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#SportsReport: Biles To Return For Balance Beam Final; Canada Tops U.S. Women's Soccer Team

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Simone Biles is returning to competition in Tokyo. The 2016 Olympic champion will compete in the balance beam finals on Tuesday, a little over a week after stepping away from the meet to focus on her mental health.

“We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow — Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!” USA Gymnastics said in a statement. The 24-year-old Biles won bronze on beam in Rio de Janeiro five years ago and qualified for the eight-woman final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre on the first weekend of the Games. She removed herself from the team final on July 27 after a shaky performance on vault during the first rotation. Biles later said she was dealing with issues surrounding air awareness, referred to as “the twisties” in her sport.

On Monday, American gymnast Jade Carey won the gold medal on floor exercise. The 21-year-old from Arizona bounced back from a frightening stumble during the vault final on Sunday to claim the top spot on floor with a score of 14.366. The medal is the fifth claimed by the U.S. women’s gymnastics team in Tokyo.

In other Olympic news: 

Jessie Feming scored on a penalty kick in the 74th minute and Canada knocked the United States out of gold medal contention in the Olympic women’s soccer competition with a 1-0 semifinal victory. Canada will face the winner of the late semifinal in Yokohama between Sweden and Australia. The gold medal match is set for Friday at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. It was the second time the United States has been knocked out of medal contention at the Olympics. At the 2016 Games, it was defeated by Sweden in the quarterfinals. Canada had not won against the United States since 2001.

A'ja Wilson scored 22 points and Breanna Stewart added 17 to help the U.S. women's basketball team eke out a 93-82 win over France. The win was the 52nd in a row for the U.S. dating back to the bronze medal game of the 1992 Olympics. The Americans haven't lost a game in group play since women's basketball was added to the Olympics in 1976.

Puerto Rico's Jasmine Camacho-Quinn has won gold in the women's 100-meter hurdles, powering ahead of American Keni Harrison. The result keeps the United States out of the win column at the Olympic track meet for yet another session. Camacho-Quinn finished in 12.37 seconds for a .15 second win over Harrison, the world-record holder.

World champion Sifan Hassan made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday. Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. It kept alive the Dutch runner's bid for a rare distance-running treble at these Olympics.

Belarus track sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya says her Olympic team officials tried to remove her from Japan in a dispute that led to a standoff Sunday evening at Haneda Airport in Tokyo. Tsimanouskaya criticized Belarus team officials on her Instagram account, saying she had been put in the 4x400 relay despite never racing the event. She is due to run in the Olympic 200-meter heats Monday, An activist group supporting her said she believed her life was in danger in Belarus. It said she would seek asylum with the Austrian embassy in Tokyo.

Injuries are mounting for the US women's volleyball team at the Tokyo Games. The team lost a second player to a rolled right ankle when setter Jordyn Poulter landed on a teammate's foot in victory against Italy. Poulter went down in the third set of the Americans' final match of pool play and was being treated by trainers on the sideline. The injury comes two days after star Jordan Thompson went down with the same injury against the Russian Olympic Committee. Thompson is watching the Italy game from the stands but is hopeful of returning before the end of the Olympics. The US is already guaranteed a spot in the quarterfinals.


Miles Robinson scored on a header in the 117th minute to give the United States a 1-0 victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup final against Mexico. Kellyn Acosta took a free kick and Robinson outjumped Edson Álvarez and headed the ball in on one hop to the right of goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera. It was Robinson's third international goal in nine international appearances and his second goal of the tournament. It was a shocking win considering the Americans went with a junior varsity lineup against a mostly front-line Mexico team.

In major league soccer, Przemyslaw Frankowski scored in the 10th minute and the 10-man Chicago Fire tied the Philadelphia Union 1-1 on Sunday night.Kai Wagner tied it for the Union (6-4-7) on a free kick in the 36th minute after Chicago’s Wyatt Omsberg was given a red card for contact with Cory Burke.Chicago is 3-9-4.


Shut out heading into the eighth inning, the Yankees completed a three-game sweep with a 3-1 victory at Miami. New York trailed 1-0 until Anthony Rizzo and Aaron Judge hit RBI singles in the eighth. Marlins starter Sandy Alcantara limited the Yanks to two hits and a walk over seven shutout innings.

Elsewhere in baseball: 

Rookie Max Schrock was terrific as Joey Votto's replacement at first base, going 5-for-5 with a homer, two RBIs and three runs scored in the Reds' 7-1 downing of the Mets. Vladimir Gutierrez allowed just three hits over seven innings, blanking the Mets until Jeff McNeil's home run in the sixth inning. New York is 3-5 on its homestand and 8-9 since the All-Star break, leaving the Mets with a 3 1/2-game lead over the Phillies atop the NL East.

The Rays have hiked their lead in the AL East to 1 1/2 games over the Red Sox. Brandon Lowe socked a two-run homer and Manuel Margot added an RBI single as the Rays completed a three-game sweep of Boston, 3-2. Shane McClanahan allowed one run and four hits over six innings to move to 5-4. He outdueled Nick Pivetta, who was reached for three runs over 4 2/3s. Hunter Renfroe homered for the Sox, who put runners on first and third in the ninth before Matt Wisler preserved the victory. The Red Sox have lost a season-high four straight and five of six.

José Berríos tossed six shutout innings in his Toronto debut and the Blue Jays completed a three-game sweep in their first series north of the border since 2019, 5-1 over the Royals. The two-time All-Star walked one and struck out seven, including four straight in the third and fourth innings. Marcus Semien and Santiago Espinal homered to back Toronto's big-name newcomer.

