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WAMC Sports News: Biles Grabs Third Gold, Bolt Still Fastest Man, Marlins Looking At Arod

Olympian Simone Biles

More gold for Biles

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles has become the first American female gymnast to win three gold medals in one Olympics, and the first to claim one on the vault.

Biles will head back from Rio de Janeiro with a least three golds after easily winning the women's vault final. She averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia.

Biles will have a chance at more gold later this week when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.

But the run of Olympic gold by the U.S. gymnastics team ended when Russia's Aliya Mustafina edged American Madison Kocian in the uneven bars. Mustafina's score of 15.900 less than one-tenth better than Kocian's. The U.S. women's gymnastics team had won every gold medal available in Rio before Mustafina successfully defended her Olympic title.

Meanwhile, the world's fastest man remains the reigning Olympic champion.

Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt is the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles. The Jamaican separated himself from the field over the final 30 meters and won in 9.81 seconds, beating American Justin Gatlin by eight-hundredths of a second.

It's the seventh overall Olympic gold medal for Bolt, who came to Rio not having run a 100 since June 30 due to a bad left hamstring.

Elsewhere at the Rio Games:

— South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999. Van Niekerk started from the outside lane and stormed out of the blocks before holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt of the U.S.

— World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 seconds to lead the qualifiers into the women's 400-meter final. This is Felix's lone event after failing to make the U.S. team.

— The Olympic tennis champ is Britain's Andy Murray, who was a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner against Juan Martin Del Potro (wahn mahr-TEEN' dehl POH'-troh) of Argentina. Murray is the first player to win two Olympic singles titles.

— Kei Nishikori (nee-shee-KOH'-ree) gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years by downing 2008 champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the men's bronze medal match.

— Venus Williams was denied her record fifth tennis gold medal when she and partner Rajeev Ram (rah-HEEV' rahm) lost to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock 10-7 in a tiebreak. It's the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men's doubles with Steve Johnson.

— Justin Rose of Great Britain won the gold medal in men's golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis. Rose closed with a 3-foot birdie on 18 for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson. Matt Kuchar (KOO'-chur) of the U.S. won the bronze with a final-round 63.

— American Alexander Naddour captured bronze in the men's pommel horse, the first medal by an American in the event since 1984. Great Britain's Max Whitlock outscored teammate and rival Louis Smith for his second gold medal in an hour.

— The U.S. men's and women's basketball teams remain unbeaten at Rio. The men's team squeezed out a 100-97 triumph over France as Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 30 points. The U.S. squad has won its last three games by an average of just five points. The women's team had an easier time of it as Tina Charles scored 12 of her 18 points in the first quarter of a 105-62 rout of China. The Americans won their five group games by an average of 40.8 points.

— American swimmer Ryan Lochte has told NBC's "Today" show that armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte says they were told to get down on the ground, but he didn't and they put a gun to his forehead. He says the robbers took money and his wallet, but left his cell phone.

— The U.S. continues to lead the medal counts, increasing their total to 26 gold and 69 overall. China and Britain are tied for second with 15 gold medals, with China all alone in second with 45 overall medals.

— The lone Russian track and field athlete at the Olympics has won her appeal to compete at the Rio de Janeiro Games. The Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled early Monday morning that long jumper Darya Klishina is eligible to take part in Tuesday's qualifying. Klishina was the only one of 68 Russians cleared to participate in Rio by the IAAF, largely because she has been based outside Russia for the past three years. But the sport's governing body banned her from the Olympics last week after receiving what it said was new information. CAS ruled that Klishina was eligible to compete because she fulfilled the requirements set by the IAAF. The long jump final is scheduled for Wednesday.


Betts ties Splendid Splinter's feat

UNDATED (AP) — Mookie Betts has joined Hall of Famer Ted Williams as the only players in Boston Red Sox history to produce a pair of three-homer games in the same season.

Betts did it while collecting a career-high eight RBIs in the Red Sox's 16-2 dismantling of Arizona. He had two chances to smack a fourth home run, but he lined to right and grounded out.

Betts also had a three-homer game on May 31 against the Orioles. The pair of three-homer games comes 59 years after Williams did it at age 38.

Dustin Pedroia (peh-DROY'-uh) had five hits, Jackie Bradley Jr. added a two-run blast and Rick Porcello became the first Boston pitcher in 70 years to open a season 12-0 at Fenway Park. Porcello is 16-3 overall this year after the Bosox completed a three-game sweep to stay two games out of first place in the AL East.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Cleveland's lead in the AL Central remains five games over Detroit after the Indians turned a 4-1 deficit into a 5-4 victory and a three-game sweep of the Angels. Tyler Naquin (NAY'-kwihn) tied the game with an RBI double in the sixth before scoring on Abraham Almonte's single. The Cleveland bullpen worked three perfect innings of relief after winning pitcher Trevor Bauer gave up four runs in six frames.

