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Scoreboard Roundup — 8/7/16

iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Here are the latest scores and winners:


L.A. Dodgers 8, Boston 5
N-Y Mets 3, Detroit 1
Chi Cubs 3, Oakland 1


N-Y Yankees 3, Cleveland 2
Minnesota 6, Tampa Bay 3
Baltimore 10, Chi White Sox 2
Texas 5, Houston 3, 11 Innings
Kansas City 7, Toronto 1
Seattle 3, L.A. Angels 1


Arizona 9, Milwaukee 3
Miami 10, Colorado 7 (Ichiro gets 3,000th hit)
Philadelphia 6, San Diego 5
Cincinnati 7, Pittsburgh 3
Washington 1, San Francisco 0
Atlanta 6, St. Louis 3

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Denny Hamlin Wins at Watkins Glen

Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images(WATKINS GLEN, N.Y.) — Denny Hamlin won the Sprint Cup Series’ road course race at Watkins Glen International on Sunday.

He and Martin Truex Jr. dueled on the final lap of the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, until contact from Brad Keselowski’s car caused Truex’s car to spin out. Truex finished seventh.

Joey Logano, Keselowski, AJ Allmendinger and Tony Stewart rounded out the top five.

Here are the top 10 drivers in the Cheez-It 355 at The Glen, held Sunday in Watkins Glen, New York:

1. Denny Hamlin
2. Joey Logano
3. Brad Keselowski
4. AJ Allmendinger
5. Tony Stewart
6. Kyle Busch
7. Martin Truex Jr.
8. Jamie McMurray
9. Trevor Bayne
10. Matt Kenseth

Here’s an updated look at the standings:

1. Kevin Harvick — 709 points.
2. Brad Keselowski — 687 points.
3. Kurt Busch — 658 points.
4. Kyle Busch — 634 points.
5. Carl Edwards — 626 points.
6. Joey Logano — 612 points.
7. Jimmie Johnson — 577 points.
8. Martin Truex Jr. — 577 points.
9. Denny Hamlin — 576 points.
10. Matt Kenseth — 569 points.
11. Austin Dillon — 549 points.
12. Ryan Newman — 537 points.
13. Chase Elliott — 533 points.
14. Jamie McMurray — 517 points.
15. Kyle Larson — 508 points.
16. Kasey Kahne — 488 points.

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Michael Phelps Wins 19th Olympic Gold Medal with Team USA’s 4×100 Free Relay Victory

Ian MacNicol/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Michael Phelps has won his 19th Olympic gold medal.

Phelps helped Team USA win gold in the 4×100 Freestyle Relay on Sunday along with Caeleb Dressel, Ryan Held, and Nathan Adrian.

France finished second with Australia in third.

The win also marked the star swimmer’s 23rd overall medal (19 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze) in the Olympic games.

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Williams Sisters Lose Olympic Doubles Match for the First Time

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Venus and Serena Williams were surprisingly knocked out in the doubles in Rio.

The famous tennis sisters both lost their first round match on Sunday in the tennis doubles competition in straight sets (6-3, 6-4).

It marked the first time the two have ever lost a doubles match at the Olympics.

The Williams sisters have three gold medals to their name (2000, 2008, 2012).

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Russia’s Entire Paralympic Team Banned from Upcoming Games

THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — The entire Russian team has been banned from competing in the Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in September as a punishment for the country’s failure to comply with anti-doping regulations.

The decision is to ensure “fair competition,” Philip Craven, president of the International Paralympic Committee, said Sunday in Rio. “This is vital to the integrity and credibility of Paralympic sport, and in order to achieve this it is fundamental that each member abides by the rules,” he said.

“I believe the Russian government has catastrophically failed their para-athletes. Their thirst for glory at all costs has significantly damaged all sport,” Craven added. “The medals over morals attitude disgusts me.”

The international committee’s governing board made the decision unanimously after evaluating evidence and allowing the Russian Paralympic Committee to present its case both in writing and in person and determined that the Russian committee was unable to ensure compliance with and enforcement of anti-doping codes.

The problem of doping among Russian athletes was exposed by World Anti-Doping Agency investigator Richard McLaren last month. His report followed an earlier investigation into doping cover-ups in Russian track and field.

