8.23.16:  Sponsors dump Lochte


(AP) — Swimmer Ryan Lochte has lost four sponsors due to his actions at the just concluded Summer Olympics. Speedo USA announced it is dropping the swimmer over a drunken incident in Rio that he initially described as an armed robbery. Clothier Ralph Lauren has also pulled its support as have a skin care company and Japanese mattress maker.

8.22.16:  U.S. comes away with 121 medals



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The United States came away with three more gold medals on the final day of competition at the Rio Olympics. The men’s basketball clobbered Serbia 96-66 behind Kevin Durant’s 30 points, boxer Clarissa Shields won the middleweight class for the second straight Olympics and 20-year-old Kyle Snyder won gold in the 97 kilogram class to become the youngest Olympic wrestling champion in U.S. history. The United States finished with 121 total medals, 51 more than runner-up China in the largest margin for a non-boycotted Olympics in nearly a century.

8.19.16:  2 US swimmers return home



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Two U.S. Olympic swimmers are back in the U.S. after being pulled off a plane in Brazil and questioned about claims that they had been robbed. Teammate Ryan Lochte had claimed that he, the two swimmers and another teammate had been robbed in a taxi in Rio, but authorities now say Lochte lied, and the four had actually vandalized a gas station bathroom. A lawyer says the fourth swimmer, still in Rio, has worked out a deal to donate nearly $11,000 and then he can return home.


— Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt and U.S decathlete Ashton Eaton were among yesterday’s winners at the Rio Olympics. Bolt claimed his eight career Olympic gold medal by winning the 200 in 19.78 seconds, more than a half-second slower than his own world record of 19.19. Eaton clinched his second consecutive decathlon gold medal with a strong finish in the 1,500 meters, leaving him 59 points ahead of


— The United States managed a sweep of the gold medals in the men’s and women’s 400-meter hurdles. Two-time world champion Kerron Clement  finished first in the men’s final. Dalilah Muhammad took the women’s event in 53.13 seconds, while teammate Ashley Spencer earned bronze.


8.18.16:  25 gold medals up for grabs today



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Twenty-five gold medals are waiting to be won at the Rio Olympics today, with the marque event featuring Usain Bolt in his favorite race, the 200 meter sprint.

The Jamaican superstar is aiming for his 8th gold medal.

Other top track events include the women’s 800 meters and 400 meter hurdles and the men’s 400 meter hurdles, the decathlon and shot put.


8.18.16:  Swimmers continue to be questioned


Three American swimmers are expected to give statements to Brazilian police on Thursday about how they were reportedly robbed early Sunday morning in Rio de Janeiro.

A Brazilian official says the questioning will take place in Leblon, south of Rio, which is investigating the alleged robbery that targeted 12-time medalist Ryan Lochte and three teammates.

U.S. Olympic officials say Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz, who were detained by Brazilian authorities Wednesday night before getting on a homebound flight, were released with the understanding they will cooperate with the police. They said a third American swimmer, James Feigan, also will speak to the police Thursday.

Lochte, who is already back in the United States, has said the four were robbed at gunpoint in a taxi by men with a police badge as they returned to the athletes village from a party after the final Rio Olympic swimming events.


8.17.16:  U.S. begins day with 84 medals



RIO JANEIRO (AP) — U.S. gymnasts Simone Biles and Aly Raisman have completed their medal haul by finishing 1-2 in the floor exercise at the Summer Games. Biles leaves Rio with four gold medals and a bronze, while Raisman comes away with two silver and a gold. American Danell Leyva has earned the silver medal in the men’s parallel bars, finishing behind Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine.


— Runner Jenny Simpson is the first U.S. woman to medal in the 1,500 meters, finishing third in four minutes, 10.53 seconds. Tori Bowie of the United States won her heat in the 200 meters after claiming silver in the 100 on Sunday. Usain Bolt has advanced from his preliminary heat in the 200, two days after capturing gold in the 100.


— The U.S. racked up two medals in the men’s triple jump. Christian Taylor successfully defended his title, while teammate Will Claye finished second for the second straight Olympics. Caleb Paine captured the first sailing medal for the U.S. at Rio by finishing third in Finn Class.


— American Danell Leyva has earned the silver medal in men’s parallel bars, finishing behind Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine. Americans Kerri Walsh Jennings and April Ross have been beaten by Brazil in the beach volleyball semifinals. The U.S. women’s basketball team has cruised into the semifinals by blowing out Japan, 110-64.



— The United States continues to lead all medal categories with 28 gold, 28 silver and 28 bronze. The 84 total medals are 33 more than runner-up China. Britain is second with 19 gold medals.


8.16.16:  Flooding shuts parts of some Detroit-area freeways, streets



DETROIT (AP) — Heavy rains brought flooding to parts of southeastern Michigan, closing portions of some Detroit-area freeways and leaving some streets impassable.

Closings due to flooding early Tuesday included the Lodge Freeway in downtown Detroit. Portions of interstates 696 and 94 in the Detroit are also saw partial or full closings. The flooding followed heavy rains that fell overnight and left some vehicles stranded.


State officials on Monday urged residents in the Lower Peninsula to prepare for possible flooding from heavy rains. According to forecasters, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Detroit, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo, Jackson and Battle Creek were expected to get the most rain.



Consumers Energy says there are some scattered power outages this morning in Berrien and St. Joseph counties.


In South Bend, Indiana, officials report between 7 to 8 inches of rain fell.  The widespread flooding has prompted city officials to ask residents to stay home and stay off the roads.

