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Update July 31, 2017

Vettel's luck changes for the better as he wins Hungarian GP

Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel celebrates on the podium after winning the Formula One Hungarian Grand Prix on Hungaroring circuit in Mogyorod, north-east of Budapest, Sunday, July 30. (Zsolt Czegledi/ MTI via AP)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Sebastian Vettel's luck changed for the better at the Hungarian Grand Prix on Sunday, where the German driver won to extend his championship lead over archrival Lewis Hamilton by 14 points heading into the summer break.

Vettel's fourth win of the season came from pole position, on a Hungaroring track where overtaking is notoriously difficult. Yet his 46th career win turned out to be anything but a processional affair.

Even before the start, Vettel felt something was wrong with his steering wheel. It bugged him most of the race, but with his teammate Kimi Raikkonen driving brilliantly behind him to fend off the fast-closing Mercedes, Vettel held on and Ferrari got a 1-2 with Raikkonen second.

It was some change from two weeks ago at the British GP, where Vettel's tire punctured two laps from the end, denying him a certain podium place. At Silverstone, he just about crawled home to finish seventh, with his lead over Hamilton slashed from 20 points to a meager one.

But Vettel now jets off into his month-long break with his spirits high again in his hunt for a fifth F1 title, and first since the last of his four straight titles driving for Red Bull in 2013.

"I'm over the moon. It was a really difficult race, maybe it didn't look like but I had my hands full," the German driver said. "The steering started to go sideways and it seemed to get worse. Then I stayed off the kerbs, tried to save the car. I didn't do a favor to Kimi."

Raikkonen, never known as a "Yes man" in F1, played the game and stayed behind Vettel, protecting him from the encroaching threat of Mercedes drivers Valtteri Bottas, who was third, and Hamilton, who placed fourth.

With his contract up for renewal, it might prove a shrewd move from Raikkonen, who had enough speed to win. He hasn't won since the season-opening Australian GP in 2013. But maybe he saw the bigger picture.

As a model teammate to Vettel, the Finn might get a new multi-million deal for 2018 at the ripe old age of 38.

"A big thank you to the team," said Vettel, who should especially buy Raikkonen a drink before they go on holiday. "Kimi could have gone a lot faster than me for the majority of the race."

Raikkonen used all of his experience to help Vettel.

"It wasn't ideal, as I felt I had the speed," Raikkonen said. "We know as teammates what we had to do."

Asked if he could have won the race, he replied "Definitely."

Earlier, Bottas had let Hamilton past in order to attack the Ferraris. Hamilton then sportingly gave him third place back right at the end.

"The team kept the promise which I'm really happy about," said Bottas, who is 33 points behind Vettel in third place overall.

Over at Red Bull, there is unlikely to be such harmony.

Red Bull's Max Verstappen was fifth after knocking his teammate Daniel Ricciardo out of the race on the first lap.

Ricciardo's race was over after the contact on Turn 2, bringing the safety car out for a few laps as his car was towed off the track.

Verstappen was the perpetrator — swerving into his teammate when going wide on the exit from a turn.

It was a big blow for Ricciardo, who had secured five podium finishes in the previous six races. As he watched replays of the incident in his team garage, Ricciardo looked stone-faced when he saw confirmation that Verstappen was responsible.

Verstappen, who was given a 10-second time penalty for the incident, subsequently apologized to Ricciardo.

Hamilton had written off his chances of victory after qualifying in fourth place, saying it would be an "easy breeze" for Ferrari on the twisty 4.4-kilometer (2.7-mile) circuit nestling in the hills surrounding Budapest. Only the sinewy street circuit of Monaco is tougher to overtake on. Vettel also won there this year, with Raikkonen second.

That race was much easier, but Ferrari faced an awkward dilemma this time around. As the race wound down Vettel was still leading but clearly slowing down Raikkonen just behind him.

Ferrari did not impose team orders on Vettel to let Raikkonen past him, so Mercedes sensed an opportunity.

Bottas let Hamilton past him, on the condition that he would give the position back if he couldn't get a clean shot.

In the end, he couldn't get quite close enough to Raikkonen, so the gentleman's agreement stood and he gave Bottas the podium spot.


Mikey Garcia outpoints Adrien Broner to remain undefeated

Mikey Garcia, right, hits Adrien Broner during their boxing bout Saturday, July 29, in New York. (AP Photo/Andres Kudacki)

Brian Mahoney

New York (AP) — Mikey Garcia piled up the punches in another powerful performance, and his career is clearly climbing.

Adrien Broner remains stalled.

Garcia unanimously outpointed Broner on Saturday night to remain undefeated, a fight that didn't give him a title but could open more opportunities to fight for another one.

Garcia controlled his first fight at 140 pounds, particularly with body shots he was able to sneak in below Broner's defense, and won 117-111 on one card and 116-112 on the other two.

"This is definitely one of my best performances ever. I think I controlled the fight in the early rounds and I kept the activity up," Garcia said. "(Broner) is a great fighter who has great skills. I was the superior fighter tonight."

A former champion in three lower weight classes, Garcia (37-0, 30 KOs) never seriously hurt Broner but dictated the action for most of the 12 rounds, landing nearly twice as many punches according to post-fights stats.

Broner (33-3, 24 KOs) lost a fight he probably needed to win to prove he is worthy of still being considered one of boxing's headliners and capable of beating some of the sport's best. It was better than some of his recent performances, but not good enough against a fighter of Garcia's caliber, and even he seemed to be talking about his career in the past after the fight.

"At the end of the day I'm still a four-time world champion at four different weight classes and I'll still be in the history books," Broner said.

Broner, who turned 28 on Friday, had won titles in three divisions by 23 and later added a fourth. But losses and lethargic performances even in his wins, along with legal problems outside the ring, stalled his career that once rose so rapidly.

Garcia, meanwhile, remains on a roll and continued his dominant run over the last year since returning from a 2 1/2-year layoff while he battled contractual issues. He can now weigh options that could be presented to him in multiple weight classes. He said he'd like to go back to 135 pounds in search of regaining a title, but was open to staying at 140 or even moving up to 147 if the right opportunity was available.

He consistently backed Broner into the ropes and landed hard body shots. Broner repeatedly shook his head that none of them hurt and he fought back well, but they were enough to win the majority of the rounds.

"I've always said I have very good timing," Garcia said. "It is underestimated when you are outside the ring but once you get inside the ring with me, I'm a step ahead."

Garcia, 29, had stopped 19 of his last 21 opponents. He had to settle for just beating Broner, but perhaps his knockout power will return if he drops back down in weight.

Garcia cracked Broner with shots all over in the seventh, his most dominant round of the fight, but Broner actually began to perform better from there.

He scored well to the body in the ninth and had a crowd that was chanting "Mikey! Mikey!" a couple rounds earlier cheering for him. But Garcia went back to work in the 10th with precision punching, pumping his fist as he returned to his corner after the round.

There was no title at stake — they fought for a manufactured prize called the WBC Diamond Belt super lightweight championship — but it was clearly a big bout for both. Garcia was able to beat the biggest name yet he's faced, which should help as he seeks the mainstream attention that's so far eluded him.

Broner needed to show there's substance with his style. The former Floyd Mayweather protege had lost twice after moving up to welterweight, was twice stripped of titles for failing to make weight and served jail time among his repeated legal troubles.

But he said he was focused for this fight after taking his training camp to Colorado and he made weight easily — no doubt enticed by the $500,000 fine he faced if he didn't — actually weighing less that Garcia at under 139 pounds.

But Garcia frustrated him with his movement and made it hard for Broner to follow up any time he did have any good moments.

"It was 'Tom and Jerry,'" Broner said. "I had to catch the mouse."


England close in on victory in 3rd test at the Oval

England's Ben Stokes celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Faf du Plessis, left, on the fourth day of the third test match at The Oval cricket ground in London, Sunday, July 30. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) —South Africa have the challenge of scoring 375 runs with six wickets remaining on the final day to win the third test, after the momentum stayed with hosts England on Sunday.

The home team declared shortly before tea on the fourth day at the Oval after scoring 313-8 and setting South Africa a victory target of 492. In reply, the tourists slumped to 52-4 before Dean Elgar (72) helped his side to 117 without further loss.

With the four-match series level at 1-1, South Africa must try to bat through three sessions to secure a draw or an unlikely victory.

England lost six wickets in the afternoon session as their middle-order batsmen stepped up the run rate. Jonny Bairstow struck 63 from 58 balls, Ben Stokes chipped in with a useful 31 from 38 and new bowling star Toby Roland-Jones managed an unbeaten 23 from 19 deliveries.

Debutant Tom Westley made 59 and captain Joe Root scored 50, while Keshav Maharaj was the pick of the South Africa attack with 3-50.

South Africa's best bowler, Vernon Philander, has been plagued by food poisoning throughout this match and bowled 15 overs, but could not take a wicket as the surface flattened out.

Back in the field after tea, the home side made an ideal start to the final session.

South African opener Heino Kuhn was bowled by Stuart Broad for 11 in the sixth over and Hashim Amla (5) followed 10 overs later, caught by Joe Root in the slips off a Roland-Jones delivery.

More punishment followed at the end of the next over, with Stokes taking two wickets in consecutive balls. A yorker sent the bails flying for Quinton de Kock (5) and skipper Faf du Plessis promptly went first ball, trapped lbw after he chose not to play a stroke.

However, help was at hand for South Africa. Opener Elgar steadied the tourists' nerves with a dogged performance when they needed it most, helped at the other end by Temba Bavuma (16), giving their team some hope for what promises to be a tough final day.


Seven's the charm: Dressel ties Phelps' record with 7th gold

United States' Caeleb Remel Dressel who won 7 gold medals shows off the award as best male athlete during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Sunday, July 30. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Michael Phelps, you've got company.

Caeleb Dressel won his seventh gold medal of the world championships Sunday, putting the U.S. team ahead to stay with another dominating swim in the 4x100-meter medley relay.

Twenty-four hours after becoming the first swimmer to win three golds in one night at a major international meet, Dressel joined Phelps in another elite club: seven golds at the second-biggest meet after the Olympics.

Phelps was the first to do it at the 2007 worlds in Melbourne, Australia — a prelude to his unprecedented eight golds the following year at the Beijing Olympics.

Dressel matched the feat along the banks of the Danube, emerging as America's next swimming sensation.

"We're seeing a star being born," teammate Matt Grevers said.

The 20-year-old University of Florida student won three individual golds and was part of four winning relay teams.

"I'm pretty tired, but, you know, it's been a good season, a good year, and to put together a seven-day meet, it's a really nice feeling," Dressel said. "There's a lot more that goes into this than just the seven days that people see, so I'm very happy to be done."

It was a big night all around for the Americans.

Lilly King set her second individual world record of the meet in the 50 breaststroke, again besting Russian rival Yulia Efimova, and returned as part of the women's 4x100 medley relay that also broke the world record.

"I couldn't imagine a better finish to this meet," King said.

Chase Kalisz swept the men's individual medleys to carry on America's dominance in those races, even after Phelps' retirement and Ryan Lochte missing out on Budapest because of his shenanigans at the Rio Olympics.

"I don't think I'll ever be on the level of those guys," said Kalisz, who romped to victory in the 400 IM on the heels of his victory in the 200. "But for me to be able to continue our prior tradition of IM, that was one thing when I grew up that I knew that was our thing."

The U.S. finished with 18 golds and 38 medals overall — a huge improvement over the previous worlds two years ago in Kazan, where the Americans managed just eight golds and 23 medals.

The home crowd had no complaints, either.

Katinka Hosszu, the "Iron Lady," finished off her third straight 200-400 IM sweep at the championships, to go along with a pair of golds from Brazil last summer.

"Ria! Ria! Hungaria!" the packed house at Duna Arena chanted, as Hosszu celebrated on deck wrapped in her country's red, white and green flag.

But this meet will be remembered as Dressel's coming-out party.

He won the 50 and 100 freestyle, and nearly took down Phelps' world record in the 100 butterfly. Dressel was a beast on the relays, swimming both the free and fly.

Phelps' feat at worlds still stands supreme since five of his seven golds were in individual events, and he didn't have the benefit of the mixed relays. Dressel won a pair of golds in that relatively new race, which he was quick to point out after his three wins Saturday .

But the comparisons to the winningest athlete in Olympic history are sure to pick up steam heading into the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Dressel swam the fly in the final event of the meet, taking over for the third leg with the Americans facing a slight deficit after world record-holder Adam Peaty pushed Britain ahead on the breaststroke.

No worries.

Dressel surged to the front with a down-and-back time of 49.76 — the only butterfly swimmer to break 50 seconds. Nathan Adrian took over for the freestyle anchor with a comfortable lead, pulling away to win in 3 minutes, 27.91 seconds. Britain settled for the silver, more than a second behind.

When Adrian touched, Dressel hugged his other teammates, Grevers and Kevin Cordes. As everyone else walked off deck, Dressel lingered a bit, watching a replay of the race on the video board.

It must have seemed more than a little surreal.

"I've never had had it happen," Dressel said, "so I don't really know what to say.

To the surprise of no one, he was named the top male swimmer of the meet. The female award when to Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, who capped off a stellar performance of her own with a bit of redemption in the 50 free .

After setting a world record in the semifinals, Sjostrom completed the furious dash from one end of the pool to the other in 23.69 — just two-hundredths off her mark the previous evening. Ranomi Kromowidjojo of the Netherlands claimed the silver, while Simone Manuel of the U.S. settled for the bronze.

It was Manuel who knocked off Sjostrom in the 100 free after the Swede went out far too fast on the opening lap and had nothing left for the return. This time, she didn't have to come back.

Sjostrom set two world records in the meet, also getting credit for one in the 100 free for her opening leg of the 4x100 free relay. She now holds four world records overall including the 50 and 100 fly.

Manuel was feeling a lot better when she anchored the U.S. women to a world record in the 4x100 medley relay. She joined King, Kelsi Worrell and Kathleen Baker in setting a time of 3:51.55, breaking the mark of 3:52.05 that had stood since an American victory at the 2012 London Olympics.

King's time in the 50 breast was 29.40, beating the mark of 29.48 set by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte at the 2013 worlds. Efimova settled for a silver, and the two even gave each other a hug when it was over — a sign that their fierce rivalry is thawing a bit.

King set two individual records in Budapest, and was part of two record-setting relay teams.

Also Sunday, Italy's Gregorio Paltrinieri pulled away from Ukraine's Mykhailo Romanchuk over the final laps to win the men's 1,500 freestyle, while France's Camille Lacourt took gold in the 50 backstroke.

But the biggest winner was Dressel.

"I'm going to take a little break," he said. "Just enjoy myself, you know."

He certainly earned it.


Bernhard Langer wins 3rd Senior British Open title

Germany's Bernhard Langer poses with the trophy after winning the Senior Open at Royal Porthcawl Golf Club, Porthcawl, Wales, Sunday, July 30. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)

Bridgend, Wales (AP) — Bernhard Langer won the Senior British Open on Sunday in rain and wind at Royal Porthcawl for his record-extending 10th senior major title and fifth in the last 10.

Fighting a sore throat all week in the difficult weather conditions, the 59-year-old German star closed with an even-par 72 to finish at 4-under 280 and beat American Corey Pavin by three strokes.

"Wasn't 100 percent," Langer said. "Makes it even more meaningful."

Langer joined Jack Nicklaus as the only players to win three senior majors in a season, and won the event for the third time to match the tournament record.

"It's pretty neat to do something that nobody else has done before," Langer said. "Like winning 10 senior majors, it's not easily done. There's a lot of competition out there. Very blessed and honored to have achieved that. Maybe there's one or two more in the future, who knows? But right now, I'm just going to enjoy the fruit of the labor, and to have won three majors in one season is pretty spectacular, and it actually could have been four if I didn't mess up two weeks ago (in the Senior Players Championship)."

Langer won the Regions Tradition and Senior PGA Championship — the first two of the PGA Champions Tour's five majors — in consecutive weeks in May.  He finished second behind Scott McCarron in the Senior Players Championship, losing the lead with a double bogey on the 71st hole. Nicklaus won three of the then-four majors in 1991.

Langer also won in 2010 at Carnoustie and took the 2014 event at Royal Porthcawl by 13 strokes. Tom Watson and Gary Player are the only other three-time winners, with Player's titles coming before the event was a major or part of the PGA Champions Tour.

"We all know what great players those two are, especially Tom has maybe the best links course record of anybody," Langer said. "He's one of the best wind players that I've seen, maybe the best. And we all know what Gary Player has achieved in his career."

Langer also won the season-opening event in Hawaii in January and has 33 PGA Tour Champions titles. He's second on the career victory list, 12 behind Hale Irwin.

"We just keep working at our game and you learn from your mistakes," Langer said. "I have a very good team around me with my coach, Willy Hoffman; my caddie, Terry Holt; my family who supports me; my brother who is my manager; and I'm reasonably healthy where I don't have any restraints there. All of that combined, I'm a competitive guy. I'd like to do well, whatever I do. I work hard at it and expect a lot."

The two-time Masters champion opened with a 69 on Thursday to take a one-stroke lead, dropped into a five-way tie for first Friday with a 74 in the most difficult conditions of the week, and shot a 65 on Saturday to open a four-stroke advantage

"It was survival out there," Langer said. "I don't know how much you guys went out there when the rain came sideways... When you're this close to the coast, there's nothing to protect that wind for 30, 50 miles out there. ... The clubs I was hitting at times was ridiculous. For an 8-iron distance, I would hit 3-iron, and that's not even straight into the wind. It's just very difficult to comprehend."

Pavin closed with a 71.

"It's pretty incredible his run on the Champions Tour in general, but you look at his whole career, it's amazing," Pavin said about Langer. "He's been playing exceptional golf. He's always going to be tough. He rarely beats himself. I know he did a couple weeks ago, but it doesn't happen very often."

Fred Couples had a 68 to tie for third at even par with fellow American Billy Andrade (68) and Australia's Peter Lonard (71). The 67-year-old Watson, a day after shooting his age, had a 75 to tie for 23rd at 7 over.


Siniakova beats Wozniacki to take Swedish Open title

Czech Republic's Katerina Siniakova celebrates after defeating Denmark's Caroline Wozniacki in their singles final match in Bastad, Sweden, Sunday, July 30. (Bjorn Larsson Rosvall /TT via AP)

Bastad, Sweden (AP) — Caroline Wozniacki struggled with injury Sunday as she lost the Swedish Open final to Katerina Siniakova.

The 56th-ranked Siniakova, who had injury problems of her own, took advantage of Wozniacki's inconsistent serving to win 6-3, 6-4 for her second career title.

"I couldn't imagine a better week. I'm so happy that I won," Siniakova said. "I was just enjoying the game."

Meanwhile, Wozniacki has now played five finals in 2017 and lost them all in straight sets. She'd been seeking her 26th career title but first on clay since 2011, when she was the world No. 1.

"It was a tough match. Katerina played very well," Wozniacki said.

Both players took medical timeouts following the first set as Wozniacki had problems with her left wrist and Siniakova with her right arm.

Wozniacki reacted well to go a break up at 3-1, but the Dane then lost her next two service games as her Czech opponent regained the upper hand.

Siniakova was playing in the Swedish Open final for the second year in a row after losing last year to German Laura Siegemund.


Update July 29 - 30, 2017

England's bowlers rip through South African batting

England's Toby Roland-Jones, left, celebrates taking the wicket of South Africa's Heino Kuhn, right, on the second day of the third test at The Oval cricket ground in London, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Kirsty Wigglesworth)

London (AP) — Debutant England bowler Toby Roland-Jones ripped through South Africa's top batting in the second test on Friday, taking four wickets as the tourists collapsed to 126-8 at the close, losing seven wickets in the final session of the day.

Responding to England's first innings total of 353, the 29-year-old Roland-Jones removed both openers and then claimed the key scalps of Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock in his first test for England.

Experienced seamers James Anderson took 2-16 and Ben Stokes, who earlier in the day scored a sparkling century, and Stuart Broad each took one wicket, leaving South Africa facing defeat in the third of the four-match series. The series is currently tied 1-1.

Temba Bavuma and Kagiso Rabada put on 53 for the eighth wicket, but this was the only resistance.

Vernon Philander, the pick of South Africa's bowling on the first day at the Oval, sent down five overs but then left the field again for treatment, apparently for a stomach ailment that also forced him off the field on the first day.

It was later reported that Philander had been admitted to hospital. He could still bat on Saturday if he has recovered.

England's seam attack made hay in ideal English conditions — cool, humid weather — and a Duke ball that southern hemisphere teams dislike. The swing bowling made life virtually impossible for South Africa's batsmen.

The tourists' bowlers could not match the control of the seam and Stokes drove England to what now looks like a strong first innings total.

Stokes hit 112 in 153 balls, reaching and passing his century in dramatic fashion by smashing three consecutive sixes off the bowling of spinner Keshav Maharaj.

The England left-hander had resumed on Friday with opener Alastair Cook, who added just six runs to his overnight 82 before Morne Morkel beat his bat and trapped Cook leg before wicket, 12 short of a 31st test century.

Resuming on 171-4, England advanced to 269-6 at lunch as Stokes and Bairstow shared a 75-run partnership.

Two wickets fell in the morning session, those of Cook and Bairstow.

Stokes and Bairstow looked comfortable until the new ball was taken 20 minutes before lunch.

