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By Associated Press


U.S. advances to gold medal game in men's hoops

LONDON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 19 points, Carmelo Anthony and LeBron James added 18 apiece and the U.S. men's Olympic basketball team pushed aside Argentina 109-83 to advance to the gold medal game.

Anthony helped break open a close game by hitting three 3-pointers in a 42-second span of the third quarter.

The U.S. will play Spain for the gold, in a rematch of the gold medal game four years ago, which was won by the Americans.

Manu Ginobili (MAN'-oo jih-NOH'-blee) scored 18 to lead Argentina, which will play Russia on Sunday for the bronze medal.


Gold and world record for U.S. women in relay

LONDON (AP) — The United States women's 4x100m relay team won the gold medal and set a world record at the Olympic Stadium. The team of Tianna Madison, Allyson Felix, Bianca Knight and Carmelita Jeter (JEH'-tur) posted a time of 40.82 to become the first women's to break the 41.0 second barrier in a race.

The American broke the record that stood for 27 years by more than a half-second.

LONDON (AP) — The American men's 4X400 relay team had to settle for silver. Ramon Miller of the Bahamas chased down Angelo Taylor on the last leg to win his country's first gold medal in a relay won by America at every Olympics since 1984.

Miller lifted the Bahamas to a time of 2:56.72, .33 seconds better than the United States. Trinidad and Tobago took third.

The South African team, anchored by double amputee "Blade Runner" Oscar Pistorius, fell behind well before Pistorius received the baton and finished last.


U.S. gold in freestyle

LONDON (AP) — Jordan Burroughs of the United States won the gold in men's 74-kg freestyle wrestling. Burroughs beat an Iranian for top prize. Burroughs has won 38 straight freestyle matches since leaving the University of Nebraska.


Hamilton officially loses gold

LONDON (AP) — The IOC has formally stripped American cyclist Tyler Hamilton of his gold medal from the 2004 Athens Olympics. The first-place prize now goes to a Russian rider with American Bobby Julich (JOO'-lihk) moving up from bronze to silver.

After years of denials, Hamilton told CBS's "60 Minutes" last year that he had repeatedly used performance-enhancing drugs. The IOC asked for documents from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency before reallocating the medals.


US fighter pulls off early upset

LONDON (AP) — American taekwondo fighter Paige McPherson knocked out British world champion Sarah Stevenson in the first round of the women's taekwando 67-kilogram division at the Olympics. Stevenson won a bronze medal at the 2008 Games in a heavier weight category.

Two-time Olympic champion Steven Lopez of the U.S. lost his first-round match. He got beat 3-2 by the No. 1 seed in the men's under-80-kilogram tournament.


US slide continues

LONDON (AP) — After winning a silver medal four years ago in Beijing, the U.S. men's water polo team will finish no better than seventh in London. Spain will play for fifth place after slipping past the Americans 8-7.


U.S. tops medals table

LONDON (AP) — The United States continues to lead in the medal standings with a 94 total to 81 for second-place China. The U.S. has 41 gold medals, four more than the Chinese.



It's a done deal

UNDATED (AP)— Dwight Howard's departure from Orlando is complete. The All-Star center has been traded to the Lakers in a four-team deal.

Howard was the centerpiece of the 12-player deal that was completed after NBA officials reviewed the complex trade.

It also sent Andrew Bynum from the Lakers to Philadelphia and Andre Iguodala (ihg-woh-DAH'-lah) from the 76ers to Denver.

Orlando got guard Aaron Afflalo (uh-FLAH'-loh) and forward Al Harrington from Denver, forward Moe Harkless and center Nikola Vucevic (nee-KOHL'-uh VUTCH'-ih-vich) from Philadelphia, and forward Josh McRoberts and guard Christian Eyenga (EYE'-vehng-uh) from the Lakers.

The Lakers got Howard, guard Chris Duhon (DOO'-hahn) and forward Earl Clark from Orlando. The Magic also traded guard Jason Richardson to Philadelphia. As part of the deal, Orlando also gets five draft picks over five years.


