Associated Press Sports Watch

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Update on the latest in sports:
AT THE OLYMPICS:
WEDNESDAY ACTION
Semenya on track
LONDON (AP) -- Three years after being forced to undergo gender tests, South Africa's Caster Semenya made her Olympic debut today in London. She finished second in her 800-meter preliminary heat behind Alysia Montano of the U.S.
Semenya was sidelined for nearly a year while track and field's governing body decided whether to allow her to compete after she won the 2009 world title at age 18. She was tested and eventually cleared to return to action in 2010, then was the runner-up at last year's world championships.
Sarah Attar became the first Saudi woman to compete in Olympic track and field. Wearing a headscarf, longsleeve shirt and leggings, Attar finished last in her 800-meter heat.
Attar is a student at Pepperdine with duel Saudi and U.S. citizenship. She is one of the first two Saudi women ever selected for the Olympics.
Also today in the stadium, world record holder Ashton Eaton of the U.S. started off the decathlon with an Olympic-best performance in the 100 meters today in London.
Eaton was clocked in 10.35 seconds, beating the time of 10.41 that American Bill Toomey turned in 44 years ago. It was 0.14 seconds slower than Eaton's time at the U.S. trials,where he set the world standard.
The long jump, shot put, high jump and 400 meters also will be held on the first day of the competition.
Still to come on the track today, there are gold medal finals in the men's 110-meter hurdles, women's 200 meters, women's 400-meter hurdles and women's long jump.
Today's women's beach volleyball final will be an all-American affair.
Two-time defending gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May Treanor (TRAY'-nur) will play Jennifer Kessy and April Ross for the gold medal.
May-Treanor and Walsh Jennings knocked off China in straight sets on Tuesday for their 20th straight Olympic victory.
Kessy and Ross lost the first set to the top-seeded Brazilian team before bouncing back to win the decisive third set 15-12.
OLYMPICS-CAMEROON MISSING
Cameroon investigating disappearance
LONDON (AP) -- Cameroon Olympics officials say seven competitors who have left the athletes village may be seeking new homes and sporting opportunities outside their African nation.
A team press attachi tells The Associated Press that all of them have valid U.K. visas that would allow them to stay in the country for six months. He notes that other Cameroon athletes have left Olympic squads during earlier international sports events held in Melbourne and Athens, usually seeking better training facilities.
Cameroon is among the poorest nations on earth, with an estimated 2011 economic output of just $1,230 per person, according to the International Monetary Fund.
MEDALS
China still tops the list
LONDON (AP) -- China continues to lead the medals race in London.The 2008 Olympic hosts have 73 of them, including 34 gold. The U.S. is next with 70 medals, including 30 gold.
After a slow start, this year's hosts sit tied for third with Russia in the overall count with 48. Great Britain won three gold on Tuesday to raise its total to 22. That's the most the Brits have collected at any Summer Games in 104 years.
Russia has 10 gold medals.
TUESDAY
GYMNASTICS
Raisman shines, Douglas falters
LONDON (AP) -- Aly Raisman (RAYS'-mihn)grabbed the gold in the floor exercise. The captain of the U.S. women's gymnastics team also earned the bronze medal on balance beam.
All around gold medalist Gabby Douglas finished seventh on the beam after a fall.
TRACK AND FIELD
Bolt advances in 200
LONDON (AP) -- Usain (yoo-SAYN') Bolt opened defense of his Olympic 200-meter title with a comfortable win in the opening round to finish in 20.39 seconds. Bolt's teammate, 100-meter silver medalist Yohan Blake, won his heat easily in 20.38 as well. American Wallace Spearmon also qualifed with a time of 20.47.
Also:
-- Defending champ Dawn Harper was edged out by Australia's Sally Pearson for the gold medal in the women's 100-meter hurdles. Kellie Wells took the bronze medal.
-- Leonel (lee-ahn-EHL') Manzano has done something no American had done in 44 years: Win a medal in the Olympic 1500 meters. He captured the silver with a second-place finish.
-- American Erik Kynard had to settle for the silver medal after clearing 7 feet, 7 3/4 inches in the high jump.
-- Sanya Richards-Ross of the U.S. outleaned Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica to win their 200-meter semifinal heat in 22.30 seconds. Two-time defending 200 champion Veronica Campbell-Brown of Jamaica, and two-time runner-up Allyson Felix of the U.S. and 100 silver medalist Carmelita Jeter (JEH'tur) of the U.S. also advanced.
CYCLING
Hammer settles for silver
LONDON (AP) -- Sarah Hammer won the silver medal in cycling's omnium event.
The American was overtaken by Britain's Laura Trott in the last of the six events in the cycling competition, giving Trott the gold medal.
BASKETBALL
U.S. beats Canada
LONDON (AP) -- Diana Taurasi (tohr-AH'-see) scored 15 points and Candace Parker added 12 to lead the U.S. women's Olympic basketball team to a 91-48 rout of Canada. The 39th consecutive Olympic win for the Americans propels them into the semifinals.
VOLLEYBALL
U.S hopes still alive
LONDON (AP) -- Destinee Hooker scored 19 points to help the U.S. women's volleyball beat the Domincan Republic 25-14, 25-21, 25-22 to move into the semifinals.
The U.S. is looking for its first gold medal.