With the swinging ball, Kagiso Rabada induced an edge from Bairstow to second slip, where captain Faf du Plessis took the catch. Bairstow scored 36 in 52 balls.

Moeen Ali and Roland-Jones added valuable runs and were able to witness another Stokes blitz in an innings that included nine fours and four sixes.

At tea, South Africa were 18-1.  Roland-Jones induced the faintest of edges from opener Dean Elgar and he was caught behind by Jonny Bairstow with the last ball before the break. Elgar reviewed the decision, but replays showed a slight touch.

After tea, Roland-Jones continued his work with three more wickets.


Red Bull's Ricciardo in confident mood ahead of qualifying

Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia leaves the pit during the second free practice session at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Friday July 28. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Daniel Ricciardo heads into Saturday's qualifying for the Hungarian Grand Prix in a confident mood after showing impressive pace in Friday's two practice sessions.

The Hungaroring track reduces power output because of its tight and twisting nature, which means that the Red Bulls should be confident of matching Ferrari and Mercedes for race speed, and even challenging for a win.

With Ricciardo in good form, and the upgrades Red Bull has made for this race working well, the omens look good.

"I do feel like we have gained some grip in the car," Ricciardo said after Friday's practice runs. "(We) looked strong out of the box. We have stepped in the right direction."

Ricciardo has five podium finishes in the past six races. Even though he did not get on the podium at the British GP two weeks ago, he finished an impressive fifth after starting from 19th place due to grid penalties.

The Australian driver was 0.183 seconds quicker than Sebastian Vettel's Ferrari and 0.201 clear of Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas in the afternoon session.

It left him feeling optimistic that he can challenge for a second win of the season, following his victory at last month's Azerbaijan GP.

"We may have a shot at actually fighting for big points this weekend," he said. "I genuinely feel we can."

Ferrari's Kimi Raikkonen overcame a power failure that briefly forced him off track in P2 and finished fourth quickest in the afternoon, ahead of Lewis Hamilton's Mercedes and Red Bull's Max Verstappen.

With the top six separated by just half a second, qualifying promises to be close.

Hamilton needs just one more pole position to equal seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher's record of 68, but the British driver expects to have to work hard for it on a track where he has won five times.

"It wasn't the easiest start to the weekend," he said. "It's super-tight between Ferrari, Red Bull and ourselves at the top of the leaderboard, so it's looking like it will be an exciting weekend."

Although Hamilton was happy with his car's pace, he felt the balance needs to be improved — an issue that has cropped up a few times this season for Mercedes. It also affected Bottas on Friday.

"I was especially struggling with the rear end of the car," Bottas said. "The temperatures are expected to rise tomorrow, which means that we really need to get the rear end of the car more stable. I think that will be the main area for us to focus on."

Vettel, the championship leader, leads Hamilton by one point after 10 races.

In the morning session, Ricciardo was 0.234 seconds quicker than Raikkonen and 0.372 ahead of Hamilton on a Hungaroring circuit that proved slippery despite warm weather conditions.

The red flag came out midway through the afternoon session after German driver Pascal Wehrlein lost control of his Sauber, swerving left across the track and into the barriers.

Then, toward the end of P2, the flag came out again after British driver Jolyon Palmer mistimed his exit from the final corner, hitting the barrier side-on and damaging the right side of his Renault.

Palmer has yet to score a point this season, and his Renault seat is reportedly coming under threat as Polish driver Robert Kubica continues his F1 comeback bid.

Friday's two sessions will have done little to reassure him, seeing as he also crashed right at the end of the morning's first practice.


Mukund, Kohli push India’s lead to 498 in 1st test v Sri Lanka

India's captain Virat Kohli plays a shot during the third day of the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Krishan Francis

Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) — Abhinav Mukund and Virat Kohli scored half-centuries and shared a 133-run partnership to propel India's lead to 498 on Friday in the first test against Sri Lanka.

India were 189-3 in their second innings at stumps on Day 3 with Kohli 76 not out.

India did not enforce the follow on despite an imposing 309-run lead from the first innings after earlier dismissing Sri Lanka for 291.

Sri Lanka resumed the day on 154-5 after India scored 600 runs in their first innings.

India lost their first wicket on 19 when Dilruwan Perera had Shikhar Dhawan, who scored 190 in the first innings, caught by Danushka Gunathilaka for 14. Cheteshwar Pujara, who also made a century in the first innings, was caught by Kusal Mendis for 15 with the total on 56.

Kohli joined Mukund after a rain interruption and the pair batted for 178 deliveries before Mukund was out for 81 on the last delivery of the day. He hit eight boundaries in a second test half-century.

Kohli had faced 114 deliveries with five boundaries.

Having resumed 446 runs behind in the first innings, the Sri Lankan middle and lower order folded quickly. The home team was bowled out shortly after the lunch break, with Perera left stranded on 92 not out. Primarily an offspinner, it was his second opportunity missed to score a maiden test hundred.

With plenty of time still left in the match, India resisted the temptation to send Sri Lanka back in, choosing instead to bat again in the hope of building an unassailable lead before making an early declaration.

Sri Lanka added 135 in the morning session at a healthy run-rate but lost three vital wickets in the process.

Angelo Mathews was the first to depart. He started the day unbeaten on 54 and had advanced to 83 when he was caught by Kohli at short cover off the bowling of Ravindra Jadeja.

The left-arm spinner then picked up his second wicket of the innings when he got rid of Rangana Herath for nine, with Ajinkya Rahane taking the catch at slip.

Allrounder Hardik Pandya, on his test debut, then captured his first test wicket when he bowled out Nuwan Pradeep for 10, adding to his half-century with the bat.

Sri Lanka survived until lunch but the innings came to an abrupt end in the second over after the resumption when Lahiru Kumara was bowled by Jadeja for two.

With the injured Asela Gunaratne unable to bat, Perera ran out of partners just eight runs short of his maiden test century.

Sri Lanka's stand-in captain and strike spin bowler Herath has bruised the middle finger of his bowling hand.

"He's got a bruised finger. It's the same finger he fractured in 2014," cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha said. "They can't see a fracture. If the pain is there they'll do an MRI scan but at this stage we're just icing it and tomorrow morning we'll know more."


Manuel backs up historic Olympic win with world championship

United States' Simone Manuel, bottom, wins the women's 100-meter freestyle final ahead of Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom, top, during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Friday, July 28. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Simone Manuel felt the pressure of being an Olympic champion. It sure didn't bother her at the world championships.

The 20-year-old Texan backed up her historic victory in Rio de Janeiro by rallying to beat Sweden's world-record holder Sarah Sjostrom in the 100-meter freestyle Friday.

Hey, when you've got two older brothers, you're used to playing catch-up.

"It's kind of been ingrained in me," said Manuel, who edged Sjostrom on the final stroke. "I want to win, and I've been training to do that this whole time."

Last summer, Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual swimming gold at the Olympics when she tied Canada's Penny Oleksiak for the top spot on the podium.

"It was a lot of pressure knowing that I was the Olympic gold medalist in that event," Manuel said. "I had a lot of nerves."

Another U.S. Olympic champion came up short in his bid for an individual gold in Budapest.

Ryan Murphy settled for silver in the 200 backstroke behind Russia's Evgeny Rylov, while another American, Jacob Pebley, took the bronze.

Murphy swept the backstroke events last summer in Rio, but he hasn't been quite as sharp in Budapest. He took bronze in the 100 and simply couldn't catch Rylov in the longer event, the Russian finishing in 1 minute, 53.61 seconds to beat Murphy by a comfortable 0.60 seconds.

"There's definitely disappointment," Murphy said. "I want to be the guy that's finishing first, and I want to be the guy that has the top time in the world. So it definitely stings a little bit, coming out of this meet and not having done that in either race. But it's a long way to 2020."

It was a huge night for the Russians, who captured two other individual golds and grabbed a silver in the men's 4x200 free relay behind Britain.

Yulia Efimova bested American rival Lilly King in the women's 200 breaststroke, easing a bit of the sting from two silvers in Rio and another loss to King in the 100 breast at Budapest.

In the men's 200 breast, Anton Chupkov held off a pair of Japanese swimmers to claim the world title. Yasuhiro Koseki and Ippei Watanabe snagged the silver and bronze.

Efimova pulled away on the final lap to win by more than 2 seconds over another American, Bethany Galat. China's Shi Jinglin grabbed the bronze over a fading King, who slipped to fourth after setting a blistering pace early in the race as she always does.

But King is a 100 specialist and still struggling to master the longer race. There was no holding off Efimova, whose winning time was 2:19.64.

"Maybe it would be much faster if I had somebody with whom I can race," the Russian said. "I'm looking for a world record, but it didn't happen today. I should keep working."

Unlike King, who has a frosty relationship with Efimova over blunt comments about the Russian's past doping violations, Galat went over to give the winner a hug.

"I don't know her personally, but she won a gold medal and I think her time was incredible," Galat said. "She's a heck of a swimmer, a heck of a breaststroker. I mean, she won, of course I'm going to congratulate her."

Sjostrom, who set a world record in the 100 free earlier in the meet while swimming the leadoff leg of the 4x100 relay, jumped out to a quick lead and was under her own record pace when she made the flip.

Manuel was lagging in third but her wind-milling stroke got stronger and stronger on the return lap. Hugging the lane rope to gain some drafting help, she steadily closed the gap and lunged for the wall just ahead of Sjostrom.

"I just wanted to stick to my race plan, and that's kind of having a comfortable fast first 50," Manuel said. "My back half has been pretty good this meet on the relays and my prelim and semifinal swims, so I'd a lot of confidence in really coming back that second 50."

Manuel touched in 52.27 — edging the Swedish star by just four-hundredths of a second.

Sjostrom was kicking herself for a rookie mistake, going out too fast on the opening lap.

She had nothing left for the return.

"It's so stupid," Sjostrom said. "The refrigerator on my back was too heavy for me. If it happens when there's 10 meters left, you can still do it. But with 25 it's too much. I thought I was un-human the first 50, but I need to understand."

Pernille Blume of Denmark picked up the bronze.

Manuel claimed her third gold of this meet, having also competed on a pair of winning relay teams, and she's still got the 50 free.

"It felt pretty good," she said. "I think I still have room for improvement, which is really exciting."

James Guy powered the British men to victory in the 4x200 free relay with a brilliant anchor leg, closing out a winning time of 7:01.70. He was joined on the top of the medal stand by Stephen Milne, Nicholas Grainger and Duncan Scott.

Russia was next at 7:02.68, while the United States faded to bronze.


Nationals rout Brewers, Blue Jays beat A's in 10 innings

Washington Nationals' Bryce Harper, right, celebrates his two-run home run with Ryan Zimmerman (11) during the first inning of a baseball game against the Milwaukee Brewers, Thursday, July 27, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Washington (AP) — The Washington Nationals tied a franchise record with eight home runs, including two apiece by Bryce Harper and Ryan Zimmerman, while Max Scherzer pitched six innings of three-hit ball in a 15-2 rout of the fading Milwaukee Brewers on Thursday.

Washington matched two major league records in a seven-run third inning: Most consecutive home runs (four) and most home runs in an inning (five).

After Harper connected off Michael Blazek (0-1) in the first inning, Brian Goodwin started the long-ball barrage in the third with a two-run drive. Wilmer Difo, Harper and Zimmerman followed with long home runs.

The eight home runs tied the franchise mark set in July 1978 by the Montreal Expos against Atlanta.

BLUE JAYS 8, ATHLETICS 4, 10 INNINGS

Toronto — Steve Pearce hit a game-winning grand slam in the 10th inning as Toronto beat Oakland to complete a four-game sweep.

Oakland reliever Liam Hendriks (3-2) walked the bases loaded with two outs before Pearce hooked a 3-2 pitch down the left field line and into the second deck.

Kendrys Morales, who hit a game-winning homer in the ninth inning Wednesday, had two more home runs Thursday. Morales connected off Sean Manaea in the fifth and added a tying blast off Blake Treinen in the ninth, the 19th multihomer game of his career.

Josh Donaldson also homered for Toronto, hitting a solo blast in the first.

CUBS 6, WHITE SOX 3

Chicago — Kyle Schwarber homered twice and drove in four runs as the Chicago Cubs beat the Chicago White Sox for their third consecutive victory.

Anthony Rizzo also connected and Jon Lester pitched seven effective innings as the Cubs improved to 11-2 since the All-Star break. The NL Central leaders also increased their advantage over the second-place Brewers to 1 1/2 games ahead of their big series this weekend in Milwaukee.

YANKEES 6, RAYS 5, 11 INNINGS

New York — Shortstop Adeiney Hechavarria and second baseman Tim Beckham watched Gary Sanchez's playable grounder bounce between them on the left side of the infield for a tying single with two outs in the ninth inning before Brett Gardner homered leading off the 11th as New York beat Tampa Bay for their fourth straight win.

Gardner tripled to the left-center wall off Alex Colome leading off the ninth, but Clint Frazier hit a soft grounder to third and AL home run leader Aaron Judge flied to right.

Sanchez hit a two-hopper between Hechavarria and Beckham, but the two infielders looked at each other as the ball bounced into the outfield and Gardner scored.

Gardner then homered, his career-high 18th, in the 11th off rookie Andrew Kittredge (0-1), who lost in his first big league decision.

PADRES 7, METS 5

San Diego — Manuel Margot came within a triple of the cycle while fellow rookie Dusty Coleman hit his first major league home run, leading San Diego past New York.

Luis Perdomo (5-5) got the victory after pitching into the seventh. Brad Hand earned his fifth save and ran his scoreless streak to 18 1/3 innings.

Margot drove in three runs, a career high for the former Boston prospect.

Coleman, the 30-year-old minor league veteran, was promoted this week when shortstop Erick Aybar got hurt. He hit a three-run home run that made it 7-1 in the fifth.

The Mets lost for the third time in nine games despite Jay Bruce's 26th home run, a two-run blow off Jose Torres that drew them to 7-5 in a four-run seventh.

INDIANS 2, ANGELS 1

Cleveland — Trevor Bauer pitched a season-high eight innings while Francisco Lindor singled to break a tie in the seventh as Cleveland beat Los Angeles for its seventh consecutive victory.

Cleveland is on its longest winning streak of the season and is a season-high 10 games over .500.

Bauer (9-8) struck out six and allowed seven hits. Cody Allen pitched the ninth for his 18th save. JC Ramirez (9-9) took the loss.

MARLINS 4, REDS 1

Miami — Chris O'Grady looked like a much different pitcher against Cincinnati than he did five days ago.

O'Grady pitched seven scoreless innings to help Miami beat the Reds to open a four-game series.

O'Grady (2-1) allowed five hits. He struck out five and walked two. It was a much stronger outing against the Reds after allowing three runs and six walks in 4 2/3 innings against them five days ago.

Derek Dietrich, who drove in five of Miami's franchise-record 22 runs in a win over the Texas Rangers on Wednesday, homered and knocked in three.

DIAMONDBACKS 4, CARDINALS 0

St. Louis — J.D. Martinez hit a grand slam and Zack Godley pitched seven innings as Arizona beat St. Louis.

The Diamondbacks won their third game out of four, improved to 59-43 and snapped the Cardinals' three-game winning streak.

Godley (4-4) reversed a trend of two poor outings, with the best performance of his 14-start career.

Cardinals starter Luke Weaver (0-1), who was recalled from the minors after Adam Wainwright (back) was placed on the disabled list, was burned by two walks immediately in front of the Martinez grand slam.


Update July 28, 2017

Drivers divided over F1 halo cockpit device

German Formula One driver Sebastian Vettel of Ferrari walks in the paddock at the Hungaroring racetrack in Mogyorod, 23 km northeast of Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (Zsolt Czegledi/MTI via AP)

By Jerome Pugmire, AP Sports Writer

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — The "halo" cockpit head protection system that will be mandatory on Formula One cars next season protects drivers from the potentially fatal impact of objects like a loose wheel traveling at up to 225 kph (140 mph).

Motor sport's governing body, FIA, has been looking at ways to improve cockpit protection and limit the risk of head injuries, after French F1 driver Jules Bianchi died in July 2015 and British IndyCar driver Justin Wilson died a month later.

"The halo will become the strongest part of the car, a secondary wall structure (along with the helmet) and can take about 15 times the car's weight," FIA safety director Laurent Mekies said at a news conference Thursday. "We know that our resistance against small objects has stepped up."

Drivers remain divided over the move.

The halo design forms a semi-circular barrier around the driver's helmet in the front half of the cockpit, protecting against debris without completely closing the cockpit. When first tested ahead of 2016, drivers were split as to whether they liked it with some — such as three-time F1 champion Lewis Hamilton — criticizing it on aesthetic grounds.

Tests were done from the front and side of the car with a loose wheel weighing 20 kilograms. Researchers took in various factors: car-to-car contact, car-to-environment contact and external objects, such as a wheel. They also analyzed real-life accidents, including those with fatalities.

In terms of manufacturing design, FIA race director Charlie Whiting said "it's going to be a one-part (piece) made by one company, so they all have to fit the same one."

The device is expected to weigh about 8 kilograms, Whiting said. The manufacturer has yet to be decided, although several companies have been contacted. Hamilton and his Mercedes teammate Valtteri Bottas both expressed concern that the extra weight will impact driving, particularly on cornering speeds.

Other safety devices were considered before the halo was approved by the FIA last week.

At the British Grand Prix two weeks ago, a transparent open canopy system constructed using polycarbonate, and known as the "shield," was tested at Silverstone by four-time F1 champion Sebastian Vettel.
The Ferrari driver was critical.

"I wasn't a big fan of the shield," Vettel said. "For sure you need to get used to the halo, but at least it didn't impact on the vision."

Bianchi died at the age of 25, several months after massive head injuries sustained at the Japanese GP in October 2014.

Bianchi's accident at Suzuka occurred at the end of the race in rainy, gloomy conditions, when his Marussia team car slid off the track and ploughed into a crane picking up the Sauber of German driver Adrian Sutil, who had crashed at the same spot one lap earlier.

Wilson died in August 2015, a day after being hit on the helmet by debris from another car at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania.

"We believe (the halo) would have changed dramatically the outcome of the accident," Mekies said.

Vettel, who emotionally dedicated his 2015 win at Hungary to Bianchi, said the change was justified.

"We would all take it, to help save his life. We can't turn back the clock," the German driver said. "But knowing something is there that would help us is stupid to ignore. Overall it's supposed to help us, so that's what we should remember."

While Hamilton and others have been critical of the halo's appearance, Vettel championed it.

"Times are changing and moving forward," Vettel said. "It helps us in the car in case something goes very wrong."
Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso is also in favor.

"If we could go back in time and save lives we would all be happy," the Spanish driver said. "That's the first and only thing we should talk about. The aesthetics I don't care too much (about)."
Several drivers disagree.

"Doesn't look too good," Renault driver Nico Hulkenberg said. "Not sure that this additional protection is necessary because all the other areas (of safety) are improving."

Red Bull's Max Verstappen, and Haas drivers Kevin Magnussen and Romain Grosjean are also against it.

"I didn't like the visibility and the thing in front of you, it's not great," the 19-year-old Verstappen said. "I don't think you will lose the wheel very easily (anyway) and when there are parts flying around the car it's not going to protect you. So I don't know why we need it."

Magnussen took a sarcastic tone.

"F1 cars aren't meant to be ugly. That is the reason that a Ferrari is more exciting than a Mazda," the Danish driver said. "I think there is a limit where it becomes too safe to be exciting. We could make the cars go 80 kilometers (50 miles) per hour and it would be boring."

Grosjean said "it was a sad day for Formula 1 when it was announced, and I am still against it."


Marlins record 22-10 win vs Texas, Darvish; Beltre 3 hits

Miami Marlins' Christian Yelich connects for a solo home run as Texas Rangers catcher Jonathan Lucroy reaches out to the pitch.(AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

By Stephen Hawkins, AP Sports Writer

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) — Marlins leadoff hitter Dee Gordon homered on the first pitch thrown by Yu Darvish, and things got no better for the Texas Rangers as Miami set a franchise record for runs in a 22-10 victory Wednesday night.

Christian Yelich hit a solo homer in the first for the Marlins, and Marcell Ozuna's three-run triple in the fourth made it 9-2 to chase Darvish (6-9). J.T. Realmuto and Giancarlo Stanton later went deep, Stanton's 468-foot drive in the eighth being his majors-leading 33rd homer.

Adrian Beltre homered and had two doubles, giving the Rangers third baseman 2,996 career hits before he was ejected from the game while waiting on deck to bat again in the eighth.

When second-base umpire and crew chief Gerry Davis motioned for Beltre to get closer to the on-deck circle, Beltre instead dragged the large plastic piece marking the circle closer to him. Manager Jeff Banister also got tossed after coming out to argue the decision.

Yelich finished 4 for 5 with a homer and three doubles, a night after homering with two doubles. The Marlins had 22 hits, and their last four runs came in the ninth when backup catcher Brett Nicholas pitched for Texas.

The miserable outing by Darvish came in his last start before Monday's non-waiver trade deadline amid speculation that the All-Star right-hander from Japan could be dealt to another team. Darvish, who can be a free agent after the season, struck out five but allowed a career-high 10 runs and nine hits in 3 2-3 innings.

Miami sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine times in the top of the fourth that took more than a half-hour to play. Realmuto greeted reliever Jeremy Jeffress with a two-run homer that scored Ozuna, the last of 10 batters Darvish faced in his last inning.

