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Simone Biles sticks landing in balance beam at Olympics
TOKYO (AP) – Simone Biles has won a bronze medal in balance beam, her first of the Tokyo Olympics.
The American gymnastics star finished behind gold medalist Guan Chenchen and silver medalist Tang Xijing both of China.
A week after taking herself out of several competitions to focus on her mental health, Biles drilled a slightly altered routine.
Biles, using a routine that ended with a double-pike dismount – no twisting required – posted a score of 14.000.


Also in Tokyo:
– Kevin Durant scored 29 points to keep his quest for a third Olympic title alive, and the Americans are headed to the medal round after ousting Spain 95-81 in a men’s basketball quarterfinal matchup at the Tokyo Games. Ricky Rubio was brilliant for Spain, scoring 38 points and Sergio Rodriguez added 16 points. France advanced to the men’s basketball semifinals for the first time since 2000 by beating Italy 84-75.


– German Malaika Mihambo took the top spot in the women’s long jump with a 7-meter leap on her final attempt and edged U.S. veteran Brittney Reese for the gold medal. The 34-year-old Reese now has back-to-back Olympic silver medals at the Tokyo Games and from Rio de Janeiro after winning the title at London in 2012.


– Allyson Felix has won her first-round heat of the 400 meters as she began her Tokyo quest for a 10th Olympic medal. The 35-year-old Felix is tied with Jamaican great Merlene Ottey for the most women’s track medals in Olympic history. Felix has a chance to medal in the 400 and may have another shot in the women’s 4×400 this weekend.


– Karsten Warholm of Norway obliterated his own world record in the Olympic 400-meter hurdles, finishing in 45.94 to crack the old mark by .76. One of the most anticipated races on the program more than lived up to the hype. Second-place finisher Rai Benjamin of the United States finished in 46.17, a mark that also beat the record Warholm set last month.


– April Ross is the last defending medalist standing in the beach volleyball women’s bracket. The American 2016 bronze medalist and partner Alix Klineman ousted defending champion Laura Ludwig of Germany and advanced to the semifinals. Ross and Klineman are the United States’ last hopes for a beach volleyball medal in Tokyo.


– Amanda Longan made her Olympic debut as the U.S. rolled to a 16-5 victory over Canada in the women’s water polo quarterfinals at the Tokyo Games. Longan relieved Ashleigh Johnson and played the fourth quarter, finishing with three saves on five shots.


– Tamyra Mensah-Stock of the United States defeated Blessing Oborududu of Nigeria 4-1 in the women’s 68-kilogram freestyle wrestling final to claim the second Olympic gold medal ever for an American female wrestler.


– The U.S. women’s volleyball team will likely be without two starters when the Americans face the Dominican Republic in the quarterfinals. Setter Jordyn Poulter and opposite Jordan Thompson were limited at practice after rolling their right ankles during pool play and aren’t expected to be available for Wednesday’s match.


– U.S. women’s national team goalkeeper Alyssa Naeher hyperextended her right knee in the Olympic soccer semifinals and will not be available for the bronze medal match against Australia on Thursday. Naeher also sustained a bone contusion in the first half of the 1-0 U.S. loss to Canada on Monday.


– A shot putter from the country of Georgia has been pulled from the event after testing positive for steroids. Benik Abramyan was due to take part in the shot put qualifying round later Tuesday.


Belarus sprinter says punishment awaited her back home
TOKYO (AP) – Belarus Olympic sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya has told The Associated Press in a videocall interview that officials from her country “made it clear” that she would be kicked out of the national team and face punishment upon return to Belarus.
Poland granted her a visa Monday, and she plans to fly to Warsaw. She accused her team’s officials of trying to force her to fly home, where the autocratic government has been cracking down on dissent.
The current standoff apparently began after she criticized how officials were managing her team. That set off a massive backlash in state-run media back home.


