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WAMC Sports News: Biles Settles For Bronze In Balance Beam, Felix Prevented From Fifth Gold By Dive

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Biles settles for bronze

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The drive for five is over. American Simone Biles was trying to become the first female gymnast to capture five gold medals at a single Olympics when she began the balance beam competition at the Rio Olympics on Monday. But she had to settle for bronze following a flawed performance, wobbling during the middle of her routine and landing awkwardly while completing a front somersault. Biles had to grab the beam with both hands to avoid falling down and eliminating herself from medal contention. U.S. teammate Laurie Hernandez claimed the silver medal in an event won by Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands. The 19-year-old Biles will be in the mix for another gold on Tuesday in the floor exercise finals.

Also at the Rio Games:

— On the track, Shaunae Miller of Bahamas dove to the finish line to win the women's 400-meter final, preventing American Allyson Felix from capturing a fifth Olympic gold medal. Miller finished in 49.44, just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Felix.

— Colorado's Emma Coburn took bronze in the women's 3000 steeplechase. She is the first American woman to medal in the event.

— Kenyan middle distance runner David Rudisha won gold in the 800 meters, finishing in 1 minute, 42.15 seconds. Clayton Murphy of the United States set a personal best of 1:42.93 for bronze.

— Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has missed out on qualifying for the semifinals in the women's 200 meters. The 34-year-old won the 2004 and '08 Olympic titles and was a bronze medalist at the last world championships.

— The United States and Hungary have advanced to the semifinals of the women's water polo tournament. The U.S. cruised past Brazil 13-3 and Hungary went to penalty shots for a 13-11 win against Australia. They will play on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

— Brazil knocked the American men out of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. Nick Lucena and 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser finished fifth.

— Germany defeated the United States 2-1 in the women's field hockey quarterfinals. The U.S. failed to medal after opening the tournament with wins over No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia.

— Make it 0-2 for the Americans in boxing. Antonio Vargas and Mikaela Mayer both lost their bouts, dropping Team USA to 10-5 in the boxing tournament.

— And once again politics have entered the Olympic arena. In judo, Egypt's Islam El Shehaby has been sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent's hand. The IOC says Shehaby was reprimanded by the referee and then was sent home by the Egyptian Olympic Committee.


Red Sox edge Indians

UNDATED (AP) — The Boston Red Sox picked up their fourth straight win this afternoon to move closer to first place in the American League East.

David Ortiz and Jackie Bradley Jr. homered during a three-run sixth that lifted the Bosox over the Indians 3-2 in Cleveland. Ortiz put the Red Sox ahead with his 27th home run of the season and 530th of his career, a two-run blast that helped Drew Pomeranz earn his first win in six starts with the Red Sox. Bradley added his 19th homer of the year two batters later.

Pomeranz was reached for just two runs and five hits over 7 2/3s after entering the game with a 5.26 ERA since joining the Bosox from San Diego last month.

The outcome puts the Red Sox a game off the division lead and keeps the AL Central-leading Indians five games ahead of the Tigers.

Elsewhere in the majors:

— Chad Green combined with three relievers on a three-hitter as the New York Yankees silenced the Blue Jays 1-0. Green struck out 11 while limiting Toronto to a pair of hits over six innings. Aaron Judge doubled home the lone run in the fourth inning as the Yankees dropped the Jays into a first-place tie with Baltimore in the AL East.



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— The Tigers lost to Kansas City 3-1 as winning pitcher Ian Kennedy held Detroit to a run and five hits over 6 2/3 innings. Kennedy's shutout bid ended when J.D. Martinez homered in the seventh. Lorenzo Cain had two hits and an RBI in the Royals' seventh victory in nine games.

— Adrian Beltre hit a grand slam and Martin Perez gave up just one earned run and five hits in seven innings of the Rangers' 5-2 triumph against Oakland. The Rangers ended a 24-inning scoreless streak when Elvis Andrus (AN'-droos) lined an RBI single in the fourth. Perez had been 0-4 in eight starts since a 6-2 victory against Boston in June 26.

— Bryce Harper's RBI double in the seventh capped Washington's rally in a 5-4 triumph over Colorado. Wilson Ramos tied it with a solo blast in the sixth and Jayson Werth smacked a two-run homer as the Nationals kept their 8 ½-game lead over the Marlins in the NL East. The Rockies blew an early 3-0 lead in dropping their fifth in a row.