Darvish is 0-5 with a 5.81 ERA over his last eight starts. That is the longest losing streak in his career.

Beltre went deep to start the Texas fourth against Jose Urena (9-4), who allowed five runs with five strikeouts and four walks while pitching into the sixth.

With his 1,095 extra-base hits, Beltre overtook Dave Winfield for 21st all-time. His 604 doubles pushed him past Cal Ripken Jr. for 15th on that list, and his 454 homers rank 38th.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Marlins: Right-handed reliever Kyle Barraclough was put on the 10-day disabled list with right shoulder impingement. He threw a scoreless inning in Texas on Monday.

Rangers: C Robinson Chirinos, out since spraining his left ankle in a collision at the plate Sunday, said he felt good after he did some catching drills and ran some before the game. Chirinos could be back in the lineup Friday.

UP NEXT

Marlins: LHP Chris O'Grady (1-1, 5.40 ERA) is scheduled to make his fourth career start, and his second in a row against the Reds. He got a no decision in Cincinnati on Saturday, when he struck out six and walked six over 4 2-3 innings.

Rangers: Before a weekend series at home against Baltimore, the Rangers have a day off Thursday.

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Sri Lanka slips to 154-5 after India makes 600

 

India's cricket captain Virat Kohli reacts after missing a close chance to dismiss Sri Lanka's Upul Tharanga during the second day's play of the first test cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Thursday, July 27, 2017. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

By Rex Clementine, Associated Press

GALLE, Sri Lanka (AP) — Sri Lanka slipped to 154-5 and was still 446 runs behind India's huge first-innings total of 600 all out on Day 2 of the first test on Thursday.

Sri Lanka was 247 runs short of avoiding the follow-on, with only Angelo Mathews showing some resistance with his 54 not out.

Upul Tharanga scored 64 in Sri Lanka's only other meaningful innings as the Indian bowlers made progress to follow the dominant performance by their batsmen.

India, the No. 1 test team, piled up the second-highest total by any team in Galle, and its second-highest ever in Sri Lanka, with big centuries by Shikhar Dhawan (190) and Cheteshwar Pujara (153), and half-centuries by Ajinkya Rahane and Hardik Pandya.

"We have scored enough runs and we've got five wickets today," Pujara said. "We are very well poised at this stage."
Sri Lanka was 68-3 in its reply when Kusal Mendis fell for a duck to give Mohammed Shami his second wicket in an over.

Tharanga and Danushka Gunathilaka put on 61 and Tharanga and Mathews had a partnership of 57, but Sri Lanka was still in deep trouble by the close.

Shami took his two wickets in five balls, with Gunathilaka and Mendis both caught at first slip by Shikhar Dhawan.
Mathews and Tharanga had some nervous moments against the Indian spinners before Tharanga wasted his wicket by being run out.

Tharanga's attempted drive was intercepted by silly-point fielder Abhinav Mukund, who threw the ball back to wicketkeeper Wriddiman Saha and when the bails came off Tharanga's bat was in the air.

Mukund was in the action again when he pulled off a one-handed diving catch at silly point to dismiss Niroshan Dickwella off spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.

Dilruwan Perera was six not out alongside Mathews, with only Sri Lanka's tailenders to come and a big deficit to make up.

Sri Lanka is also one batsman short with allrounder Asela Gunaratne out of the rest of the test and the three-match series after fracturing his thumb attempting a catch on the first day.

Seamer Nuwan Pradeep claimed a career-best 6-132 for Sri Lanka but that did little to hamper India.

Pujara batted for more than six hours and faced 265 deliveries in an innings sprinkled with 13 boundaries, but despite him departing early on Day 2 to end a 137-run stand with Rahane, India's tail added plenty more.

Ashwin and wicketkeeper Saha put on 59 for the sixth wicket and Shami and Pandya 62 for the ninth wicket.


The Iron Lady makes a huge splash _ in and out of the pool

 

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary shows her gold medal during the awarding ceremony of the women's 200m individual medley final during the swimming competitions of the World Aquatics Championships in the Duna Arena in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24, 2017. (Tamas Kovacs /MTI via AP)

By Paul Newberry, AP National Writer

BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) — Katinka Hosszu has a case full of medals.

She wants so much more.

From marketing marvel to ambitious businesswoman to fledgling union organizer, the Hungarian swimmer known as the "Iron Lady" knows how to make a splash — in and out of the pool.

Along with American star Katie Ledecky, Hosszu is perhaps the biggest name at the world championships this week, the home-country favorite whose face seemingly appears on every billboard around Budapest, whose every appearance at Duna Arena is accompanied by foot-stomping, flag-waving euphoria.

She lived up to the enormous expectations in her first event of the meet, winning the 200-meter individual medley Monday night.

"Katinka's Gold!" blared the front-page headline on the country's largest daily sports newspaper.

While Hosszu and her American husband-coach, Shane Tusup, have built a rapidly growing swimsuit and apparel company based on the "Iron Lady" moniker — it now has about 50 employees and is omnipresent in retail stores around Hungary — the 28-year-old has turned her sights to what she considers an even greater cause.

After governing body FINA changed its the rules to limit the number of events a swimmer could enter on the World Cup circuit, a capricious decision that seemed targeted specifically at Hosszu and her grueling program (that's how she got her nickname, after all), the swimmer vowed to fight back.

"I'm obviously trying to do a lot more for swimming than what I do in the pool," Hosszu said. "I think it's important to put the same effort into it outside the pool."

She formed the Global Association of Professional Swimmers (GAPS) and quickly drew attention by persuading more than two dozen of her fellow competitors to come on board, including such major stars as Australian sisters Cate and Bronte Campbell, Britain's Adam Peaty, Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom and American Katie Meili.

Hosszu has been outspoken in her criticism of scandal-plagued FINA and seems intent on giving swimmers a much bigger voice in governing the sport.

"I've been talking to a lot of swimmers lately," she said. "I had no idea that all over the world, swimmers from different continents, we really speak the same language."

As swimming's first millionaire based strictly on her race-prize earnings, Hosszu wants to spread the wealth to others. Given the sport's enormous popularity during the Olympics and financial strides it made while riding the wave of Michael Phelps, she sees no reason for so many accomplished swimmers to be struggling to make ends meet.

"The main thing is for all these swimmers to come together," Hosszu said. "That's something that hasn't happened before. I think if we can put more effort into swimming, we can push the sport even further."

She's still a bit vague about her goals, but it's clear she wants to give swimmers the same sort of influence that athletes have in sports such as soccer and NBA basketball.

"I don't think swimming should be watched only during the Olympics," Hosszu went on. "We deserve to be treated as professional swimmers. We're partners in this relationship."

That Hosszu finds herself in such a prominent position would have seemed totally improbable after the 2012 London Olympics, when she was a medal favorite in several events but didn't make the podium at all. She likely would have retired from the sport if not for Tusup, whom she had first met when both were swimming for the University of Southern California.

Tusup took over as her coach, becoming well known for his boisterous antics on deck, and their personal and professional relationship yielded an Olympics of redemption in Rio de Janeiro last summer. Hosszu won three golds and a silver, more than any other swimmer in individual events.

"I wouldn't be where I am if it wasn't for Shane," Hosszu said.

Tusup returns the compliment, praising his wife for her commitment to the sport beyond winning more championships and selling more merchandise.

"It means so much more than a medal," he said. "At the end of the day, you're like, 'Great, I did all those hours for this?' The object itself is not that valuable. It's what it does and what it means. For us, it's the stories, the process, the journeys."

Hosszu's cause seemed to take on increased urgency during these championships.

At a meeting held last weekend in a luxury hotel along the Danube, FINA re-elected its 81-year-old president, Julio Maglione, to a third term after changing the rules to remove the age limits. The organization also retained another top official, first vice president Hussain al-Musallam, even though he is facing bribery allegations.

In Hosszu's eyes, it's time for swimmers to start cleaning up the sport.

It's past time for them to get their rightful share.

"I'm not only talking about the top swimmers getting paid more," she said. "I'm talking about swimmers trying to be professional, trying to make money from swimming. It should be the goal that all people who make the semifinals can make a living from swimming and not have to worry about their next job. They can just focus on swimming — be like basketball players and football players, just focusing on their sport."

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Update July 27, 2017

Djokovic will sit out rest of 2017 because of injured elbow

Tennis player Novak Djokovic gestures during a press conference in Belgrade, Serbia, Wednesday, July 26. (Andrej Isakovic, Pool Photo via AP)

Howard Fendrich

Belgrade (AP) - For more than a year, Novak Djokovic's right elbow hurt when he hit serves or forehands. The pain kept getting worse, and now he's going to give his arm a chance to heal by sitting out the rest of 2017.

Djokovic will miss the U.S. Open, ending his streak of participating in 51 consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, and aims to return to the ATP tour in January. He made the announcement Wednesday — exactly a year to the day after Roger Federer said he would be sidelined for the second half of last season.

"This is one of those injuries where nothing can really help instantly. You just have to allow natural rehabilitation to take its course," Djokovic said. "Professionally, this is not, obviously, an easy decision for me."

Since entering his first major tournament at the 2005 Australian Open, Djokovic has never missed one, the third-longest active run among men and seventh-longest in history.

In that time, the 30-year-old Serb has won 12 Grand Slam titles, including the U.S. Open in 2011 and 2015. Only three men have won more major tennis singles championships: Federer (19), Rafael Nadal (15) and Pete Sampras (14).

"The remarkable series has come to an end," Djokovic said. "My body has its limits, and I have to respect that and be grateful for all that I have achieved so far."

He said that Andre Agassi, with whom he recently began working on a part-time basis, will be his coach after the hiatus. Djokovic plans to start with a tuneup tournament ahead of the Australian Open at the start of 2018.

"He supports my decision to take a break and remains my head coach," Djokovic said about Agassi, also noting that he'll be looking for a new fitness trainer. "He is going to help me get back into shape and bounce back strong after the recovery period."

Djokovic made his announcement via Facebook , his website and at a news conference in Belgrade, Serbia.

His last match was on July 12, when he stopped playing during his Wimbledon quarterfinal against Tomas Berdych because the elbow was too painful. Djokovic said then he had been struggling with the elbow on his racket-swinging arm for about 1 years, which he reiterated Wednesday. He said he does not need surgery.

Since winning the 2016 French Open to become the eighth man to complete a career Grand Slam and the first man in nearly a half-century to win four consecutive major trophies, Djokovic's form has dipped. His ranking dropped from No. 1 to No. 4; he failed to defend any of those major titles.

He acknowledged Wednesday that he "felt worn out" and "flat" after the run of success that culminated at Roland Garros in 2016.

"I was searching for myself, for motivation," he said.

Djokovic made it past the quarterfinals at only one of the past five majors: last year's U.S. Open, where he lost in the final to Stan Wawrinka.

Djokovic, who also mentioned Wednesday that his wife is expecting their second child, reached at least the semifinals at Arthur Ashe Stadium each of the past 10 years. That includes seven appearances in the final.

Henri Laaksonen of Switzerland, who is ranked 95th, will get Djokovic's spot in the field at Flushing Meadows. This year's U.S. Open starts Aug. 28.

"All the doctors I've consulted, and all the specialists I have visited, in Serbia and all over the world, have agreed that this injury requires rest. A prolonged break from the sport is inevitable," Djokovic said. "I'll do whatever it takes to recover."

Federer demonstrated the benefits of a break last year, sitting out after Wimbledon to let his surgically repaired left knee heal fully.

He missed the Rio Olympics and U.S. Open and dropped out of the top 10 in the rankings.

But Federer was rejuvenated at age 35 when he returned at the beginning of this season and won the Australian Open to end a 4-year Grand Slam drought, plus titles at Indian Wells and Miami. He took more time off after that, missing the clay-court circuit, and returned for the grass, winning his eighth Wimbledon championship and 19th major title overall this month.

"Well, I hope it's not a trend," Federer said about lengthy absences, the day after he won Wimbledon. "You've got to have the same issues that I had. I didn't just walk away from the game for six months last year just because I was in the mood to. I actually had to, so it's a big difference there, as well. But, yes, everybody needs to manage their own schedules."


India 399-3 after Dhawan's 190 on Day 1 vs. Sri Lanka

India's Shikhar Dhawan plays a shot during the first day's play of the first test against Sri Lanka in Galle, Sri Lanka, Wednesday, July 26. (AP Photo/Eranga Jayawardena)

Rex Clementine

Galle, Sri Lanka (AP) — India finished day one of the opening test against Sri Lanka in the commanding position of 399-3 on Wednesday after a powerful 190 from opener Shikhar Dhawan.

Dhawan hit his career-best score in an exhibition of aggressive batting as top-ranked India took a firm grip on the game, with Dhawan backed up by Cheteshwar Pujara, who was 144 not out.

They had a partnership of 253 for the second wicket.

Their innings were contrasting ones, though.

While Dhawan was quick to punish the loose balls, smashing his 190 off just 168 balls, No. 3 Pujara anchored India with a 247-ball knock that took the tourists to stumps.

Ajinkya Rahane was 39 not out alongside Pujara. India lost opener Abhinav Mukund for 12, Dhawan, and captain Virat Kohli for three.

Seamer Nuwan Pradeep took all three wickets for Sri Lanka, but the hosts had a tough start to the three-match series, bullied by India's batsmen and losing allrounder Asela Gunaratne to a broken thumb — when he dropped a catch early in Dhawan's innings.

Dhawan went on to make a fifth test century and Pujara a 12th test ton, with India going at a rapid 4.4 runs an over.

Dhawan was only a late replacement in India's test squad for the tour after Murali Vijay got injured.

"My plans were to go to Melbourne and spend time with my family, do training and get fit for the one-day series," Dhawan said. "I think destiny had a different plan for me."

Gunaratne, who was taken to Colombo for surgery after scans revealed a fracture of his thumb won't feature again for the rest of this test, and looks set to miss the entire series.

"Tough one to lose one of our main players. We are down to ten players against the world's No. 1 team," said Sri Lanka Cricket manager Asanka Gurusinha.

Dhawan reached his century when he swept Dilruwan Perera for four. The century came off 110 deliveries, but from 100 to 150 he needed just 37 deliveries. He was out in the last over before tea when he was caught by Angelo Mathews off Pradeep.

"Of course I was disappointed that I got out for 190," he said. "I got out at the wrong time. It was the last over before tea. But the way I was playing, I was confident that I could clear the mid-off fielder and I was almost hitting a boundary per over."

Dhawan made 126 runs between lunch and tea, the second most by an Indian batsman in a session, behind Virender Sehwag's 133, also against Sri Lanka, in Bombay in 2009.

Even after Dhawan was out, India pushed on. Pujara added 113 runs for the fourth wicket with Rahane by stumps, leaving Sri Lanka wondering what might have been if Gunaratne had taken the catch at second slip when Dhawan was on 31.

"We dropped a catch off Dhawan and then paid a price," Gurisinha said. "Not sure what would have happened had that catch been taken. It was a double blow for us. We dropped the catch and lost a player too."


Stunner in Budapest: Ledecky loses for 1st time at worlds

Italy's Federica Pellegrini, front right, kisses her medal as United States' silver medal winner Katie Ledecky, left, looks on after the women's 200-meter freestyle final during the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Wednesday, July 26. (AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Katie Ledecky reached for the wall.

Someone else was already there.

For the first time ever at the world championships, Ledecky knows what it's like to lose.

Bidding to become only the second female swimmer to win six golds at a single worlds, Ledecky settled for silver in the 200-meter freestyle Wednesday evening when Italy's Federica Pellegrini surged to a stunning victory on the final lap.

Pellegrini, the world-record holder, avenged a close defeat at the hands of Ledecky two years ago in Kazan, Russia. This time, it was the Italian touching first in 1 minute, 54.73 seconds.

Ledecky and Australia's Emma McKeon tied for the silver at 1:55.18.

"I just didn't really have it today," Ledecky said. "I can't complain really with the silver medal."

While Pellegrini covered her mouth in delight and climbed atop a lane rope to celebrate, Ledecky stared blankly at the scoreboard.

She had never seen a "2'' beside her name at the world championships.

It was there in Budapest, where Ledecky's unbeaten streak in the second-biggest swimming competition after the Olympics finally ended.

"I didn't really feel at the end that I had that extra gear that I normally have," said the 20-year-old Stanford student from the Washington, D.C., suburbs.

Ledecky had been 12 of 12 over the last three world championships, including three golds in this stately European capital. But her most audacious schedule yet — six freestyle events covering distances ranging from 100 meters (on a relay) to 1,500 (the grueling metric mile) — finally caught up with her along the banks of the Danube.

Missy Franklin will remain the only female swimmer to win a half-dozen events at worlds, while Ledecky can take comfort in being the winningest female swimmer overall. Twelve golds leave her trailing only fellow Americans Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte for the most victories.

Now she's got a silver, too.

"It happens," said Ledecky, who will be a heavy gold medal favorite in her last two events, the 4x200 free relay and the 800 free. "It happens to every athlete at some point. I know this race will really motivate me moving forward and the rest of the week as well."

Of course, losing to Pellegrini was hardly an embarrassment.

The 28-year-old became the first swimmer in the history of the championship to capture seven medals in a single individual event. Pellegrini's incredible run in the 200 free began at the 2005 worlds in Montreal, where she grabbed a silver. She was third in 2007 at Melbourne, and then had back-to-back victories, including a world-record performance at Rome in 2009 (1:52.98) that still stands from the rubber-suit era.

Pellegrini was runner-up at the last two worlds, finishing behind Franklin in 2013 at Barcelona and Ledecky two years ago.

On Wednesday, the Italian was back on top in what she called the last 200 of her career.

"I honestly thought the one to win the race would be Katie," Pellegrini said. "It wasn't."

McKeon got off to a blistering start, making the first turn more than a half-second below the record pace, while Ledecky — normally a slow starter because of her distance background — was lagging in fifth.

Ledecky turned on the speed and was just one-hundredth of a second behind the Aussie when they made the final flip. But the two leaders, having spent so much energy dueling each other, didn't have anything left for the final lap.

Pellegrini sure did.

Her closing 50 was a blistering 28.82 — nearly a full second faster than both Ledecky and McKeon.

"Everything seemed to be in slow motion to me in the water," Pellegrini said. "At 150 meters on the turn we were all there, so I closed my eyes."

She paused for a moment, as if trying to convince herself that it really happened.

"I didn't believe I would make it." Pellegrini said. "I still can't believe it."

She wasn't the only Italian atop of the medal podium. Gabriele Detti rallied to win the men's 800 free, racing past both teammate Gregorio Paltrinieri and Poland's Wojciech Wojdak after those two put on a thrilling back-and-forth duel.

Detti finished in 7:40.77, holding off Wojdak by less than a second while Paltrinieri faded to bronze.

Standing in the aisles and screaming furiously, the packed house at Duna Arena came to cheer for Katinka Hosszu, who also was in the 200 free final, and Laszlo Cseh, one of the favorites in the 200 butterfly.

Hosszu wasn't a factor, finishing seventh. Cseh rallied furiously over the final lap but couldn't catch South African star Chad le Clos, who took the gold in 1:53.33.

Cseh settled for silver, though that didn't prevent him from pausing on deck to salute the raucous crowd. The bronze went to Japan's Daiya Seto.

Britain's Adam Peaty cruised to victory in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event, but his time was a bit of a letdown. After breaking the world record in both the preliminaries and the semifinals — the latter in 25.95 — Peaty settled for only the second-fastest time ever (25.99) in the final. Brazil's Joao Gomes Junior claimed the silver and South Africa's Cameron van der Burgh took bronze.

After Ledecky's disappointment, the U.S. finished on a strong note with its second world record of the day in the 4x100 mixed medley relay. Matt Grevers, Lilly King, Caeleb Dressel and Simone Manuel won gold with a time of 3:38.56, easily beating the mark of 3:40.28 put up by an entirely different U.S. foursome — Ryan Murphy, Kevin Cordes, Kelsi Worrell and Mallory Comerford — in the morning preliminaries.

Australia took the silver, while Canada and China tied for bronze in an event that will be part of the Olympics for the first time in Tokyo.

"It's pretty cool," Grevers said, "that we had two relays that would've won tonight."


Pirelli review says Raikkonen tire not faulty at Silverstone

Ferrari driver Kimi Raikkonen of Finland takes a curve during the British Formula One Grand Prix at the Silverstone racetrack in Silverstone, England, Sunday, July 16. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein)

Jerome Pugmire

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Formula One tiremaker Pirelli has concluded that Kimi Raikkonen's tire damage late in the British Grand Prix was likely caused by external contact.

Raikkonen was set for second place in the July 16 race but his tire problem allowed Valtteri Bottas to complete a Mercedes one-two with Lewis Hamilton. The Finnish driver even looked set to lose his podium spot to his own teammate Sebastian Vettel, but in a bizarre twist he ended up third after Vettel's own tire shredded.

The sight of two Ferraris capitulating within moments of each other led Pirelli to conduct extensive post-race tests on both cars. Raikkonen's problem, Pirelli said in a statement Wednesday, did not come from the tire itself.

"The possible initial cause of this damage is consistent with contact against an external body, leading to a partial separation of the belt from the carcass in the two affected areas," Pirelli said. "On no occasion was there any sign of fatigue, detachment or laceration —or even the beginning of such problems — that affected the structure of the tire. In conclusion, Pirelli can confirm that no issues have emerged connected with the tire itself."

