Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AT THE OLYMPICS:
SWIMMING
Lochte takes gold in 400 IM, Phelps finishes 4th
LONDON (AP) -- Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) gave the United States its first gold of the London Olympics in the 400-meter individual medley. Fellow American Michael Phelps, the winner of eight gold medals four years ago, finished fourth.
Lochte turned his much-anticipated duel with Phelps into a blowout, pulling away to win by more than 3 seconds.
Phelps, who barely qualified for the final, was denied his 17th career medal. When the race was over, he could barely pull himself out of the pool.
LONDON (AP) -- China's Ye Shiwen set the first world record at the Olympic pool, winning the women's 400-meter individual medley with a dominant finishing kick. The runner-up was American teenager Elizabeth Beisel (BY'-suhl), who led more than halfway through the grueling race. The winning time 4 minutes, 28.43 seconds, while Beisel finished in 4:31.27.
LONDON (AP) -- Australia has won gold in the women's 400-meter freestyle relay with the U.S. finishing third. In winning, the Australian set an Olympic record of 3 minutes, 33.15 seconds. The United States team got off to a blistering start with Missy Franklin swimming leadoff under world-record pace, but the Australians rallied behind Brittany Elmslie on the third leg. The U.S. finished in 3:34.24, giving Natalie Coughlin (KAWG'-lin) the 12th medal of her career, tying Dara Torres and Jenny Thompson as the most decorated U.S. female Olympian.
ARCHERY
U.S. takes silver
LONDON (AP) -- Italy won the gold medal in men's team archery at the Olympics, beating the U.S. by one point on the final shot. The Americans' silver was the country's first medal of the games. South Korea took bronze.
Michele Frangilli, Marco Galiazzo and Mauro Nespoli hugged and raised their hands in celebration after the final arrow beat the Americans 219-218 at Lord's Cricket Ground. The gold was Italy's first ever in the event.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL
U.S. wins opener
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. women's basketball team looked nothing like the squad that is expected to dominate the Olympics. It had to overcome a sloppy performance to beat Croatia 81-56.
The U.S., which got back to its hotel at 3 a.m. after the opening ceremonies, struggled for the first three quarters before winning its 34th consecutive Olympic contest.
The victory was far different than the 54-point pounding the Americans gave Croatia a week earlier.
SOCCER
US Women win
GLASGOW, Scotland (AP) -- The U.S. women's soccer team made it two wins in two games in a 3-0 win over Colombia in Glasgow, Scotland. Megan Rapinoe scored in the 33rd minute for the Americans. After her goal, she reached into her sock and pulled out a birthday message for Ali Krieger, who blew out her knee in a qualifying match in January. Krieger turned 28 on Saturday. Abby Wambach (WAHM'-bahk) made it 2-0 in the 74th, and Carli Lloyd scored in the 77th.
GYMNASTICS
U.S. men look good
LONDON (AP) -- America's male gymnasts just might be able to back up their big talk. While perennial gymnastics powerhouses China and Japan bobbled and wobbled their way through qualifying, the American men proved they really do have the goods to contend for the gold medal. They didn't count a single fall, and their final score of 275.342 is almost three points ahead of surprising Britain.
TENNIS
Serena relives pleasant memory...Isner looks sharp...Federer struggles
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Serena Williams advanced to the second round of the Olympic tournament with a victory on the same Wimbledon court where she won her 14th Grand Slam title a few weeks ago. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama was on hand to watch Williams dismantle former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic (yeh-LAY'-nuh YANK'-oh-vihch) of Serbia 6-3, 6-1 on Centre Court.
American John Isner won his Olympic debut.
Wimbledon champion Roger Federer needed three sets to advance. The Swiss star is hunting his first singles gold in his fourth Olympic appearance. Federer won a doubles gold medal in 2008 with Stanislas Wawrinka (vah-VINK'-ah).
CYCLING
Vinokourov first across finish line
LONDON (AP) -- Alexander Vinokourov (vihn-oh-KOOR'-awf) of Kazakhstan won the gold medal in the men's cycling road race of the London Olympics.
Taylor Phinney (FIN'-ee) of Boulder, Colo., was the top American, just missing the podium with a fourth-place finish.
TELEVISION
Good numbers for Peacock Network
NEW YORK (AP) -- The London Olympics appear to be off to a strong start for NBC.
The Nielsen company's overnight ratings for Friday night's opening ceremony were 7 percent better than the Beijing opener in 2008.
IN OTHER SPORTS NEWS:
MLB-SCHEDULE
Jays and Cubs win
UNDATED (AP) -- The Blue Jays beat the Tigers 5-1. The Jays have won the first two games of the three game series. Edwin Encarnacion (en-kar-nah-see-OHN'), Colby Rasmus and Yunel (YOO'-nee-ehl) Escobar homered in the win. The Tigers have lost three straight and four of five after a five-game winning streak that briefly lifted them into first place in the AL Central.
-- Pinch hitter Reed Johnson drove in the go-ahead with a bunt single in the seventh inning and the Chicago Cubs got past St. Louis 3-2. Johnson caught the Cardinals by surprise when he squared up on the first pitch with runners on first and third and two outs. James Russell, who is 3-0, earned the win in relief. Carlos Marmol (mahr-MOHL') pitched the ninth for his 13th save in 15 chances.
NBA-MAGIC-COACH
Magic have new bench boss
ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) -- Jacque Vaughn has been hired as the Orlando Magic's next head coach.
The 37-year-old Vaughn becomes the 10th coach in team history and replaces Stan Van Gundy, who was fired May 21. Vaughn played 12 seasons in the NBA, including 80 games for the Magic in 2002-03. The former Kansas Jayhawks standout has never been a head coach, but comes to Orlando after spending the past two seasons as an assistant in San Antonio.
Vaughn won a championship with the Spurs in 2007.
CHAMPIONS TOUR-SENIOR BRITISH OPEN
Langer leads
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- The third round of the Senior British Open is complete. Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) is the man on top at 7-under, one shot in front of Fred Couples, who shot a 6-under-64 in round three.
PGA-CANADIAN OPEN
Tight at the top
ANCASTER, Ontario (AP) -- Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) has taken the lead during the third round of the PGA Canadian Open. He stands 16-under-par after 13 holes, while fellow American William McGirt is two shots back.
LPGA-MASTERS
Co-leaders after 54 holes
EVIAN-LES-BAINES, France (AP) -- American Stacy Lewis and South Korea's Inbee Park share a one-stroke lead after three rounds of the LPGA tournament in France.
Park carded a 2-under-par 70 to get to minus-11 while Lewis could do no better than a 73.
Natalie Gulbis, Karrie Webb and 17-year-old amateur Hyo Joo Kim are 10 under with 18 holes to play.
NASCAR-BRICKYARD 400 QUALIFYING
Hamlin takes pole
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Denny Hamlin has won the pole position for Sunday's Brickyard 400, turning a lap of 182.763 mph in today's qualifying. It's the 11th pole of Hamlin's career and his second this season.
Carl Edwards qualified second in his first race weekend with new crew chief Chad Norris, followed by Joey Logano
FORMULA ONE-HUNGARIAN GRAND PRIX QUALIFYING
Hamilton has fastest car in F1 qualifying
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- Lewis Hamilton of McLaren has secured the pole position for the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Romain Grosjean (groh-ZHAHN') of Lotus was about a half-second slower and will start in the No 2 position.
World championship leader Fernando Alonso of Ferrari qualified sixth.
AP-WF-07-28-12 2044GMT


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