>>Phelps Brings Gold Total To 21
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Michael Phelps continues to make history in Rio. Phelps captured the 20th gold of his Olympic career by winning the 200-meter butterfly. He claimed the 21st a little more than an hour later as a member of the four-by-200-meter freestyle relay team.
>>Ledecky Captures Second Gold
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — Katie Ledecky has claimed her second gold medal of the Summer Games. Ledecky edged out Sweden’s Sarah Sjostrom in the women’s 200-meter freestyle last night. Ledecky, who also won gold in the 400-meter freestyle, will compete in the 800-meter freestyle tomorrow.
>>U.S. Women Win Second Consecutive Team Gymnastics Gold
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The “Final Five” are Olympic champions. The U.S women’s gymnastics team steamrolled the competition to win the all-around team final yesterday. Team USA also took home the gold in London in 2012.
>>Williams Bounced In Third Round
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — American tennis star Serena Williams has been sent packing. The top-ranked women’s player in the world was beaten in straight sets by the Ukraine’s Elina Svitolina in the third round of the singles tournament. Williams was the defending champion.
>>Americans Lengthen Medal Count Lead
(Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) — The U.S. is expanding its lead in the overall medal count standings. The Americans picked up seven more medals on Day Four. Team USA has captured 26 medals so far in Rio, including nine gold. The U.S. also has eight silvers and nine bronze.
>>Cubs Cut Down Angels For Eighth Straight Win
(Chicago, IL) — The Cubs ran their win streak to eight games with a 5-1 victory over the Angels. Willson Contreras and Kris Bryant homered for Chicago, which is 70-and-41 on the year. John Lackey tossed seven innings of one-run ball to move to 9-and-7. They wrap up their two-game Interleague series with the Angels tonight at Wrigley Field. The Cubs are a season-high 29 games over .500. Jason Hammel gets the start on the mound for Chicago. The Halos will counter with Ricky Nolasco.
>>White Sox Top Royals in 10
(Kansas City, MO) — Todd Frazier’s three-run homer in the top of the 10th gave the White Sox a 7-5 win over the Royals. Melky Cabrera knocked in two runs and scored another for Chicago, which got seven innings of three-run ball from Chris Sale. David Robertson blew his fifth save in the ninth but earned his third win. Dan Jennings notched his first save. The White Sox and Royals meet in the second installment of their three-game series tonight in Kansas City. Chicago is 54-and-58. Jose Quintana will be on the bump for the Sox. KC will send out Ian Kennedy.
>>Reds Get Past Cards
(St. Louis, MO) — A three-run eighth inning lifted the Reds to a 7-4 win against the Cardinals in the second of three at Busch Stadium. St. Louis tied the game at four in the seventh when Brandon Moss drove in a run on a single. Yadier Molina and Matt Holliday each hit solo shots, while reliever Matt Bowman was tagged with the loss. The Cards are 2-and-4 in their last six. They wrap up their three-game series tonight at Busch Stadium. Jaime Garcia gets the starting assignment for St. Louis. He’s 8-and-8 with a 4.04 ERA. Cincinnati sends 6-and-0 Anthony DeSclafani to the mound. First pitch is at 6:15 p.m.
>>Bears Hold Final Practice In Bourbonnais
(Bourbonnais, IL) — The Bears held their final training camp practice in Bourbonnais yesterday. Chicago will not practice today and will open preseason play against the Broncos at Soldier Field tomorrow night.