Last week, Pirelli said that Vettel's shredded tire at Silverstone was caused by a slow puncture.

Vettel appeared to be heading for third place at Silverstone until his front left tire suddenly blew apart two laps from the finish. The four-time F1 champion managed to steer his Ferrari back to the pits for a tire change, and secured seventh place to cling onto his championship lead. Raikkonen's pit stop to change his tire came just before Vettel's.

Hamilton won to cut Vettel's championship lead to one point. Raikkonen, who has three podium finishes this season, is fifth overall.

The championship continues at the Hungarian GP this weekend before a month-long summer break.


Champions League: Balotelli scores, Nice draw 1-1 with Ajax

Dynamo Kiev's Dieumerci Mbokani, left, celebrates with teammates after scoring his side's second goal during their Champions League third qualifying round 1st leg match against Young Boys at the Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, Wednesday, July 26. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Nice, France (AP) — Mario Balotelli's first-half goal was only enough for Nice to draw 1-1 against Ajax in a Champions League third qualifying round, first-leg game on Wednesday.

Balotelli, the former Manchester City, AC Milan and Liverpool forward, was well placed to score into an empty net in the 32nd minute from Jean Seri's pass across goal after a surging run.

Four-time European champions Ajax leveled with Donny van de Beek's goal in the 49th, and will be favored to advance into the playoffs from the return game at home next Wednesday.

Celtic were held 0-0 at home to Rosenborg, and Dynamo Kiev beat visiting Young Boys 3-1 in the Olympic Stadium which hosts the final next May.

In a thrilling Champions League debut, Istanbul Basaksehir trailed by two first-half goals at Bruges, led 3-2 in a fierce second-half spell, then conceded a 79th-minute leveler to draw 3-3.

Coach Gheorghe Hagi's Viitorul Constanta won on their UEFA competition debut, as the first-time Romanian champions beat APOEL 1-0. Defender Cristian Ganea struck with a swerving left-footed free kick in the 75th minute.

Nine first-leg games Wednesday produced no away wins, and it was Astana 3, Legia Warsaw 1; Hapoel Beer-Sheva 2, Ludogorets Razgrad 0; Maribor 1, FH 0; and Salzburg 1, Rijeka 1.

Fifteen teams advance from the third qualifying round to join five more teams — including Liverpool, Sevilla and Napoli — in the playoffs next month.


Frazier's run-scoring triple play helps Yanks top Reds 4-2

Cincinnati Reds catcher Devin Mesoraco tags out New York Yankees' Austin Romine, left, at home plate during the fifth inning of their baseball game Tuesday, July 25, in New York. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

New York (AP) — Todd Frazier had an unforgettable first at-bat in his home debut at Yankee Stadium, grounding into the major leagues' first run-scoring triple play since 2006 as New York beat the Cincinnati Reds 4-2 Tuesday night.

Frazier hit a bases-loaded grounder in the second up the middle, and shortstop Jose Peraza gloved it, stepped on second and threw to first. Didi Gregorius, who had been on second base, held up when the ball was hit, in case it was caught. He was late to advance, and first baseman Joey Votto's throw across the diamond caught him in a rundown. Gregorius was called out for running wide of baseline trying to avoid a tag.

Rookie Jordan Montgomery (7-5) held the Reds hitless until Scott Schebler broke an 0-for-20 slump with a leadoff double in the sixth. Montgomery gave up two hits in 6 2/3 innings, and Aroldis Chapman closed for his 12th save.

Last-place Cincinnati lost for the 10th time in 12 games as rookie Luis Castillo (1-4) gave up three runs in five innings. Billy Hamilton's bid for a tying extra-base hit in the eighth was thwarted when pinch-runner Zack Cozart, out of the starting lineup to rest his tender quadriceps, hobbled into third.

MARINERS 6, RED SOX 5, 13 INNINGS

Seattle — Jean Segura rolled an RBI single up the middle with two outs in the 13th inning to cap a two-run rally and give the Seattle Mariners a 6-5 victory over the Boston Red Sox.

Mitch Haniger walked with one out in the 13th off Doug Fister (0-5), pitching his third inning, and was forced at second on Ben Gamel's fielder's choice. Guillermo Heredia, who had a three-run homer in the second, singled Gamel to third. Gamel scored on a wild pitch to tie it, with Heredia advancing all the way to third. Mike Zunino then walked. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts fielded Segura's roller behind second, but his off-balance throw was way late.

The Red Sox, who stranded two runners in the eighth, ninth and 11th innings, had taken a 5-4 lead in the top half when Sandy Leon singled home Hanley Ramirez with two outs off Tony Zych (5-2).

Mike Zunino opened the seventh inning with his 15th home run to bring Seattle even at 4-4.

CUBS 7, WHITE SOX 2

Chicago — Willson Contreras drove in four runs and Carl Edwards Jr. provided some timely relief.

Ben Zobrist reached four times from the leadoff spot as the Cubs won for the ninth time in 11 games since the All-Star break. John Lackey (7-9) became the first major leaguer in two years to hit four batters in two years, but managed to get into the sixth inning.

The AL-worst White Sox lost for the 10th time in 11 games. Carlos Rodon (1-4) matched a career high with 11 strikeouts and hit a two-run double for his first career hit, but allowed four runs and seven hits in four innings.

ASTROS 5, PHILLIES 0

Philadelphia — Derek Fisher drove in two runs just hours after arriving in Philadelphia and Charlie Morton (8-4) gave up three hits in seven innings and struck out nine.

Jose Altuve extended his hitting streak to 17 straight games with a sixth-inning double to help the AL West-leading Astros improve to an American League-best 67-33. Houston is 9-0 in interleague play.

Houston third baseman Alex Bregman left with discomfort in his right hamstring after tripling and scoring in the third. On Monday, outfielder George Springer departed with a left quadriceps injury that resulted in Fisher's call-up.

Nick Pivetta (3-6) allowed five runs and six hits in six innings.

BREWERS 8, NATIONALS 0

Washington — Travis Shaw, Eric Thames and Manny Pina homered, and Zach Davies (12-4) gave up three hits in 7 2/3 innings.

Shaw hit a three-run homer in a four-run fourt, and Thames and Pina connected back-to-back in the fifth off Edwin Jackson (1-1).

BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 1

Toronto — Cesar Valdez (1-0) allowed one run and five hits over a career-high six innings to win for the first time since defeating Houston in his major league debut on May 3, 2010. Joe Smith and Ryan Tepera each worked one inning. Roberto Osuna finished for his 26th save in 30 chances.

With more than half a dozen scouts on hand to monitor his performance ahead of the July 31 trade deadline, Oakland starter Sonny Gray (6-5) allowed four runs, none earned, in six innings.

RAYS 5, ORIOLES 4

St. Petersburg (AP) — Tim Beckham's three-run homer capped a five-run second inning off Wade Miley (4-9). and Tampa Bay stopped a five-game losing streak

Rookie Jake Faria (5-1) gave up three runs and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings, and Alex Colome pitched the ninth for his 29th save.

ROYALS 3, TIGERS 1

Detroit — Whit Merrifield homered on the first pitch from Michael Fulmer (10-8), who allowed three runs and eight hits in eight innings.

Danny Duffy (7-6) have up one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Kelvin Herrera pitching a perfect ninth for his 21st save.

Detroit loaded the bases in the seventh, but Nicholas Castellanos — in a 0-for-18 slump — grounded into a forceout against Peter Moylan, ending the threat.

INDIANS 11, ANGELS 7, 11 innings

Cleveland — Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam in the 11th inning as the Indians, who wasted a seven-run lead, beat the Angels for their fifth straight win.

Encarncion's shot into the left-field bleachers off Bud Norris capped a strange night for the Indians, who led 7-0 after two innings.

But Cleveland couldn't do anything until the 11th, which began with rookie Bradley Zimmer drawing a leadoff walk and stealing second. Zimmer, who hit a grand slam in Cleveland's seven-run second, moved up when Norris unleashed a wild pitch while walking Francisco Lindor.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia then walked Michael Brantley and pulled in a fifth infielder before Encarnacion drove Norris' first pitch into the stands.

RANGERS 10, MARLINS 4

Arlington, Texas — Joey Gallo homered twice, Mike Napoli and Rougned Odor also went deep, and the Rangers slugged past the Marlins.

When Gallo led off the third inning with a towering blast into the second deck of seats, Marlins right fielder and MLB home run co-leader Giancarlo Stanton never even moved. That broke a 1-all tie and put the Rangers ahead to stay.

Marlins starter Dan Straily (7-6) gave up a season-high six runs and 10 hits over four innings, including three homers.

Cole Hamels (5-1) allowed four runs and six hits over six innings for the win.

CARDINALS 3, ROCKIES 2

St. Louis — Harrison Bader doubled leading off the ninth inning for his first major league hit and slid across the plate to score the winning run of his debut on Jedd Gyorko's short sacrifice fly, lifting the Cardinals over the Rockies.

The 23-year-old, taken on the third round of the 2015 amateur draft, was brought up before the game when Dexter Fowler was placed on the disabled list with a strained left wrist.

Bader doubled down the left-field line against Jake McGee (0-1) leading off the ninth. Bader was batting .403 (29 for 72) with 10 homers against lefties at Triple-A Memphis this year. Greg Garcia sacrificed as Bader took third, and Gyorko hit a fly near the right-field line that Carlos Gonzalez caught 248 feet from the plate. The speedy Bader slid across jubilantly as Gonzalez's one-hop throw went slightly up the third-base line.

BRAVES 8, DIAMONDBACKS 3

Phoenix — Mike Foltynewicz went six strong innings to win again, Kurt Suzuki homered twice and the Braves beat the Diamondbacks.

Suzuki's two-run homer off reliever J.J. Hoover (1-1) broke a 2-2 tie and a throwing error by Arizona catcher Chris Iannetta allowed two more to score in a four-run seventh.

Suzuki and Johan Camargo hit consecutive homers off Andrew Chafin in the eighth. Matt Kemp also homered and tripled for Atlanta.

Foltynewicz (9-5) gave up two runs and five hits, striking out nine, to improve to 6-0 in his last nine starts.

METS 6, PADRES 5

San Diego — Yoenis Cespedes had three RBIs and finished a single shy of the cycle to lift the Mets past the Padres.

The Mets won for the sixth time in seven games.

Cespedes' check-swing triple in the seventh inning was the difference. Facing reliever Phil Maton, Cespedes tried to hold up on a pitch and instead punched it down the right-field line, with Curtis Granderson aboard after an inning-opening single.

Granderson scored and Cespedes followed him home on Wil Myers' throwing error for a 6-4 lead.

Seth Lugo (5-2) went at least six innings for his third straight start, which has produced two wins.

Jose Torres (5-3), who worked 1 2/3 innings, took the loss.

GIANTS 11, PIRATES 3

San Francisco — Madison Bumgarner allowed one run over five innings for his first win of the season, and the Giants beat the Pirates.

Eduardo Nunez drove in two runs in his final game with San Francisco. The veteran infielder was traded to Boston for two minor leaguers. He was pulled in the fifth inning and was later seen on television shaking hands with several teammates in the Giants' clubhouse. The deal was announced after a few minutes after the final out.

Bumgarner (1-4) also singled and scored, Buster Posey had three hits and an RBI and Joe Panik added a bases-loaded triple as struggling San Francisco won for only the fifth time in 16 games.

Jameson Taillon (6-4) took the loss, giving up 10 runs in three innings.

DODGERS 6, TWINS 2

Los Angeles — Chris Taylor hit two run-scoring doubles and the Dodgers became baseball's first team to reach the 70-win mark with a victory over the Twins.

Kenta Maeda (9-4) pitched five solid innings for the Dodgers, who have won four straight and 35 of their last 41.

After the Twins took a 1-0 lead on Zack Granite's single in the third, the Dodgers took command with four runs against Minnesota starter Jose Berrios (9-4) in the fourth. Joc Pederson doubled off the center-field wall to tie it and Yasiel Puig's RBI single put the Dodgers ahead. Taylor's first double drove in two more.

Taylor is 23 for 44 since the All-Star break. His two hits Tuesday gave him four consecutive multi-hit games.

Maeda allowed two runs — one earned — and five hits and two walks, striking out four.

Josh Ravin threw the final three innings to earn his first career save.


Update July 26, 2017

4 world records fall on 3rd day of swimming worlds

Canada's gold medal winner Kylie Jacqueline Masse celebrates after setting a new world record in the women's 100-meter backstroke final during the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, July 25. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — Lilly King of the United States, Kylie Masse of Canada and Britain's Adam Peaty all broke swimming world records Tuesday at the world championships.

Peaty, in fact, did it twice.

Olympic gold medalist King eclipsed the 4-year-old mark in the 100-meter breaststroke, again beating Russian rival Yulia Efimova with a time of 1 minute, 4.13 seconds. The previous record of 1:04.35 was set by Lithuania's Ruta Meilutyte.

Masse took down a mark from the rubber-suit era when she won the women's 100 backstroke in 51.10 — 0.02 better than Britain's Gemma Spofforth's at 2009 worlds in Rome.

Peaty set a pair of marks in the 50 breaststroke, a non-Olympic event. He went 26.10 in the morning preliminaries, shaving 0.32 seconds off the standard he set two years ago in Kazan. He went even faster during the evening semifinals, touching in 25.95.

Five swimming world records have fallen in Budapest.


Stephen Curry, Warriors finalize $201 million, 5-year deal

Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Janie McCauley

Oakland, California (AP) — Stephen Curry has delivered his share of success already to a franchise that desperately needed it. Now, he's being paid for all he has done — and certainly will do.

Curry finalized his new contract on Tuesday, signing a $201 million, five-year deal with the champion Golden State Warriors that initially was the richest ever, until James Harden topped it with a $228 million extension from the Houston Rockets.

Considered overlooked and undersized when he arrived on the NBA scene after being drafted seventh overall out of Davidson College in 2009, Curry has silenced the doubters with every spot-on heave from half-court.

The two-time NBA MVP, who earned $12 million this season as one of the league's biggest bargains, averaged 28.1 points in the playoffs while also contributing 6.7 assists and 6.2 rebounds. Now, he will earn $40 million per season.

"Just happy to be a leader on this team that can understand the goals that we set out for ourselves and try to get it done the best way we could," Curry said immediately after the Game 5 title clincher in the NBA Finals last month.

NBA Finals MVP Kevin Durant also signed his new contract worth approximately $53 million over the next two years as Golden State announced its deals with returning free agents.

Sure, Durant's spectacular postseason may have shined brighter as he hoisted his MVP hardware, yet Curry did so much on the way to his second title in three years. From his dazzling dribbling, shot-making and the way he dishes off, Curry has been brilliant — but what he does for the Warriors as an ambassador in the community is as much a part of what makes him special as anything else.

He is the face of a franchise that has become the standard by which every other organization is measured.

When coach Steve Kerr was asked in early April about how Curry had taken on more of the load with Durant nursing a left knee injury, the 2016 NBA coach of the year touched on his point guard's unfailing ability to guide Golden State.

"I don't think he's been any different with KD out in terms of his leadership. He's still just Steph," Kerr said. "He's humble and cocky at the same time, which is why we like him. He's a very humble, modest human being, which the guys respect. And he's an arrogant basketball player, which is what you need to be a superstar. He believes in himself and he goes out there looking to light it up every night. You take him off the floor you won't find a kinder, gentler human being. It's a pretty powerful force."

Curry is getting paid for all of those things. He has led the turnaround of a franchise from longtime laughingstock to regular championship contender.

Now, he wants to build a dynasty with KD by his side. Durant accepted less money for the coming season so the Warriors' core could remain intact.

From spending an off-day at an inner-city elementary school to donating three bed nets for every 3-pointer he makes to fight malaria through Nothing But Nets, Curry is as comfortable hanging with kids — hat on backward, of course — as he is intensely dueling Durant in 3-point shootouts on the practice floor or driving past LeBron James to score on the NBA's biggest stage.

Curry never worried about his own production, the scrutiny of his diminished points or shooting percentages playing alongside fellow superstar Durant this season.

A year after breaking his own NBA record with 402 3-pointers, Curry rarely finished quarters with those jaw-dropping 3s that were so memorable from the previous season — and that was fine, because Golden State kept winning. The Warriors were sharing the ball in Kerr's deep rotation, developing into a close-knit group with great chemistry despite all the new faces.

But it wasn't until the Warriors blew a 14-point lead in the fourth quarter of a demoralizing 109-108 loss at Cleveland on Christmas Day that Curry reached the realization he must do more.

"I learned a lot about myself," he said. "After that Christmas Day game I kind of understood that we have such high-IQ players that if I could be aggressive, do what I do and need to do every single night, everything will kind of flow from that.

"The proof is obviously in what we were able to accomplish from that point on in the regular season, being 16-1 in the playoffs, everybody being the best version of themselves and putting all the puzzle pieces together."


Brain disease seen in most football players in large report

This Sunday, Dec. 5, 1999 file photo shows Tennessee Titans tight end Frank Wycheck during a football game against the Baltimore Ravens in Baltimore. Wycheck worries that concussions during his nine-year career have left him with chronic traumatic encephalopathy and he plans to donate his brain to research. (AP Photo/Roberto Borea)

Lindsey Tanner

Chicago (AP) — Research on 202 former football players found evidence of a brain disease linked to repeated head blows in nearly all of them, from athletes in the National Football League, college and even high school.

It's the largest update on chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE, a debilitating brain disease that can cause a range of symptoms including memory loss.

The report doesn't confirm that the condition is common in all football players; it reflects high occurrence in samples at a Boston brain bank that studies CTE. Many donors or their families contributed because of the players' repeated concussions and troubling symptoms before they died.

"There are many questions that remain unanswered," said lead author Dr. Ann McKee, a Boston University neuroscientist. "How common is this" in the general population and all football players?

"How many years of football is too many?" and "What is the genetic risk? Some players do not have evidence of this disease despite long playing years," she noted.

It's also uncertain if some players' lifestyle habits — alcohol, drugs, steroids, diet — might somehow contribute, McKee said.

Dr. Munro Cullum, a neuropsychologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, emphasized that the report is based on a selective sample of men who were not necessarily representative of all football players. He said problems other than CTE might explain some of their most common symptoms before death — depression, impulsivity and behavior changes. He was not involved in the report.

McKee said research from the brain bank may lead to answers and an understanding of how to detect the disease in life, "while there's still a chance to do something about it." Currently, there's no known treatment.

The strongest scientific evidence says CTE can only be diagnosed by examining brains after death, although some researchers are experimenting with tests performed on the living. Many scientists believe that repeated blows to the head increase risks for developing CTE, leading to progressive loss of normal brain matter and an abnormal buildup of a protein called tau. Combat veterans and athletes in rough contact sports like football and boxing are among those thought to be most at risk.

The new report was published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

CTE was diagnosed in 177 former players or nearly 90 percent of brains studied. That includes 110 of 111 brains from former NFL players; 48 of 53 college players; nine of 14 semi-professional players, seven of eight Canadian Football league players and three of 14 high school players. The disease was not found in brains from two younger players.

A panel of neuropathologists made the diagnosis by examining brain tissue, using recent criteria from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, McKee said.

The NFL issued a statement saying these reports are important for advancing science related to head trauma and said the league "will continue to work with a wide range of experts to improve the health of current and former NFL athletes."

After years of denials, the NFL acknowledged a link between head blows and brain disease and agreed in a $1 billion settlement to compensate former players who had accused the league of hiding the risks.

The journal update includes many previously reported cases, including former NFL players Bubba Smith, Ken Stabler, Dave Duerson and Ralph Wenzel.

New ones include retired tight end Frank Wainright, whose 10-year NFL career included stints with the Miami Dolphins, New Orleans Saints and Baltimore Ravens. Wainright died in April 2016 at age 48 from a heart attack triggered by bleeding in the brain, said his wife, Stacie. She said he had struggled almost eight years with frightening symptoms including confusion, memory loss and behavior changes.

Wainright played before the league adopted stricter safety rules and had many concussions, she said. He feared CTE and was adamant about donating his brain, she said.

"A lot of families are really tragically affected by it — not even mentioning what these men are going through and they're really not sure what is happening to them. It's like a storm that you can't quite get out of," his wife said.

Frank Wycheck, another former NFL tight end, said he worries that concussions during his nine-year career — the last seven with the Tennessee Titans — have left him with CTE and he plans to donate his brain to research.

"Some people have heads made of concrete, and it doesn't really affect some of those guys," he said. "But CTE is real."

"I know I'm suffering through it, and it's been a struggle and I feel for all the guys out there that are going through this," said Wycheck, 45.

In the new report, McKee and colleagues found the most severe disease in former professional players; mild disease was found in all three former high school players diagnosed with the disease. Brain bank researchers previously reported that the earliest known evidence of CTE was found in a high school athlete who played football and other sports who died at age 18. He was not included in the current report.

The average age of death among all players studied was 66. There were 18 suicides among the 177 diagnosed.


Chelsea send Kenedy home from Asia after offensive posts

Chelsea's Kenedy, right, challenges for the ball with Arsenal's Mohamed El Neny during their teams’ friendly soccer match in Beijing, China, Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

London (AP) — Chelsea have sent Brazilian defender Kenedy home from their Asian tour after he made offensive comments about China on social media.

Kenedy and Chelsea previously issued apologies for the comments made ahead of Chelsea's 3-0 friendly win over Arsenal in Beijing on Sunday.

