The Latest: American Ashton Eaton wins decathlon gold




RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — The Latest on the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro (all times local):

10:10 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Ashton Eaton has defended his Olympic decathlon title, equaling the games record with a surge on the last lap of the 1,500 meters — the last event in the two-day competition.

The 28-year-old American finished with 8,893 points to match the Olympic mark set by Roman Sebrle of the Czech Republic in 2004.

Kevin Mayer of France was 59 points behind to take silver and Damian Warner of Canada took bronze with 8,666 points.

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10:05 p.m.

American swimmers Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger have checked in for a flight leaving Brazil after testifying about claims they were robbed after a late night of partying.

Police have said the story was a lie and that they and two other U.S. swimmers, including Ryan Lochte, vandalized a gas station.

Associated Press journalists saw Bentz and Conger checking in late Thursday for a flight leaving the country. They were whisked through security and did not have to wait in line.

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9:55 p.m.

Gold-medal favorite Caster Semenya kept plenty in reserve in the semifinals of the women's 800 meters and still posted the fastest of the qualifying times in 1 minute, 58.15 seconds.

The South African who was the silver medalist in London four years ago coasted through 500 meters in the middle of the pack before gradually picking up the pace and hitting the front rounding into the final straight.

Semenya has become the unwilling face of the controversial debate in track and field over women with very high levels of testosterone being allowed to compete. She is believed to be one of several female athletes at the Olympics with a condition called hyperandrogenism. The IAAF was last year forced to drop rules that regulated their testosterone levels.

She led the third and fastest heat, with Linsey Sharp of Britain and American Kate Grace advancing as well.

Margaret Wambui of Kenya won the first heat to advance along with Burundi's Francine Niyonsaba, the world indoor winner.

Joanna Jozwik of Poland won the second heat and advanced along with Canada's Melissa Bishop, the world championship silver medalist.

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9:40 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Ryan Crouser won the shot put gold medal with an Olympic record 22.52 meters, leading world champion Joe Kovacs in a 1-2 finish for the United States.

The 23-year-old Crouser recorded the three best throws of his career, starting with 22.22 on his second attempt to take an early lead and improving it to 22.26 before his biggest shot of the night on his fifth attempt.

Kovacs, who had the season-leading mark heading into the final, took silver at 21.78 and world indoor champion Tom Walsh of New Zealand won bronze at 21.36.

Tomasz Majewski, who won the Olympic gold for Poland in 2008 and 2012, was a distant sixth with a mark of 20.72 after opening with two fouls.

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9:10 p.m.

Three-time world champion and 2008 Olympic gold medalist Asbel Kiprop progressed smoothly in the last heat of the 1,500 meters, coming in ahead of defending champion Taoufik Makhloufi of Algeria.

Kiprop initially hung back in the pack, then surged to the front with 250 meters to go and finished in 3 minutes 39.73 seconds. Makhloufi, who already won silver in the 800 meters, did not push the Kenyan, happy to advance in second place.

Kiprop's teammate Ronald Kwemoi took the second heat in 3:39.42. Ayanleh Souleiman of Djibouti and Matthew Centrowitz of the United States also were among the automatic qualifiers.

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8:55 p.m.

The U.S. will be playing for a sixth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball after beating France 86-67, the closest contest of the Rio Games for the Americans.

Diana Taurasi scored 18 points as the U.S. won Thursday night without the services of Sue Bird. The U.S. turned up its defense to make up for not being as crisp offensively after routing opponents by an average of 41.7 points.

The Americans, who won their 48th straight game, will play Spain in the final Saturday.

Bird, the Americans' starting point guard and team captain, was sidelined with a sprained right knee. The U.S. led only 40-36 at halftime but outscored France 25-8 in the decisive third quarter to finally get some separation from the team that they beat in the 2012 gold medal game.

France will play Serbia for bronze.

Reserve Marine Johannes led France with 13 points.

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8:35 p.m.

Kevin Mayer of France is creeping up on decathlon leader Ashton Eaton with only the closing 1,500 meters left to go.

