Sports – Tuesday August 7th

| August 7, 2012 | 7:14 am
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CHICAGO (AP) — Chris Sale pitched eight solid innings last night as the Chicago White Sox topped the Kansas City Royals 4-2. Paul Konerko tied the game with a seventh-inning home run and Gordon Beckham gave the White Sox the lead with a solo shot in the eighth. Jeff Francoeur and Billy Butler each homered for Kansas City.

The Royals are in Chicago again tonight to face the White Sox at 7:10.

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ST. LOUIS (AP) – Jon Jay had four hits and drove in a pair of runs last night in the St. Louis Cardinals’ 8-2 win over the San Francisco Giants last night. Carlos Beltran added a home run for the Cardinals, who won their fourth game in a row. Angel Pagan and Buster Posey homered for the Giants.

The Redbirds take on the San Francisco Giants again tonight at 7:15 at Busch Stadium.

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LONDON (AP) — Kevin Durant scored 28 points — 17 during a stunning, long-range shooting display in the third quarter — and the U.S. Olympic men’s basketball team roared into the medal round with a 126-97 win over Argentina last night. Team USA will play Australia in Wednesday’s quarterfinals.

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MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The U.S. women’s soccer team has advanced to the gold medal match of the Olympic tournament with a wild 4-3 win in extra time over Canada.

Alex Morgan scored on a header in the final minute of injury time in extra time Monday night for the two-time defending Olympic champions, who will play Japan on Thursday for the title.

Christine Sinclair scored a hat trick for the Canadians. Megan Rapinoe scored twice, and Abby Wambach had one goal for the U.S.

The final at Wembley Stadium will be a rematch of last year’s World Cup final, won by Japan on penalty kicks. The Americans have played in the gold medal match in every Summer Games since women’s soccer was introduced in Atlanta in 1996.

Canada will play France for the bronze medal.

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LONDON (AP) — Gymnast Gabby Douglas is back in action today in her final event at the Olympics. Already a two-time gold medalist, the 16 year old is looking for gold in the women’s balance beam. On the men’s side of things, Danell Leyva, the bronze medalist in the men’s all-around, competes on the high bar along with teammate Jonathan Horton.

The semifinals are on tap today in women’s beach volleyball. Both U.S. teams are still alive with the duo of Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor facing the defending bronze medalist team from China. The No. 2 U.S. team of April Ross and Jennifer Kessy is facing the reigning world championship team from Brazil.

In track and field there are gold medals to be won in the men’s 15-hundred meters, men’s high jump and women’s 100 meters hurdles.

The U.S. women’s basketball team has a quarterfinal game with Canada and the women’s volleyball team is facing the Dominican Republic in a quarterfinal match.

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DURHAM, N.C. (AP) — This Duke walk-on will try to help the Blue Devils R-O-C-K in the ACC.

Duke began practice Monday with freshman Hud Mellencamp — the son of rocker John Mellencamp — on its roster.

Mellencamp was home-schooled and did not play high school football, but was an accomplished boxer in Indiana. The 5-foot-11, 165-pound defensive back was issued jersey No. 17.

Coach David Cutcliffe calls him “a pretty courageous young man” who is “trying to do something he’s never done before.”

Cutcliffe said Mellencamp had already been accepted to Duke and said “this was something the youngster wanted to try.” He says the plan is to shield Mellencamp from the media and “try to keep him back behind the scenes” while taking things slowly because of his lack of football experience.

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The Norborne Soybean Festival 5k is coming up August 11th. The sign up will be at 7:30 with the race starting at 8:30 Saturday morning. The timing will be computerized, and the course is all flat. The 20 dollar entry fee includes a t-shirt. All proceeds benefit the Norborne Athletic Department. Registration forms are available here at the KMZU studios and at Norborne High School. For more information you can contact Norborne Athletic Director Michael Lock at 660-542-4449.

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