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Kevin Durant scored 27 points to lift Team USA to a 105-78 rout of
Argentina in the Rio quarterfinals. The Americans had played the
Argentines in the semifinals in each of the previous three
Olympics, with the U.S. winning the last two matchups following a
devastating loss in the 2004 Athens Games. The U.S. faces Spain
next on Friday.

A Brazilian judge ordered that Ryan Lochte and U.S. teammate Jimmy
Feigen stay in Brazil as authorities investigate claims they were
robbed at gunpoint, but Lochte has already returned to the United
States, according to his father. The U.S. Olympic Committee said
police went to the Olympic village to seize their passports, but
the swim team had already left. The U.S. State Department is asking
that Lochte and Feigen cooperate with Brazilian law enforcement.
The American swimmers have come under fire as Rio police say they
have no evidence backing Lochte’s claim that he and three teammates
were robbed in a taxi late Saturday night. According to police, the
swimmers were unable to provide key details and reportedly gave
contradicting accounts of what happened, plus the taxi driver and
witnesses haven’t been found.

U.S. women’s basketball captain Sue Bird is listed as day to day
ahead of Thursday’s semifinal against France after sustaining a
knee capsule sprain in Tuesday’s 110-64 win over Japan. After the
MRI showed it was just a sprain, the point guard said in a
statement through USA Basketball that, ”Obviously I felt a huge
relief.”

A senior International Olympic Committee executive board member has
been arrested for his role in scalping tickets to the Olympics.
Patrick Hickey of Ireland is accused of working with at least nine
others to illegally sell tickets and has been charged with
conspiracy, ticket scalping and ambush marketing. The 71-year-old
was initially shaken when the police arrived at his hotel to arrest
him and was transferred to a hospital for tests. He remains in the
hospital under police custody.

Brazil is back in the soccer final, thanks in part to the fastest
goal in Olympic history off the foot of Neymar. The Barcelona
striker scored 15 seconds into the match and converted a late
penalty kick as the host country rolled to a 6-0 win over Honduras.
Brazil, which lost in the 2012 final and has never won the Olympic
title, will play for gold against either Germany on Saturday.

NFL=

Bills defensive tackle Marcell Dareus says his latest suspension is
the result of missing a drug test. Dareus was informed Tuesday that
he has been suspended for the first four games of the regular
season, and the Bills were none too pleased with his latest
misstep. Dareus said he is embarrassed about the second consecutive
season of violating the league’s substance abuse policy and posted
an apology on his Instagram account.

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has been released from the hospital
and has rejoined the team at its hotel after being admitted Tuesday
because of stomach pain. Arizona, which is in San Diego for a joint
practice with the Chargers ahead of Friday’s game, said the
63-year-old Arians was treated at the stadium and sent to the
hospital for further evaluation.

MLB=

J.A. Happ won his 11th straight decision to become the majors’
first 17-game winner as the Blue Jays defeated the Yankees 7-4.
Happ served up three homers among the seven hits he allowed, but
giving up four runs in 7 1/3 innings was good enough for the
left-hander to win a fifth consecutive start. David Wells and Jimmy
Key are the only other southpaws in franchise history to reach 17
victories besides Happ, who hasn’t lost since June 6. The game also
featured a dugout spat between Toronto manager John Gibbons and
reigning AL MVP Josh Donaldson, with the two going nose-to-nose
before being separated, but both shrugged off and joked about the
incident after the game.

MMA=

The press conference leading up to Saturday’s rematch between Conor
McGregor and Nate Diaz turned into a wild scene that included the
combatants throwing water bottles at each other. It was reminiscent
of the craziness from the presser heading into the first fight
between the two, when McGregor punched Diaz’s hand during a
staredown. This time, Diaz and McGregor profanely jawed at each
other from a distance before Diaz used an obscene gesture and fired
a water bottle toward McGregor on the stage, and the Irishman
started throwing bottles back at him. The two are meeting in the
main event of UFC 202 after Diaz handed McGregor his first loss in
UFC 196.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL=

Florida cornerback Jalen Tabor, a first-team All-Southeastern
Conference selection, was suspended for the season opener against
UMass for “behavior that is not acceptable,” according to coach Jim
McElwain. However, there have been multiple reports that Tabor was
punished for getting into a fight during practice with tight end
C’yontai Lewis, who was also suspended for the opener. Tabor, the
No. 1-ranked cornerback in the 2017 NFL Draft according to
NFLDraftScout.com, had claimed a previous one-game suspension for
reportedly refusing to take a drug test opened his eyes. Tabor was
cited for marijuana possession in May of 2015.

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