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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The U.S. men's basketball team opened its quest for a third straight Olympic gold medal by ripping China 119-62. Kevin Durant scored 25 points and Demarcus Cousins added 17 in the Americans' 69th consecutive victory. Durant made three 3-pointers while the U.S. was building a 29-point halftime lead.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — American Chase Kalisz finished second to Kosuke Hagino of Japan in the men's 400-meter individual medley final at Rio. Hagino is the first non-American since 1992 to win the event. Australia set a world record to capture the gold medal in the women's 4x100-meter freestyle relay, with the United States taking the silver medal

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — American shooter Virginia Thrasher won the women's 10-meter air rifle at the Rio Olympics, finishing a point ahead of two-time gold medalist Li Du of China. The 19-year-old Thrasher became the first freshman to win both individual NCAA rifle titles and helped West Virginia win the team title. She followed that by winning the U.S. Olympic Trials less than a month later.

NEW YORK (AP) — The Yankees say they will hold a news conference with Alex Rodriguez before Sunday's game against the Indians. The team declined to reveal the purpose of the gathering, only to say that general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will be made available. The 41-year-old Rodriguez is hitting just .204 this year with nine home runs and 29 RBIs in 216 at-bats.

CANTON, Ohio (AP) — The Pro Football Hall of Fame has inducted its Class of 2016, an eight-person group headed by former quarterback Brett Favre (fahrv). The three-time MVP retired as the NFL's all-time leading passer with 6,300 completions, 10,169 attempts, 71,838 yards and 508 TDs. Favre was joined by 49ers owner Edward DeBartolo (dee-BAHR'-tuh-loh) Jr., coach Tony Dungy (DUHN'-jee), linebacker Kevin Greene, Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison, tackle Orlando Pace, late Oakland QB Kenny Stabler and late guard Dick Stanfel.

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