AP Sunday Sports Roundup
US notches first gold of the games
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The first gold medal handed out at the Rio Olympics has gone to an American.
Shooter Virginia Thrasher won the women's 10-meter air rifle, finishing a point ahead of two-time gold medalist Li Du of China.
The 19-year-old Thrasher became the first freshman to win both individual NCAA rifle titles and helped West Virginia win the team title. She followed that by winning the U.S. Olympic Trials less than a month later.
In other competition:
— The U.S. men's basketball team opened its quest for a third straight gold medal by ripping China 119-62. Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Demarcus Cousins added 17 in the Americans' 69th consecutive victory. Durant made three 3-pointers while the U.S. was building a 29-point halftime lead.
— It was a bad start for 5th-ranked Venus Williams in Rio as she lost her opening match to 62nd-ranked Kirsten Flipkens of Belgium. Competing in her record fifth Olympics, Williams was a 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 loser after holding a 4-1 lead in the third set.
— American Chase Kalisz finished second to Kosuke Hagino of Japan in the men's 400-meter individual medley final. Hagino is the first non-American since 1992 to win the event.
— Hungary's Katinka Hosszu sets a world record in winning the women's 400-meter individual medley. American Maya DiRado took the silver.
— Australia set a world record to capture the gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay. The United States had to settle for second after Cate Campbell pulled away from Katie Ledecky (leh-DEH'-kee) during the final leg.
—Britain's Adam Peaty (PEE'-tee) has broken his own world record in the 100-meter breaststroke during preliminaries in Rio. He was timed in 57.55 seconds, lowering his old mark of 57.92.
— Carli Lloyd's goal backed the solid netminding of Hope Solo as the United States topped France 1-0 in women's soccer. Solo earned the shutout in her 200th game with the US team, making her the first goalkeeper in history to reach that milestone in international play.
— South Korea was nearly flawless in beating the United States in the men's team archery final, scoring in the 10 range on 15 of its 18 arrows to earn a 6-0 win. South Korea has now captured five of the eight Olympic gold medals in the men's team event. The U.S. took home silver for a second straight Olympics.
— U.S. boxers were 2-for-2 as light flyweight Nico Hernandez won a unanimous decision over two-time Olympian Manuel Cappai after lightweight Carlos Balderas won his bout.
— The top-ranked U.S. women volleyball team looked sharp in an opening 25-17, 25-22, 25-17 win over Puerto Rico.
— The United States claimed one of the biggest wins in its Olympic women's field hockey history, defeating No. 2 Argentina 2-1. The Americans haven't medaled since they claimed bronze in Los Angeles 32 years ago.
— Led by four-time national champion Sam Mikulak (mih-KOO'-lihk), the U.S. men's gymnastics team has the lead in preliminary qualifying. The Americans posted a score of 270.405 to move ahead of reigning world champion Japan, which had 269.294 points.
— U.S. tennis player Jack Sock lost his opening match to Japan's Taro Daniel 6-4, 6-4. The 14th-seeded Sock says he was diagnosed with walking pneumonia just before leaving for Rio.
— The U.S. women's Rugby team routed Columbia 48-0 after losing its opening match 12-7 to Fiji.
Blast heard new cycling course
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A small blast shook the area near the finish line of the men's cycling road race at the Olympics. No one was injured, and the event went on unaffected.
An officer assigned to the event says it was a controlled explosion of an unattended bag. He did not give his name because he was not authorized to speak.
Long lines greet Olympic spectators
RIO DE JANIERO (AP) — Rio Games organizers have apologized to the spectators enduring long lines to access the Olympic Park on the first full day of competition.
Organizing committee spokesman Mario Andrada acknowledged a need to upgrade the systems and have asked authorities to speed up bag checks. Andrada also said organizers would check if drivers had sufficient training after reports of official buses getting lost.
News conference with A-Rod slated for Sunday
NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees say they will hold a news conference with Alex Rodriguez before Sunday's game against the Indians. The team declined to reveal the purpose of the gathering, only to say that general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will be made available.
The 41-year-old Rodriguez is hitting just .204 this year with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 216 at-bats. He has received little playing time since losing the DH job against left-handers last month.
Tribe powers past Yankees
UNDATED (AP) — Corey Kluber gave the Cleveland Indians a well-pitched game after the team had surrendered 50 runs in its previous five games.
