Sunday, August 21
USA women win gold, topping Spain 101-72
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Geno Auriemma and Diana Taurasi shared a long, emotional embrace. Mission accomplished.
The dominant U.S. women's basketball team did what was expected, winning a sixth consecutive Olympic gold medal and doing it in impressive fashion. In yet another rout, the U.S. dismantled Spain 101-72 on Saturday.
The Phoenix Mercury star Taurasi and the Americans played nearly flawless basketball in Rio, and were never challenged. They have won 49 consecutive games in the Olympics with only one of those decided by single digits.
Even with that kind of sustained success by some very talented U.S. teams, this may be the best women's basketball squad ever assembled. The team won by nearly 40 points a game, but fell short of the record 102.4 points the 1996 team averaged.
Zimmerman's return sparks Nationals to 11-9 win over Braves
ATLANTA (AP) — Ryan Zimmerman homered among his three hits in his return from the disabled list, and the Washington Nationals used an eight-run fourth inning to take control before holding on for an 11-9 win over the Atlanta Braves on Saturday night.
Daniel Murphy and Trea Turner hit homers in Washington's big fourth inning against Tyrell Jenkins (2-4). The Nationals trailed 3-1 before setting a season high for runs in an inning and taking a 9-3 lead.
Washington set a Nationals record with nine hits in the inning, including eight straight, and had 17 hits in the game.
Max Scherzer (13-7) allowed four runs in 6 1/3 innings.
Mark Melancon gave up a two-run single to Chase d'Arnaud, cutting the lead to two, before recording the final out for his 36th save.
The first-place Nationals have won the first three games of this series and are 11-1 against the last-place Braves this season.
Falcons bring back veteran kicker Shayne Graham
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Falcons are re-signing veteran kicker Shayne Graham, who played five games with the team in 2015.
The Falcons have waived kicker Nick Rose and also signed safety Sergio Brown.
The 38-year-old Graham made 11 of 13 field-goal attempts and all eight extra points with Atlanta last season.
Falcons kicker Matt Bryant was held out of Thursday night's preseason win at Cleveland with leg tightness.
Brown had 29 tackles in 15 games with Jacksonville last season.
Newton leads 2 scoring drives as Panthers beat Titans 26-16
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Cam Newton threw for 162 yards and led scoring drives on two of his four series Saturday and the Carolina Panthers defeated the Tennessee Titans 26-16 in a preseason game.
The game was delayed 30 minutes because of lightning late in the third quarter.
Newton went 8 of 12 before leaving midway through the second period. He opened the game by leading a 93-yard drive that included Ted Ginn Jr.'s 61-yard touchdown reception.
Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota directed three series and went 9 of 10 for 104 yards with one touchdown and an interception. On his final pass, Mariota rolled right and found Harry Douglas in the right corner of the end zone for a 23-yard touchdown. Mariota is 14 of 15 through two preseason games.
Wide receiver Tajae Sharpe strengthened his bid for a starting spot, as the fifth-round pick from Massachusetts had six catches for 68 yards while Mariota was in the game. The Titans shook up their receiving group Tuesday by trading 2015 second-round pick Dorial Green-Beckham to the Philadelphia Eagles for offensive lineman Dennis Kelly.
Rams slip past Chiefs 21-20
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Former Georgia Bulldogs star Todd Gurley rushed for a touchdown in his preseason debut, and the Los Angeles Rams defeated the Kansas City Chiefs 21-20 Saturday night.
Gurley, who was held out of exhibition games last season as a rookie while recovering from a torn ACL, rushed for 20 yards on four carries and scored on a 3-yard run.
With the Chiefs (0-2) holding out four defensive starters, including safety Eric Berry and linebacker Josh Mauga, the starting offensive line played four series and allowed Rams running backs Gurley, Benny Cunningham and Malcolm Brown to rush for 85 yards on 15 carries.
Case Keenum started at quarterback and led the Rams (2-0) to two touchdowns, going 4 of 5 for 53 yards with an 11-yard scoring pass to Pharoh Cooper before giving way to rookie Jared Goff.
The first overall draft pick mostly struggled for the second consecutive week despite working with the first-unit offensive line for two series. Goff lost a fumble after tripping over left guard Cody Wichmann and fumbled out of bounds while being sacked.