Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

AP-Sports Right Now
Update on the latest in sports:
Defending champs off to good start
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. men's basketball team overcame a slow start before cruising to a 98-71 win over France in their Olympic opener. Kevin Durant led the reigning gold medalists with 22 points while Kevin Love added 14 and Kobe Bryant had 10. The Americans led by a single point after the first quarter but held a 16-point advantage at halftime.
Playing with goggles to protect a recent eye injury, San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker had 10 points for France, which is expected to be a medal contender with six NBA players on the roster.
Medals for the U.S. in the pool
LONDON (AP) -- Dana Vollmer of the United States set a world record to win the 100-meter butterfly. Vollmer led at the turn and hit the wall in 55.98 seconds to shave 0.08 off the previous mark.
Vollmer had set an Olympic record in Saturday morning's heats. She missed qualifying for the 2008 Beijing Games.
LONDON (AP) -- Cameron van der Burgh of South Africa set a world record to win the 100-meter breaststroke and American Brendan Hansen won the bronze. Van der Burgh clocked 58.46 seconds, 0.12 seconds better than the mark set by Brenton Rickard of Australia at the 2009 world championships in Rome. Hansen's time was 59.49.
LONDON (AP) -- Camille Muffat of France edged Allison Schmitt of the United States by less than half a stroke to win the Olympic 400-meter freestyle. Muffat clocked an Olympic-record 4 minutes, 1.45 seconds, while Schmitt was second in 4:01.77.
LONDON (AP)-- With Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) anchoring, the U.S. finished second in the men's 4X100 freestyle. The team from France won the gold with Russia third. The Americans led all the way until Yannick Agnel pulled ahead of Lochte in the final lap. France clocked 3 minutes, 9.93 seconds, and the Americans settled for silver in 3:10.38. It was sweet revenge for the French, who lost a close race to the Americans in Beijing four years ago.
U.S. gymnasts turn in fine performance
LONDON (AP) -- The U.S. women breezed through qualifying in women's gymnastics.
American Jordyn Wieber (WEE'-bur) won't have a chance to add an Olympic gold medal to her world title. Wieber was only the third-best American behind Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas, and countries are limited to two in the all-around final.
Rhode makes history
LONDON (AP) -- Kimberly Rhode (ROH'-dee) won the gold medal in women's skeet shooting, making her the first American to take an individual-sport medal in five consecutive Olympics.
Rhode won a gold medal in double trap at Atlanta as a teenager in 1996, took bronze in that event four years later at Sydney, re-claimed the gold at Athens in 2004 and won the silver in skeet at Beijing in 2008.
A first for U.S.
LONDON (AP) -- Americans Abby Johnston and Kelci Bryant won the silver medal in 3-meter synchronized diving. The first Olympic synchro medal for the Americans ends the country's diving medal drought that extended to the 2000 Sydney Games.
Men's team opens with a win
LONDON (AP) -- The defending champion U.S. men's volleyball team opened Olympic play by sweeping Serbia behind Matt Anderson's 18 points. Captain Clay Stanley added 13 points in the 25-17, 25-22, 25-21 victory at Earls Court.
The Americans were not considered a favorite going into the Olympics despite a silver-medal finish in the recent FIVB World League tournament.
Wimbledon and rain, who figured?
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) -- Rain at Wimbledon wiped out most of the Olympic tennis schedule, but the retractable roof over Centre Court allowed for some play. Third-ranked Maria Sharapova of Russia won her Olympic debut as did men's Wimbledon runnerup Andy Murray of Britian and Novak Djokovic (NOH'-vak JOH'-kuh-vich).
Because of the rain, the event moved indoors for the first time since the 1912 Games
Hsing advances
LONDON (AP) -- American teen Ariel Hsing (AYR'-ee-ehl sing) upset the 1983 world champion to reach the third round of the Olympic table tennis tournament.
The 16-year-old Hsing has gained attention because of her friendship with billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett.
Organizers vow to fill empty seats
LONDON (AP) -- Blocks of seats at premier Olympic events are empty, and officials are promising to find out why.
The chairman of the London organizers says he suspects most of the no-shows were the guests of corporate sponsors.
Sebastian Coe says troops and local students will be given tickets to fill empty seats at Olympic venues.
