Félix wins bronze in 400 for his 10th Olympic medal
TOKYO (AP) – Allyson Felix won her record-breaking 10th Olympic track medal with a bronze in the 400 meters. The 35-year-old American finished two places behind gold medalist Shaunae Miller-Uibo. Marileidy Paulino from the Dominican Republic finished second. Felix now has more Olympic medals in track and field than any woman in history, overtaking Jamaican runner Merlene Ottey. She is also tied with Carl Lewis for most by an American athlete. She has a chance to overtake this mark on Saturday in the 4 × 400 relay.
Friday’s US medal harvest at the Tokyo Games began with beach volleyball. Americans April Ross and Alix Klineman beat an Australian duo, 21-15, 21-16 for the championship. This is Ross’ third medal in as many Olympics, with silver she won in London and a bronze medal in Brazil. Klineman is a first-time Olympian.
Also at the Tokyo Games:
– The US women’s basketball team are one win away from their seventh straight gold after a 79-59 victory over Serbia. Brittney Griner had 15 points and 12 rebounds for the Americans, who trailed 4-3 before going 20-4. The Americans face Japan on Saturday. The United States has won 54 consecutive Olympic games since the 1992 semi-finals in Barcelona.
– The United States women’s volleyball team reached the gold medal game for the fourth time after avenging a semi-final loss five years ago to Serbia with a 25-19 victory, 25-15, 25-23. The Americans will face Brazil, which swept South Korea. This will be the third time in the last four Olympics that the United States and Brazil have met in the gold medal game. Brazil beat the United States for gold in Beijing in 2008 and London in 2012. Americans are chasing their first gold. They also lost the gold medal match against China in 1984. Serbia will face South Korea for bronze.
– The Jamaican women added the 4 × 100-meter relay title to their Tokyo Olympic collection after sweeping the podium in the 100-meter final. The Jamaican team won a national record of 41.02 seconds. It was the second fastest time in history and ended the American team’s push for a third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the event. The US team of Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels, Jenna Prandini and Gabrielle Thomas took silver in 41.45. Great Britain won bronze in 41.88.
– Canada won its first Olympic gold in women’s soccer, beating Sweden 3-2 on penalties after a 1-1 draw. Julia Grosso converted the winning penalty, repelling her right hand shot from goalkeeper Hedvig Lindahl. This game has been moved from the National Stadium in Tokyo to the Nissan Stadium in Yokohama and the kick-off time has been pushed back from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. local time due to the sweltering heat.
– American Nelly Korda will have a three-stroke lead before the final round of the women’s golf event. Korda finished with 12 consecutive pars for a 69 under 2, leaving him 15 under for the tournament. With a tropical storm in the forecast, Olympic golf officials plan to start playing as early as possible on Saturday in hopes of squeezing through 72 holes before the weather gets worse.
– American Gable Steveson beat Georgian Geno Petriashvili 10-8 to win gold in wrestling in the men’s 125 kilogram freestyle. Georgia contested the last points, to no avail. Steveson, as usual after his biggest wins, celebrated with a backflip.
– Zaurbek Sidakov of the Russian Olympic Committee beat Belarusian Mahamedkhabib Kadzimahamedau 7-0 to win gold in wrestling in the 74 kilogram freestyle category. American Kyle Dake beat Italy’s Frank Chamizo 5-0 for bronze.
– Joshua Cheptegei of Uganda won gold in the men’s 5,000 meters a week after winning silver in the 10,000. He was in the lead for most of the race and won in 12 minutes, 58.15 seconds. Mohammed Ahmed of Canada climbed to second place for the silver medal and Paul Chelimo of the United States took home bronze.
– Italy surprisingly won the men’s 4 × 100-meter relay to give Marcell Jacobs his second gold at the Tokyo Games. Jacobs won the men’s 100-meter title last Sunday at the first post-Usain Bolt-era Olympics and was part of the team that won the sprint relay with a national record of 37.50 seconds. The Italians edged Great Britain by 0.01 and Canada took bronze in 37.70. This is Italy’s first Olympic medal in the relay since a bronze medal at the 1948 London Olympics.
– Jessica Springsteen and the US show jumping team advanced to the final and will compete for a second straight medal on Saturday night. She will join teammates Laura Kraut and McClain Ward as the Americans look to improve their 2016 silver medal in Rio de Janeiro. Springsteen is the daughter of rocker Bruce Springsteen and his wife E Street Band, Patti Scialfa.