— The Tigers kept pace with the Indians by ripping Texas 7-0. Victor and J.D. Martinez each had three hits and two RBIs to back rookie Michael Fulmer, who struck out nine in a four-hitter. Fulmer picked up his 10th win and lowered his ERA to 2.25 with his first career complete game.

— Seattle now trails the AL West-leading Rangers by 5 ½ games after Kyle Seager's four RBIs carried the Mariners past the A's 8-4 in Oakland. Seager's three-run double put the M's ahead 7-1 in the sixth. Nori Aoki (NOHR'-ee ah-OH'-kee) homered and provided three of Seattle's 12 hits.

— Homers by Troy Tulowitzki (too-loh-IHTS'-kee) Russell Martin and Edwin Encarnacion (ehn-kahr-nah-see-OHN') powered Toronto's 9-2 romp over Houston. Tulowitzki had three hits and three RBIs as the Blue Jays stayed a half-game ahead of second-place Baltimore in the AL East. Marcus Stroman was reached for one earned run over 6 1/3 innings in getting his ninth win.

— Jonathan Schoop (skohp) completed the Orioles' impressive comeback by ripping a go-ahead, three-run homer in the ninth inning of an 8-7 triumph at San Francisco. Mark Trumbo belted his major league-leading 34th home run while the Birds were erasing a 7-1 deficit. Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) was 5-for-5 for the O's, who prevented the Giants from extending their one-game lead over Los Angeles in the NL West.

— The Pirates prevented the Dodgers from pulling even with the Giants by rolling to an 11-3 win at Chavez Ravine. Sean Rodriguez was 3-for-4 with a three-run homer and four RBIs in Pittsburgh's third victory in four games. Josh Harrison and Adam Frazier had four hits apiece as the Bucs gave themselves a chance to get within a half-game of the second NL wild-card berth by the end of the night.

— Stephen Piscotty drilled a go-ahead, three-run homer in a five-run eighth that pushed the Cardinals past the Cubs 6-4 in Chicago. Brandon Moss also homered in the eighth for the Redbirds, who rallied after Cubs starter John Lackey left the game with an injury. The outcome trims the Cubs' lead in the NL Central to 12 games over St. Louis.

— Anthony Rendon (rehn-DOHN') launched a three-run homer and had four RBIs in Washington's 9-1 pounding of Atlanta. Bryce Harper went 1-for-3 with an RBI double after missing the Nationals' previous five games with a sore neck. Tanner Roark (ROH'-ahrk) is a 13-game winner after allowing one run in seven innings to help the Nats retain their 8 1/2-game lead over Miami in the NL East.

— The Marlins pulled out a 5-4 win over the White Sox when left fielder Christian Yelich (YEH'-lihch) threw out Carlos Sanchez at the plate to end the game. The score was tied 3-3 until Martin Prado (mahr-TEEN' PRAH'-doh) and Marcell Ozuna (oh-ZOO'-nuh) delivered RBI singles in the seventh. The win currently leaves the Marlins a half-game behind the Cardinals in the battle for the second NL wild-card position.

— Evan Longoria was 3-for-4 with four RBIs in Tampa Bay's 12-3 pounding of the New York Yankees. Corey Dickerson and Nick Franklin added three-run homers as the Rays stopped the Yanks' four-game winning streak. Aaron Judge homered for the second time in as many major league games for New York, which is 4 1/2 games out of an AL wild-card spot.

— The New York Mets have their first winning streak since July 7 after Steven Matz carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning of a 5-1 triumph over San Diego. Matz struck out nine and was taken out of the game after Alexei Ramirez poked a one-out single in the eighth, ending the no-hit bid. Wilmer Flores and Neil Walker hit solo homers and T.J. Rivera added a two-run double for the Mets.

— Paulo Orlando and Lorenzo Cain each had four hits and three RBIs to highlight Kansas City's 11-4 laugher at Minnesota. Orlando belted a three-run homer while the Royals scored six times in the fourth.

— Jimmy Paredes (pah-REH'-dehs) came within a triple of the cycle while driving in three runs to lead Philadelphia's 7-6 decision over Colorado. The Rockies absorbed a three-game sweep by the Phillies and are 2-9 since climbing within three games of an NL wild-card berth on Aug. 3.

