AP Wednesday Sports Roundup
More medals for Team USA
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles and Aly Raisman average 4-foot-11 in height, but they cast a very long shadow on the medal podium.
The American gymnasts finished one-two in Tuesday's floor exercise at the Rio Olympics. Biles provided a dazzling performance in capturing her fourth gold medal of the games. Her five total medals tie the most for an American female gymnast in a single Olympics, and her four golds match an Olympic record shared by four others.
Biles posted a score of 15.966, moments before Raisman came away with her second silver and third medal of the Rio Games. Raisman was second in the all-around to Biles last week after grabbing gold in the team event.
The medals gave the American women nine during the meet, the most ever by the U.S. at an Olympics.
Elsewhere at the Summer Games:
— American Danell Leyva has earned the silver medal in men's parallel bars, finishing behind Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine. Verniaiev has won two medals in these Olympics.
— Runner Jenny Simpson is the first U.S. woman to medal in the 1,500 meters. She finished third in four minutes, 10.53 seconds, about a half-second ahead of teammate Shannon Rowbury.
— Team USA's Caleb Paine has won the bronze medal in Finn class. It's the first sailing medal for the United States at the Rio Games.
— The U.S. racked up two medals in the men's triple jump. Christian Taylor successfully defended his title, while teammate Will Claye finished second for the second consecutive Olympics.
— Tori Bowie of the United States won her heat in the 200 meters after claiming silver in the 100 on Sunday. Dutchwoman and world champion Dafne Schippers won a high-powered heat with 100-meter champion Elaine Thompson of Jamaica.
— Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been beaten by Brazil in the beach volleyball semifinals. Walsh Jennings is a three-time Olympic gold medalist who had never lost a match in the Summer Games.
— The U.S. women's volleyball team has reached the semifinals by beating Japan, 25-16, 25-23, 25-22. The American squad has dropped just five sets all tournament.
— The U.S. women's basketball team has cruised into the semifinals by blowing out Japan, 110-64. Maya Moore and Diana Taurasi each scored 19 points as the Americans rolled to their 47th straight win. The U.S. men play their quarterfinal game Wednesday versus Argentina.
— The United States women's field hockey team placed fifth, the program's best finish in 20 years. The Americans lost their quarterfinal match to Germany and their final ranking is based on their second-place finish in pool play. The Americans also placed fifth at the 1996 Games in Atlanta.
— As expected, Usain (you-SAYN') Bolt has advanced from his preliminary heat in the 200 after capturing gold in the 100 on Sunday. The 200 semifinals are set for Wednesday, with the final on Thursday as Bolt seeks his eighth Olympic gold medal.
— Canadian Derek Drouin (DROO'-an) cleared 2.38 meters on his first high jump attempt to win the gold medal.
— The youngest U.S. track and field Olympian since 1972 did not advance to the final of the women's 400-meter hurdles. Seventeen-year-old Sydney McLaughlin was fifth in her semifinal, finishing in 56.22 seconds.
— Darya Klishina has reached the final in the women's long jump. Klishina is the only remaining track and field competitor from Russia after all 67 others were banned due to evidence of systemic doping.
— The IOC has stripped Russia of its gold medal in the women's 4-by-100-meter relay from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after one of the runners tested positive in a reanalysis of her doping samples. Belgium stands to be upgraded to gold, with Nigeria moving up to silver and Brazil to bronze.
— The United States continues to lead all medal categories with 28 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze. The 84 total medals are 33 more than runner-up China. Britain is second with 19 gold medals.
Jays double up Yanks after trailing by 6
UNDATED (AP) — A six-run deficit was no problem for the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday as they regained sole possession of first place in the American League East.
The Jays trailed 6-0 and 6-4 before erupting for eight runs in the eighth inning of a 12-6 rout of the New York Yankees. Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') tied the game with a two-run homer and capped the rally with an RBI grounder.
Russell Martin put the Blue Jays ahead to stay with his second homer of the game, a two-run blast off Adam Warren. Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-IHTS'-kee) and Martin hit back-to-back home runs in the sixth for the Jays, who overcame a pair of round-trippers by Gary Sanchez.
The Blue Jays are 10-3 in the Bronx since the start of last season.
Toronto's division lead is now one game over Boston and Baltimore after Mookie Betts homered twice and had five RBIs in the Red Sox's 5-3 decision over the Orioles. Betts opened the scoring with a three-run blast in the fifth, but the Birds tied it before the Boston right fielder went deep off Brad Brach (brahk) in the eighth.