Mayer threw 65.04 meters with the javelin Thursday while defending champion Eaton did not do better than 59.77, a poor performance by his standards. It meant that the American goes into the closing 1,500 meters with a lead of only 44 points.

Eaton has 8,104 points compared to Mayer's 8,060. Eaton has a personal best time in the 1,500 that is about 4 seconds better than the Frenchman.

Damian Warner of Canada is in third place with 7,888.

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8:30 p.m.

Brazil's acting president visited the Olympic Park Thursday to give an upbeat assessment of Rio's Olympics.

Michel Temer told reporters there would be "worldwide recognition of the Brazilian capacity for organization." He also said a "large number of tourists have had no incidents and are enjoying the games."

His comments over about three minutes glossed over some organizational and security problems faced by the games, including a smattering of muggings, stray bullets flying at venues and an Olympic security officer fatally shot in a favela.

Temer also promised to attend the Paralympic Games, which are receiving a government bailout to guarantee they can take place. Rio organizers are expected to receive 150 million Brazilian reals ($46.5 million) in government money to help pull off the Paralympics, which open Sept. 7.

Taking government money breaks a pledge by organizers who have said they would use only private money in running their 7.4 billion real ($2.3 billion) operating budget.

Temer took over for President Dilma Rousseff, who faces an upcoming impeachment trial in the federal senate and is expected to be removed permanently from office.

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8:25 p.m.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport's anti-doping agency has removed Indian wrestler Narsingh Yadav from the Rio Olympics and given him a four-year suspension.

Yadav had originally escaped a ban over two positive tests earlier this year for the banned substance methandienone after India's national anti-doping agency accepted his explanation that his food or drink had been tampered with.

However, the World Anti-Doping Agency disagreed and filed an appeal to CAS, which ruled that there was "no evidence" to support Yadav's claim of sabotage.

Yadav had been due to compete Friday in the men's 74-kilogram freestyle class.

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7:45 p.m.

American soccer player Megan Rapinoe is criticizing teammate Hope Solo's comments after the U.S. team lost to Sweden in the Rio Games.

Solo called the Swedes "a bunch of cowards" for focusing on defense rather than attacking the three-time defending champion U.S. team.

Rapinoe told NBC Sports on Thursday she was "really disappointed" about Solo's comments.

She said the team should be competitive but also gracious and humble whether losing or winning. Rapinoe said: "We've been on the winning side quite a bit, and when we find ourselves on the other side, we need to handle that graciously, and unfortunately that wasn't the case."

Sweden ousted the U.S. 4-3 on penalty kicks following a 1-1 draw in a quarterfinal match.

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7:20 p.m.

The U.S. team made the most of its second chance to qualify for the women's 4x100-meter relay final, recording the fastest time of the day in a solo re-run before the night session began.

The Americans dropped the baton during the morning preliminaries and appeared to be out of contention.

But track officials upheld the U.S. protest because Allyson Felix was jostled as she tried to hand the baton over to English Gardner.

Because relay finals must be limited to eight teams, the Americans were called back to run all by themselves, in the same order and in the same lane.

Their goal was to beat the time of 42.70 seconds run by China. They posted a time of 41.77, almost a second faster than the target and narrowly in front of Jamaica, the fastest of the automatic qualifiers in 41.79.

Their time marked the second-fastest 4x100 in the world this season. The fastest time this year was Germany's 41.62 in July.

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7 p.m.

Two American swimmers have given testimony to Brazilian authorities after Ryan Lochte and some of the athletes claimed they were victims of an armed robbery.

Upon leaving a police station in the upscale neighborhood of Leblon on Thursday, Gunnar Bentz and Jack Conger walked through a crowd of dozens of journalists and onlookers.

The swimmers did not answer questions. A few people in the crowd shouted at them, calling them "liars" and "shameful."  

  It was not immediately clear if Jimmy Feigen, who spoke to police on Sunday, was going to provide give another statement. Lochte's father has said Lochte is back in the United States.

