AP Thursday Sports Roundup
U.S. makes tracks to medal stand
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — It was quite a day for USA Track and Field at the Rio Olympics.
Two-time world champion Tianna Bartoletta finally has an Olympic gold medal, winning the long jump final with a career-best 7.17 meters. U.S. teammate Brittney Reese took silver with a best of 7.15 after fouling three times on her first four attempts.
The United States swept the medals in the 100-meter hurdles, with Brianna Rollins winning in 12.48 seconds. Nia Ali had silver and Kristi Castlin claimed the bronze.
American Tori Bowie picked up bronze in the women's 200 meters, which was won by Elaine Thompson of Jamaica. Thompson ended in a season's best 21.78 seconds.
American Evan Jager has won a silver medal in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing one second behind Kenyan Conselus Kipruto. The Illinois native gave the U.S. its first Olympic medal in the event since Brian Diemer earned bronze at the 1984 Los Angeles Games.
Reigning Olympic and world champion Ashton Eaton of the U.S. is the leader through five events of the decathlon. Eaton has 4,621 points after winning the 400 meters, putting him 121 points ahead of Kai Kazmirek of Germany.
One of the few disappointments for U.S. track athletes on Wednesday was Justin Gatlin, who failed to qualify for the final of the 200 meters after placing third in his semifinal heat. Gatlin finished in 20.13 seconds, three days after he took silver in the 100.
Elsewhere during Day 13 of the Rio Games:
— Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt has advanced to the final for the 200 meters with the fastest time of the year. The Jamaican ran 19.78 seconds to stay in contention for his eighth Olympic gold medal.
— Kevin Durant finished with 27 points and the U.S. men's basketball team reeled off a 27-2 run in the first half of a 105-78 pounding of Argentina to advance to the semifinals. DeMarcus Cousins added 15 points for the U.S., which will battle Spain on Friday in a rematch of the last two gold-medal games.
— Also in men's basketball, Tony Parker says he has played his final game for the French team, making the announcement following a 92-67 loss to Spain. The San Antonio Spurs point guard has played in France's program for nearly half his life and said it's difficult to say goodbye. The 34-year-old Parker never played on a French Olympic squad that finished higher than sixth.
— The United States finished second to France in equestrian. France finished the two-round competition on three faults, two fewer than the U.S. team of Kent Farrington, Lucy Davis, McLain Ward and Elizabeth Madden. France's eventing team also won gold last week.
— The U.S. women's basketball team has learned that captain Sue Bird has only a knee capsule sprain, leaving her day to day as the Americans get ready for their semifinal game Thursday night against France. Bird was hurt in Tuesday's victory and had initially feared the injury would be much worse.
— The U.S. women's water polo team has beaten Hungary 14-10 to advance to the gold medal game against Italy. Maggie Steffens scored four times for the Americans, who are trying to become the first country to repeat as Olympic champions. The United States has won 21 in a row, including its five games in Rio by a combined 61-27.
— In volleyball, the men's indoor team has advanced to the semifinals after beating Poland in straight sets for a fourth straight victory since a surprising 0-2 Olympic start. The fifth-ranked Americans topped second-ranked Poland 25-23, 25-22 25-20.
— Reigning Olympic boxing champ Claressa Shields has reached the middleweight semifinals in Rio to guarantee herself at least a bronze medal. The Michigan product is unbeaten since the London Olympics, winning two world championships and a Pan-American Games title.
— Japan's Kaori Icho has become the first wrestler in Olympic history to win four gold medals. Icho scored a takedown with less than five seconds left to beat Russia's Valeriia Koblova Zholobova 3-2 in 58-kilogram women's freestyle.
— Thailand's Ariya Jutanugarn (ahr-EE'-uh JUH'-tahn-uh-garn) is the first-round leader in women's golf after firing a 6-under 65. She is one shot ahead of South Korea's Inbee Park and Kim Seiyoung.
— Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have won the beach volleyball bronze medal with a 7-21, 21-17, 15-9 victory against Brazil. The win came less than 24 hours after Walsh Jennings lost on the Olympic beach for the first time in 27 matches over four Summer Games.