8.16.16:  Bronze for Biles



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles’ bid to become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Olympics ended yesterday in Rio. The American had to settle for bronze in the balance beam following a flawed performance, wobbling during the middle of her routine and landing awkwardly while completing a front somersault. U.S. teammate Laurie Hernandez claimed the silver medal in an event won by Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands. 

The 19-year-old Biles will be in the mix for another gold on Tuesday in the floor exercise finals.


Also at the Rio Games:

— On the track, Shaunae Miller of Bahamas dove to the finish line to win the women’s 400-meter final, preventing American Allyson Felix from capturing a fifth Olympic gold medal. Miller finished in 49.44, just seven-hundredths of a second ahead of Felix.

— Colorado’s Emma Coburn took bronze in the women’s 3000 steeplechase. She is the first American woman to medal in the event.

— Kenyan middle distance runner David Rudisha won gold in the 800 meters, finishing in 1 minute, 42.15 seconds. Clayton Murphy of the United States set a personal best of 1:42.93 for bronze.

— Two-time Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has missed out on qualifying for the semifinals in the women’s 200 meters. The 34-year-old won the 2004 and ’08 Olympic titles and was a bronze medalist at the last world championships.

— The United States and Hungary have advanced to the semifinals of the women’s water polo tournament. The U.S. cruised past Brazil 13-3 and Hungary went to penalty shots for a 13-11 win against Australia. They will play on Wednesday for a spot in the final.

— Brazil knocked the American men out of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament. Nick Lucena and 2008 gold medalist Phil Dalhausser finished fifth.

— Germany defeated the United States 2-1 in the women’s field hockey quarterfinals. The U.S. failed to medal after opening the tournament with wins over No. 2 Argentina and No. 3 Australia.

— Make it 0-2 for the Americans in boxing. Antonio Vargas and Mikaela Mayer both lost their bouts, dropping Team USA to 10-5 in the boxing tournament.

— And once again politics have entered the Olympic arena. In judo, Egypt’s Islam El Shehaby has been sent home after refusing to shake his Israeli opponent’s hand. The IOC says Shehaby was reprimanded by the referee and then was sent home by the Egyptian Olympic Committee.


8.16.16:   Royals beat Tigers 3-1; Cabrera hurt



DETROIT (AP) — Ian Kennedy pitched effectively into the seventh inning to win for the first since June 26 as the Kansas City Royals beat the Detroit Tigers 3-1 on Monday night.

The Tigers lost slugger Miguel Cabrera after four innings to a strained left biceps. Cabrera appeared to injure himself in a first-inning collision with Cheslor Cuthbert at first base, but batted twice before leaving the game.

Detroit said Cabrera is day to day.

Kennedy (7-9) ended an eight-start winless streak, allowing one run on five hits and a walk in 6 2/3 innings. Three relievers finished, with Kelvin Herrera pitching the ninth for his fifth save.

Daniel Norris (1-1) took the loss, allowing two runs — one earned — in 5 1/3 innings.



8.15.16:  More gold for Biles



RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles has become the first American female gymnast to win three gold medals in one Olympics, and the first to claim one on the vault.

Biles will head back from Rio de Janeiro with a least three golds after easily winning the women’s vault final. She averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia.

Biles will have a chance at more gold when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.

But the run of Olympic gold by the U.S. gymnastics team ended when Russia’s Aliya Mustafina edged American Madison Kocian in the uneven bars. Mustafina’s score of 15.900 less than one-tenth better than Kocian’s. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team had won every gold medal available in Rio before Mustafina successfully defended her Olympic title.


Meanwhile, the world’s fastest man remains the reigning Olympic champion.

Usain Bolt is the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles. The Jamaican separated himself from the field over the final 30 meters and won in 9.81 seconds, beating American Justin Gatlin by eight-hundredths of a second.

It’s the seventh overall Olympic gold medal for Bolt, who came to Rio not having run a 100 since June 30 due to a bad left hamstring.


Elsewhere at the Rio Games:

— South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999. Van Niekerk started from the outside lane and stormed out of the blocks before holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt of the U.S.

— World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 seconds to lead the qualifiers into the women’s 400-meter final. This is Felix’s lone event after failing to make the U.S. team.

— The Olympic tennis champ is Britain’s Andy Murray, who was a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. Murray is the first player to win two Olympic singles titles.

— Kei Nishikori gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years by downing 2008 champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the men’s bronze medal match.

— Venus Williams was denied her record fifth tennis gold medal when she and partner Rajeev Ram  lost to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock 10-7 in a tiebreak. It’s the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson.

— Justin Rose of Great Britain won the gold medal in men’s golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis. Rose closed with a 3-foot birdie on 18 for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson. Matt Kuchar of the U.S. won the bronze with a final-round 63.

— American Alexander Naddour captured bronze in the men’s pommel horse, the first medal by an American in the event since 1984. Great Britain’s Max Whitlock outscored teammate and rival Louis Smith for his second gold medal in an hour.

— The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams remain unbeaten at Rio. The men’s team squeezed out a 100-97 triumph over France as Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 30 points. The U.S. squad has won its last three games by an average of just five points. The women’s team had an easier time of it as Tina Charles scored 12 of her 18 points in the first quarter of a 105-62 rout of China. The Americans won their five group games by an average of 40.8 points.

— American swimmer Ryan Lochte has told NBC’s “Today” show that armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte says they were told to get down on the ground, but he didn’t and they put a gun to his forehead. He says the robbers took money and his wallet, but left his cell phone.

— The U.S. continues to lead the medal counts, increasing their total to 26 gold and 69 overall. China and Britain are tied for second with 15 gold medals, with China all alone in second with 45 overall medals.