Police have said the teammates were not robbed after a night of partying in Rio de Janeiro as they had claimed.

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6:35 p.m.

Sue Bird won't play for the U.S. women's basketball team against France.

The American point guard sprained her right knee capsule in the win over Japan in the quarterfinals. The fact that it was only a sprain and not a tear was a relief to Bird, who told The Associated Press she heard a "pop" when the injury occurred. She had 30 assists and just three turnovers in the first six games.

Of the four Olympics Bird has competed in, this was only the second game she has not played in. She also didn't compete in the semifinal matchup of the 2004 Athens Games when the U.S. beat Russia 66-62. That wasn't because of injury.

She's started every game at the point for the U.S. over the past three Olympics. She was wearing a blue sweatsuit while the team warmed up.

Seimone Augustus took her place in the starting lineup as the Americans tried to reach a sixth consecutive gold medal game. The U.S. has won 47 consecutive games at the Olympics.

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6:35 p.m.

MEDAL ALERT: Argentina won its first field hockey gold medal when Belgium was beaten 4r-2 in a gripping men's final.

Argentine fans, more used to their women's success after four straight Olympic medals, came in droves to make the Olympic Hockey Stadium seem like it was in Buenos Aires. Los Leones, the Lions, made their trip and support worthwhile.

Belgium scored first and quickly through Tanguy Cosyns but Argentina was 2-1 up before the end of the first quarter thanks to captain Pedro Ibarra and Ignacio Ortiz. Gonzalo Peillat's 11th penalty corner goal of the competition made it 3-1 into halftime.

Belgium brought the tension back with a Gauthier Boccard goal, and a quarter left. The Belgians peppered the Argentine goal but goalie Juan Vivaldi was supreme, and Agustin Mazzilli scored into an empty net in the last seconds to cap the men's team's greatest achievement.

Belgium, also in its first final, earned silver for its first medal since a bronze on debut at its 1920 Antwerp Games.

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6:20 p.m.

Ryan Lochte's old reality show is returning to television for a marathon airing after the swimmer's troubles in Rio.

Esquire Network plans to re-air all eight episodes of "What Would Ryan Lochte Do?" on Friday night. The show originally aired on Esquire's sister network E! Entertainment in April 2013 after Lochte's stellar performance at the 2012 London Olympics.

The short-lived series covered Lochte's daily life, including training sessions, dating and his interest in fashion design.

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6:20 p.m.

Serbia is headed to the Olympic men's water polo final for the first time.

Filip Filipovic, Andrija Prlainovic and Slobodan Nikic scored two goals apiece, and Serbia shut down Italy for a 10-8 victory in the Rio semifinals on Thursday. The world champions scored the first six goals of the game, and Italy never recovered from its early scoring drought.

It was sweet revenge for Serbia after it lost to Italy in the semifinals of the 2012 London Games.

Next up for Serbia is Croatia, which advanced with a 12-8 victory against Montenegro. The countries also met in the world championship final last year, with Serbia winning 11-4 in Russia.

Serbia won bronze in each of the last two Olympics.

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6:20 p.m.

Britain's defending Olympic taekwondo champion Jade Jones has made it to the finals of the women's 57-kilogram competition at the Rio Olympics and will fight for another gold medal on Thursday evening.

Jones defeated Sweden's Nikita Glasnovic in the semifinal after scoring first and then landing some head kicks to keep her in front. Jones bowed to the crowd afterward, acknowledging the pockets of British fans in the crowd. Jones will face her longtime rival, second-seeded Eva Calvo Gomez of Spain in the final.

In the men's 68-kilogram division, Russia's Alexey Denisenko and Jordan's Ahmad Abughaush will fight for the gold medal after both pulled off upsets of some of the category's favored fighters.

Denisenko took out defending champion Servet Tazegul of Turkey while Abughaush defeated second-seeded Dae-Hoon Lee of South Korea and Olympic champion Joel Bonilla Gonzalez, who won the men's 58-kilogram category in London before moving up a division.

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