The Russian Paralympic Committee now has 21 days to appeal the decision, according to the International Paralympic Committee’s suspension policy.

“This decision has placed a huge burden upon all our shoulders, but it’s a decision we’ve had to take in the best interests of the Paralympic Movement,” Craven said.

Russia finished second in the medal standings at the 2012 London Paralympics.

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A-Rod Bids Tearful Goodbye to Playing Baseball

Tim Clayton/Corbis via Getty Images(NEW YORK) — New York Yankees’ star Alex Rodriguez said a tearful goodbye to the game of baseball Sunday as the team announced that he will play in his final game next Friday, Aug. 12 before taking on the role as a special adviser and instructor to the team.

“This is a tough day. I love this game and I love this team. And today I’m saying goodbye to both,” Rodriguez said before shedding tears. He went on to thank his family.

“Thank you for your support. You’ve been through so much with me,” he said.

The 41-year-old designated hitter, formerly a third baseman and Gold Glove-winning shortstop, has had a storied 22-year career on the baseball diamond and is widely regarded as one of baseball’s greatest players.

He has also has had his share of scandal, largely due to his use of performance enhancing drugs, something he first admitted to in 2009, as well as to his record-breaking contracts.

He signed a $252 million, 10-year contract with Texas before the 2001 season, the largest agreement in baseball history, and then opted out of that to sign on with the Yankees for whom he won MVP in 2007, becoming a free agent. He then signed a $275 million deal with the Yankees.

On Aug. 5, 2013, Major League Baseball suspended Rodriguez from Aug. 8 through the end of the 2014 season, a total of 211 regular-season games plus any postseason games, for violating the league’s policy on performance enhancing drugs.

The scandal drew attention outside of the sports landscape because of Rodriguez’s celebrity status and his stature in baseball. Rodriguez, who is from Florida, emerged as wunderkind and was touted as the number one overall prospect in baseball before his call-up by the Seattle Mariners in 1994. He was selected for 14 All-Star games along the way and won three Most Valuable Player awards.

He amassed 696 home runs in his career, ranking fourth all-time in baseball history, ahead of Willie Mays and behind Babe Ruth.

This year, Rodriguez’ numbers have declined. He’s hit nine home runs in 216 at-bats, but has an on-base percentage of .252, well below his career mark of .380. He has struck out 27.8 percent of his times at bat, according to In contrast, during his 2007 MVP season with the Yankees, he posted a strikeout rate of 16.9 percent.

The Yankees meanwhile are in a rebuilding phase, shedding some veteran players and acquiring young talent. recently rated their farm system as the second best in the game, behind another rebuilding team, the Milwaukee Brewers.

Rodriguez’s new role will be to mentor and teach those younger players.

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Syrian Refugee Swimmer Yusra Mardini Wins First Heat of 100M Butterfly But Doesn’t Qualify for Semifinals at Rio Olympics

iStock/Thinkstock(RIO DE JANIERO) — A Syrian refugee who her risked her life crossing the Mediterranean Sea won the opening heat of the women’s 100-meter butterfly swimming competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro Saturday.

Yusra Mardini, a member of the Refugee Olympic Team, clocked in at 1:09:21, just off her entry time of 1:08:51. But despite winning her heat, the 18-year-old did not qualify for the semifinals. Her time put her in 41st place overall and only the top 16 swimmers moved on to the semifinal round.

But Mardini will have another chance to advance to the medal round, when she swims the women’s 100-meter freestyle event on Wednesday.

About two years ago, Mardini was swimming to save her life and others. She was one of 20 refugees crossing the Mediterranean Sea in a boat when the motor stopped running.

“It was quite hard to think that you are a swimmer and you might end up dying in the water,” Mardini said in an article on the Rio Olympics website.

Mardini fled the Syrian war in 2014 with her sister, who was with her on the boat. They dived into the water with one other passenger and pushed the boat to the shore. Everyone on board was saved. Mardini lives in Berlin, where she trains at Wasserfreunde Spandau 04.

