Update on the latest in sports:
36th straight Olympic win for US women
LONDON (AP) — Make it three straight Olympic routs for the U.S. women's basketball team, which has mowed down its first three games by an average margin of 36.6 points.
Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to lead the U.S. Olympic women's basketball team to an 89-58 victory over Turkey.
The Turks entered the game unbeaten and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics. That didn't happen.
Turkey was able to hang with the U.S. early in the game and had a one-point lead in the first quarter. But the Americans built a 15-point advantage by the half, and coasted home.
American gold in relay
LONDON (AP) — Allison Schmitt rallied from behind on the anchor leg to lead the United States to the gold medal in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay at the Olympics. The Americans posted an Olympic record time of 7 minutes, 42.92 seconds. Schmitt entered the water about a half second behind, but pulled ahead on her first return lap to a win.
Teen sensation Missy Franklin got things started for the U.S., followed by Dana Vollmer, Shannon Vreeland and then Schmitt.
Australia settled for the silver, France won the bronze.
Another U.S. medal in swimming
LONDON (AP) — Nathan Adrian of Bremerton, Wash., is an Olympic champion. But by the slimmest of margins.
Adrian struck gold in the 100-meter freestyle. He finished in a time of 47.52 seconds, one-hundredths of a second in front of Australia's James Magnussen. Canadian Brent Hayden took the bronze.
Soni sets world record
LONDON (AP) — Rebecca Soni set a world record in the 200-meter breaststroke semifinals at the Olympics.
The American was timed 2 minutes, 20.00 seconds, shaving 0.12 seconds off the previous mark set by Annamay Pierse of Canada at the 2009 world championships in Rome in a now-banned bodysuit.
It was the fifth world record set in the pool at these games.
U.S. takes bronze in all-around
LONDON (AP) — American champ Danell Leyva (dan-EHL' LAY'-vuh) has added to the U.S. medal haul by capturing the bronze in men's gymnastics all-around. He added another step in his incredible journey from Cuban refugee to world-class athlete, closing the day with spectacular routines on parallel bars and high bar to finish third.
Japan's three-time world champ Kohei Uchimura (koo-HAY' oo-chee-MUR'-uh) won the gold, the silver went to Germany's Marcel Nguyen (noo-IHN').
Gold for Armstrong
HAMPTON COURT, England (AP) — Cyclist Kristin Armstrong of the United States won her second straight Olympic time trial gold medal. The former two-time world champion covered the 18-mile course south of London in 37 minutes, 34.82 seconds, beating silver medalist Judith Arndt of Germany by more than 15 seconds.
The 38-year-old Armstrong briefly retired after her triumph at the 2008 Beijing Olympics to start a family. But after delivering a son in 2010, she hopped back on the bike, with the London Games her primary focus.
U.S. lands bronze
WINDSOR, England (AP) — The U.S. women's quadruple skull team claimed a bronze medal today in the rowing competition. The team of Natalie Dell, Megan Kallmoe, Kara Kohler and Andrienne Martelli finished behind the winning boat from Ukraine.
U.S. team places third
LONDON (AP)— The U.S. team of Troy Dumais and Kristian Ipsen won the bronze in the men's synchronized 3-meter springboard. The team from China took the gold with Russia second.
It was the first Olympic medal of Dumais' long career. He finished fourth in the event at the 2000 Sydney Games and sixth four years later at Athens. After a 12-year medal drought, the Americans won a silver and two bronzes in three of the four synchro events. They didn't qualify in women's 10-meter platform.
Franklin, Phelps and Lochte advance
LONDON (AP) — In preliminary swimming action, American Missy Franklin qualified for this evening's semifinals in the women's 100-freestyle, and Michael Phelps opened defense of his title in the 200-meter individual medley, hours after becoming the most decorated Olympian ever with his 19th career medal.
Phelps' time of 1 minute, 58.24 seconds was good for the fourth-fastest time in the preliminaries. Teammate Ryan Lochte (LAHK'-tee) was second-quickest at 1:58.03. The 200 IM final is Thursday.
Serena stays, Venus goes
WIMBLEDON, England (AP) — Family hopes for an Olympic gold medal are now resting on Serena Williams' shoulders. Serena had 12 aces and rocketed past Vera Zvonareva (zvahn-uh-RAY'-vuh) 6-1, 6-0 and reach the quarterfinals in Olympic tennis.
Serena's sister Venus squandered a lead in each set and lost her third-round match to Angelique Kerber of Germany, 7-6, 7-6.
U.S. women sweep China
LONDON (AP) — Destinee Hooker scored 22 points and the U.S. women's volleyball team improved to 3-0 with a three-set preliminary round victory over China.
Megan Hodge added 18 points for the top-ranked U.S. team in the 26-24, 25-16, 31-29 win. It was the United States' eighth straight victory over China in international competition.
Bad day for U.S.
LONDON (AP) — The U.S. Olympic boxing team had a tough day losing all three matches. Bantamweight Joseph Diaz Jr. was beaten by the top-seed from Cuba, while heavyweight Michael Hunter tired in the third round of his loss to a Russian. In the super heavyweight division, American Dominic Breazeale lost to a Russian as well.
The U.S. has four boxers left in the competition.