WATER POLO
U.S. will play for gold
LONDON (AP) -- Maggie Steffens scored four times, including the go-ahead goal to lead the U.S. over Australia 11-9 in extra time and into the women's water polo final.
IN OTHER SPORTS:
MLB-SCORES
Hamels baffles Braves
UNDATED (AP) -- Cole Hamels tossed a five-hitter for his fifth career shutout, Ryan Howard hit a two-run homer and the Philadelphia Phillies blanked Atlanta 3-0 to snap a seven-game losing streak against the Braves.
It's Hamels' first win in three tries since signing a $144 million, six-year contract. The All-Star lefty is 4-5 since going 8-1 the first two months.
Mike Minor took the loss for the wild card-leading Braves, who had won eight of 10.
In the rest of the NL:
-- Washington increased its NL East lead to four games over Atlanta by outlasting Houston 3-2 in 12 innings. Danny Espinosa drove in the go-ahead run. The Astros lost for the 32nd time in 36 games and are 0-11 in extra inning games this year.
-- Miami doubled up the New York Mets 4-2. Former Met Jose Reyes (RAY'-uhs) extended his hitting streak to a career-high 25 games with an infield single.
-- Chris Johnson homered in the eighth and ninth innings to rally the Arizona Diamondbacks to a 10-4 victory over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Johnson has hit five homers eight games since being acquired in a trade,
-- Brewers rookie Mike Fiers (fyers) took a perfect game into the seventh inning and Aramis Ramirez hit a two-run homer off Johnny Cueto (KWAY'-toh) to lead Milwaukee over the Cincinnati Reds 3-1. Fiers allowed just three hits in eight innings as he raised his mark to 6-4.
-- San Francisco doubled up St. Louis 4-2. Buster Posey continued his second-half tear with a three-run homer. Posey leads the majors with a .448 batting average and 30 RBIs since the All-Star break.
-- The L.A. Dodgers fell a game and a-half back of the Giants in the NL after losing 3-1 to Colorado. Rockies rookie Jeff Rutledge drove in three runs and had three doubles among his career-high four hits.
-- San Diego built a seven-run lead and beat the Chicago Cubs 7-3. Carlos Quentin his his 12th homer, a three-run shot.
Over in the AL:
-- Oakland trounced the L.A. Angels 10-4. Josh Reddick hit his 25th home run, one of four Athletics homers. Angels rookie sensation Mike Trout hit his 20th homer on his 21st birthday.
-- The Detroit Tigers held off the New York Yankees 6-5 for their 10th straight home win. The Yanks scored two in the ninth and had the tying run on third when Jose Valverde (val-VAYR'-day) nailed down his 22nd save. Miguel Cabrera homered and drove in three in the Tigers' sixth straight win.
-- James Shields threw eight strong innings, Evan Longoria drove in a run in his return from an injury, and the Tampa Bay Rays beat the Toronto Blue Jays 4-1. Longoria had missed 85 games because of a partially torn left hamstring.
-- Texas doubled up Boston 6-3. Recently acquired Ryan Dempster pitched six and two-thirds innings, striking out six for the win.
-- Billy Butler hit his career-high 22nd homer and the Kansas City Royals beat the Chicago White Sox 5-2. Bruce Chen outpitched Jake Peavy for his first win in six weeks.
-- The Minnesota Twins rallied for a 7-5 victory over Cleveland, sending the Indians to their 11th straight loss. Minnesota scored three times in the ninth off All-Star closer Chris Perez, who blew his second save opportunity in three days.
-- Baltimore outlasted Seattle 8-7 in 14 innings. Adam Jones ended it with a bases-loaded single. Matt Wieters (WEE'-turz) homered twice for the Orioles.
NBA-BLAZERS COACH
New Portland coach
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The last remaining head coaching vacancy in the NBA has been filled. The Portland Trail Blazers have hired Terry Stotts as head coach.
The 54-year-old Stotts had a 115-168 record as coach of the Atlanta Hawks and Milwaukee Bucks before spending the past four seasons as an assistant with Dallas.
Stotts replaces Kaleb Canales, who had the job on an interim basis after Nate McMillan was fired in the middle of last season's losing campaign.
NFL-NEWS
Kolb injury not serious
UNDATED (AP) -- Arizona coach Ken Whisenhunt (WIHZ'-en-hunt) calls Kevin Kolb's (KALBZ) bruised ribs injury minor and expects the quarterback to play in Friday's preseason game against Kansas City.
Kolb is locked in a tight battle with John Skelton for the Cardinals starting job.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PENN STATE
Changes to Nittany Lions uniforms
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) -- There will be a new look for the legendary generic football uniforms at Penn State.
The team is adding the names of players as well as a symbol of child-abuse awareness to the football team's jerseys for the upcoming season. The move after the conviction of former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky on child sexual abuse charges.
The university says the changes will take effect with the Sept. 1 season opener against Ohio University.
Meanwhile, a group of former Penn State players has notified the NCAA that it intends to appeals the harsh sanctions placed upon the football program for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.
A Penn State trustee has sent a similar letter. The NCAA has said the sanctions are not subject to appeal.
NBA-ALL-STAR DROWNS
Roundfield drowns in Aruba
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Former NBA All-Star Dan Roundfield has drowned while swimming off the Caribbean island of Aruba. Aruba police says Roundfield had helped his his wife to safety from a strong current but then the 59-year-old former player was swept away.
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