braves trailed 6-4 until Matt Kemp led off the bottom of the eighth with a homer and Jeff Francoeur (fran-KOOR') scored on a double play grounder. Bryce Harper's three-run homer put the Nats up 4-0 in the third before they ended a three-game winning streak, cutting their lead in the NL East to 8 1/2 games over the Marlins.
— Nolan Arenado swung a hot bat in Colorado's 11-4 rout of the Cubs, going 4-for-5 with a pair of three-run homers. Pitcher Jorge De La Rosa singled home a pair to cap the Rockies' seven-run first. Cubs starter Jason Hammel was rocked for 10 runs - six earned - over 3 1/3 innings as the Cubs saw their hefty lead in the NL Central trimmed to 12 games over the Cardinals.
— Homers by Brandon Moss, Stephen Piscotty, Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) and Jeremy Hazelbaker powered St. Louis to a 9-0 rout of the Phillies in Philadelphia. Mike Leake provided a two-run single and held the Phils to seven hits while fanning nine over seven innings. The Cardinals continue to own a 1 1/2-game lead over Miami for the final NL wild-card berth.
— The Marlins were 3-2 winners at Pittsburgh as Jose Urena and three relievers combined to five-hit the Pirates. Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) hit a solo homer for Miami, which also scored twice in the fifth inning on an RBI grounder and a tiebreaking wild pitch. The Marlins completed a three-game sweep and dropped the Bucs three games out of an NL playoff berth.
— It's now an eight-game winning streak for Kansas City after Danny Duffy worked in and out of trouble during a 2-1 triumph against Minnesota. Duffy is 11-1 after yielding eight hits but just one run over 6 2/3 innings. Eric Hosmer doubled home the winning run in the sixth for the Royals, who are back in the AL wild-card hunt after going from four games under .500 to four games over.
— Andrelton (AN'-druhl-tuhn) Simmons delivered a pair of RBI singles and Jhoulys Chacin (joo-LEES chah-SEEN') combined with three relievers on a six-hitter as the Angels blanked the New York Yankees 2-0. The Los Angeles bullpen came through with 3 1/3 hitless innings in allowing the Angels to avoid a three-game sweep. The Yankees wasted a good outing by Chad Green, who was reached for just one run and five hits over six innings.
— The White Sox doubled up Oakland 4-2 behind Todd Frazier's three hits and two RBIs. Jose Abreu (ah-BRAY'-oo) homered in support of Jose Quintana's seven innings of two-run ball.
— Travis Jankowski smacked a two-run homer, Alex Dickerson added a solo shot and Adam Rosales lined an RBI triple as San Diego mauled Arizona 9-1. Luis Perdomo gave up an unearned run and five hits over seven innings after entering the game with a 6.68 ERA.
Sanchez to the minors
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Blue Jays have optioned right-hander Aaron Sanchez to Class A Dunedin (duh-NEE'-dehn) in an effort to limit his innings.
Sanchez ranks fifth in the American League with a 2.99 ERA and is 12-2 in a career-high 156 1/3 innings. He started Saturday against the Indians but couldn't hold an early 5-0 lead.
Miami center has injured hip
DAVIE, Fla. (AP) — Miami Dolphins center Mike Pouncey may miss the start of the season with a left hip injury suffered in Friday's exhibition game at Dallas. Head coach Adam Gase says Pouncey isn't expected to play in the final two exhibition games.
AP preseason poll released
UNDATED (AP) — The defending national champions are No. 1 in The Associated Press college football preseason poll.
Alabama received 33 of 61 first-place votes and 1,469 total points from the media panel. Clemson is ranked second with 16 first-place votes, 7 ½ months after the Tigers lost to the Crimson Tide in the title game.
Oklahoma is third, followed by Florida State and LSU. Ohio State, Michigan, Stanford, Tennessee and Notre Dame round out the top 10.
Irish dismiss safety
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says he has kicked starting safety Max Redfield off the team and suspended reserve cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after their arrests in separate incidents.
Kelly says four others arrested with Redfield are subject to internal discipline. State police say they found marijuana and a loaded handgun inside their car.
Harvick wins at Bristol
BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) — Kevin Harvick passed Denny Hamlin for the lead with 70 laps to go and stayed in front until he saw the checkered flag at Bristol Motor Speedway.
Harvick led 128 laps for his second Sprint Cup victory of the season and his second at the high-banked, half-mile concrete bullring.
Ricky Stenhouse Jr. was second, followed by Denny Hamlin, Austin Dillon and Chris Buescher.
Kyle Busch led 256 laps, but was knocked out in a crash on lap 373.
The race was finished a day behind schedule following bad weather on Saturday night.
Rain wipes out race
LONG POND, Pa. (AP) — The IndyCar race at Pocono Raceway has been postponed until Monday because of rain. A steady midafternoon rain drenched the 2.5-mile track. IndyCar officials say the race will go off at 12:09 p.m. Monday afternoon.
Mikhail Aleshin, the first Russian-born driver to win an IndyCar pole, will lead the field to green when the race begins.
Kim gets first PGA win
GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) — Si Woo Kim has earned his first career PGA victory by capturing the Wyndham Championship by five shots over Luke Donald.
The 21-year-old South Korean player closed with a 3-under 67 to finish at 21-under 259 at Sedgefield Country Club, tying the tournament 72-hole record set by Carl Pettersson in 2008.
Donald shot a 67 for a one-shot edge over Hideki Matsuyama (hih-DEH'-kee maht-soo-YAH'-mah) and Brandt Snedeker.