Sports – Monday August 13th

| August 13, 2012
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BALTIMORE (AP) — Manny Machado hit his third homer in four major league games, Nick Markakis also connected, and the Baltimore Orioles got four hitless innings from their bullpen in a 5-3 victory over the Kansas City Royals on Sunday.

Mark Reynolds drove in the tiebreaking run in the sixth inning for the Orioles, who earned a split of the four-game series.

Machado hit a two-run homer in the second off former Orioles pitcher Bruce Chen (8-10). Machado tripled in his debut Thursday night, homered twice in his second game and doubled in a run Saturday night.

With his home run Sunday, the 20-year-old Machado joined Frank Robinson, Ray Knight and Lee May as the only players to get an extra-base hit in each of their first four games with the Orioles.

The Royals are off today. The Oakland A’s roll into town tomorrow night at 7:10 at Kaufman Stadium for the first in a three game series.

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Juan Pierre beat out a run-scoring infield single in the 11th inning, lifting the Philadelphia Phillies to an 8-7 win over the St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.

Jimmy Rollins reached off Barret Browning (0-2) on a fielder’s choice. He advanced to second base on a grounder and then stole third.

Pierre hit one deep into the hole that shortstop Rafael Furcal made a great stab at and fired to first. Pierre just beat the throw to score Rollins and help the Phillies win two of three against the Cardinals.

Philadelphia’s Erik Kratz hit a three-run homer off Mitchell Boggs in the eighth that tied the game 7-all.

Ryan Howard also homered for the Phillies. Matt Carpenter had three RBIs for the Cardinals.

Jeremy Horst (2-0) tossed two scoreless innings for the win in a game that lasted 3 hours, 53 minutes.

The Redbirds have today off. They open up a three game series with the Diamondbacks tomorrow night at 7:15 at Busch Stadium.

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LONDON (AP) — Most medals. Most gold medals. The U.S. left no doubt at the Olympics.

Victory by the men’s basketball team Sunday gave the United States its 46th and final gold medal in London, the most ever by Americans in a “road” Olympics.

The U.S. — winners of 104 medals overall at these Olympics — took home 45 golds from Paris in 1924 and Mexico City in 1968.

Those totals are still far behind the best medal hauls for the U.S at any Olympics: 83 golds (174 overall) at the 1984 Los Angeles Games, boycotted by the Soviet Union, and 78 golds (a whopping 239 overall) at the 1904 St. Louis Games.

The Americans were hardly the only ones with much to celebrate as the London Games came to a close Sunday.

China won 38 golds, its most ever on foreign soil. Britain, riding home-field support, savored its best Olympics in more than a century with 29 golds and 65 medals.

Among the disappointments: Australia won only seven golds, half as many as it did in Beijing.

China had 87 medals with 38 golds and Russia earned 82 medals, including 24 gold. Great Britain racked up 29 golds among its 65 medals.

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WATKINS GLEN, N.Y. (AP) — Marcos Ambrose passed Brad Keselowski on the final lap, then held him off in a fender-banging duel to win the Sprint Cup race at Watkins Glen International for the second straight time.

Kyle Busch was in control but was leaking oil on the track and skidded sideways coming out of the first turn of the final lap. Keselowski’s No. 2 Dodge caromed off the side of the No. 18 Toyota and Ambrose followed Keselowski through.

Ambrose and Keselowski battled side by side the rest of the way around the 2.45-mile layout, with neither giving ground before Ambrose moved in front heading to the checkered flag.

Jimmie Johnson was third, followed by Sonoma winner Clint Bowyer and Sam Hornish Jr., giving Dodge two in the top five.

Greg Biffle was sixth, followed by Busch, Matt Kenseth, Regan Smith and Martin Truex Jr. rounded out the top 10.

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The Carrollton Trojans Fall sports pictures will be Saturday, August 18th. Cheerleading at 6 p.m., tennis at 6:30, volleyball at 7, softball at 7:30 and the football pictures are at 8 p.m.

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