The since-deleted messages featured a profanity relating to China and a message mocking a security guard he photographed. The 21-year-old was "strongly reprimanded and disciplined," Chelsea said Sunday.

Chelsea are now in Singapore for friendlies against Bayern Munich and Inter Milan.

Kenedy was sent to Watford on loan last season, where he played just one Premier League game, in part due to a knee injury. He then made another league appearance for Chelsea after the loan was cut short.


Engel, Davidson homer as White Sox end 9-game losing streak

Chicago White Sox's Adam Engel (41) celebrates his home run off Chicago Cubs relief pitcher Justin Grimm with Kevan Smith during the sixth inning of their baseball game Monday, July 24, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago (AP) — Adam Engel and Matt Davidson homered as the White Sox ended a nine-game losing streak with a 3-1 victory over the crosstown rival Cubs at Wrigley Field on Monday.

The Cubs lost for just the second time in 10 games following the All-Star break to fall a half-game behind idle first-place Milwaukee in the NL Central.

Engel lined his third homer of the season off reliever Justin Grimm (1-1) into the wind and several rows into the left-center bleachers to snap a 1-1 tie in the sixth. Davidson led off the eighth with his 19th homer, which sailed over the left-field stands and onto Waveland Avenue.

Miguel Gonzalez (5-9) allowed one run and seven hits in 7 1/3 innings to end a four-game losing streak and win for just the second time in 11 decisions.

Jose Abreu had two hits and doubled in a run for the AL-worst White Sox, who ended their longest slide in four years.

BLUE JAYS 4, ATHLETICS 2

Toronto — Francisco Liriano won for the first time in three starts, Russell Martin homered and the Blue Jays beat the Athletics to end a three-game losing streak.

Martin had two hits and Ezequiel Carrera reached base three times as the last-place Blue Jays won the opener of a seven-game homestand.

Oakland had just two hits against Liriano and three Toronto relievers, losing for the third time in four games.

After pitching a combined 3 2/3 innings in his previous two starts, Liriano (6-5) started on three days rest, moving up to take the turn of injured righty Aaron Sanchez (blister). Liriano allowed two runs and two hits in five innings.

Joe Biagini pitched two innings, Ryan Tepera worked a perfect eighth and Roberto Osuna struck out the side in the ninth for his 25th save in 29 chances.

Oakland right-hander Chris Smith (0-1) allowed three runs and six hits in six innings.

ORIOLES 5, RAYS 0

St. Peterburg, Florida — Kevin Gausman pitched six strong innings, Adam Jones homered and the Orioles sent the Rays to their season-worst fifth straight loss.

The Rays began the day tied for the second AL wild-card spot. Baltimore won for the sixth time in eight games.

Gausman (7-7) gave up five hits and struck out eight. Darren O'Day, Brad Brach and Richard Bleier completed a six-hitter

Blake Snell (0-6) went a career-high seven-plus innings. The lefty, who entered with 19 of 30 career starts lasting five or fewer innings, allowed three runs and six hits.

Jones has an RBI in six straight games. Manny Machado drove in two runs during a three-run eighth.

Rays catcher Wilson Ramos left in the fifth after he was struck on the head by a piece of Ruben Tejada's broken bat. The team said Ramos got six staples and will be evaluated.

INDIANS 6, REDS 2

Cleveland — Josh Tomlin pitched six efficient innings, Carlos Santana homered twice and the Cleveland Indians won their fourth straight, over the tumbling Reds in the makeup of a May 25 rainout.

Tomlin (7-9) gave up two homers but stayed in the strike zone and won his third straight start. Cleveland's bullpen did its part as well, with Andrew Miller working two innings and Cody Allen finishing up.

Santana homered in the seventh and eighth as the Indians moved over .500 (25-24) at Progressive Field for the first time since winning their home opener on April 11.

Cleveland's Roberto Perez snapped a 1-1 tie in the fifth with an RBI double off Reds starter Tim Adleman (5-8), who lost his fourth straight start.

ROYALS 5, TIGERS 3

Detroit — Salvador Perez and Mike Moustakas hit consecutive homers in the 12th inning, and the Royals won their sixth straight game, over the Tigers.

Hours after the Royals helped their pitching staff by acquiring Trevor Cahill and two relievers in a trade with San Diego, Kansas City outlasted the Tigers to stay 1 games behind first-place Cleveland in the AL Central. Jorge Bonifacio also homered for the Royals, who won despite squandering a 3-0 lead in the sixth.

Jakob Junis (3-2), one of seven relievers used by Kansas City, pitched a hitless 11th for the win. Kelvin Herrera finished for his 20th save in 23 chances.

Drew VerHagen (0-1) took the loss, allowing the homers to Perez and Moustakas in his third inning of work.

MARLINS 4, RANGERS 0

Arlington, Texas — Giancarlo Stanton hit more two home runs and moved into a tie for the major league lead, sending Adam Conley and the Marlins over the Rangers.

Stanton has 32 homers, including six in his last seven games, and matched Yankees rookie Aaron Judge for most in the majors. Stanton hit a two-run drive in the first inning and a solo shot in the eighth.

Texas star Adrian Beltre went 4 for 4, giving him 2,993 career hits. He moved closer to becoming the 31st player to reach 3,000.

Conley (3-3) pitched seven impressive innings during his second start since getting recalled from Triple-A New Orleans on July 18. He allowed seven hits and struck out five as he pitched past the sixth inning for the first time this season.

Martin Perez (5-8) went seven innings.

CARDINALS 8, ROCKIES 2

St. Louis — Randal Grichuk hit a two-run homer, Mike Leake pitched seven scoreless innings and the Cardinals beat the Rockies.

Leake's six-strikeout performance was his best since giving up one run over eight innings against Washington on June 30. It was the first win for Leake (7-8) against the Rockies since Aug. 10, 2011.

Kevin Siegrist pitched the Cardinals out of a two-on, one-out jam in the eighth by getting Gerardo Parra to strike out and Mark Reynolds to fly out. Tyler Lyons struck out the side in the ninth.

The Cardinals improved to 20-5 against the Rockies at home since the 2010 season. Colorado fell to 3-14 in its last 17 road games.

Grichuk's two-run homer off Rockies starter Antonio Senzatela (10-4) gave the Cardinals a 4-0 lead in the fourth, extending his home run streak to a career-high four games.

DODGERS 6, TWINS 4

Los Angeles — Cody Bellinger continued his super rookie season, drilling a three-run homer in the eighth inning to rally the Dodgers to a victory over the Twins.

It was Bellinger's 28th home run of the season, second in the National League behind Miami's Giancarlo Stanton's 32.

Edward Paredes, making his major league debut after 12 seasons in the minors, threw a scoreless eighth to earn the win. Kenley Jansen pitched the ninth to earn his 25th save.

Eddie Rosario drove in three runs for the Twins on a solo homer and two doubles.

Taylor Rogers (5-2) gave up two hits prior to Bellinger's home run to take the loss.

The Dodgers were playing their first game since losing ace Clayton Kershaw for an undetermined time with a back injury.

METS 5, PADRES 3

San Diego — Jacob deGrom won his eighth straight start and the Mets held on when pinch-hitter Jabari Blash's bid for a game-winning home run was barely foul, beating the Padres.

DeGrom (12-3) gave up two runs in eight innings, striking out eight. The last Mets pitcher to win eight straight starts was Bobby Jones in 1997.

Hunter Renfroe homered twice for San Diego, including a leadoff shot in the ninth inning. The Padres then put two runners on base with one out, and Blash sent a long drive that whispered past the foul pole and landed in the right-field seats — it was called foul, a ruling upheld on video replay.

Addison Reed, who played at San Diego State, then struck out Blash and closed for his 17th save.

Wilmer Flores homered off Clayton Richard (5-10). Asdrubal Cabrera had three hits, Jay Bruce had two hits and two RBIs, and Jose Reyes stole his 500th career base.

MARINERS 4, RED SOX 0

Seattle — James Paxton allowed four singles over seven innings to win his fifth consecutive start in July and Kyle Seager homered to pace the Mariners to a victory over the Red Sox.

Paxton (10-3) retired the first 13 hitters before Jackie Bradley Jr.'s single to center with one out in the fifth. The left-hander, who worked out of trouble in the sixth and seventh innings, struck out 10 and walked none. Paxton has allowed six earned runs in 33 1/3 innings and not given up a home run in five starts this month.

Nick Vincent and David Phelps each pitched a perfect inning to finish.

Eduardo Rodriguez (4-3) allowed four runs on six hits in 5 1/3 innings. He struck out six and walked two in his second start since coming off the disabled list.

DIAMONDBACKS 10, BRAVES 2

Phoenix — J.D. Martinez hit a three-run home run to help Zack Greinke and the Diamondbacks cruise to a win over the Braves.

Martinez, hitless in his first five at-bats as a Diamondback after coming over in a trade with the Detroit Tigers last week, hammered a 1-2 pitch from reliever Matt Wisler high off the center field batters eye with nobody out in the bottom of the sixth. It was his 17th home run of the season.

Greinke (12-4) pitched eight innings and allowed two runs on five hits with six strikeouts. He's 10-0 in 12 starts at Chase Field this season. Greinke added a run-scoring double in the second inning and a pair of sacrifices.

A.J. Pollock hit a two-run homer, doubled twice and drove in four runs, and Jeff Mathis reached base four times with three singles and a walk, scoring twice for the Diamondbacks.

R.A. Dickey (6-7) took the loss with his knuckleball often more wild than baffling. Dickey threw four wild pitches that helped the Diamondbacks get into scoring position over his 3 2-3 innings of work, and walked five while striking out four.

PIRATES 10, GIANTS 3

San Francisco — Andrew McCutchen hit a three-run homer and had four RBIs, Gerrit Cole won for the fifth time in six starts, and the Pirates beat the Giants.

Jordy Mercer added a three-run homer of his own in the eighth to further back Cole (8-7), 5-1 in his last eight starts. That lone defeat came June 30 as San Francisco swept the Pirates at Pittsburgh from June 30-July 2 — the Giants' first in the series since 2009.

This time, Pittsburgh immediately jumped on San Francisco starter Matt Cain (3-9), who matched the longest losing streak of his career at eight games — also done from July 28, 2015-May 10, 2016.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy was ejected by plate umpire Chris Conroy for arguing balls and strikes in support of Cain moments after McCutchen connected, the skipper's second time being tossed this year.

ASTROS 13, PHILLIES 4

Philadelphia — Jose Altuve had two doubles and two singles, stretched his sizzling hitting streak to 16 games and helped the Astros beat the Phillies.

A day after tying his career high for hits in a game at Baltimore, Altuve got four more and drove in three runs while raising his major league-leading average to .365.

Altuve is batting .528 (38 for 72) during his streak. He has gotten at least three hits in eight of those 16 games.

Alex Bregman homered and doubled twice, and Brian McCann also homered for Houston. The AL West leaders got 18 hits, eight for extra bases.

The game ended after midnight, running late because of a rain delay in the fourth inning that lasted nearly two hours.


Update July 25, 2017

Japan marks three-year countdown to Tokyo 2020 Games

In this July 23, 2017 photo, the Olympic village is seen under construction in Tokyo. (Yohei Kanasashi/Kyodo News via AP)

Mari Yamaguchi

Tokyo (AP) — Japan began its three-year countdown to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Monday with concerts, races and other events meant to drum up public enthusiasm for the games.

The 2020 Games will be Japan's first summer Olympics since the 1964 edition in Tokyo. After a rocky start, organizers are gearing up to get the public more involved.

A 15-day, 1,000-kilometer (about 620 mile) citizens relay began Monday in northeastern Japan's Aomori prefecture. Runners and cyclists will travel through areas ravaged by the 2011 tsunami, reaching the capital on Aug. 7.

Other events included group calisthenics, traditional dancing and surfing at the Olympics surfing venue. In Tokyo, a concert and other festivities were planned after dark.

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics are due to be held July 24-Sept. 6, 2020.

Since public transport is crowded even without Olympics-related visitors, the government launched an annual "telework" day on Monday to encourage more people to do their jobs remotely, especially during the 2020 Games. Dozens of companies have pledged to participate.

Troubles over the design for Tokyo's National Stadium, the Olympics logo and soaring costs for the events are still casting a shadow as organizers rush to meet tight deadlines.

In April, a 23-year-old employee of one of the Olympic contractors committed suicide in a case believed to be related to overwork.

Asked about the young man's death after having clocked more than 200 hours of overtime the month before, Hikariko Ono, spokesperson for Tokyo 2020, it was "very unfortunate."

"We extend our condolences to the man who passed away and his family," Ono said. The Tokyo Olympics organizing committee is asking the Japan Sports Council to provide details of the case.

"We would like to remind all the parties to be mindful so that similar cases will not be repeated," she said.


Iron Lady seizes the moment at swimming world championships

Katinka Hosszu of Hungary swims on her way to winning the women's 200m individual medley final during the World Aquatics Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Monday, July 24. (Tibor Illyes/MTI via AP)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — With Katie Ledecky getting the night off, Hungary's Iron Lady seized the moment Monday at the world championships.

Katinka Hosszu lived up to her country's enormous expectations with an electrifying victory in the 200-meter individual medley, spurred on by a flag-waving, foot-stomping crowd at Duna Arena.

The new 12,000-seat aquatic facility along the Danube was packed all the way to the rafters, and it was clear who most of the fans came to see.

Hosszu didn't let them down.

"It's really hard to put into words what it means to win at home," she said. "It definitely gives you extra energy and motivation. It was just crazy."

Hosszu led from start to finish in the race encompassing all four swimming strokes, finishing off with the freestyle and a time of 2 minutes, 7.00 seconds. It was nearly a second slower than her world-record performance at the Rio Olympics last summer but enough to hold off hard-charging Yui Ohashi of Japan, who settled for silver in 2:07.91.

The bronze went to Madisyn Cox of the United States in 2:09.71, just ahead of teammate Melanie Margolis.

After touching the wall, Hosszu pounded the water, stuck out her tongue and climbed atop a lane rope to acknowledge the raucous crowd. Her husband and coach, Shane Tusup, pumped his fists and led out a guttural scream.

Hosszu popped out of the water and ran around the deck to embrace Tusup, who handed her a red cap emblazoned with the nickname she received a few years ago for her grueling repertoire of events.

Iron Lady.

"This is pretty much how I felt the first time I won," she said.

Hosszu wasn't the only big name to claim gold on the second night of swimming.

Britain's Adam Peaty romped to victory in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Sweden's Sarah Sjostrom just missed breaking her own world record in the 100 butterfly.

After claiming two golds on Sunday, Ledecky's lone race was the morning preliminaries of the 1,500 freestyle. She breezed through the grueling event in 15:47.57 — nearly 18 seconds faster than second-fastest qualifier Mireia Belmonte of Spain.

The final is Tuesday night.

"It felt good," Ledecky said. "I know how to manage the schedule. I just kind of have to work through the prelims as easy as I can to keep myself rested."

In the semifinals of the women's 100 breast, Olympic gold medalist Lilly King and Yulia Efimova set up a rematch of their bitter race in Rio, where the finger-wagging American called out her Russian rival for a history of doping violations .

Efimova was the fastest qualifier at 1:04.35 — just one-hundredth of a second off the world record — and King was right behind at 1:04.53.

Peaty, who now sports a massive lion tattoo on his left arm, made the turn under his world-record pace from Rio but faded a bit on the return lap to touch in 57.47. The unquestioned breaststroke king missed his mark of 57.13 yet still turned in the second-fastest time ever in the event.

His ultimate goal is to become the first breaststroker to break the 57-second barrier, a quest he has dubbed "Project 56."

"I've a few more 57 races to get down to 56, but I'm just going to follow that curve now and see where I can go," he said.

The silver went to Kevin Cordes of the United States at 58.79 and Russia's Kirill Prigoda claimed the bronze (59.05). American Cody Miller, the bronze medalist in Rio, finished fifth.

Having already set a world record with her leadoff leg in the 4x100 freestyle relay, Sjostrom nearly took down another mark in the fly with a winning time of 55.53.

That was just 0.05 seconds off her gold-medal triumph at Rio. When Sjostrom saw the time on the scoreboard, she covered her mouth in surprise.

"It felt like I was going a bit slower than I did yesterday actually, so maybe butterfly is about being all relaxed and then you can be even faster," said Sjostrom, who didn't look at all tired a day after racing four times.

Australia's Emma McKeon (56.18) grabbed the silver and Kelsi Worrell of the U.S. (56.37) settled for bronze. Seventeen-year-old Canadian Penny Oleksiak, a breakout star in Rio with four medals, finished fourth.

Britain earned another gold when Benjamin Proud touched first at 22.79 in the men's 50 butterfly, a non-Olympic event. Brazil's Nicholas Santos took the silver (22.84) and Ukraine's Andrii Govorov grabbed the bronze (22.84) just ahead of American Caeleb Dressel, who came into the final as the fastest qualifier.

"It wasn't about winning because I knew five people in the race had the opportunity to win," Proud said. "Fortunately for me I managed to put my race together, handled my time and it came out quite well. It's a weird feeling because it's something I've been dreaming about for six or seven years."


Russia enters 19 for athletics worlds despite doping ban

 

Russian high jump champion Maria Lasitskene has been cleared to compete in the track and field world championships in London in August. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

James Ellingworth

Moscow (AP) — Russia plans to send 19 athletes to the track and field world championships in London next week despite its suspension from international competition for widespread doping.

The 19, including three former world champions, have been given exemptions from Russia's suspension after the IAAF reviewed their history of drug testing.

Maria Lasitskene is the overwhelming favorite to retain her high jump title, following an unbeaten season in the Diamond League. No other woman has leapt over two meters this year, but Lasitskene has done it at 11 different competitions.

Sergei Shubenkov leads the charge for Russia's men as he tries to win a second world title in the 110-meter hurdles.

Russian Athletics Federation sporting director Elena Orlova told Tass news agency on Monday that, besides the 19, it also filed paperwork for doping whistleblower and 800-meter runner Yulia Stepanova, though she was rejected by the IAAF. Stepanova has barely raced this year and does not appear to have met the qualifying standard for the championships.

Since they're officially "neutral athletes" under IAAF rules, the Russians won't be allowed to wear national colors and the Russian anthem won't be played if they win gold.

A total of 38 Russians had exemptions that could have allowed them to compete at the championships, but many didn't make the qualifying standards. Eleven more were approved only for youth events, and 106 applications were declined.

Russia has been suspended since November 2015, when the first in a series of World Anti-Doping Agency investigations alleged drug use and cover-ups were common on its track team.

The IAAF said it couldn't confirm the definitive number of Russian entries for the world championships until closer to the competition.


Spieth in elite company because of majors, not style points

Jordan Spieth of the United States smiles during a press conference after winning the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Sunday July 23. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Doug Ferguson

Southport, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth was happy enough to see his name on the claret jug without wondering where he fit in among the rest of the British Open champions whose names are engraved on the oldest trophy in golf.

In that respect, nothing has changed.

Spieth wasn't keen on comparisons when he became the youngest Masters champion since Tiger Woods, the youngest U.S. Open champion since Bobby Jones or the youngest to win two majors since Gene Sarazen. And now that Jack Nicklaus is part of the conversation, he shies away from them even more.

Spieth and Nicklaus are the only players to capture the third leg of the Grand Slam at age 23.

"I'll be careful with my answer," Spieth said when asked about his place among the greats. "It's amazing. I feel blessed to be able to play the game I love, but I don't think comparisons ... I don't compare myself. And I don't think that they're appropriate or necessary. So to be in that company no doubt is absolutely incredible, and I certainly appreciate it."

To hear his name listed in such elite company is merely a reward from the work he put in to get there.

"But I'm very careful as to what that means going forward," he added, "Because what those guys have done has transcended the sport. And in no way, shape or form do I think I'm anywhere near that whatsoever. So it's a good start, but there is a long way to go."

Maybe.

But if he were to win the PGA Championship in three weeks, he will be only the sixth — and youngest — to have all four majors.

The prospect is exciting, though recent history illustrates why success can be so fleeting in golf.

Rory McIlroy looked unstoppable when he won the British Open and PGA Championship at the end of 2014, and then headed to Augusta National for a shot at the Grand Slam. Who could possibly beat that blend of power and scoring? Spieth won the Masters in a runaway. McIlroy has finished six shots behind at Augusta in each of the three chances he has had to complete the Grand Slam.

Phil Mickelson won the British Open in 2013 and was a U.S. Open away from a career Grand Slam — the major where he was runner-up six times. In three chances since, Mickelson has finished 15 and 18 shots out of the lead and missed the cut last year.

More than winning at Royal Birkdale was the manner in which Spieth did it.

That evokes more comparisons.

Even though Spieth already has 11 victories on the PGA Tour, including his three majors, he does not bring intimidation to the first tee. Geoff Ogilvy spoke of that two years ago at St. Andrews when Spieth was trying to win the calendar Grand Slam.

"He beats you with better golf. He doesn't beat you because he hits it further," Ogilvy said that day. "Tiger's intimidation was that he always did something amazing. Jordan doesn't beat you with a crazy par, or a crazy chip-in. He just beats you because he's better."

But there were Tiger-like qualities that emerged from a six-hole stretch of golf at Royal Birkdale that became part of major championship lore.