U.S. tied by Spain
LONDON (AP) — The U.S. women's water polo team coughed up a three goal lead with less than three minutes to play and had to settle for a 9-9 tie with Spain. Kami Craig had four goals for the Americans.
U.S. flag bearer
LONDON (AP) — American flag bearer Mariel Zagunis not only was denied a third straight gold medal, but she's going home without any medal at all.
Zagunis dropped her last two matches in the women's sabre event wasting a 12-5 edge over Kim Jiyeon of South Korea during a 15-13 semifinal loss. Not long afterwardn Zagunis gave up nine of the final 11 points to fall 15-10 to Olga Kharlan of Ukraine in the bronze bout.
Players tossed from Olympics for not trying to win
LONDON (AP) — The Badminton World Federation has confirmed that 4 women's doubles pairs have been disqualified from the Olympics after trying to lose matches to receive a more favorable place in the field.
The eight disqualified players are two from China, who are the world doubles champions, four from South Korea and two from Indonesia.
US trails China by one
LONDON (AP) — China completed a sweep of the synchronized diving events to increase its total to 17 gold medals and 30 overall. The United States had 12 golds and 29 total medals.
THURSDAY'S SCHEDULE HIGHLIGHTS
— Women's gymnastics: women's all-around gold medal final.
— Swimming: gold medal finals men's 200-meter backstroke, men's 200-meter individual medley, women's 200-meter breaststroke, women's 100-meter freestyle.
— Men's beach volleyball: Rogers/Dalhausser (U.S.) vs. Benes/Kubala (Czech Republic).
— Rowing: women's eight gold medal final.
IN OTHER SPORTS NEWS:
Yanks end slide...No. 29 for Braun
UNDATED (AP) — Robinson Cano (kuh-NOH') hit a grand slam in a seven-run third inning to pace the Yankees to a 12-3 win over Baltimore. The win ended the AL East leaders four-game losing streak.
Derek Jeter had three hits and three RBIs on a rainy afternoon. Phil Hughes pitched homerless ball for only the fifth time this year to improve to 11-8.
New York won for just the fourth time in 13 games and restored a 6½-game lead in the AL East.
Elsewhere in the American League:
— The Tampa Bay Rays have moved within a game and a-half of Oakland for the second wild card spot in the American League. Carlos Pena homered to help the Rays complete a successful nine-game road trip by beating the Athletics 4-1.
— Jake Peavy (PEE'-vee) struck out eight over eight innings to lead the White Sox to a 3-2 win over Minnesota. Alejandro De Aza helped Peavy earn the win with an infield single in the eight that drove in the go ahead run.
In National League play;
— Patrick Corbin gave two hits over six innings after being recalled from the minors to lead Arizona to a 4-0 win over the Dodgers in Los Angeles. Miguel Montero homered and drove in three runs for the Diamondbacks, who completed the three-game, road sweep.
— Ryan Braun hit his NL-leading 29th homer to help Milwaukee complete a three-game sweep with a 13-4 win over Houston. Rickie Weeks and Cesar Izturis each homered in the fifth inning, while Jonathan Lucroy (LOO'-kroy) added a two-run shot in the seventh. The Astros lost for the 28th time in 31 games.
— Michael McKendry's three-run homer capped a five-run eight inning that sparked Pittsburgh to an 8-4 win over the Cubs. Garrett Jones drove in three runs for the Pirates.
Reds catcher suspended for bumping umpire
NEW YORK (AP) — Cincinnati catcher Devin Mesoraco has been suspended for three games and fined by Major League Baseball for making contact with an umpire during an argument.
The rookie was ejected for arguing balls and strikes during Monday night's 11-5 loss to the Padres. Before leaving the field, he poked a finger at plate umpire Chad Fairchild's chest protector and bumped him.
New deal for the coach
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Three consecutive playoff appearances have earned Philadelphia Flyers coach Peter Laviolette (lah-vee-uh-LET') a multiyear contract extension. Laviolette has compiled a 122-73-26 record since taking over for John Stevens in December 2009.
Penske drops driver
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Penske Racing has released suspended driver A.J. Allmendinger, three weeks after he tested positive for a banned stimulant. The team said in a statement that Sam Hornish Jr. will drive the No. 22 Dodge at Pocono this weekend and "for the foreseeable future."
Allmendinger was suspended indefinitely by NASCAR last week for a positive drug test in late June.
COLLEGE FOOTBALL-PENN STATE
Lions lose linebacker
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. (AP) — Penn State top reserve linebacker Khairi Fortt is heading to California, the latest Nittany Lion to transfer in the wake of tough NCAA sanctions against the program. Fortt is the fourth player to leave Penn State following the NCAA penalties for the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal. Sanctions include a four-year bowl ban and significant scholarship decline.
Badgers' back sent to hospital
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a group of men attacked Wisconsin running back Montee Ball early Wednesday morning, knocking him to the ground and causing injuries that sent him to the hospital. Police said five men jumped Ball around 2:15 a.m. near campus. They knocked him down and kicked him.
Ball, a finalist for the Heisman Trophy last season, was taken to a hospital with head injuries. Coach Bret Bielema said Ball has been released and is under the care of the school's sports medicine staff.