— Chris Johnson drove in two runs with a home run and a double as Miami doubled up the Reds, 6-3 in Cincinnati. Marcell Ozuna also homered and Dee Gordon delivered a two-run infield single to help the Marlins move into a tie with St. Louis for the second NL wild-card spot. Winning pitcher David Phelps made a spot start and struck out a season-high eight over 5 1/3 innings.

— Drew Smyly tossed seven innings of one-hit ball in Tampa Bay's 8-2 rout of San Diego. Kevin Kiermaier belted a three-run homer and Logan Forsythe provided a two-run shot and three RBIs for the Rays.


A-Rod says he's done for this season

NEW YORK (AP) — Alex Rodriguez is scuttling any thought of a comeback attempt this season.

A-Rod said through a spokesman that he will not play again this year, dispelling rumors that he might join the Miami Marlins.

The 41-year-old Rodriguez was released by the New York Yankees on Saturday after hitting just .200 with nine home runs and 31 RBIs this season.


League prepared to suspend 4 linebackers

UNDATED (AP) — The NFL says the four linebackers being investigated for an alleged link to performance-enhancing drugs will be suspended unless they agree to be interviewed by the league in the next 10 days.

The linebackers are James Harrison of the Steelers, Clay Matthews and Julius Peppers of the Packers and free agent Mike Neal. A league vice president sent a letter to the NFL Players Association detailing the plan to suspend the four if they don't speak with the league by Aug. 25.


Saints' top pick injured

UNDATED (AP) — New Orleans Saints defensive tackle and first-round draft choice Sheldon Rankins suffered a broken fibula during practice on Monday. That's according to a person familiar with the situation who also tells The Associated Press that Rankins is seeking a second opinion but appears to need surgery.

Typically, fractured fibulas are not season-ending but sideline players for around six weeks.

Rankins was taken 12th overall in this year's draft.

Elsewhere in the NFL:

— Dallas Cowboys center Travis Frederick has signed a six-year, $56 million contract extension that runs through 2023. The average of $9.1 per season makes the two-time Pro Bowler the NFL's highest-paid center.

— The Lions have worked out a contract with free-agent tight end Andrew Quarless, who will serve a two-game suspension at the start of the season for violating the league's personal conduct policy. Quarless had 89 receptions for 940 yards and six touchdowns while playing his first five NFL seasons with the Packers. He was punished by the NFL following his sentence to one year probation for firing a gun in Miami Beach, last year.

— 49ers backup quarterback Thad Lewis will miss the entire season after tearing knee ligaments during Sunday's preseason game against Houston. Coach Chip Kelly said Lewis tore his ACL on a scramble and will need season-ending surgery.

— Buffalo defensive end IK Enemkpali will miss the regular season after tests confirmed he has a torn ligament in his right knee. Enemkpali was hurt late in the second quarter of the Bills' 19-18 preseason loss to Indianapolis on Saturday. His foot caught in the turf and he fell awkwardly while being blocked.

--FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski left the team's joint practice with the Chicago Bears yesterday, suffering from an apparent lower-body issue. Gronkowski mad an awkward cut while running a route during 7-on-7 drills. The practice also saw a short scuffle involving Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler and Bears receiver Alshon Jeffery.


Sauers takes advantage of Jimenez stumble

UPPER ARLINGTON, Ohio (AP) — Gene Sauers is the winner of the rain-delayed U.S. Senior Open.

Sauers closed with a 1-under 69 to finish 3-under in his first career senior victory. He closed with three straight pars to go from a one-shot deficit to a one-shot win over Miguel Angel Jimenez and Billy Mayfair.

Jimenez lost the lead by closing the tournament with back-to-back bogeys.


New deal for Ducks' forward

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Antoine Vermette has joined the Anaheim Ducks by agreeing to a two-year, $3.5 million contract.

Vermette's previous contract was bought out by the Coyotes after he scored 17 goals and 38 points last season. The Coyotes bought out the remaining $3.75 million on his contract earlier this month, making him a free agent.

The veteran center has scored 471 points in 910 NHL games while playing for Arizona, the Blackhawks and Senators.

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