Tiger tied for lead

KIAWAH ISLAND, S.C. (AP) — Tiger Woods shot a 1-under 71 on the wind-whipped Ocean Course to grab a share of the halfway lead at the PGA Championship. The 14-time major winner putted well, opening with birdies on two of the first four holes. That included a monster putt on the fourth.

Woods is at 4-under par, tied with Vijay Singh, and Carl Petterson (PEE'-tur-suhn). Singh shot 69, while Petterson bogeyed three of the last four holes to finish with a 74.

With winds gusting to 30 mph relentlessly, it was the toughest scoring day in the PGA Championship since it switched to stroke play in 1958.

Woods hasn't won a major since the 2008 U.S. Open.


Choi grabs lead

SYLVANIA, Ohio (AP) — South Korea's Chella Choi shot a 4-under 67 to take the second-round lead in the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic.

The 22-year old shrugged off two bogeys to start the back nine, birdieing three holes coming down the stretch for a one-shot lead over Inbee Park, Mika Miyazato and Hee Kyung Seo.


Reds end skid

UNDATED (AP) — Rookie Todd Frazier doubled twice and drove in four runs to lead Cincinnati to a 10-8 win over the Cubs to end a five-game losing streak. The Reds were helped by five Cubs errors.

Ryan Ludwick hit a two-run homer into a 24 mph wind as the NL Central leaders built a 5-1 lead. Ludwick also doubled, walked and matched his career best with four runs.

Homer Bailey (10-7) won for the first time in four starts since July 20, allowing four runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings. He set his career high for wins, topping last year's total of nine.


Konerko goes on concussion DL

CHICAGO (AP) — The White Sox placed first baseman Paul Konerko on the seven-day concussion disabled list.

The 36-year-old Konerko has been feeling concussion symptoms since Tuesday when he was elbowed in the head by Kansas City's Jarrod Dyson during a close play at first.

Konerko finished the game but didn't play Wednesday. The White Sox were off on Thursday and made the move to place him on the disabled list on Friday before Chicago played Oakland.


LSU drops Heisman finalist

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — LSU has dismissed Heisman Trophy finalist Tyrann Mathieu (TY'-ran MATH'-yoo) from its football program for violating school and team rules. The junior defensive back, who was nicknamed Honey Badger, was a surprising Heisman Trophy candidate last season. He was suspended for a game last year for failing a drug test.

Coach Les Miles would not specify the reason Mathieu was kicked off the team.

The Times-Picayune of New Orleans, citing an unidentified person close to the player, reported that Mathieu failed another drug test.


Questions about Auburn freshman RB's transcript

AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn freshman running back Jovon Robinson is being held out of practice while the NCAA investigates allegations that his high school transcript was falsified.

Athletic department spokesman Kirk Sampson said Friday that Robinson's academic status is being reviewed.

Memphis City Schools said in a statement that NCAA officials contacted the school district Tuesday regarding allegations involving a former Wooddale High School athlete. The statement says schools Superintendent Kriner Cash ordered an immediate investigation and that a school guidance counselor resigned after admitting to creating the fake transcript.


Garrard has surgery

MIAMI (AP) — Miami quarterback David Garrard (guh-RARD') will undergo arthroscopic knee surgery and is expected to be sidelined two to four weeks, his agent said Friday. That likely takes Garrard out of the competition to win the Dolphins starting job for the season opener in four weeks.

Garrard's knee had been bothering him for a few days, and following an examination he decided to undergo surgery.


Vilma still fighting bounties penalty

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge questioned the fairness of the NFL's bounty investigation of the Saints, then held off on making any rulings while urging all sides to settle the matter on their own. U.S. District Judge Ginger Berrigan also said the season-long suspension of Saints linebacker Jonathan Vilma was excessive and that she would be inclined to rule in his favor if she were certain she had jurisdiction to do so.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (guh-DEHL') has justified the suspension by describing Vilma as one of the ringleaders of a program that offered Saints defenders improper cash bonuses for injuring opponents.

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