— The U.S. Olympic Committee says American swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off their flight from Brazil by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery involving Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) and his teammates. Lochte said he was with Conger, Bentz and another teammate when they were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi as they returned to the athletes village. Police have found little evidence so far to support their accounts.
— Russia's lone track and field competitor will leave Rio without a medal. Darya Klishina reached the long jump final but was eliminated after three attempts.
— The United States continues to lead all medal counts with 30 gold, 32 silver and 32 bronze for 94 total. China and Britain are tied for second with 19 gold medals. The Chinese have 54 total medals, four more than the Brits.
— Kenyan steeplechase great Ezekiel Kemboi has been disqualified in his last race, losing the bronze medal he won Wednesday before he announced his retirement. A jury decision says Kemboi stepped off the track after clearing a water jump during the 3,000-meter steeplechase final at the Olympic Stadium.
— A senior Olympic executive from Ireland was arrested and taken to the hospital Wednesday after police raided his beachfront hotel as part of an investigation into the illegal sale of tickets for the Olympics. Patrick Hickey was accused of plotting with at least nine others to sell tickets above face value in a scheme that authorities say netted about $3 million in profits.
Bucs complete sweep as Giants continue collapse
UNDATED (AP) — The San Francisco Giants have continued a nosedive that has dropped them from the top of the National League West standings.
The Giants built a 4-0 lead yesterday afternoon, only to watch Matt Cain give up six runs in the fifth inning of a 6-5 loss to Pittsburgh. Andrew McCutchen chased Cain by smacking a tiebreaking, two-run homer as part of his two-hit afternoon. Pinch-hitter Matt Joyce provided a two-run single during a rally that allowed the Pirates to complete a three-game sweep.
Brandon Crawford hit a two-run triple and an RBI double for the Giants, who have dropped four straight and are 9-21 since the All-Star break. They trail the NL West-leading Dodgers by 1 1/2 games after sitting 6 ½ games ahead at the break.
Los Angeles rolled to a 7-2 win at Philadelphia as Adrian Gonzalez homered twice and had five RBIs. Gonzalez put the Dodgers ahead with a three-run blast in the fourth and added a two-run shot in the seventh to cap the scoring. Justin Turner also cracked a two-run homer to support Scott Kazmir, who gave up two runs and eight hits in five-plus innings.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— J.A. Happ became the majors' first 17-game winner of the season by pitching into the eighth inning of the Jays' 7-4 triumph over the Yankees in New York. Happ improved to 17-3 despite allowing homers by Chase Headley, Starlin Castro and Gary Sanchez. Happ gave up just four other hits while striking out nine over 7 1/3 innings. Melvin Upton Jr. hit a three-run for Toronto, which tops the AL East by one game over Boston.
— The Red Sox broke a second-place tie with Baltimore by crushing the Orioles 8-1, a game that was shortened to 6 1/2 innings because of rain. Jackie Bradley Jr. provided a two-run homer and a two-run double for the Bosox, who also got a two-run blast from Sandy Leon. David Price threw a four-hitter in the abbreviated complete game.
— Kansas City completed a three-game sweep as Eric Hosmer belted a tiebreaking, two-run homer in a three-run ninth that pushed the Royals past the Tigers 4-1 in Detroit. Hosmer broke up Anibal (AH'-nih-bahl) Sanchez's no-hit bid with a double in the seventh after spoiling his perfect game bid with a walk in the fifth. Alex Gordon also went deep as the suddenly-surging Royals won for the seventh time in eight games to reach the .500 mark for the first time since July 23.
— Cleveland's lead in the AL Central remains six games over the Tigers after the Indians coughed up a 7-5 lead in the ninth inning of a 10-7 loss to the White Sox. Cody Allen was two outs away from a save until Adam Eaton launched a grand slam. Lonnie Chisenhall and Carlos Santana homered for the Indians.
— Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) and Ian Desmond drove in three runs apiece in the Rangers' 6-2 downing of Oakland. Lucroy supplied a solo homer and a two-run double, and Desmond put Texas ahead with a two-run single in the fifth. Yu Darvish struck out nine over seven innings for the Rangers, who continue to lead the AL West by 6 ½ games over Seattle.