The O's didn't get a hit until Steve Pearce singled off reliever Matt Barnes with one out in the seventh, sparking a game-tying, three-run rally.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— Kansas City whipped Detroit 6-1 as Raul Mondesi (MAHN'-deh-see), Alex Gordon and Eric Hosmer belted solo homers off Justin Verlander. Kendrys (KEHN'-drees) Morales also went deep for the Royals, and Danny Duffy had another outstanding start in limiting the Tigers to a run and three hits over 7 2/3s. Duffy is 10-1 with a 2.73 ERA this season, with his lone loss coming on June 6.
— Detroit's loss allowed the Indians to stretch their lead in the AL Central to six games. Corey Kluber struck out seven while giving up one run over six innings of Cleveland's 3-1 verdict over the White Sox. Jason Kipnis was 3-for-4 with an RBI single to help Kluber improve to 13-8.
— Texas scored three times in the bottom of the 10th to beat Oakland 5-4 and move 6 ½ games ahead of second-place Seattle in the AL West. Carlos Beltran tied it with a two-run single and Ian Desmond scored the winning run when Rougned Odor (ROOG'-nehd oh-DOHR') was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Beltran was 4-for-4 with three RBIs.
— The Mariners coughed up a 4-1 lead when Albert Pujols (POO'-hohlz) launched a three-run homer in the sixth inning of the Angels' 7-6 decision over the M's. The Halos scored twice in the bottom of the eighth on Jefry Marte's (mahr-TAYZ) solo shot and Cliff Pennington's triple.
— It was a perfect homecoming for Chase Utley in Philadelphia as he ripped a grand slam and a solo shot in the Dodgers' 15-5 pounding of the Phillies. Utley got curtain calls after each home run in his first game in Philly since being dealt to Los Angeles. Yasmani Grandal (yahs-MAH'-nee grahn-DAHL') and Howie Kendrick each hit a two-run homer and collected three RBIs as the Dodgers won for the second time in five games since a four-game winning streak.
— Los Angeles tops the NL West after Jung Ho Kang (gahng) provided a tiebreaking, solo homer in the eighth inning of Pittsburgh's 4-3 win over the Giants in San Francisco. Gregory Polanco (poh-LAHN'-koh) drove in two runs with a pair of grounders, and Andrew McCutchen was 2-for-3 with a run scored to help the Pirates stay one game out of an NL wild-card slot. The Giants had owned at least a share of the NL West lead since May 10 before falling a half-game behind the Dodgers.
— Pinch-hitter David Dahl broke open a close game with a two-run double in the seventh as Colorado ended Washington's three-game winning streak, 6-2. D.J. LeMahieu (leh-MAY'-hyoo) slammed a two-run homer and Nolan Arenado (are-eh-NAH'-doh) had two RBIs for the winners. The Nationals still lead the NL East by 8 ½ games over Miami.
— Emergency starter Trevor Cahill combined with four relievers on a three-hitter as the Chicago Cubs ended a two-game skid, 4-0 over the Brewers in Game 1 of a day-night doubleheader. Cahill scattered two hits in five scoreless innings after starting in place of John Lackey, who was scratched due to a sore shoulder. The Cubs' managed just six hits and scored their runs on a pair of sacrifice flies, a squeeze bunt by Cahill and a wild pitch.
— The Cubbies completed the twinbill sweep as Jason Hammel threw two-hit ball over seven scoreless innings to lead a 4-1 triumph. Javier Baez smacked a two-run homer as the Cubs won for the 13th time in 15 games to improve to a major league-best 75-43. The Brewers mustered only nine hits in the doubleheader and didn't score until Hernandez Perez homered with two out in the ninth inning of the nightcap.
— Chicago's lead in the NL Central is 12 ½ games after Tommy Pham and Jedd Gyorko (JUR'-koh) homered to power the second-place Cardinals past Houston 8-5. Gyroko's three-run shot put St. Louis ahead 8-4 in the sixth and helped Jaime Garcia get his 10th win. St. Louis took a one-game lead over Miami for the final NL wild-card berth and pushed the Astros 5 ½ games out of an AL playoff spot.
— The Reds rode Tucker Barnhardt's first-inning grand slam to a 6-3 win over the Marlins. Anthony Desclafini is 7-1 after yielding two runs and seven hits over six innings. Marlins starter Jose Urena was tagged for five runs and seven hits in six frames, raising his ERA this season to 6.80.
