Colts cruise past Giants
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Andrew Luck threw for 107 yards and two touchdowns and the Indianapolis Colts responded to criticism by owner Jim Irsay with a 20-12 exhibition victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Irsay had used Twitter to apologize to fans for the Colts’ abysmal showing in a 44-20 loss to Buffalo last week, and the Colts improved markedly, with some help from the bumbling and suddenly injury-concerned Giants.
New York wide receiver Victor Cruz (bruised heel) and starting center David Baas (sprained knee) left the game and the Giants did little on offense.
Bolt finishes perfect meet
MOSCOW (AP) — Usain Bolt is perfect again. And with three gold medals, the Jamaican great became the most successful athlete in the 30-year history of the world championships.
The 4x100-meter relay gold erased the memories of the 100 title he missed in South Korea two years ago because of a false start. And, combined with an identical 100-200-relay triple from Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce, Bolt was instrumental in giving Jamaica the first sweep of the six sprint events.
With his victory, Bolt moved to the top of the all-time world championships medals table with eight gold and two silver, edging Carl Lewis, who has eight gold, one silver and one bronze.
Mikulak claims gymnastics title
HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Sam Mikulak ran away with the U.S. men’s gymnastics championship, winning the all-around title with ease over Alex Naddour. The two-time NCAA champion put together a two-day total of 181.400, a whopping 2.9 points ahead of Naddour.
Italy pulls even in Cup finals
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Emirates Team New Zealand fell out of the second race of the Louis Vuitton Cup finals because of a mechanical problem, handing Italy’s Luna Rossa a victory that evened the series at one apiece.
After nose-diving and losing two men overboard during its opening win, Emirates appeared to be sailing smoothly on the second day. The Kiwis pushed ahead by about 400 meters before a hydraulic system malfunctioned near the end of the third leg of the five-leg race.
The winner of the best-of-13 series will face Oracle Team USA in the 34th America’s Cup starting Sept. 7.
Nadal wins, Serena loses
CINCINNATI (AP) — Rafael Nadal extended his sizzling summer with a first-time title. One set away from her own breakthrough, No. 1 Serena Williams wilted.
Nadal took advantage of the few openings he got against John Isner, grinding out a 7-6 (8), 7-6 (3) win at the Western & Southern Open.
The Spaniard, 27, won the title in Montreal a week ago and has back-to-back hard-court championships for the first time in his career.
Williams had never won a Cincinnati title, either, and was trying for her second championship in two weeks, fresh off her championship in Toronto.
She dominated the first set, then fell apart, giving No. 2 Victoria Azarenka a chance to rally for a 2-6, 6-2, 7-6 (6) win that ended Williams’ 14-match winning streak. Williams committed 58 unforced errors.