— Milwaukee whipped Cincinnati 7-3 as Ryan Braun homered twice and delivered six RBIs. Wily Peralta (EIH'-lee peh-RAHL'-tah) gave up a run and four hits in six innings to help the Brewers avoid a three-game sweep by the last-place Reds.


Miami loses two players

MIAMI (AP) — A couple of key injuries could slow the Marlins' bid for a National League playoff berth

Miami has placed hard-hitting Giancarlo Stanton on the disable list with a groin injury, likely out for the season, with multiple sources now saying the Marlins are looking at newly retired Yankee Alex Rodriguez. Stanton hurt his groin trying to stretch a single into a double and was tagged out at second base to end Saturday's 8-7 loss to Chicago. Meanwhile, Adam Conley is also on the DL after he gave up five runs in four innings and said he has been pitching with soreness in his pitching hand that has been getting worse.


Rain postpones final round

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — The final round of the U.S. Senior Open was postponed because of a storm that dropped 2.36 inches of rain on the course.

Miguel Angel Jimenez will carry a one-stroke lead over Gene Sauers into Monday's round, although more rain is in the forecast. Jimenez was at 3-under 207 on Jack Nicklaus' boyhood course.


Moore takes the 5th

SILVIS, Ill. (AP) — Ryan Moore picked up his fifth PGA Tour title by closing with a 4-under 67 in the John Deere Classic.

Moore posted a 22-under total for a two-stroke edge over Ben Martin. Moore opened with three straight 65s in the event thrown off schedule by rain Thursday and Friday.

Robert Allenby failed to make the cut on Friday and early Saturday morning was arrested outside of a casino in Rock Island, Illinois. According to police department arrest reports he was arrested at about 2:30 a.m. for disorderly conduct and criminal trespassing.



EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Ryan Nassib had a big chance to show everyone what he could do as New York Giants quarterback with Eli Manning getting the night off. He blew it after a good first quarter.

Nassib was consistent in leading the Giants on a game-opening touchdown drive and cashing in on an interception in staking New York to a 10-point lead. But his three second-quarter turnovers led to 17 points in the Miami Dolphins' 27-10 victory in the preseason opener Friday night.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — With Andrew Luck getting a break, backup quarterbacks Scott Tolzien and Stephen Morris teamed up in leading the Indianapolis Colts to a 19-18 preseason-opening win over the Buffalo Bills on Saturday night.

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dallas' Dez Bryant caught a 10-yard touchdown pass, but the Los Angeles Rams earned a win in their homecoming when Sean Mannion threw a 9-yard touchdown pass to Aaron Green with 1:54 remaining for a 28-24 comeback over the Dallas Cowboys at the LA Coliseum on Saturday.

In other NFL news

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Five people with direct knowledge of the decision have told The Associated Press the Buffalo Bills have reached an agreement to sell the naming rights of Ralph Wilson Stadium to Buffalo-based New Era Cap Company.

The people spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday on the condition of anonymity because the deal has not been an announced. A news conference to make a formal announcement is expected to take place next week.

Two of the people said the deal will run over the remainder of the Bills' seven-year lease. New Era also has the right of first refusal to continue the agreement once the current lease expires in 2022, and also if the Bills elect to build a new facility.

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — The New York Jets have signed running back Lache Seastrunk and waived/injured running back Matthew Tucker.

Seastrunk was a sixth-round draft pick by Washington out of Baylor in 2014 and was a final cut of the Redskins that summer. He has also spent time with Carolina, Tennessee and Dallas, as well as the Canadian Football League's Calgary Stampeders and Saskatchewan Roughriders.

Tucker signed with the Jets last week after spending the past few seasons with Philadelphia. There was no immediate word on the nature of the injury for Tucker, who did not play in New York's preseason-opening win over Jacksonville on Thursday night.

Seastrunk and Bilal Powell are the Jets' only healthy running backs. Matt Forte (hamstring), Khiry Robinson (leg) and Bernard Pierce (hamstring) are working their way back from injuries. Dominique Williams suffered a concussion against the Jaguars and Romar Morris injured his left shoulder in practice Saturday.


Gunnevera followed up on a recent maiden win at Gulfstream Park with a relentless charge through the stretch to take Sunday's 111th running of the Grade 2, $200,000 Saratoga Special at Saratoga Race Course.

Meanwhile,  A series of severe summer thunderstorms, complete with heavy rain and lightning, forced the cancellation of racing at Saratoga Race Course after the fifth race on Saturday, August 13.

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