Suns keep CP3
UNDATED (AP) – Chris Paul opted out of the final year of his contract with the Phoenix Suns over the weekend, but he’s staying put.
A person with knowledge of the deal has told The Associated Press tha Phoenix is bringing back the veteran point guard on a four-year deal that could be worth up to $120 million. The package would keep him with the Suns until he’s 40 years old.
Paul helped the Suns reach the NBA Finals this past season.


The AP has learned of several other NBA moves through people familiar with the negotiations:
– Kyle Lowry’s representatives have announced that he is heading to the Heat. A person with knowledge of the deal said Lowry would be signing a three-year package worth nearly $30 million annually. The contract is part of an eventual sign-and-trade that sends Goran Dragic (DRAH’-gihch) and Precious Achiuwa (ah-CHOO’-wah) from Miami to Toronto.


– The Mavericks are bringing back shooting guard Tim Hardaway Jr. on a $72 million, four-year contract.


– The Nuggets have reached two-year agreements with guard Will Barton and forward JaMychal Green.


– Cavaliers center Jarrett Allen has agreed to a $100 million, five-year contract to remain with Cleveland.


– Lonzo Ball is heading to the Bulls in a sign-and-trade agreement that will send guards Tomas Satoransky and Garrett Temple to the Pelicans.


Phils win, close gap on Mets
UNDATED (AP) – The Phillies Phillies have shaved another game off the New York Mets’ lead in the NL East.
J.T. Realmuto’s (ree-al-MOO’-tohz) go-ahead, two-run single was part of a five-run ninth that lifted the Phillies past the Nationals, 7-5. Jean Segura’s RBI double against Wander Suero (SWEHR’-oh) tied the game in the ninth.
Ryan Zimmerman’s pinch-hit, two-run single against Archie Bradley pushed the Nationals ahead 3-2 in the seventh.
The Marlins had dropped four in a row before Lewis Brinson belted a first-inning grand slam off Tylor Megill (TY’-lohr meh-GIHL’) to spark Miami’s 6-3 win over the Mets. Miguel Rojas had two hits and scored twice as the Marlins gut New York’s division lead to 2 1/2 games over the Phils.
Jesus Luzardo pitched five innings and limited New York to three runs and four hits in his Marlins debut.


In Monday’s other major league action:
– The Giants wasted a 7-1 lead before Buster Posey’s RBI single in the 10th put them ahead to stay in an 11-8 victory at Arizona. San Francisco built its lead on the strength of Alex Dickerson’s grand slam in a five-run fifth. Mike Yastrzemski (ya-STREHM’-skee) and Wilmer Flores also homered for San Francisco, which increased its lead in the NL West to 3 1/2 games over the Dodgers.


– The Brewers coasted to a 6-2 win over the Pirates as Eduardo Escobar supplied a three-run homer and an RBI triple. Winning pitcher Eric Lauer allowed just three hits and no walks over five scoreless innings as Milwaukee stretched its lead in the NL Central to 7 1/2 games over the Reds. Bryse Wilson worked five innings and allowed just one run in his Pirates debut.


– The Mariners put together a five-run third and ended the Rays’ four-game winning streak, 8-2, trimming Tampa Bay’s lead in the AL East to one game over Boston. Jake Fraley hit a two-run single during the third-inning rally. Ty France came within a triple of hitting for the cycle, providing three hits and three RBIs.


– The Jays have followed a series sweep of the Royals with a 5-2 loss to the Indians in 10 innings. Amed Rosario singled home the tiebreaking run and scored on a two-run homer by Jose Ramirez. Vladimir Guerrero Jr. hit his 34th home run for the Blue Jays who had been 3-0 in Toronto since returning to Ontario.


– Homers by Cedric Mullins, Austin Hays, Ryan Mountcastle and Ramon Urias (oo-REE’-uhs) powered the Orioles to a 7-1 win over the Yankees. All four home runs came against losing pitcher Andrew Heaney, who worked six innings in his Yankees debut. Jorge Lopez took a no-hitter into the sixth and allowed one run and one hit in six innings, helping Baltimore end New York’s three-game winning streak.