In March, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach announced he would select refugee athletes to compete as a team for the first time at the Rio Games amid a worldwide refugee and migrant crisis. Mardini is one of two refugees from Syria on the team of 10 athletes.

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Americans Capture First Gold Medal in Rio

Pascal Guyot/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) – American Virginia Thrasher took home the first gold medal of the 2016 Olympic Games on Saturday, capturing the top spot in the women’s 10-meter air rifle competition.

The 19-year-old topped Du Li of China with a score of 208.0, an Olympic final round record.

Yi Siling of China took home bronze.

This is the third U.S. gold medal in women’s air rifle history, and the first since the 2000 games.

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Olympics 2016: Gisele Bundchen Says She’s ‘Humbled’ to Participate in the Summer Olympics

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — Gisele Bundchen is one of the many taking part in the opening ceremony for the Summer Olympics. Still, the moment is made even more special for the fashion model who was born in rural Brazil.

“This is a very special moment for my country and I am humbled that they invited me to be a part of such a special celebration,” she told People magazine ahead of the ceremony.

Bundchen walked the world’s longest runway while “The Girl From Ipanema” plays.

Bundchen, 36, began her modeling career at age 14 in her native Brazil. She later moved to New York City at 16 before becoming a household name.

The Summer Olympics is a sort of family reunion for Bundchen. The model said she’s thrilled to reunite her two children — Benjamin, 5, and Vivian, 3, with husband and NFL player Tom Brady — with the rest of her family for the festivities.

“Most of my family will be here for the ceremony. We just love being together no matter what we are doing,” she said. “My family loves talking and sharing since we don’t get to do that very often. It’s also so nice to have all the kids together and see how they are interacting.”

Although Bundchen couldn’t wait to return to Brazil, many have been hesitant to head to Rio due to safety and health concerns.

The model said, “I feel that there will always be people judging and criticizing no matter what. I believe that there are different ways to look at things; I always chose to focus on the positive because I believe that so much of what we create comes from what we believe.”

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Brazilian History and Culture Featured Prominently at Start of Olympic Opening Ceremony

Chris McGrath/Getty Images(RIO DE JANEIRO) — The 2016 Olympic Summer Games are underway in Rio de Janeiro in a festive opening ceremony filled with the traditions of the host country.

The Olympic torch will end is 95-day worldwide journey tonight to light the cauldron in front of an estimated crowd of 70,000 at Maracana Stadium. Workers were seen on video using bolt cutters to open the gates because the keys to the locks were reportedly lost.

The opening ceremony features three key themes: reinvent, rejoice and replant. The event opened with several projected images of water and moved into significant events in Brazilian history, including a presentation of the “beginning of life,” the “birth of the forest” and a tribute to the indigenous people who occupied Brazil in the past and present, according to the BBC. Acrobats then mimicked the movement of ships to symbolize when Europeans arrived to the continent in the 1500s.

With a series of complicated projections, emerging buildings looked as if they were popping out of the stadium floor, in an effort to depict the rise of the major contemporary cities in Brazil.

Perhaps the most internationally famous Brazilian, Gisele Bundchen, came out out of retirement and walked for more than two minutes in a shimmering low-cut gown in reportedly the last catwalk of her life. Her forefathers came to Brazil in a wave of immigration from Germany, the BBC reported.

The projections then turned to a multitude of colors, representing the festival of Carnival, followed by a massive dance party on the stadium floor. When the party ended, the ceremony became more somber, with environmental issues at the forefront. Projections depicted the melting of ice caps over time and the way it has caused sea levels to rise worldwide.

Eighteen-time gold medalist Michael Phelps will lead Team USA’s 555 athletes and bear the flag during roll call, which will be in alphabetical order. A request was put into the International Olympic Committee for Team USA to enter under the name “United States,” which would have fallen in the middle of the lineup, but it was denied. The Americans will instead enter under the Portuguese language of Brazil’s translation, “Estados Unidos,” which is number 69 out of 207 countries.

The opening ceremony in London in 2012, which featured appearances from Queen Elizabeth II herself and Daniel Craig in character as James Bond, has set the bar high for the events in Rio. But, the budget for Rio’s ceremony was significantly less, BBC reported.

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