Kluber is 11-8 this season after holding the Yankees to a pair of runs and five hits over eight innings of the Indians' 5-2 win at New York. The 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner blanked the Yanks after Gary Sanchez lined a two-run double in the bottom of the second.
Jason Kipnis and Rajai (RAH'-zhay) Davis each hit a solo homer and an RBI single, but Mike Napoli's (NAP'-oh-leez) solo blast put Cleveland ahead 3-2 in the sixth.
The Indians have won just two of their last six games, giving up just four runs in the victories and 48 in the four losses.
Detroit won for the 10th time in 11 games to stay two games behind the AL Central-leading Indians.
Miguel Cabrera hit a two-run single while the Tigers put together a five-run fourth in a 6-5 win against the Mets. Cabrera had three RBIs for the Tigers, who hung on after taking a 6-1 lead.
Jay Bruce homered for the Mets, but he was also thrown out at the plate by J.D. Martinez to end the game.
Elsewhere in the majors:
— The Blue Jays had won four in a row before Danny Duffy held them to a pair of runs and five hits over 6 2/3 innings of Kansas City's 4-2 win against Toronto. Eric Hosmer provided a go-ahead, two-run single and Raul Mondesi (MAHN'-deh-see) added an RBI triple to help Duffy win his seventh straight decision. Jays starter Aaron Sanchez saw his 10-game winning streak come to an end, allowing four runs in six innings.
— Baltimore and Toronto remain tied for first in the AL East after Omar Narvaez singled home the tiebreaking run in the seventh inning of the White Sox's 4-2 win over the Orioles. The go-ahead hit originally was called a foul ball before it was overturned on replay. Adam Eaton and Tyler Saladino hit solo homers for the White Sox, who prevented Chris Tillman from picking up his 15th victory.
— The Rangers' newcomers carried their offense in a 3-2 win over Houston, which gives Texas a 6 ½-game lead over the second-place Astros in the AL West. Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) sandwiched a pair of solo homers around Carlos Beltran's tiebreaking, RBI single in the seventh. The Rangers' bullpen combined to hold the Astros to four hits and a run after Lucas Harrell was reached for a run on five hits and five walks over 3 2/3 innings.
— San Francisco had dropped 14 of 19 before Brandon Belt smacked a solo homer and an RBI double in the Giants' 7-1 pounding of Washington. Buster Posey also drove in a pair to back Matt Cain, who worked five shutout innings to help the Giants keep their two-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West.
— Ross Stripling gave up just four singles in five innings before the Dodgers' bullpen tossed one-hit ball in a 3-0 shutout of Boston. Adrian Gonzalez was 3-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the Dodgers, who will be one game off the NL West lead if the Giants lose to Washington today. Mookie Betts had two of the Red Sox's five hits.
— It's a six-game winning streak for the Cubs after Jake Arrieta (ar-ee-EH'-tuh) worked eight shutout innings to lead a 4-0 decision over Oakland. Arrieta picked up his 13th victory after going 1-3 with a 5.45 ERA over his previous six starts. Ben Zobrist hit a two-run single to help the NL Central-leading Cubs move 10 1/2 games ahead of St. Louis.
— The Rockies crushed the Marlins 12-6, keeping Miami tied with St. Louis for the final NL wild-card berth. Charlie Blackmon came within a double of the cycle while going 4-for-5 with a solo homer, a two-run triple and four RBIs. Marlins pinch-hitter Ichiro Suzuki beat out an infield single in the eighth inning, leaving him one hit shy of 3,000.
— The Cardinals were hammered by Atlanta as Freddie Freeman and Adonis Garcia each belted three-run homers to power the Braves past the Redbirds 13-5. Ender Inciarte (ihn-see-AHR'-tay) and Matt Kemp added two-run shots while the Braves erupted for six runs in the ninth.
— Ivan Nova picked up a victory in his Pirates debut, allowing three runs over seven innings of a 5-3 verdict over the Reds. Starling Marte (mahr-TAY') supplied a two-run single to help the Bucs overcome a pair of solo homers by Brandon Phillips of Cincinnati.
— Homers by Evan Longoria, Bobby Wilson and Logan Forsythe supported Chris Archer in Tampa Bay's 7-3 win over the Twins. Archer won for only the third time in his last 15 starts, allowing a run and three hits in six innings.