– The Rangers took the lead for good with a double steal in a 4-1 victory over the Angels. Brock Holt scored the tiebreaking run with a headfirst slide into home and later lifted a sacrifice fly. Dane Dunning allowed one run and three hits over five innings to win back-to-back starts for the first time this season.


Brewers bring back Axelrod
MILWAUKEE (AP) – The Milwaukee Brewers picked up a reliever and lost another on Monday.
The NL Central leaders have acquired John Axford from the Blue Jays for $1 as the 38-year-old right-hander continues his comeback attempt. Axford hasn’t pitched in the major leagues since 2018 and began this season as a studio analyst on the Blue Jays’ television broadcast crew. He signed a minor league contract in June and went 1-0 with an 0.84 ERA in nine relief appearances for the Blue Jays’ Triple-A Buffalo affiliate.
All-Star closer Josh Hader has joined the growing collection of Brewers on the COVID-19 injured list. Brewers manager Craig Counsell said Hader reported contact with someone experiencing “COVID-like symptoms.”
Brewers outfielder Christian Yelich (YEH’-lihch) and pitchers Jake Cousins, Jandel Gustave and Hunter Strickland already had been placed on the COVID-19 list over the last few days.


Wentz out for as long as 12 weeks
UNDATED (AP) – Indianapolis Colts quarterback Carson Wentz is expected to miss 5 to 12 weeks because a broken left foot.
Coach Frank Reich says doctors found Wentz had broken the foot years ago, probably in high school, and that a piece of bone came loose when he hurt the foot last Thursday.
For now, Indy plans to use Jacob Eason as the starter. Eason was a fourth-round draft pick in 2020 and has not appeared in an NFL game – regular season or preseason.


In other news from the NFL training camps:
– Bills general manager Brandon Beane told The Associated Press he is giving himself before the start of the regular season to negotiate a long-term extension with quarterback Josh Allen before putting off discussions until next year. Beane wouldn’t specify an exact date in saying the two sides have agreed to suspend talks before Week 1 so as not to serve as a distraction for the fourth-year starter, whose rookie contract runs through the end of the 2022 season. The Bills bought themselves time by picking up Allen’s fifth-year option at $23 million in May.


– Dolphins receiver Preston Williams joined three tight ends already on the team’s COVID-19 reserve list. Tight ends Mike Gesicki, Cethan Carter and Adam Shaheen went on the list Sunday. The Dolphins didn’t say whether the players tested positive or entered protocol because of contact tracing.


– Eagles wide receiver DeVonta Smith is out indefinitely with a knee sprain. The reigning Heisman Trophy winner was listed as week-to-week on the injury report, so his status for Philadelphia’s preseason opener against Pittsburgh on Aug. 12 is uncertain.


– The Giants have announced the re-signing of running back Alfred Morris, who was second on the team in rushing with 238 yards despite playing just nine games for Big Blue.


Saban’s new deal peaks at 11.5 mil
UNDATED (AP) – Alabama coach Nick Saban will make $11.5 million in the final year under a new eight-year contract that’s worth at least $84.8 million.
The university has released details of Saban’s previously announced deal, after the board of trustees’ compensation committee formally approved it.
Saban has won a record seven national championships and is set to make $8.7 million this year with annual raises of $400,000.


Also in college football:
– LSU quarterback Myles Brennan needs surgery to repair what coach Ed Orgeron (OHR’-juh-rahn) called a severe left arm injury. Brennan is a fifth-year senior competing to regain the starting job he lost to injury a season ago. Brennan’s injury to his non-throwing arm means sophomore Max Johnson will enter the start of fall camp Friday with the inside track to start LSU’s season opener Sept. 4 at UCLA.


– The player considered to be the top quarterback prospect in the class of 2022 says he is skipping his senior year of high school in Texas and plans to enroll at Ohio State for the upcoming semester after completing his high school course work this summer. Five-star recruit Quinn Ewers says his decision was influenced by Texas rules which prohibit him from earning money from endorsement and sponsorship deals.