Spieth salvaged a bogey 5 on the 13th hole while playing his third shot with a 3-iron from the driving range, so far away that he wasn't even sure of the yardage and couldn't see any part of the hole. He faced a delicate pitch over a pot bunker and then a must-make putt.

What followed was a 6-iron that nearly went in for an ace, a 50-foot eagle that found the center of the cup and a 30-foot birdie across the 16th green.

Was this really happening?

The feelings must have been similar watching Nicklaus make his charge on the back nine to win the 1986 Masters. The drama was similar to Woods running off three straight birdies at Valhalla when he won his third straight major in a playoff at the 2000 PGA Championship.

The payoff for Spieth was more than the third leg of the Grand Slam. It might have been a big step in creating a mystique, a trait shared by precious few over history.

"These are the intangibles, the things I just don't understand," Zach Johnson said. "I'm not suggesting I can't do it. He just does it all the time."

Ernie Els even raised the prospect of Spieth reaching the 14 majors won by Woods.

"When you get on a roll like that, guys kind of starting knowing that you know how to win," Els said. "And almost like Tiger, where people can maybe feel like they can't do it against Jordan. Because he's been up there a few times now."

And as he showed Sunday at Royal Birkdale, he has a sense of the occasion. Next up is how that translates at the PGA Championship.


Bardet and Barguil give France hope of ending Tour drought

France's Romain Bardet crosses the finish line during the twentieth stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Marseille, southern France, Saturday, July 22. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

Samuel Petrequin

Paris (AP) — Maybe the drought will be over soon for French riders at the Tour de France.

It is 32 years since the Tour had a home winner, when Bernard Hinault won the last of his five titles back in 1985.

He didn't know it then but Hinault's fifth crown brought an end to a glorious era in French cycling, a period when the home nation won nine Tour titles out of 11.

A long and painful drought followed, but a pair of riders has emerged to rekindle French hopes.

Fan favorite Romain Bardet embodies the revival of French cycling and secured a second consecutive podium finish at the Tour on Sunday, claiming third place, 2 minutes and 20 seconds behind four-time champion Chris Froome.

A year after finishing runner-up to Froome, Bardet was again praised for his bold attacks in the 2017 race. A strong climber with a natural instinct for racing, Bardet rode more consistently but cracked in the final time trial in Marseille.

He still salvaged his podium finish by one second, holding off Froome's teammate Mikel Landa.

It wasn't much more than a consolation for the 26-year-old Bardet, but he showed he is now Froome's match in the high mountains and displayed a fighting spirit in the final few hundred meters of the time trial at the Stade Velodrome.

"I'm pretty excited about the future," Bardet said.

Froome, who is six years older than Bardet, still has the upper hand in time trials, but has lost the ability to drop rivals with ease at altitude, like he did in 2013 and 2015.

Bardet was quicker than Froome in mountain stages this year and dropped him in the steep climb to Peyragudes in the Pyrenees. He needs to hone his skills in the race against the clock, a discipline he neglected, if he is to compete for the title.

"I can improve a bit, especially in the time trial," Bardet said. "I made a choice not to focus on the time trial because it's not the way I like to ride. Going out to train on my time trial bike is a little bit boring for me. I paid a high price ... but I'm still only 26. I want to fight in the next few years for the win."

Bardet will also have some help in his bid to dethrone Froome, with his AG2R La Mondiale team emerging as the second strongest behind Froome's Sky.

In the Massif Central and in the Alps, Bardet's teammates took their responsibilities seriously as they tried to unsettle Froome. They almost succeeded on the road to the Puy-en-Velay when they set a high tempo that split the peloton. Froome, who also had a mechanical problem with his bike that day, scrambled to bridge the gap.

In the alpine stage leading to the summit of the Izoard pass, AG2R riders again rode at the front, setting Bardet up to attack Froome on the last big climb of this Tour.

Another Frenchman to watch is 25-year-old Warren Barguil, a rider with a fiery character and lots of potential.

Barguil, who won the best climber's polka-dot jersey, sent a strong message with a prestigious win at the top of the Izoard. On a brutal day of racing at an altitude of 2,360 meters, Barguil won his second stage of the tour after he attacked with six kilometers left to climb.

The feat was even more impressive considering he fractured his pelvis in a crash in April, and broke his wrist last year when he was hit by a car on a training ride.

Barguil, who rides for Team Sunweb but has reportedly been approached by Sky and Astana, also won Stage 13 on Bastille Day.

"He is very strong, and still young," Froome said. "We will see him more often in the future."


Update July 24, 2017

Jordan's wild journey: Spieth wins British Open

Jordan Spieth of the United States holds the trophy after winning the British Open Golf Championships at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England, Sunday July 23. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson)

Doug Ferguson

Southport, England (AP) — During one of Jordan Spieth's many low points Sunday in the British Open, his caddie reminded him of a photo from a Mexico beach holiday two weeks ago that showed him in All-Star company that included Michael Phelps and Michael Jordan.

The message: "You belong in that group."

Spieth left little doubt with a closing performance that ranks among the greatest finishes in major championship history.

Trailing for the first time all weekend at Royal Birkdale — and lucky it was only one stroke thanks to a shot from the driving range — the 23-year-old Texan followed with a birdie-eagle-birdie-birdie stretch that allowed him to close with a 1-under 69 and win the British Open by three shots over Matt Kuchar.

Spieth captured the third leg of the career Grand Slam and heads to the PGA Championship next month with a chance to be the youngest to win them all.

"This is as much of a high as I've ever experienced in my golfing life," Spieth said.

And it all started in a spot so dire it looked as though he would endure another major meltdown.

The break of the tournament — and a moment that will rate alongside Seve Ballesteros making birdie from the car park when he won at Royal Lytham & St. Annes in 1979 — was when Spieth discovered the range was part of the course.

His tee shot was so far to the right on the par-4 13th hole that it sailed some 75 yards from the fairway and settled in thick grass on a dune so steep he could hardly stand up, let alone take a swing. The only smart option was to take a one-shot penalty for an unplayable lie.

And that's when Spieth showed his golfing brain is as valuable as any club in his bag.

He had the presence to ask if the driving range was out of bounds. It wasn't, which allowed him to go back in a straight line from the flag until he was on the range among the equipment trucks. After getting free relief from them, he still faced a blind shot over the dunes to a hole littered by pot bunkers. He hit 3-iron just short of a bunker near the green , pitched over it to about 7 feet and made what he considers the most important putt of the day to escape with bogey.

And then came the finishing kick like Phelps, the go-ahead jumper like Jordan.

Spieth hit 6-iron to the 14th that landed in front of the flag and came within inches of an ace, leading to a short birdie putt to regain the lead. On the par-5 15th, he rolled in a 50-foot eagle putt and playfully barked at caddie Michael Greller to pick it out of the cup. "Go get that," he said, pointing to the hole.

And he wasn't done.

Spieth rolled in a 30-foot putt across the 16th green for a two-shot lead, and he kept that margin by pouring in a 7-foot putt to match birdies with Kuchar.

The final putt for par was a tap-in, as easy a shot as he had all day.

"To follow that bogey on 13 with great golf shots and great putts, and play the final five holes in 5-under par, I was just very happy for him and very impressed to watch all that guts, determination and skill," Jack Nicklaus posted on Facebook.

Spieth and Jack Nicklaus are the only players to win three different majors at age 23.

"This is a dream come true for me," Spieth said, gazing at his name on the silver claret jug. "Absolutely a dream come true."

For so much of Sunday, it felt like a recurring nightmare.

Just 15 months ago, Spieth lost a five-shot lead on the back nine at the Masters, coming undone with a quadruple-bogey 7 on the 12th hole. It was more of a slow bleed at Royal Birkdale, with three bogeys on the opening four holes and four putts inside 8 feet that he missed on the front nine to fall into a tie with Kuchar.

"I put a lot of pressure on myself unfortunately, and not on purpose, before the round today, just thinking this is the best opportunity that I've had since the '16 Masters," he said. "And if it weren't to go my way today, then all I'm going to be questioned about and thought about and murmured about is in comparison to that. And that adds a lot of pressure to me.

"Closing today was extremely important for the way I look at myself."

Kuchar, playing in the final group of a major for the first time, could only watch. He had a one-shot lead after 13 holes, played the next four holes with two birdies and two pars and found himself two shots behind and out of luck.

Kuchar walked off the green to find his wife and two sons waiting, a surprise because they had been in Colorado the day before, and it added to the emotions.

"It's crushing. It hurts. And it's an excitement and a thrill to have played well, put up a battle, put up a fight," said Kuchar, who closed with a 69. "I can only control what I do, how I play. Jordan is a great champion and certainly played that way in the finishing stretch today. It was impressive stuff. All you can really do is sit back, tip your cap and say, 'Well done.' And it was certainly a show that he put on."

Zach Johnson, Justin Thomas and Rickie Fowler were among those who waited by the 18th to watch Spieth capture yet another major. Johnson won at St. Andrews two years ago, when Spieth missed the playoff by one shot in his bid for the calendar Grand Slam. Spieth drank wine from the jug that year, which he was told was bad luck for anyone wanting to possess the trophy one day.

"I started to believe them a bit through nine holes today," he said. "It feels good to have this in my hands."

From the driving range to the claret jug, Spieth put himself in hallowed territory just four days before his 24th birthday. Gene Sarazen in 1923 was the only other player with three majors before turning 24.

Spieth won for the third time this year, moved to No. 2 in the world and already has 11 victories on the PGA Tour.

Li Haotong of China shot a 63 and finished third at 6-under 274. He was on the practice range in case the leaders came back to him, and it was odd to see Spieth join him there as he tried to figure out how to get out of his jam.

Moments later, when he heard one massive roar after another, Spieth delivered the answer.


Froome's 4th Tour win was his hardest and most fulfilling

Tour de France winner Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, second place Rigoberto Uran of Colombia, left, and third place Romain Bardet of France, celebrate on the podium after the twenty-first and last stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Paris, France, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — After the champagne bubbles faded and Chris Froome drifted away from his Sunday night celebrations to reflect on a fourth Tour de France win, he probably did do so with greater fondness than the others.

The first, in 2013, brought the bursting pride of a first success. But he won by more than four minutes, as he did last year. Although Nairo Quintana finished a little over one minute behind him in 2015, this year's victory — by just 54 seconds — over another Colombian, Rigoberto Uran, tastes sweeter.

"This Tour has been my toughest yet," Froome said.

Froome temporarily lost the race lead to the daring Italian Fabio Aru in the Pyrenees on a huge climb to the ski station of Peyragudes, and thought he'd lost it altogether two days later.

Last Sunday in Rodez, he was forced to change his rear wheel in the final 40 kilometers after a spoke broke. He got dropped, drifting way behind the peloton.

"I was just standing there on the side of the road with my teammate Michal Kwiatkowski," Froome said. "I thought it was potentially game over."

Riding with unchained fury, Kwiatkowski and Froome bridged the gap — and saved his Tour.

Fast forward to Saturday's penultimate stage in Marseille and a time trial — one of his strongest disciplines. Froome was right back in the ascendency and closing in on win No. 4.

Yet the future champion was jeered by fans at the Stade Velodrome football stadium as he began his ride, and more jeers followed along the route.

Froome had urine chucked over him on a previous Tour, so booing was hardly going to unsettle him. He was almost chivalrous on the podium Sunday, addressing fans in admirable French.

"Thank you for the welcome and your generosity," Froome said, with unintentional irony. "Your passion for this race makes it really special. I fell in love with this race."

This was the third straight win for the Team Sky rider.

"I want to dedicate this victory to my family. Your love and support makes everything possible," he said. "I also want to thank my team Sky (for your) dedication and passion."

Bardet placed 2 minutes, 20 seconds behind him. But he denied Spaniard Mikel Landa — Froome's teammate — a podium spot by just one second. Aru finished fifth, 3:05 behind.

As per tradition, the 21st stage — 103 kilometers from Montgeron to Paris— was reserved for sprinters and a procession for the rest. Dutchman Dylan Groenewegen won, edging German rider Andre Greipel and Norwegian Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The focus was elsewhere.

Froome now needs only one more title to match the Tour record of five shared by Frenchmen Jacques Anquetil and Bernard Hinault, Belgian Eddie Merckx and Spaniard Miguel Indurain.

"It's a huge honor to be talked about in the same sentence," Froome said of those cycling greats.

However, Froome is more of a slick modernist than a reminiscent historian.

"I probably don't even know the full history of those events," he said. "Coming into cycling quite late in my life, obviously my childhood back in Africa, I only started watching the Tour de France in the years that Lance Armstrong was racing."

Indurain won five straight Tours from 1991-95, and Armstrong won seven straight from 1999-2005 before the American was stripped of all of them for doping.

Clearly, the Kenyan-born Froome isn't one to seek inspiration elsewhere.

"I'm not a big person to necessarily choose a role model," he said. "I've got a bit of a unique style on the bike and my own way of doing things."

That included ruthlessly putting more time into Uran and Bardet in Saturday's time trial.

Some might say Froome did not shine too brightly because he didn't win a stage, but neither did American Greg Lemond when clinching his third Tour in 1990.

For Froome, consistency and a dogged ability to respond under pressure were the keys.

So was overcoming fear.

Notably in tackling speedy downhill sections that once filled him with the equivalent of an actor's stage fright. Some used to prod at his fear, like a schoolyard bully senses a weakness.

Not anymore.

Froome zipped downhill with new-found confidence.

"Something I've certainly worked on the last few years is my descending," he said.

Others should do more homework.

Bardet lost his second place after a nightmare time trial, crawling home in near-exhaustion.

Astonishingly, Bardet revealed he found training for the clock race too dull to bother with.

"I don't like to go out for training with the time trial bike," he said. "It's a bit boring for me."

You wouldn't catch Froome skipping training. Then again, his dedication is higher than most.


England beat India to win fourth Women's Cricket World Cup

England's Anya Shrubsole, centre, celebrates with teammates as England win the ICC Women's World Cup 2017 final match against India at Lord's in London, England, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

London (AP) — England lifted the Women's Cricket World Cup for the fourth time after beating India by nine runs at Lord's on Sunday.

India, chasing a modest 229 to win, were cruising to victory in the final as they reached 190 for three. But a late collapse, sparked by five wickets in 19 balls from Anya Shrubsole, saw England snatch an unlikely victory on home soil.

"It was just an unbelievable game. We looked for minute like we were out of it," Shrubsole said. "But one of the great things about this team, we never give up. We never let the run rate get away from us, even though we weren't getting wickets. We knew if we got a couple we'd be right in the game and all was well in the end.

"I think it's a dream and a dream you never think is going to come true."

It was a milestone moment for women's cricket as Lord's — known as the Home of Cricket — was sold out and ticket scalpers were outside the ground.

The English had lost to India in their opening game of the tournament but impressive victories in the next six matches made them favorites to add to the cups they won in 1973, 1993 and 2009.

England captain Heather Knight won the toss and chose to bat first, but she had departed for one when Natalie Sciver arrived in the middle with England 63 for three.

Sciver and Sarah Taylor put on 83 for the fourth wicket, but both were casualties of a stunning spell of three wickets for two runs off 10 balls by fast bowler Jhulan Goswami. Sciver, the only player to make two centuries at this World Cup, reached another 50, but added just one more run before she was trapped by Goswami.

Katherine Brunt made a breezy 34 and Jenny Gunn an unbeaten 25, but England's total of 228 for seven appeared distinctly reachable for India.

Shrubsole got England off to a dream start as India began their reply, nicking the off-stump of the dangerous Smriti Mandhana for a duck in the second over.

When Mithali Raj got herself run out, by Sciver, going for a single that was never on, India were 43 for two and the encounter was finely poised.

However, that brought Harmanpreet Kaur, who destroyed Australia with a breathtaking unbeaten 171 in the semifinal, to the crease. Kaur clubbed two sixes on her way to 51 before holing out to Tammy Beaumont, off Alex Hartley, going for a third.

But misfields and mistakes were starting to creep in for England. Taylor missed a stumping to get rid of Poonam Raut before Knight dropped Veda Krishnamurthy.

The game seemed up by the time Raut, struggling with cramp, finally fell leg before to Shrubsole for 86, leaving India 191 for four.

But when Hartley accounted for Sushma Verma for a duck, then Shrubsole removed Krishnamurthy and Goswami in successive balls, England had a lifeline.

Taylor thought she had Deepthi Sharma stumped but a drawn-out replay could not prove her foot was off the floor at the point of impact.

Yet moments later Shikha Pandey was run out, Sharma picked out Sciver off Shrubsole and India were nine down.

Unbelievably, Gunn dropped the most straightforward catch of a thrilling final from Rajeshwari Gayakwad just to ramp up the tension even further.

But Shrubsole got the job done with the next ball, clean bowling Gayakwad to spark celebrations on the pitch and bedlam in the stands in north London.


Neymar to PSG? Barcelona's denials don't stop transfer talk

Barcelona's Neymar, center, battles against Juventus' Stefano Sturaro, left, and Stephan Lichtsteiner during the first half of an International Champions Cup soccer match, Saturday, July 22, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Jerome Pugmire

Paris (AP) — Denials from Barcelona are doing little to halt the fervor that Brazil star Neymar could be joining Paris Saint-Germain in a transfer that more than doubles the world record.

Neymar is still playing for Barcelona, warming up for the new season by scoring twice against Juventus in a friendly on Saturday.

But Neymar left the stadium in New Jersey without saying anything to reporters, allowing speculation he will imminently join PSG for 220 million euros ($253 million) to persist.

The Barcelona coach and president have been more willing to speak, and both are adamant the mercurial forward is staying put.

"We want Neymar to be with us," Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde said after the 2-1 victory over Juventus. "We know the importance he has in our game, our dressing room, the team dynamic, and we want him with us. It's clear."

Barcelona's league campaign begins on Aug. 20, while PSG's season opener is in less than two weeks on Aug. 5.

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ANTICIPATION IN PARIS

Reports in Spain and France state that the transfer could be completed by the end of July.

"Un Pari Magique" (A Magic Gamble) read the front page headline on sports daily L'Equipe on Saturday. It was accompanied by a photo of Neymar with his hand on his forehead like a ship's captain, gazing into the horizon as if longingly eyeing a future destination.

The headline is a play on words with the favorite chant among PSG fans of "Paris est Magique" (Paris is Magic).

Not magical enough to win the Champions League yet, or even advance past the quarterfinals in the past four seasons. To challenge for European soccer's top prize, coach Unai Emery told L'Equipe earlier this week: "PSG must have one of the top five players in the world. We are looking to sign one this summer."

Neymar certainly fits the bill. While not at the level of Barcelona star Lionel Messi or Real Madrid's prolific Ronaldo, the 25-year-old Neymar has longer left at the top and has not even reached his peak. Should PSG sign Neymar, the transfer would smash the previous world-record fee of 105 million euros (then $116 million) that Manchester United paid a year ago for France midfielder Paul Pogba.

It would be a massive coup for Emery given his troubled first season.

PSG relinquished their league title to Monaco and made unwanted history by becoming the first team eliminated from the Champions League knockout stages having won the first leg 4-0. PSG lost 6-1 away to Barcelona in the last 16, with PSG's tormentor being Neymar.

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PSG'S PURSUIT

The Qatari-owned club's courting of Neymar dates back to April last year.

With uncertainty surrounding Zlatan Ibrahimovic's future, PSG had discussions with the player's father and his agent, Wagner Riberio. PSG reportedly were ready to pay 190 million euros.

But two months later, Neymar reached an agreement to extend his Barcelona contract until 2021, with his release clause pushed up to the existing 220 million euros and 250 million ($288 million) by the summer of 2018.

It raised the question whether he just used PSG’s interest as a bargaining tool. However, in September, Ribeiro publicly stated that Neymar had been "close to joining PSG."

Fast forward, and sections of the Brazilian and Spanish media reignited the deal this month, saying that Neymar wants to emerge out of Messi's shadow —  which couldn't happen for a while seeing as Messi has agreed a new Barcelona contract until 2021.

But the last thing Valverde needs is losing Neymar.

"There are rumors, we're aware of them," Valverde said. "We're happy with him and he's happy with us."

According to Spanish reports, Neymar has told club Josep Bartomeu that he wants to leave. But speaking Thursday during an interview at The Associated Press, Bartomeu said firmly: "He is not on the market."

Landing Neymar would be an even bigger coup than signing Ibrahimovic in 2012.


Dodgers lose injured Kershaw, beat Braves 5-4 in 10

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Clayton Kershaw throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves in Los Angeles, Sunday, July 23. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)

Los Angeles (AP) — Clayton Kershaw left after two innings with lower back tightness that is sending him to the disabled list, and the Los Angeles Dodgers overcame a blown save by Kenley Jansen to beat the Atlanta Braves 5-4 on Sunday on Logan Forsythe's bases-loaded single in the 10th.

Kershaw, unbeaten in 15 consecutive starts, came out after 21 pitches. He was headed for scans and declined to compare his current situation with last year, when he was out 2 months with a herniated disk in his back.

Jansen entered with a 3-1 lead and got the final out of the eighth, then gave up a tying three-run homer to Matt Adams in the ninth.

Forsythe singled after Cody Bellinger was intentionally walked by Jim Johnson (6-2) to load the bases. Brandon Morrow (3-0) retired the side in the 10th.

Austin Barnes hit a three-run homer in the fourth for the Dodgers and Cody Bellinger hit his 27th of the season in the eighth.