Play ball
UNDATED (AP) -- In big league baseball this afternoon:
-- Detroit's Jhonny (JAH'-nee) Peralta hit two home runs and Doug Fister pitched eight innings as the Tigers beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1 to avoid a three-game sweep. The Tigers had lost four of five and fallen out of the AL Central lead. Jose Valverde (val-VAYR'-day) got his 20th save in 24 chances. Detroit avoided being swept in Toronto for the first time since Sept. 5-7, 2003.
This evening finds Texas hosting a Chicago club that's won five straight while the Yankees and Boston Red Sox play the rubber game of their three-game set in new York.
Birds lose Roberts
BALTIMORE (AP) -- Orioles second baseman Brian Roberts will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his right hip. Roberts made the announcement Sunday, one day after beginning a rehabilitation assignment with Class A Aberdeen.
Following a rehabilitation period of four to six months, Roberts intends to work toward returning to the Orioles in 2013.
The two-time All-Star has played in only 115 games over the last three seasons.
New deal for Street
MIAMI (AP) -- All-Star closer Huston Street and the San Diego Padres have agreed to a $14 million, two-year contract through 2014. The deal includes $7 million salaries for each of the next two seasons and a $7 million team option for 2015.
Street, who turns 29 Thursday, is 2-0 with a 0.91 ERA and has converted all 17 save opportunities in his first season with the Padres.
Diamondbacks acquire third baseman
HOUSTON (AP) -- The Houston Astros traded starting third baseman Chris Johnson to the Arizona Diamondbacks for two minor leaguers. Johnson was hitting .279 with eight home runs and 41 RBIs in 92 games for the Astros this season. He has spent his entire four-year career with Houston, hitting .274 with 26 home runs and 136 RBIs.
Long agrees with Rams on new pact
ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The St. Louis Rams and defensive end Chris Long have agreed on a four-year contract extension through the 2016 season. Long was seventh in the NFL with 13 sacks last year, topping his previous best of 8 1-2 sacks.
Couples comes back to win
TURNBERRY, Scotland (AP) -- Fred Couples shot a 3-under 67 in the final round to win the Senior British Open. The American completed play 9 under par, two shots in front of Gary Hallberg. Third-round leader Bernhard Langer (LAHN'-gur) skied to a 5-over 75 to finish well back of the leaders.
Final round in progress
ANCASTER, Ontario (AP) -- William McGirt has made his move at the PGA's Canadian Open. He is now 18-under-par after 13 holes, two shots in front of Robert Garrigus (GEHR'-ih-guhs) and Scott Piercy. They have completed 13 and 14 holes respectively.
Park prevails
EVIAN-LES-BAINS, France (AP) -- Inbee Park fired a 6-under 66 in the final round to win the Evian Masters for the first time. The 24-year-old South Korean beat veteran Karrie Webb (KAHR'-ee) and her overnight co-leader, Stacy Lewis, by two shots.
Park finished 17 under par to collect her second LPGA Tour title and first since the 2008 U.S. Open.
Lewis had been hunting her third LPGA Tour title of the year.
This is the last Evian Masters before the event becomes the Evian Championship and the fifth women's major in September 2013.
Johnson takes first
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Jimmie Johnson stamped another exclamation point on his racing resume, winning his fourth career Brickyard 400 with a dominant drive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. With the victory, Johnson joined Hendrick Motorsports teammate Jeff Gordon as the only NASCAR drivers to win four times at the historic 2.5-mile track, which has hosted stock car racing since 1994.
Kyle Busch finished second, followed by Greg Biffle, Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Gordon. Polesitter Denny Hamlin was sixth.
It was a rough day for Matt Kenseth, who came into Sunday's race with the Sprint Cup Series points lead but was taken out of the race in a late collision with Joey Logano.
Hamilton first across line
BUDAPEST, Hungary (AP) -- McLaren's Lewis Hamilton won the Hungarian Grand Prix.
Kimi Raikkonen (KEE'-mee RAY'-koh-nehn) was the runner-up in a Lotus, more than a second behind.
It's Hamilton's third win in Hungary and second of the season.
Ferrari's Fernando Alonso finished fifth and leads the championship with 164 points. He's followed by the Red Bull duo of Mark Webber with 124 and Sebastian Vettel with 122. Hamilton is fourth with 117, ahead of Raikkonen with 116.

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