Kyle Gibson made his Phillies debut and worked into the seventh inning of a 15-4 dismantling of the Pirates. J.T. Realmuto furnished five of the Phillies' 20 hits, with two doubles and four RBIs. Bryce Harper hit three of Philadelphia's nine doubles and Jean Segura drove in three runs as the Phils avoided a three-game sweep.

The Nationals earned a 6-5 win over the Cubs behind Yadiel Hernandez, whose second homer of the afternoon was a solo shot that won the game in the bottom of the ninth. Hernandez's four-hit day helped the Nationals overcome three home runs by Rafael Ortega of the Cubs. Ortega tied a franchise record for homers in a game, leading off with a shot to right-center before adding two-run blasts in the sixth and eighth.

Kris Bryant homered in his Giants debut as they took the rubber match of their three-game set with the Astros, 5-3. Bryant was greeted by chants of "KB, KB, KB" when he trotted onto the field for pregame warmups and received a standing ovation before his first at-bat. He fanned in his initial at-bat, then went deep in the third inning. Darin Ruf had three hits including a home run and two RBIs. Brandon Crawford and Donovan Solano both added two hits to help San Francisco improve to a major league-best 66-39. Houston's lead in the AL West is down to 4 1/2 games over Oakland.

The Dodgers kept pace as Albert Pujols doubled home three runs to cap a five-run second that highlighted a 13-0 trouncing of the Diamondbacks. Mookie Betts homered in his return from the injured list and finished with two hits. Jose Urias became the majors' second 13-game winner of the season, allowing nothing but four singles over five innings. 

The Padres coasted to an 8-1 win over the Rockies as Ha-Seong Kim homered and drove in three runs. Kim and Jake Cronenworth delivered two-run doubles in a first inning to give San Diego a 4-0 lead. Cronenworth had three hits as the Padres earned a four-game split.

Yan Gomes slammed a two-run homer in his Athletics debut and fellow newcomer Starling Marte went 3-for-5 with three stolen bases in an 8-3 thumping of the Angels. Former 37-th-round draft pick Daulton Jefferies earned his first major league victory, allowing three runs and three hits in five innings. Matt Olson smacked his 28th home run, a three-run clout in the third inning.

The Rangers pulled out a 4-3 win over the Mariners on Jonah Heim's second walk-off homer in as many games. Heim's ninth-inning blast came right after a tying, two-run shot from Andy Ibánez. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, Heim is the first Texas player with walk-off homers in consecutive games and the first rookie to do it in the majors.

The White Sox earned a 2-1 win over the Indians on Brian Goodwin's walk-off homer with one out in the ninth. Liam Hendriks allowed one hit in the ninth to complete a scoreless six-inning stint by the Chicago bullpen. The Indians didn't score after Myles Straw's home run leading off the third.

Willy Adames hit a first-inning homer and Brett Anderson pitched into the sixth inning as the Brewers took the rubber match of their three-game set in Atlanta, 2-1. Anderson gave up four hits and a run over 5 2/3s, leaving him 2-0 with a 1.72 ERA in his last four starts. Lorenzo Cain singled and scored in the fifth to make it 2-0, helping Milwaukee maintain its seven-game lead over Cincinnati in the NL Central.

Rookie Edmundo Sosa was 3-for-3 with a homer and two RBIs for the Cardinals in a 7-3 downing of the Twins. Adam Wainwright gave up three runs over seven innings of his 176th career win. Dylan Carlson also had three hits and Tommy Edman doubled twice as St. Louis won for the fourth time in six games.

Eric Haase doubled home a pair in a three-run first that kickstarted the Tigers' 6-2 win over the Orioles. Erasmo Ramirez pitched two scoreless innings to pick up his first major league win since Sept. 3, 2018. The Tigers are 30-24 in Detroit after losing a major league-leading 59 home games in 2019.

In MLB news:

The Mets have failed to sign their top pick from last month's amateur draft. The team was concerned about medical scans on Vanderbilt pitcher Kumar Rocker, who was taken with the 10th selection. New York will receive an extra selection in next year's amateur draft, the pick after the 10th choice, because of their failure to sign the 21-year-old right-hander. Also, the Mets have placed infielder Luis Guillorme on the 10-day injured list with a left hamstring strain. Guillorme was injured while scoring the tying run as a pinch-runner in a comeback victory over the Reds on Saturday.

Red Sox left-hander Chris Sale will make a fifth minor league rehab start later this week for Triple-A Worcester as he moves closer to pitching in the majors for the first time since August 2019. Recently acquired slugger Kyle Schwarber, currently sidelined by a hamstring injury, will take part in an off-day workout Monday in Detroit and is nearing a rehab assignment.


Goalie Marc-Andre Fleury has committed to playing for the Blackhawks this season, setting aside his reservations about leaving Vegas. The Blackhawks posted a video on their Twitter account of Fleury standing in front of a small jet, saying he's ready to get to work. Fleury spent a few days contemplating his future after being traded to Chicago by the Golden Knights last week. The 36-year-old Fleury had hoped to finish his career with Vegas, where he played the past four seasons.

Elsewhere in the NHL, Sharks forward Evander Kane has denied allegations his wife made on social media that he bet on NHL games, including against his own team. Kane says he has never bet on hockey games and never thrown a game. The NHL is investigating the allegations and Kane says he will cooperate. Kane says he is getting a divorce and called Anna Kane "mentally unwell."

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