— Christian Bethancourt laced a three-run double and Yangervis Solarte (yahn-HEHR'-vihs soh-LAHR'-tay) had three RBIs as the Padres trounced Philadelphia 9-7. Travis Jankowski went 3-for-4 and scored four times from the leadoff spot for San Diego.
— Ryan Braun was the hitting star in Milwaukee's 15-6 pounding of Arizona, crushing a pair of three-run homers and driving in seven runs. Keon Broxton was 5-for-5 with two RBIs, while Jonathan Villar (vee-AHR') had four hits and two ribbies while scoring three times.
— Shawn O'Malley's go-ahead, three-run homer in the seventh sent the Mariners past the Angels 8-6 in Seattle. Franklin Gutierrez and Guillermo Heredia (gee-EHR'-moh heh-RAY'-dee-uh) also went deep for the M's.
UNDATED (AP) — Tim Lincecum's (LIHN'-seh-kuhmz) major league career could be over.
The two-time NL Cy Young Award winner has been designated for assignment by the Angels after surrendering six runs in the first inning of Friday's 6-4 loss to Seattle. Lincecum was 2-6 with a 9.16 ERA in nine starts with Los Angeles in his return from left hip surgery last September.
In other moves:
Dodgers right-hander Bud Norris has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle in his back. Norris had to leave a start last Sunday against Arizona after facing just two batters. He is the 26th player placed on the DL by the Dodgers, second-most in the majors over the last 30 years to the 27 by the 2012 Red Sox.
— Washington has put first baseman Ryan Zimmerman on the 15-day disabled list with a bruised left wrist. The move is retroactive to Aug. 1, a day after he was hit by a pitch from Giants closer Santiago Casilla.
— The Red Sox have placed catcher Ryan Hanigan on the 15-day disabled list. He was hit by a pitch while catching during Thursday's game against Seattle. The Red Sox claimed catcher Bryan Holaday off waivers from Texas to fill Hanigan's roster spot backing up Sandy Leon.
NFL-HALL OF FAME
Favre leads 8 into Hall
CANTON, Ohio (AP) —Brett Favre (fahrv) is leading a class of eight members into the Pro Football Hall of Fame tonight in Canton, Ohio.
The three-time MVP retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards and 508 TDs. He is joined by 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo (dee-BAHR'-tuh-loh) Jr., coach Tony Dungy (DUHN'-jee), linebacker Kevin Greene, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Orlando Pace, late Oakland QB Kenny Stabler and late guard Dick Stanfel.
Greene played 15 seasons for four franchises and recorded 160 sacks, third most in NFL history.
Harrison made eight Pro Bowls, was a three-time All-Pro and missed only 18 games in 13 NFL seasons.
Pace was the blocking cornerstone of the Rams' Greatest Show on Turf that won the 1999 NFL title.
Stabler helped the 1970s Oakland Raiders win their first Super Bowl and make it to four other conference championship games in a five-year span.
Stanfel earned All-Pro honors five times in his seven-season career and helped the Detroit Lions win the NFL title in 1952 and '53.
Dungy went 139-69 in 13 seasons and is the first black coach to win a Super Bowl.
DeBartolo's 49ers won the league championships for the 1981, '84, '88, '89 and '94 seasons.
Edwards grabs Glen pole
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Carl Edwards has won the pole for Sunday's Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen. He also was the pole-sitter for NASCAR's other road course race at Sonoma in June.
Kyle Larson qualified second, while five-time Watkins Glen winner Tony Stewart qualified third in the final road race of his career.
Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch round out the top five.
Berger opens three-shot lead
CROMWELL, Conn. (AP) — Daniel Berger shot an 8-under-par 62 to take the lead after three rounds of the Travelers Championship.
The 23-year-old carded seven of his nine birdies on his final 10 holes to get to 15 under after 54 holes. That gives Berger a three-shot lead over Russell Knox, Russell Henley and Tyrone Van Aswegen.
Jimenez takes lead
BLAINE, Minn. (AP) — Miguel Angel Jimenez fired a 9-under 63 to claim the lead after two rounds of the 3M Championship on the Champions Tour.
Jimenez wrapped up a bogey free round that included a stretch of five straight birdies with a birdie-eagle finish to get to 14 under par.
Jimenez has a one-shot lead over Kevin Sutherland, who shot a 64.