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#SportsReport: Rio Olympics, A-Rod Set To Retire, And Much More

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In baseball, in the American League, the Yankees edged Cleveland 3-2, Minnesota doubled up Tampa Bay 6-2, Baltimore won against the White Sox 10-2, Texas bested Houston 5-3 in 11 innings, Toronto beat Kansas City 7-1, and it was Seattle over the Angels 3-1.

In the National League, Cincinnati beat Pittsburgh 7-3, Washington blanked San Francisco 1-0, Atlanta doubled up St. Louis 6-3, Arizona tripled up Milwaukee 9-3, Miami defeated Colorado 10-7, and it was Philadelphia over San Diego 6-5.

In interleague, the Mets won against Detroit 3-1, the Dodgers bested Boston 8-5, and it was the Cubs over Oakland 3-1.

Alex Rodriguez will play his final major league game next Friday with the New York Yankees and then become a special adviser and instructor with the team. The 41-year-old A-Rod will play against Tampa Bay at Yankee Stadium on Friday night before retiring.

Rob Segedin set a Dodgers record with four RBIs in his major league debut, Adrian Gonzalez hit his 300th career home run and Los Angeles beat the Boston Red Sox 8-5 Sunday night. With the bases loaded and one out in the fourth, Segedin drilled a 2-0 pitch from David Price over the head of center fielder Mookie Betts for a two-run double, his first big league hit in his second at-bat.

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 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.


Eight sports will be awarding 14 gold medals Monday at the Rio Olympics in events ranging from artistic gymnastics to diving, fencing, judo, rugby sevens, shooting, swimming and weightlifting.

Swimming alone will hand out four gold medals — in the men's 200 meter freestyle and the 100 meter backstroke, and in the women's 100 meter breaststroke and 100 meter backstroke. In the men's 200 meter freestyle finals, watch for Germany's Paul Biedermann, who holds the world record.

Medals in rugby will be awarded for the first time in 92 years as the top four women's sevens teams in the world — Australia, Canada, Britain and New Zealand — compete.

The U.S. picked up its first individual swimming gold medal of the Rio Olympics on Sunday. Fittingly, it was Katie Ledecky doing it in world record time. 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 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 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, 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.

Saratoga Race Course:

Horse Frosted won the Grade 1 Whitney Stakes on Saturday for Joekcy Joel Rosario and trainer Kiaran McLaughlin. Horse Paola Queen won the Grade 1 Test Stakes for jockey Luis Saez and trainer Gustavo Delgado.


Mike Magee and Ashley Cole scored late goals and the Los Angeles Galaxy rallied for a 2-2 tie with the New York Red Bulls Sunday night. Magee pulled Los Angeles to 2-1 in the 80th minute, and Cole slipped a left footer behind goalkeeper Luis Robles in the 89th.

Athletic Fields:

A Maine school district is trying an alternative method of keeping athletic fields green in an effort to reduce chemical use and save money. Regional School District 18 is testing out a method called "overseeding" on three fields in the Oakland-area district.


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.

With roster locks Julian Edelman and Danny Amendola on the mend and several other New England receivers unavailable, the absences have created opportunities for others. Chris Hogan suffered an early injury in camp and Nate Washington has been limited after missing several days early in camp with an illness. Keshawn Martin also has missed several days.

The Buffalo Bills have signed veteran linebackers Brandon Spikes and David Hawthorne to shore up their injury-depleted roster. The Bills also announced Sunday that they signed tight end Jimmay Mundine. Buffalo freed up space on the roster by releasing cornerback Javier Arenas and receiver Gary Chambers, and placed linebacker Kevin Reddick on waived/injured. The Bills are thin at linebacker after rookie Reggie Ragland hurt his left knee on Friday.


Russell Knox saved par with a 12-foot putt on the final hole to beat hometown favorite Jerry Kelly by a stroke Sunday in the Travelers Championship, hours after Jim Furyk shot the first 58 in PGA Tour history. Kelly, the 49-year-old former University of Hartford player, finished with a 64 at TPC River Highlands.


Denny Hamlin prevailed in a four-lap dash to the checkered flag to win a wreck-fest at newly paved Watkins Glen International on Sunday. It's the first road course win of Hamlin's career as he survived a race that had eight cautions for 24 laps and two red flags for 30 minutes. On the final lap, Hamlin, who was beaten on the road course at Sonoma in June by Tony Stewart in a bang on the last turn, held a slim lead over Martin Truex Jr. and Brad Keselowski as the three ran nose-to-tail entering the final turns of the 90-lap race. Keselowski spun Truex in the turn and Hamlin coasted to the victory.

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