– The statue of a life-size sumo wrestler who may have spooked the horses has been knocked down from the Olympic equestrian ring. The statue and a nearby patch of cherry trees that the riders believed might scare off animals in the individual jumping event were among the obstacles traded for the start of the team competition.
– The number of Games-related COVID-19 infections has risen to 387 as Tokyo records more than 5,000 cases in one day for the first time during the pandemic. No athlete or resident of the Olympic Village is among the new cases.
– The International Olympic Committee said it had withdrawn two coaches from the Belarusian team from the Olympics, four days after they tried to send sprinter Krystsina Tsimanouskaya back to Belarus. The IOC linked them to taking Tsimanouskaya by car to the airport to put her on a plane to Belarus. Tsimanouskaya had criticized the coaches of the teams on social media and is now in Poland on a humanitarian visa.
– The cycling governing body said it suspended a German cycling official for the remainder of the year for using a racial slur during the men’s Olympic test race. Patrick Moster, the sporting director of the national cycling federation, used the insult as a German rider chased opponents from Algeria and Eritrea in the race on July 28. The comment was heard on television.
Bills and QB Allen agree to 6-year extension
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Buffalo Bills have secured their future as quarterback, agreeing with Josh Allen to a six-year contract extension that locks him in until the 2028 season.
The team announced the deal on Friday shortly after the end of their training camp session. It comes days after general manager Brandon Beane said he wanted to strike a deal before the start of the season or postpone talks until next year.
Allen was under contract until the 2022 season. In May, the Bills chose the player’s fifth-year option, worth almost $ 23 million.
In other NFL news:
– Miami Dolphins coach Brian Flores has said the team have no plans to trade Xavien Howard despite the All-Pro cornerback’s desire to play elsewhere. Howard is unhappy with his contract. Flores says talks with Howard and his agent to resolve the dispute are ongoing. Howard requested an exchange via Instagram on July 27, the day the Dolphins showed up for training camp. Howard signed a five-year extension in May 2019 and is signed until 2024. Howard, who led the NFL with 10 interceptions last year, has been sidelined in recent practices due to a ankle injury.
– Even with a pandemic forcing stadiums empty in most franchise cities, NFL team values have risen 14% in the past year. According to Forbes, they are now worth an average of nearly $ 3.5 billion. The new media rights deals, which brought in nearly $ 112 billion, resulted in the largest increase in value in five years. So even with a 20% drop in revenue and an average operating profit dropping from $ 109 million in 2019 to just over $ 7 million during the pandemic season, all 32 clubs are benefiting. The Dallas Cowboys have the highest value for the 15th consecutive year: $ 6.5 billion.
Nets send Shamet to Suns for Carter, rights to Sharpe
WITHOUT DATE (AP) – The Brooklyn Nets have acquired backup goalie Jevon Carter and Phoenix Suns center Day’Ron Sharpe draft rights for goaltender Landry Shamet.
Shamet was acquired by the Nets from the Clippers in November. In his only season in Brooklyn, he played 61 games, averaging 9.3 points and 1.6 assists. Carter spent three seasons with Phoenix and Memphis, averaging 4.5 points, 1.8 rebounds and 1.4 assists. Sharpe was the 32nd overall pick in the draft after playing for a year in North Carolina.
In other NBA news:
– Free forward Nemanja Bjelica (NEH’-mahn-yah bee-uh-LIHT’-sah) signed a one-year contract with the Golden State Warriors on Friday that will pay him the league minimum. The veteran big man from Serbia is expected to earn $ 2,089,448 given his six years of NBA experience.
Islanders and defenseman Adam Pelech agree on 8-year contract
EAST MEADOW, NY (AP) – The New York Islanders and defenseman Adam Pelech (PEH’-lehk) have agreed to an eight-year contract. The team did not disclose the financial terms.
Pelech had four goals and 10 assists in 56 games last season. He added one goal and four assists in 19 Stanley Cup Playoff games, helping New York advance to the Eastern Conference final for the second year in a row.
In other NHL news:
–Brandon Hagel remains in Chicago after his strong rookie season, accepting a three-year contract with the Blackhawks. The restricted free agent deal has an average annual value of $ 1.5 million.
– The New York Rangers have one-year contracts with forwards Tim Gettinger and Ty Ronning and goaltender Adam Huska. The restricted free agents have spent most of last season with Hartford in the AHL.