NATIONALS 6, DIAMONDBACKS 3

Phoenix — Stephen Strasburg left with a 5-0 lead after the second inning, when he walked the No. 8 and No. 9 batters. He is 10-3 with a 3.25 ERA.

Strasburg said his early departure was a precaution. He described the problem as slight "achiness" in his forearm. Strasburg said he wants to "nip it in the bud" so he's available to the team in the crucial stages of the late season.

Brian Goodwin's leadoff homer ignited a four-run first inning off Robbie Ray (9-5), who lasted five innings, allowing five runs.

Bryce Harper singled in the first to extend his hitting streak to 16 games. Joe Blanton (1-2) got two outs and earned the win.

YANKEES 6, MARINERS 4

Seattle — New York won a series for the first time in six weeks when Aroldis Chapman struck out Ben Gamel with a runner on to preserve the Yankees' third win in four games against Seattle this weekend. The Yankees had been 0-8-2 in series since sweeping Baltimore on June 9-11.

After Seattle overcame a 3-0 deficit with a four-run fourth inning against Caleb Smith, Brett Gardner hit a tying, bases-loaded single in the sixth and Clint Frazier followed with a two-run double off former Yankee James Pazos (2-3).

Didi Gregorius had his first career multihomer game with solo shots, and Gardner opened the game with his 17th home run.

A converted starter pitching on consecutive days for the first time in big league career, Chad Green (1-0) struck out three in 2 1/3 perfect innings. Chapman had another shaky finish for his 11th save.

RANGERS 6, RAYS 5

St. Petersburg, Florida — Rougned Odor homered twice, including back-to-back drives with Carlos Gomez in the eighth inning, and Texas completed a three-game sweep.

Odor's two-run drive off Brad Boxberger (2-2) tied the score, and Gomez put the Rangers ahead 6-5 two pitches later.

Joey Gallo also homered for the Rangers, who had not swept a series of three or more games at Tampa Bay since July 1999. Adrian Beltre tripled and singled, moving within 11 of 3,000 hits.

Matt Bush (3-4) pitched a scoreless seventh, and Jose Leclerc got his second save despite two walks in the ninth.

INDIANS 8, BLUE JAYS 1

Cleveland — Corey Kluber (8-3) struck out a season-high 14 in 7 2/3 innings, and Cleveland finished a three-game sweep. Kluber allowed five hits, including Kevin Pillar's home run, and reached double figures in strikeouts for the ninth time in 16 starts.

Michael Brantley hit a two-run homer in the sixth and had three RBIs. Brandon Guyer's three-run double was the key hit in the first, when Cleveland took a 4-0 lead against J.A. Happ (3-7).

ATHLETICS 3, METS 2

New York — Rookie Matt Chapman quickly atoned got getting picked off at third base by hitting a tiebreaking home run in the seventh Rafael Montero (1-7).

Rookie Daniel Gossett (2-5) gave up two runs and five hits in six innings, and Santiago Casilla worked the ninth for his 16th save, ending New York's four-game winning streak.

REDS 6, MARLINS 3

Cincinnati — Scooter Gennett, Eugenio Suarez and Tucker Barnhart homered, and Billy Hamilton had three hits and stole a pair of bases to increase his major league-leading total to 43.

Cincinnati finished a 2-8 homestand in which they allowed 23 homers and 72 runs. Rookie right-hander Sal Romano (2-2) made his fourth and longest big league start, allowing one run and three hits over six innings.

Raisel Iglesias gave up one hits over two innings for his first save since July 9, his 17th this year.

Tom Koehler (1-5) gave up six runs — five earned — and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings.

ORIOLES 9, ASTROS 7

Baltimore — Zach Britton pitched a hitless ninth tp set an American League record by converting his 55th consecutive save opportunity.

Britton broke the AL mark held by Tom Gordon, who notched 54 straight saves with Boston from 1998-99. Britton started his run on Oct. 1, 2015, added 47 in a row last season and is 6 for 6 this year. The major league record of 84 is held by Eric Gagne of the Dodgers from 2002-04.

Baltimore broke a tie with two runs in the eighth against Luke Gregerson (2-3), using a sacrifice fly by Manny Machado and an RBI single by Jonathan Schoop.

Britton made the lead stand up, using 16 pitches to retire the AL West leaders. Mychal Givens (7-0) worked the eighth for the Orioles.

PHILLIES 6, BREWERS 3

Philadelphia — Nick Williams hit a go-ahead, two-run homer in the fourth off Junior Guerra (1-4).

Jerad Eickhoff (2-7) allowed three hits in six innings and Howie Kendrick had two hits and two RBIs. Luis Garcia pitched a perfect ninth for his first save this seaso. The Phillies have won consecutive series for the first time since late April.

TIGERS 9, TWINS 6

Minneapolis — Jose Iglesias had three hits, including a tiebreaking, two-run homer in the seventh off Trevor Hildenberger (1-1) in a 4-hour, 19-minute game — the longest nine-inning game in Twins history.

Ian Kinsler, James McCann and Alex Presley also had three hits apiece for the Tigers, who took two of three from the Twins.

Matthew Boyd (4-5) won his second straight start since he was recalled from the minors, striking out a career-high eight in six-plus innings.

ROYALS 5, WHITE SOX 4

Kansas City, Missouri — Brandon Moss hit a game-ending double off Tyler Clippard, extending Chicago's longest losing streak since 2013 to nine games.

Whit Merrifield, Jorge Bonifacio and Eric Hosmer hit consecutive home runs off Derek Holland in the fourth inning for a 3-0 lead, and Merrifield hit another solo shot in the eighth off Dan Jennings to tie the score at 4.

Mike Moustakas singled off Gregory Infante (0-1) leading off the ninth and pinch-runner Lorenzo Cain advanced on a wild pitch and scored

Kelvin Herrera (3-2) struck out two in a perfect ninth, extending the scoreless streak by the Royals bullpen to 18 innings over five games.

ROCKIES 13, PIRATES 3

Denver — Kyle Freeland (10-7) allowed two runs over six inning in his first start since his no-hit bid against the Chicago White Sox on July 9 was broken up by Melky Cabrera's one-out single in the ninth. between the starts, Freeland threw three hitless innings against the Mets on July 15 in his first career relief appearance.

Trevor Story, pinch-hitter Pat Valaika and Mark Reynolds hit two-run homers during a seven-run sixth.

Ivan Nova (10-7) allowed a season-high seven runs and nine hits in five-plus innings.

ANGELS 3, RED SOX 2

Anaheim, California — Luis Valbuena hit a tiebreaking solo home run in the seventh off Rick Porcello (4-13), and Mike Trout and Andrelton Simmons also homered.

Parker Bridwell (4-1) gave up two runs on five hits in seven innings. Bud Norris earned his 15th save when Xander Bogaerts hit into a game-ending double play.

PADRES 5, GIANTS 2

San Francisco — Wil Myers homered for the third straight game against San Francisco, and Jabari Blash hit a go-ahead two-run double in the decisive fourth to back Dinelson Lamet (4-4).

San Diego hit three straight doubles in the fourth and four consecutive hits in all against lefty Ty Blach (6-6). Brad Hand, the Padres' third reliever, pitched a 1-2-3 ninth for his third save.


Kim wins Marathon Classic; 2nd 2-time LPGA winner this year

In-Kyung Kim holds the trophy after winning the Marathon Classic golf tournament at Highland Meadows Golf Club in Sylvania, Ohio, Sunday, July 23. (Lori King/The Blade via AP)

Sylvania, Ohio (AP) — In-Kyung Kim rallied to win the Marathon Classic on Sunday to become the second two-time winner this season on the LPGA Tour.

Two strokes behind 18-year-old Nelly Korda entering the round, Kim birdied six of the first nine holes and finished with an 8-under 63 for a four-stroke victory over Lexi Thompson.

"I had a great day," Kim said. "I have been hitting it very solid over the few days, and today I was feeling really good about my putting before going out. I wasn't expecting to go very low, but I did my best, and sometimes without expectation, just, I guess, it works out."

Kim also won the ShopRite LPGA Classic in June in New Jersey. The six-time LPGA Tour winner joined fellow South Korean player So Yeon Ryu as the only multiple winners this season.

After playing the front nine in 6-under 28, the 29-year-old Kim and added birdies on Nos. 15 and 16. She finished at 21-under 263 at Highland Meadows.

"You have to hit the fairways," Kim said. "Some holes are very shaping holes, and I was very comfortable playing those holes, and I feel like I took advantage of that, birdied three of the par 5s. ... Today, the pin positions were a little bit comfortable for me. I've been hitting little draws this week, and when the pin is tucked on the left side, I was having a hard time."

In 2010 at Highland Meadows, she lost to Na Yeon Choi in a playoff.

"I always liked the golf course," Kim said. "I had a playoff before and I just have great memory."

Thompson closed with a 66 for her fifth runner-up finish of the year. She won the Kingsmill Championship in May.

"Overall, I'm very happy with the way I played," Thompson said. "I was hitting a cut around the golf course, and that's usually not what I do. But I managed to put up some good scores."

Gerina Piller, still looking for her first LPGA Tour victory after leading after each of the first two rounds, had a 68 to tie for third at 15 under with Peiyun Chien (68).

"I didn't come away with the win, but it doesn't mean I didn't have a winning performance," Piller said. "I'm looking forward to taking the week off and heading over to the British."

Sung Hyun Park, coming off a victory last week in the U.S. Women's Open in New Jersey, tied for sixth at 13 under after a 70.

Korda shot a 74 to tie for eighth at 12 under.

"The ups and downs are what I love about this sport," Korda tweeted. "It constantly challenges you to improve either yourself or your game. British next!!"

Lydia Ko, winless since her victory last year at Highland Meadows, tied for 20th at 9 under after a 69. She also won the 2014 event.


Update July 22 - 23, 2017

Spieth turns in a beauty on a nasty day at British Open

Jordan Spieth of the United States plays a shot on the 6th hole during the second round of the British Open Golf Championship, at Royal Birkdale, Southport, England, Friday July 21. (AP Photo/Peter Morrison)

Doug Ferguson

Southport, England (AP) — Jordan Spieth expected a rough time at the British Open before he even got to the golf course.

He spent Friday morning at his rented house in front of the television, watching players battle a relentless wind at Royal Birkdale, all the while checking a forecast that was even worse for when he played in the afternoon.

"It wasn't a great feeling knowing we were coming into something harder than what we were watching," he said.

Spieth did more than just survive.

With a short game as sharp as it has been all year, and a 3-wood that turned out a lot better than it looked and led to an eagle, Spieth seized control with a 1-under 69 that gave him a two-shot lead over Matt Kuchar going into the weekend.

Spieth turned a bogey or worse into an unlikely par by chipping in from just short of the 10th green. And he learned enough from watching TV to know that going a little long on the par-5 15th would give him a better birdie chance than playing short. So he switched from a 3-iron to a 3-wood, hit it a little off the neck and watched it run hot and fast some 100 yards along the wet turf to about 18 feet away.

"I mishit the shot, which is probably why it looked so gross," Spieth said. "I hit it low off the heel, which is easy to do when you're trying to carve a cut. And it just ... one hop, scooted around the group of bunkers there, and then it was obviously fortunate to get all the way to the green."

The flight of that 3-wood looked as ugly as the weather. The outcome was as bright as his chances of getting his name on another major championship trophy.

Spieth was at 6-under 134. It was the 12th time he has been atop the leaderboard at a major, including the fourth rounds of the Masters and U.S. Open that he won in 2015. Spieth is the sole leader at a major for the first time since the third round of the Masters last year, when he was runner-up to Danny Willett.

"Anytime you're in the last group on a weekend in a major ... you get nervous. And I'll be feeling it this weekend a bit," he said. "But I enjoy it. As long as I approach it positively and recognize that this is what you want to feel because you're in the position you want to be in, then the easier it is to hit solid shots and to create solid rounds."

Kuchar played in the morning in steadily strong wind, but without rain, and pieced together a solid round until a few mistakes at the end for a 71. He was at 4-under 136, and it would have been a good bet that he would be leading with the nasty weather that arrived.

"I think that's what people enjoy about the British Open is watching the hard wind, the rain, the guys just trying to survive out there," Kuchar said. "Today is my day. I get to kick back in the afternoon and watch the guys just try to survive."

He wound up watching another short-game clinic from Spieth.

The key to his round came in the middle, starting with a 10-foot par putt on No. 8 after he drove into a pot bunker. The biggest break came at No. 10, when the rain was pounding Royal Birkdale. Spieth hit into another pot bunker off the tee, could only advance it out sideways, and came up short of the green in light rough.

"Massive," he said about the chip-in par. "Nothing said '4' about this hole. I feel a little guilty about taking 4 on the card."

And he wasn't through just yet. Spieth rolled in a 35-foot birdie putt across the 11th green, and then after watching Henrik Stenson's tee shot on the par-3 12th land softly, Spieth realized he could take on the flag. He hit 7-iron to 2 feet for another birdie, and followed that with a beautiful pitch to tap-in range for par on the 13th.

Even so, his work is far from over.

The chasing pack features U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, who failed to make a birdie but stayed in the hunt with 16 pars in a 72, and Ian Poulter with his newfound confidence, which is growing even higher with the support of the English crowd. Poulter shot 70.

Not to be overlooked was Rory McIlroy, who recovered from a horrific start Thursday to salvage a 71, and then kept right on rolling. McIlroy, who was 5 over through the opening six holes of the tournament, ran off three birdies with full control of every shot on the front nine.

And much like Spieth, he kept his round together with crucial par saves early on the back nine when the wind was at its worse. McIlroy posted a 68 and was at 1-under 139, only five shots behind with only five players in front of him.

"To be in after two days and be under par for this championship after the way I started, I'm ecstatic with that," McIlroy said.

Not everyone got off so easy.

Justin Thomas, who started the second round just two shots behind, drove into the gorse on the first hole and took double bogey. That wasn't nearly as bad as the sixth hole, where he tried three times to hammer out of the thick native grass well right of the fairway. He couldn't find the ball after the third one, and he wound up taking a quintuple-bogey 9. Thomas made another double bogey on the 13th hole and shot 80.

Spieth never looked as if he was under any stress, except for his tee shot into the bunker on No. 8. A British writer suggested a lip-reader could have detected some choice words coming out of his mouth. Spieth smiled and replied, "I speak American. You probably didn't understand me."

The language of his clubs — especially the wedge and the putter — was all too familiar.


Usain Bolt wins 100m in his last Diamond League race

Jamaica's Usain Bolt crosses the finish line first in the men's 100m race at the IAAF Diamond League Athletics meeting at the Louis II Stadium in Monaco, Friday, July 21. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

Monaco (AP) — In the last Diamond League race of his glittering career, Usain Bolt held on to win the 100 meters at the Herculis track meet on Friday.

The eight-time Olympic champion was under pressure from Isiah Young of the United States in the last 30 meters but used his famed finish to win in 9.95 seconds at Stade Louis II in Monaco. Young clocked 9.98. Akani Simbine of South Africa was third in 10.02.

Bolt is retiring after the world championships in London next month.

Last month, he won at the Golden Spike in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in 10.06 after a slow start. He got away better this time, but was made to work hard by Young.

"It's always good to get a win. My time is going down at the right time," the Jamaican said, looking ahead to the worlds. "Everything is coming together."

He was given a rousing ovation and expects to sorely miss that close bond with the crowd when his running days are over.

"I'm always here for the fans, and of course I will miss the vibe around the track. Mixed emotions always, happy for my career, sad that it is ending," he said. "I'm planning to chill after London with my family, but I'm not sure what will be my next plan after this season."

Young was happy enough to have pushed Bolt hard and is confident he can challenge in London, where he will run in the 200.

"I was so close to Bolt at the end of his great career. Couple of days ago I was told I will run the 200 in London, so this sub 10 is great preparation for that," he said. "I need to execute well and then I can attack a medal in that event."

Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa won the 400 in 43.73, and countrywoman Caster Semenya pulled clear in the last 50 meters to win the 800 in a world-leading time this year of 1 minute, 55.27 seconds.

"It was a fantastic race, a very fast pace," Semenya said. "It was one of the hardest races I've had."

She set a personal best. Francine Niyonsaba of Burundi was second followed by Ajee Wilson of the U.S.

Van Niekerk was some way short of the world-record 43.03 he set when winning the Olympics last year.

Isaac Makwala was second and Botswana countryman Baboloki Thebe third.

Hellen Obiri of Kenya also set a world-leading 8:23.14 in the women's 3,000. Countrywoman Beatrice Chepkoech was five seconds behind.

Olympic silver medalist Evan Jager also got a year's best time, easily winning the men's 3,000 steeplechase in 8:01.29, less than one second behind his personal best. Still, the American was six seconds clear of Kenyan runner Jairus Kipchoge Birech.

"We are keeping our options open for the best possible tactical plan for the worlds," Jager said. "But one thing is clear: I'm going for gold."

Piotr Lisek of Poland won the men's pole vault with multiple world and Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie down in fifth, while Thomas Roehler of Germany won the javelin.

In the men's 800, not part of the Diamond League schedule in this race, Emmanuel Korir of Kenya set a world-leading time of 1:43.10, shaving .63 seconds off his personal best. Nijel Amos of Botswana set the previous best time two weeks ago in London.

Competing as an authorized neutral athlete in the wake of Russia's doping scandal, Mariya Lasitskene won the women's high jump at 2.05.

In the women's 4x100 relay, a non-Diamond League event, U.S. sprinter English Gardner fell when passing the baton and appeared to twist her ankle. Gardner, a member of the gold medal-winning relay team that beat Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, was taken off on a stretcher and could be a doubt for the worlds.


Ahead of last Tour fight, Boasson Hagen's homework pays off

Norway's Edvald Boasson Hagen celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the nineteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race in Salon-de-Provence, France, Friday, July 21. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

John Leicester

Salon-de-Provence, France (AP) — Edvald Boasson Hagen showed that brawn and speed don't guarantee victory at the Tour de France. Winners do their homework, too.

Going right around a roundabout while others took the left and longer route proved to be the key that enabled the Norwegian to finally win a stage at this Tour on Friday after two second-place finishes.

Only Boasson Hagen and Nikias Arndt took the shorter route. The Norwegian then eliminated the German rider with a burst of acceleration and sped to the line in Salon-de Provence.

Arndt placed second, five seconds back.

Third-placed Jens Keukeleire was among those who went left around the roundabout in the last three kilometers and immediately realized their mistake, as Boasson Hagen motored away.

"That's when it struck me: We should have taken right," Keukeleire said. "He's one of those riders, give him 10 meters and he's gone."

It was Boasson Hagen's third career stage win at the Tour, after his first two in 2011. He said he'd studied the finish and identified the short cut.

"I was hunting for opportunities, and then the roundabout arrived," he said. "I understood that going right would be quicker."

Riding at a leisurely pace far behind them, race leader Chris Froome and other top contenders for the yellow jersey were happy to let others contest the victory on the Tour's longest stage.

Boasson Hagen was part of a 20-man group that Froome and Team Sky gave freedom to escape from the peloton because none of them presented a threat to his overall lead. After two energy-sapping days of climbs in the high Alps, Froome and his rivals had their sights set instead on the time trial on Saturday in Marseille that will determine the podium order before the race ends in Paris on Sunday.

Froome's group was still riding as Boasson Hagen celebrated his win. The peloton eventually rolled in more than 12 minutes after Boasson Hagen claimed the first stage win for the Dimension Data team at this tour.

The overall standings remained unchanged at the top, with Froome leading French rider Romain Bardet by 23 seconds and Rigoberto Uran of Colombia by 29 seconds.

With no major difficulties, the 222.5-kilometer (138-mile) stage from Embrun in the Alps offered no real opportunity for Froome's rivals to claw back time. Instead, they and Froome let the 20 breakaway riders do the hard graft.

"We could just sit on the wheels and recover a little bit," Froome said. "Everyone was quite happy to sit back."

The breakaway group split again with 20 kilometers (12 miles) left. Boasson Hagen was among nine riders who ditched the others with a furious burst, leaving him in the right group to contest the stage victory. But among that leading nine, everyone but Arndt and Boasson Hagen then went left around the roundabout, essentially eliminating themselves from the running.

On Stage 7, Boasson Hagen lost to Marcel Kittel by mere millimeters in a photo finish at Nuits-Saint-Georges. He was also second on Stage 16 and third on Stages 11 and 14.

"I didn't have to do a photo finish this time," he said. "I finally got my victory."

The 22.5 kilometer (14-mile) time-trial course is the last significant obstacle between Froome and his fourth Tour victory. He needs to hold only Bardet and Uran at bay. They could be tempted into taking greater risks to make up time on the course with more than two dozen bends and a short but very sharp uphill to the Notre-Dame de la Garde cathedral, Marseille's most famous landmark. The start and finish are both at the Stade Velodrome, home to the Olympique de Marseille football club.

Getting safely through the race against the clock, a discipline the double Olympic bronze medalist excels in, will allow Froome to savor the traditional processional ride into Paris on Sunday.

"I'm not going to go out there and take any big risks," he said. "I'm obviously in a fantastic position now and I'd much rather be in this position than the position of second or third or fourth and having to try and make up time on someone else. So that gives me a lot of confidence."


Spanish government ready to take over soccer

Spanish football chief Angel Maria Villar is shown in this Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

Joseph Wilson

Barcelona, Spain (AP) — With Angel Maria Villar in jail, the Spanish government is ready to step in and take control of soccer.