— The Mets won for the third time in four games as Noah Syndergaard (SIHN'-dur-gahrd) belted a two-run homer and pitched into the sixth inning of a 7-5 victory at Arizona. Syndergaard struck out eight and gave up two earned runs over 5 2/3s to help the Mets beat the Diamondbacks for the first time in five tries this season. Kelly Johnson also homered and T.J. Rivera was 4-for-4 with two runs scored to help the Mets stay three games out of a playoff berth.
— Brad Miller belted two of Tampa Bay's five home runs in a 15-1 laugher against San Diego. Nick Franklin, Corey Dickerson and Evan Longoria also went deep for the Royals, who got four ribbies from Luke Maile.
— Ervin Santana was sharp in Minnesota's 4-2 victory in Atlanta, yielding four hits and striking out six over seven scoreless innings. Joe Mauer bashed a solo homer and Trevor Plouffe (ploof) was 3-for-5 with an RBI double and a run-scoring single.
Surgery for Holliday, Maness
UNDATED (AP) — The St. Louis Cardinals will have to make do without outfielder Matt Holliday and reliever Seth Maness (MAY'-nehs) as they try to capture an NL wild-card berth.
Holliday will undergo right thumb surgery that could sideline him for the rest of the regular season. The seven-time All-Star was drilled by a fastball from Cubs hurler Mike Montgomery last Thursday.
Maness is slated for season-ending Tommy John surgery after becoming one of 12 Redbirds on the disabled list. He was 2-2 with a 3.41 ERA in 29 relief appearances this year.
Also around the majors:
— Cleveland outfielder Michael Brantley has undergone his second right shoulder surgery since last offseason. The new procedure addressed chronic bicep tendinitis in his shoulder that developed since his surgery last November to repair a torn labrum.
— The Giants and right-hander Joe Nathan have agreed to a minor league contract as the 41-year-old reliever attempts to extend his big league career. Nathan has recorded 377 career saves but has been out of the majors since working two innings for the Cubs this year.
— The Detroit Tigers have added infield depth by acquiring shortstop Erick Aybar (EYE'-bahr) from Atlanta for a minor league catcher. Aybar is hitting .242 with two home runs and 26 RBIs this season, the final year of his contract.
— Rangers leadoff hitter Shin-Soo Choo is set for surgery Wednesday to have a plate inserted near the break in his left wrist and forearm, a procedure that will likely end his season. Choo suffered the fracture when hit by a pitch during last night's 5-2 win over Oakland.
Bills defensive tackle suspended
PITTSFORD, N.Y. (AP) — A person familiar with the decision tells The Associated Press that Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus has been suspended by the NFL for the first four games of the season for violating the league's substance abuse policy.
Dareus has been a five-year starter since being selected with the No. 3 pick in the 2011 draft. The Bills signed him to the most expensive contract in team history last summer, a seven-year deal that is potentially worth $104 million.
Harrison ready for a fight with the NFL
LATROBE, Pa. (AP) — Steelers linebacker James Harrison says he won't cooperate with the NFL as it investigates a report that he and three other linebackers in the league used performance-enhancing drugs.
The NFL's senior vice president of labor policy and league affairs sent a letter Monday to the NFL Players Association detailing a plan to indefinitely suspend Harrison, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Packers and free agent Mike Neal if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25.
Harrison says he won't answer questions just because of a report. He said he doesn't want to be suspended, but adds he is prepared to take the situation as far as Tom Brady did.
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been hospitalized after complaining of stomach pain before the team's joint practice with the Chargers in San Diego on Tuesday.
Arians was evaluated by medical personnel at Qualcomm Stadium and taken to a hospital for further evaluation.
The 63-year-old Arians is a two-time NFL coach of the year and entering his fourth season with the Cardinals.
Niners get a QB
SANTA CLARA, Calif. (AP) — The San Francisco 49ers have added a quarterback by signing free-agent Christian Ponder.
The move comes as Colin Kaepernick (KAP'-ur-nihk) deals with tightness in his throwing shoulder and Thaddeus Lewis out for the season with a knee injury. The 28-year-old Ponder hasn't appeared in an NFL game since October 2014 with the Minnesota Vikings.
Eagles and Titans deal
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Philadelphia Eagles have acquired wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham from Tennessee for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly. Kelly gives the Titans depth at tackle after the team lost a pair to injuries since the offseason program started.
Green-Beckham caught 32 passes for 549 yards with four touchdowns for Tennessee last season.