KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Jeremy Guthrie’s quality start for the Kansas City Royals was wasted Friday night, as they lost 5-3 to the Texas Rangers. Guthrie limited the Rangers to six hits and three runs over six-plus innings. Salvador Perez went three-for-four for the Royals. Texas’ Mitch Moreland hit a three-run home run in the seventh. Will Smith will be Kansas City’s pitcher for today’s 7:05 p.m. start.
ST. LOUIS (AP) – St. Louis starting pitcher Joe Kelly hit an RBI single to spur a four-run fourth for the Cardinals, who beat the Milwaukee Brewers 9-3 on Friday night. The Cardinals had solid base-running from catcher Yadier Molina, who stole two bases. The teams match up again today at 7:15 p.m. with Adam Wainwright on the mound for St. Louis.
LONDON (AP) — Eldon, Missouri, native Christian Cantwell has fallen just short of an Olympic medal in shot put. The former Missouri Tiger finished fourth Friday behind U.S. teammate Reese Hoffa.
(London) — South Africa’s Oscar Pistorious placed second in his opening heat for the men’s 400-meter dash this morning. Pistorious is known as the “Blade Runner” and became the first double amputee to compete in the Olympics. He set a new seasonal best mark of 45.44 seconds with the run. He has qualified for tomorrow’s semifinals of the race.
(London) — Nicola Spirig of Switzerland edged out Sweden’s Lisa Norden in a photo finish to take the gold in the women’s triathlon this morning at Hyde Park. The two sprinted down the final straight away and Norden’s last second lunge for the finish line came up just short. Video review of the finish took several minutes but the victory was eventually awarded to Spirig.
(London) — American boxer Errol Spence has been reinstated into the quarterfinals after a rules decision was overturned by the International Amateur Boxing Association. The decision initially ruled that Spence had been defeated by India’s Krishan Vikas, 13-11, in the round of 16 of the 152-pound weight class. USA Boxing submitted a formal complaint which will put Spence into the quarterfinals against Russia’s Andrey Zamkovoy on August 7th. If the loss had stuck, the U.S. men would have failed to medal in boxing at the Olympics for the first time.
(London) — A new Olympic champion will be crowned this morning at Wimbledon when American Serena Williams goes up against Russia’s Maria Sharapova in the gold medal tennis match starting at 9 a.m. Eastern. Each are looking to complete a “Golden Slam” having already won all four of tennis’ major tournaments.
(London) — The most decorated athlete in Olympic history will try to put one last gold medal around his neck today. Michael Phelps is expected to help Team USA in the men’s 4-by-100-meter medley. Phelps won his 17th gold medal and 21st overall yesterday in the 100-meter butterfly. The women’s 4-by-100-meter medley will also be contested today as well as the women’s 50-meter freestyle and the men’s 15-hundred-meter freestyle.
(London) — The U.S. still holds a slim lead in the medal count standings at the London Olympics. Team USA has won 43 medals and 21 gold compared to China’s 42 total with 20 gold. Russia holds third place with 23 total medals while the host nation Great Britain has surged into fourth place with 22 medals.