Spain's sports authority is seeking the temporary removal of Villar, the longtime president of the Spanish Football Federation and FIFA's senior vice president, after his arrest and imprisonment in an anti-corruption investigation.

Inigo Mendez de Vigo, minister of education, culture and sport and the government's spokesman, said on Friday the government is prepared to take charge of the operations of the federation so Spanish soccer is not harmed by the scandal.

"What we want is to guarantee the complete normalcy of the institution when its president and vice president are in prison because of a judge's decision (to deny them bail)," Mendez de Vigo said. "We want to send a message to the big family of football so everyone knows that we are taking steps."

The Higher Council of Sports said on Thursday it will ask the country's administrative court for sports to open a disciplinary procedure against Villar and three others.

The council said it plans to call a meeting of its own executive committee to agree on the temporary suspension of Villar and the other federation executives. Mendez de Vigo said that meeting of the Higher Council of Sports will be on Tuesday.

The Spanish federation is in charge of national teams, the Copa del Rey, setting the calendars of the club competitions, and the appointment of referees, among other areas. It does not run the top two divisions of the Spanish men's league nor the women's league.

Spain coach Julen Lopetegui voiced no criticisms of Villar on Friday, when he completed his first year in charge of the team after Villar picked him to replace Vicente del Bosque.

"The treatment we have received from Villar as far as sportsmen go has been exquisite," Lopetegui told Europa Press news agency. "He let us work and we are eternally grateful."

Lopetegui is getting ready for the World Cup qualifier against Italy on Sept. 2. That could decide which team wins an automatic berth to the tournament in Russia next year.

"I hope this gets cleared up as soon as possible," Lopetegui said. "On Sept. 2 we have a game that is too important for us to be thinking about other things."

The arrest of Villar, his son, and two others forced the announcement of the league calendar to be pushed back until Friday at the federation headquarters in Las Rozas, which was raided by police four days ago.

Those raids, along with others at regional federations and private properties, culminated in the arrests of Villar, his son Gorka Villar, federation vice president Juan Padron, and the secretary of the regional soccer federation of Tenerife, Ramon Hernandez.

National Court judge Santiago Pedraz questioned all four suspects on Thursday. Afterward, he denied bail for the Villars and Padron. The judge set bail for Hernandez at 100,000 euros ($116,000).

A state prosecutor accused the four officials of improper management, misappropriation of funds, corruption and falsifying documents.

The elder Villar is also a vice president of UEFA. As president of the Spanish federation since 1988, he was in charge when Spain won the 2010 World Cup and European Championships in 2008 and 2012.

Judge Pedraz said the 67-year-old Villar is suspected of misappropriating private and public funds received by the federation "at least since 2009."

In a 44-page ruling that included several quotes from phone taps carried out by the Guardia Civil, Pedraz detailed why state prosecutors allege that Villar used his influence as federation president to funnel private and public funds into regional federations in exchange for votes to remain in power for eight consecutive terms.

The state prosecutor also says that Villar used his control of friendly matches involving Spain to secure economic benefits for his son Gorka, a sports lawyer who has worked for CONMEBOL under three presidents who were all implicated in corruption cases.

Villar has been at the heart of FIFA and UEFA politics since the 1990s, and has worked closely with international soccer leaders who have since been indicted by the U.S. Justice Department. He was singled out for questionable conduct in the 2014 FIFA report on the World Cup bidding process.

Two weeks ago, he answered a judge's questions as part of an investigation into accusations brought by the Higher Council of Sports that his federation committed fraud in the misappropriation of 1.8 million euros ($2 million) that was destined for humanitarian relief in Haiti.

The president of the Spanish soccer league, Javier Tebas, is a longtime critic of Villar. On Friday, he said the federation needs to be purged.

"Villar is history for Spanish football. Now we have to get rid of 'Villarismo,'" Tebas said. "More tentacles will come out, but we need to let some fresh air in. It doesn't matter if Villar is no longer around if the system of corruption continues."


Nastase banned from Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019

Former Romanian tennis ace Ilie Nastase is shown in this Monday, May 23, 2016 file photo. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

London (AP) — Ilie Nastase has been banned from the Fed Cup and Davis Cup until 2019 because of his foul-mouthed comments and bad behavior as Romania's captain during a Fed Cup tie in April.

In addition to the ban, the International Tennis Federation said on Friday the 1973 French Open champion will not be able to work in an official capacity for a further two years, until 2021.

The 71-year-old Nastase was also fined $10,000. He has three weeks to appeal the decision.

Reached by telephone, Nastase declined to comment, saying he wanted to consult his lawyer.

The ITF said: "Mr. Nastase made a comment about Serena Williams's unborn child that was highly inappropriate and racially insensitive."

Nastase also "made advances of a sexual nature towards Anne Keothavong, the captain of the Great Britain team" and "made abusive and threatening comments to the match officials and to members of the Great Britain team."

Although he will have to sit out ITF events, the ban does not apply to Grand Slam, ATP or WTA tournaments, which are not under the governing body's jurisdiction.

Nastase was provisionally suspended in April after he speculated about the skin color of the baby that Williams is expecting, and for outbursts during the tie against Britain.

He previously acknowledged making mistakes and having shortcomings, but stressed "the cause I fight for is tennis, the sport I really love, which I cannot separate from my life."

As Fed Cup captain, Nastase hurled abuse at British player Johanna Konta, Keothavong, and the umpire. The referee ejected Nastase.

Nastase, a former top-ranked player, was barred from the French Open and was not invited to the Royal Box at Wimbledon, where he was a two-time finalist.


Update July 21, 2017

New world youth sailing champs crowned at Pattaya Regatta

Team USA, centre, celebrates on the podium with second placed Team China, left, and Team Malaysia, right, during the awards ceremony for the Optimist World Championship 2017 held at the Grand Heritage Hotel in Pattaya, Thursday, July 20.

Marco Gradoni of Italy was named the individual World Champion for 2017. (Photo/Matias Capizzano)

Pattaya - The Optimist World Championship 2017 ended successfully with all 281 young sailors from 62 countries contributing to make the event a resounding international success.  Marco Gradoni of Italy was named World Champion 2017. Team USA was crowned Best Nation and Best Team Racing champions. China took 2nd place and host country Thailand won 3rd place. In the Team Racing category, China achieved second place with Malaysia in third.

On the morning of the final day’s racing Thursday, sailors prepared to launch in listless conditions, hopeful of getting three more races written up on the scoreboard. For the select few at the top of the fleet leaderboards, there was a sense of anticipation, a determination to hold on to (or improve) their result, and hope that the last day of racing would be a great one. The wind failed to show up though, and the final day’s racing was cut short at 2pm, thereby closing out all races and confirming the current leaders as winners.

Consequently, Malaysia’s Muhammad Fauzi Bin Kaman Shah won silver in the individual series, a step up from his bronze last year. Costa Rica’s Mic Sig Kos Mohr, who spent months training in Thailand, won bronze. Thai sailors Panwa Boonnak and Jedtavee Yongyuennarm finished 10th and 13th overall, an impressive feat in the huge fleet of 281 sailors.

In the Top Female category, Spain’s Maria Perello took gold at just 12 years of age. Thailand’s Palika Poonpat, a cousin of 2010 World Champion and two time Top Female Nopakkao Poonpat, took silver in the female ranks and graduates out of the class this year. USA’s Charlotte Leigh won bronze.


An All-American start to the British Open

Brooks Koepka of the United States plays out of a bunker on the 18th hole during the first round of the British Open Golf Championship at Royal Birkdale in Southport, England Thursday, July 20. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Doug Ferguson

Southport, England (AP) — The wind off the Irish Sea pushed away the rain clouds and bathed Royal Birkdale in sunshine, Stars and Stripes.

The British Open began Thursday with an All-American flavor.

Jordan Spieth, chomping away on gum as he watched one putt after another pour into the center of the cup, worked some bunker magic of his own late in the round to keep his card filled only with birdies and pars for a 5-under 65.

U.S. Open champion Brooks Koepka, with no competition and barely any practice since capturing his first major a month ago, ran off three straight birdies and holed a tough shot from a pot bunker for eagle on the par-5 17th hole for a 5-under 65.

Joining them was Matt Kuchar, who first endeared himself to these British fans as a 19-year-old amateur in 1998 at Royal Birkdale. Kuchar tied the course record with a 29 on the front nine, only to fall into a routine of pars the rest of the way. He still shot 65, his best score ever in a major.

They had a one-shot lead over Paul Casey and Charl Schwartzel on a day that started nasty and ended with 39 players breaking par. The biggest question after a long day on the links was what was in store for Friday, when high wind and occasional showers were in the forecast.

"I thought today's round was extremely important, as they all are," Spieth said, atop the leaderboard at a major for the first time since last year's Masters. "But given the forecast coming in, I thought you really needed to be in the red today. You can certainly make up ground in a round tomorrow, and we'll see it happen. But being able to kind of play with shots, or play a little more conservative because you don't try to do too much on a day like tomorrow, that's nice and very helpful."

Dustin Johnson and Rory McIlroy fall into that category.

Johnson, the No. 1 player who hasn't played the weekend at a major since the British Open last year, managed only one birdie on a decent day for scoring and shot 71. McIlroy also shot 71 and was relieved. Coming off three missed cuts in his last four events, he was 5 over through six holes when his caddie gave him a pep talk. McIlroy closed with three birdies over the last four holes to stay in the game.

Phil Mickelson failed to make a birdie, the first time that has happened in a major in five years, and shot 73.

Kuchar was the only one at 65 who played in the afternoon. The wind remained strong, though the course was manageable for everyone who stayed out of bunkers and deep grass and who holed putts.

"I watched some of the golf this morning on TV. It looked awfully challenging," Kuchar said. "It looked like anything under par was going to be a good score. Seemed like the later your tee time, the better draw you got. ... For me, to start my British Open with a 29 on the front nine is a great way to start."

Charley Hoffman had the best start of all, holing out from the rough on the daunting opening hole for an eagle. He was poised to join the leaders when he reached 5 under with a birdie on the 15th, only to drop shots on the next two holes. Hoffman shot 69 and was in a group that included Ian Poulter and Rafa Cabrera Bello.

Defending champion Henrik Stenson, who played with Spieth, had a 71. Stenson also played with Spieth the first two rounds of the 2015 Masters that the Texan won wire-to-wire and knew what to expect.

"He was rolling it superbly that week, and I don't think it was that far behind today," Stenson said.

But his best shot was with his feet in the sand. Spieth was in thick rough to the right of the 16th fairway when his shot crept into the back of a pot bunker. Not only was the ball on a slight slope, the rake marks left his ball between two ridges.

"This is dangerous," he said to his caddie.

He aimed to the right of the hole to avoid it going off the green on the other side and into another bunker, and it came off perfectly about 10 feet away.

"That was awesome," were his next words to his caddie.

He made the par putt — Spieth made a lot of putts on picked up a two-putt birdie on the 17th and narrowly missed a 7-foot birdie putt on the last. It was his best start in a major since he shot 66 at the Masters a year ago. Spieth rated it among the top five or six rounds he has ever played in a major, not bad for someone who came close to the Grand Slam two years ago.

"I couldn't have done much better today," he said.

Royal Birkdale was much more kind than it was nine years ago in raging wind and rain. The 146th Open began in cool temperatures, a light rain and a strong wind. Mark O'Meara, a winner at Royal Birkdale in 1998 who is playing in his last British Open, hit the opening tee shot.

And then he hit another one.

O'Meara's first shot was lost in the gorse, he made a quadruple-bogey 8 and was on his way to an 81. His threesome required 18 shots to play that hole. But the weather settled down a few hours later, and the scorecards filled up with plenty of birdies and eagles.

Just not for McIlroy until late in the round, or Johnson and Mickelson all day.

"With the weather we're expecting tomorrow, I still feel I'm in the golf tournament," McIlroy said. "If I can go out and play a good, quality round of golf in the morning and try to get in the clubhouse somewhere around even par, under par, I'll still be around for the weekend."


The Alps behind him, Froome has one hand on Tour win No. 4

Britain's Chris Froome, wearing the overall leader's yellow jersey, left, Colombia's Rigoberto Uran, right, and France's Romain Bardet cross the finish line during the eighteenth stage of the Tour de France cycling race on the Izoard pass, France, Thursday, July 20. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

John Leicester & Samuel Petrequin

Col D'izoard, France (AP) — On the highest mountain-top finish of the 104th Tour de France, in a rocky moonscape where the air thins, only the hardiest organisms survive. A few pine trees, tough old grasses, some stubborn flowers and, now joining that rare breed, Chris Froome.

Putting one hand on what would be his third straight Tour crown and fourth overall since his first win in 2013, Froome emerged from the Alps on Thursday with the yellow jersey fixed firmly on his shoulders. Having chewed his way through nearly 3,200 kilometers (2,000 miles) of French roads, just three stages now stand between the Briton and top spot on the Champs-Elysees podium in Paris on Sunday night. And one of those is a time trial race against the clock, a discipline he excels in — having provided him with bronze medals at the Olympics of 2012 and 2016.

With opportunities to dethrone the three-time champion quickly running out, French rider Romain Bardet and his AG2R team again put pedal to the metal and tried to make Froome crack on the last huge climb of this Tour, piling on the pace up the punishing Col d'Izoard — the culmination of Thursday's Stage 18 and one of the toughest tests in a three-week race that has produced surprises aplenty.

Froome was in no mood to be at the receiving end of another one.

Fending off Bardet's attacks, and putting in a strong one of his own that initially rattled yet didn't shake off the sturdy Frenchman, he preserved a cushion of 23 seconds overall that, unless disaster strikes in the shape of a crash or other misfortune, should be enough for victory.

"I wouldn't say it's quite won," Froome said, before confidently adding: "The toughest part of the Tour is behind us."

French rider Warren Barguil triumphed on the Izoard's barren slopes, winning his second stage of the tour after he attacked with six kilometers (four miles) left to climb to the top. He also won Stage 13 on Bastille Day.

Barguil gradually reeled in riders ahead of him on the hairpin bends and steep road — the last being John Darwin Atapuma of Colombia, with about 1.5 kilometers (1 mile) left to the finish, at an altitude of 2,360 meters (7,743 feet), amid deserts of scree.

He is now guaranteed to win the polka-dot jersey awarded for points collected during the Tour on climbs — an even more impressive feat considering he suffered a pelvis fracture in a crash in April and was struck by a car on a training ride last year, fracturing his wrist.

"I had a lot hard luck. Luck is now on my side," he said. "I had big problems, but I never gave up."

Froome's lead, while far smaller than at the same stage in the Tours he won in 2013, 2015 and 2016, is sufficient for him not to have to take unnecessary risks on the twisting and technical time-trial course in Marseille on Saturday. His Team Sky should also be strong enough to control the race on Friday's stage out of the Alps through Provence, which isn't tough enough to provoke a big shake-up in the standings. And Sunday's ride into Paris is traditionally a procession before only the sprinters contest victory at the end.

In short, Froome is 95 percent of the way there.

"I'm happy that I went through the Alps without any major problem," the 32-year-old Froome said. "I normally find the Alps more difficult."

By beating Froome in a final sprint to finish third at the top of the Izoard, placing behind Barguil and Atapuma, Bardet clawed back four valuable bonus seconds. That moved him up to second overall, relegating Rigoberto Uran to third.

"I gave it all, I thought I was going to suffocate as I crossed the line," Bardet said. "I have no regrets, I did everything I could."

Uran lost a bit of ground and a couple of seconds to Bardet and Froome in the Izoard's final ramp and now trails Froome by 29 seconds. Bardet and Uran are the only riders within a minute of Froome, after Italian Fabio Aru again faded on that climb and continued his slide down the overall rankings. Going into the Alps, Aru was second overall, breathing down Froome's neck. He is now fifth and nearly two minutes behind his rival.

Despite the odds stacking in Froome's favor, Bardet isn't ready to concede defeat.

"It's still possible," he said. "I'll try to finish in a beautiful fashion."

But the reality is that Bardet is not the time-trial force that Froome is.

Froome identified Uran as his "biggest threat" in the clock-race and will be watching the Colombian most closely.

"It's still a close race," Froome said. "But we're in a good position."


As Bolt nears end, Van Niekerk is track's great hope

Jamaica's Usain Bolt, center right, embraces South African sprinter Wayde van Niekerk after winning the "Salute to a Legend" 100 meters during the Racers Grand Prix at the national stadium in Kingston, Jamaica, June 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Bryan Cummings)

Monaco (AP) — As Usain Bolt races toward the end of a great career, Wayde van Niekerk is considered to be track and field's next big star.

"That's a massive, massive responsibility," Van Niekerk said on Thursday. He set a stunning 400-meter world record in 43.03 seconds while winning the Olympic title last year.

He spoke in Monaco ahead of the Herculis meeting on Friday in the Diamond League series where he will be a main attraction with Bolt, who will run one of his last competitive 100 races.

"I find it extremely difficult to even come close to what Usain has represented in his charismatic way," Van Niekerk said.

The softly spoken South African has talked with Bolt "quite a few times" about revealing more of his character.

"Usain has set the bar quite high both with his personality and his performances," Van Niekerk said, adding that he is "slowly but surely" coming out of his shell. "It's tough for us to catch up when it comes to personality because he (Bolt) naturally has it.

"At the end of the day you really just need to be you. It is the performances that make me a great athlete."

There was greatness on the Rio de Janeiro track last August when Van Niekerk eclipsed Michael Johnson's world mark of 43.18 some thought was unbeatable.

Now a regular question is where and when the first sub-43 time will be run — possibly at the world championships in London in two weeks.

"I can definitely think of a 42," Van Niekerk acknowledged. "It's bound to happen. I just need to have the right race and the right conditions and the right perfect moment."

Van Niekerk seems in top shape. He ran a world-leading 43.62 this month at Lausanne, Switzerland, and eased up near the end of his only 400 so far in the European summer season.

He also took another Johnson mark when setting a world-best of 30.81 in the seldom-raced 300 last month in the Czech Republic. His best 200 time of 19.84, in Jamaica last month, is second in the world this year.

For good measure, Van Niekerk also has a 9.94 in the 100 that is faster than any Bolt competitive time this season.

"I doubt it is the end of where I can be," Van Niekerk said of his times in the shorter sprints.

Still, he has only respect for eight-time Olympic champion Bolt, whose farewell season will leave a big gap the sport will struggle to fill.

"We all thought, 'Is this really possible?'" Van Niekerk said of growing up watching the Jamaican great set world records and winning Olympic and world titles. "He has also inspired us so much."


Xie Siyi gives China another diving gold in Budapest

Bronze medalist Ilya Zakharov of Russia, gold medalist Xie Siyi of China and silver medalist Patrick Hausding of Germany, pose with their medals after the men's diving 3m springboard final of the 17th FINA Swimming World Championships in Budapest, Hungary, Thursday, July 20. (Zoltan Mathe/MTI via AP)

Paul Newberry

Budapest, Hungary (AP) — China claimed another diving gold at the world championships.

It didn't go to the Olympic champion.

Xie Siyi cruised to victory in men's 3-meter springboard Thursday, giving the powerhouse Chinese team its sixth world title in Budapest.

The 21-year-old Xie wasn't seriously challenged after teammate Cao Yuan, the gold medalist last summer in Rio, botched two straight dives.

Assured of victory with his final plunge, Xie collapsed in the arms of his coach and wiped away tears with a towel. He finished with a score of 547.10 points.

"I only focused on my movement, not caring too much about the result," Xie said through a translator. "I wasn't expecting to win a gold medal, a silver or a bronze, I was just working as hard as I could. Then if it wouldn't have been enough, it would have been OK."

The silver went to Germany's Patrick Hausding (526.15), while Russia's Ilia Zakharov (505.90) took the bronze.

Cao slipped all the way to 10th after posting the top score in the semifinals and leading through the first three rounds of the final. He under-rotated his fourth dive, hitting the water at a 45-degree angle and dropping back to sixth. His next dive was even worse, the crowd gasping as he made a loud splash with an over-rotated effort.

"I didn't perform in a mature way like the athletes who got medals," he said. "My performance was up and down. I wasn't really consistent."

Also Thursday, France took an open water gold in the 5-kilometer mixed team race, holding off the American squad, and Russia's Svetlana Kolesnichenko claimed her fourth gold medal of the championships by winning the duet free routine in synchronized swimming with Alexandra Patskevich.

Marc-Antoine Olivier anchored France's victory on Lake Balaton, about 130 kilometers (80 miles) southwest of Budapest, having already won the men's 5k individual race as well as claiming bronze in the 10k.

The winning time was 54 minutes, 5.9 seconds. Olivier finished 12.2 seconds ahead of American Jordan Wilimovsky, the silver medalist in the 10k.

There was a new format for these worlds, with each team featuring two women and two men racing in whichever order they prefer.

"I like this new formula, since there are more tactics, and it is more exciting," American swimmer Haley Anderson said. "We were struggling a little bit at the relays, but it was pretty much new for all."

Mario Sanzullo anchored Italy to bronze, 25.1 seconds behind France.

Kolesnichenko led Russia to its fifth gold in six synchronized swimming finals this week.

"All our attempts weren't in vain. We did everything we possibly could. We were training for 10-to-12 hours a day," Kolesnichenko said.

Chinese twins Jiang Tingting and Jiang Wenwen earned silver, while Anna Voloshyna and Yelyzaveta Yakhno of Ukraine got bronze.
 


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