— The Mariners kept pace as Edwin Diaz worked in and out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam to preserve a 4-3 triumph against the Angels. Seattle relievers combined to allow one run over 4 2/3 innings, allowing their team to overcome the Angels' 14-hit attack. Los Angeles lost despite Yunel Escobar (yoo-NEHL' EHS'-koh-bahr), who was 5-for-5 with an RBI and a run scored.
— Jon Lester combined with two relievers on a four-hitter as the Cubs dumped Milwaukee 6-1. Lester was reached for one run and just three hits over 6 2/3s. Jorge Soler highlighted a five-run first with a three-run homer as Chicago won for the 14th time in 16 games to maintain a 12 ½-game lead over St. Louis in the NL Central.
— Carlos Martinez worked seven impressive innings and the Cardinals banged out a pair of homers in an 8-2 romp over Houston. Martinez carried a no-hitter into the sixth and left after giving up one run and three hits over seven innings. Brandon Moss ripped a three-run homer and Jeremy Hazelbaker added a solo shot to help the Redbirds stay one game ahead of Pittsburgh in the battle for the second NL wild-card berth.
— The Marlins are two games behind St. Louis after Brandon Phillips laced a go-ahead, two-run double in the seventh inning to lead Cincinnati's 3-2 verdict at Miami. The Reds' bullpen threw four hitless innings of scoreless relief after starter Homer Bailey left trailing 2-1. Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) hit a solo homer in the Marlins' fifth loss in seven games.
— The Rockies torched Stephen Strasburg for nine runs in just 1 2/3s before outlasting the Nationals 12-10. Gerardo Parra lined a three-run double and pitcher Jon Gray added a two-run double, both coming during the Rockies' seven-run first. Parra drove in four runs to help the Rockies overcome homers by Bryce Harper, Chris Heisey (HY'-see) and pinch-hitter Pedro Severino.
— Rickie Weeks and Yasmany Tomas (yahs-MAH'-nee toh-MAHS') each homered twice, scored three times and combined for 11 RBIs in Arizona's 13-5 laugher over the New York Mets. Tomas drove in six runs as the Diamondbacks finished 5-1 in the season series, outscoring the Mets 45-23. Curtis Granderson and Rene Rivera hit ninth-inning homers for the defending NL champs, who are 4 ½ games out of a playoff berth after dropping back to .500.
— Brad Miller's fifth homer in five games accounted for all the scoring in Tampa Bay's 2-0 verdict over the Padres. Winning pitcher Chris Archer had no trouble avoiding his major league-leading 17th loss by holding the Padres to four hits while fanning nine over 7 1/3 innings.
— Kyle Gibson tossed an eight-hitter and Trevor Plouffe (ploof) had three RBIs in Minnesota's 10-3 pounding of Atlanta. Juan Centeno and Brian Dozier drove in two runs apiece as the Twins swept the two-game set.
Tomlin to miss 3-5 days, Salazar starts Thursday
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians have placed right-hander Josh Tomlin on the family medical emergency list.
Tomlin started Monday against Boston and is 11-6 with a 4.14 ERA this season.
Meanwhile, Indians right-hander Danny Salazar will start Thursday against the White Sox after spending time on the disabled list with a sore elbow.
Browns suspend defensive back
CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Browns have suspended cornerback K'Waun Williams for two weeks and fined him for multiple violations of team rules. The club hasn't provided any other information.
Williams sat out Cleveland's first exhibition game Friday night against the Green Bay Packers after suffering an ankle injury during a scrimmage.
The coach is OK
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians is out of a San Diego hospital and back with the team after an overnight stay for observation. The 63-year-old coach was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after complaining of stomach pain as the Cardinals prepared for a joint practice with the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.
NFL suspends kicker for season opener
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — The NFL has suspended New York Giants kicker Josh Brown for one game for violating the league's personal conduct policy. The exact violation was not disclosed.
Brown will miss the Giants' regular-season opener against Dallas on Sept. 11.