Here is the latest Sports News from The New York Times.
Sports Briefing: Seeking a New Trial, Jerry Sandusky Denies Abusing Boys
The former Penn State assistant coach also said he was following the advice of his attorney when he took part in a telephone interview that came up at his trial.
Op-Ed Contributor: The Upside to A-Rod
After an ignominious departure, a shot at redemption for Alex Rodriguez.
Dolphins 27, Giants 10 | Exhibition: Ryan Nassib Flubs Audition for the Giants
The little-used reserve quarterback Ryan Nassib received ample playing time with the starting unit, but he failed to impress against the Dolphins.
Padres 8, Mets 6: Padres Batter Logan Verrett and Drop Mets Under .500
Verrett gave up all eight of the Padres’ runs and four home runs in the loss, his eighth of the season. The Mets scored four after he left.
Ticket Prices Soar, and Plummet, for A-Rod’s Last Game
Sales to Alex Rodriguez’s farewell game were a far cry from the frenzy inspired by Derek Jeter’s in 2014.
On Baseball: Alex Rodriguez Departs, but Not as a Deity
The stilted ceremony before the start of Rodriguez’s final game with the Yankees was emblematic of a career whose promise gave way to perdition.
Yankees 6, Rays 3: Under Dark Skies, Alex Rodriguez Ends Complicated Career as a Yankee
After rain cut a pregame ceremony short, Rodriguez hit a run-scoring double in the first inning against the Tampa Bay Rays for his final hit in pinstripes.
For an American, 6 Olympics and 6 Medals
Kim Rhode of the United States won the bronze medal in women’s skeet, joining the Italian luger Armin Zöggeler as the only athletes who have earned an individual medal in six straight Olympics.
Egyptian Judo Athlete Refuses Handshake After Losing to Israeli
Or Sasson, the Israeli, defeated Islam El Shehaby, the Egyptian, in a first-round match in the heaviest weight class, over 100 kilograms (about 220 pounds).
A Day of Finals Won and Records Broken
Great Britain set a team world record in cycling, while several athletes set records for speed and one set a record for his age.
In a Year of Injuries, Rafael Nadal Finds Joy by Winning Doubles Gold
Nadal and Marc Lopez of Spain defeated Florin Mergea and Horia Tecau of Romania, 6-2, 3-6, 6-4. Jack Sock and Steve Johnson won bronze for the United States.
Sinosphere: More Openly Gay Olympians Than Ever, but No Chinese Among Them
The absence of Chinese athletes “shows that the environment isn’t here for sexual minorities to come out yet,” a spokesman for an advocacy group said.
For Simone Manuel, Gold Ripples Beyond the Pool
In accepting a medal, Manuel gave a nod to “the African-Americans that have come before me.” Instagram messages from LeBron James and Serena Williams followed.
Indians Prospect Aims for a Streak Made Famous by Joe DiMaggio
Francisco Mejia, a Cleveland Indians prospect, has recorded a hit in 48 straight games for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the high Class-A Carolina League.
An American Fencing Medal in Foil, 84 Years in the Making
Miles Chamley-Watson and the American men’s foil fencing team won a bronze medal on Friday, the first medal for the U.S. in the event since 1932.
TV Sports: 1.28 Billion Minutes Streamed (and NBC Is Still Counting)
The NBC headquarters is in full Olympics mode, which includes a vastly expanded streaming program that, through Thursday, had offered 1.28 billion minutes of live Rio coverage.
Noted: A Winning Look (Outside the Pool) for Michael Phelps
The warm-up parka worn by the United States swim team may be the fashion breakout of the 2016 Olympics.
Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps: Twin Titans of the Modern Olympics
Bolt, who has not lost an Olympic race since 2008, and Phelps, who collected his 22nd gold medal, have dominated the last three Games in historic fashion.
Somebody (His Name’s Joseph Schooling) Finally Beats Michael Phelps
Phelps tied for a silver medal in the 100-meter butterfly. It’s the 27th medal of his incomparable career.
Maya DiRado, Exiting the Sport, Catches Katinka Hosszu and Grabs Gold
DiRado came from behind to win the 200-meter backstroke, collecting her fourth medal of the Rio Games.
Katie Ledecky Smashes World Record in the 800-Meter Freestyle
Ledecky becomes the first Olympian since Debbie Meyer to win the 200-, 400- and 800-meter freestyle events.
On Baseball: Alex Rodriguez Is at Peace as He Walks Away
It may be difficult, but over a transformative period in his life the last two years, Rodriguez has come to the conclusion that there are more important things than baseball milestones.
Green Water Lingers in Olympic Pools as the Excuses Pile Up
One pool will probably have to be refilled. “Chemistry’s not an exact science,” said a spokesman for the Rio 2016 committee.
Olympic Village Real Estate Goes Beyond Location, Location, Location
The village placed nearly 18,000 athletes, coaches and officials into 3,604 apartments in 31 buildings. Some countries request a location. Some request being near, or far from, certain others.
U.S. Eliminated Without a Medal in Women’s Soccer
The Americans lost in penalty shootout to Sweden in the quarterfinal.
What Synchronized Divers Say to Each Other Before the Plunge
Conversation on the board or platform by a pair at the Rio Olympics varies from “Ready?” and “Yes” to the ritual citation of a short biblical passage.
A Closer Look at Simone Manuel, Olympic Medalist, History Maker
The 20-year-old swimmer from Sugar Land, Tex., is the first African-American woman to win an individual event in Olympic swimming.
Golden Reaction: What Simone Manuel’s Historic Moment Looked Like
Photographers Doug Mills and Chang W. Lee were poolside when Manuel became the first African-American woman to win an individual gold in swimming.
Rio 2016: Rio Olympics Today: Egyptian Judoka Refuses to Shake Hands With Israeli
Here’s a look at what happened, and what’s going to happen, at the Summer Games in Rio today.
That’s Not the Way the Ball Bounces, Table Tennis Players Say
Some competitors at Rio have found it frustrating to try to adjust to changes made to the materials and size of the new official ball.
The Eatons, Competing for Different Countries, Are on the Same Team
The Canadian heptathlete Brianne Theisen-Eaton, who has struggled with self-doubt, has a supportive training partner in her husband, the U.S. decathlete Ashton Eaton.
American Wins Gold Again, Then Retires
Kayla Harrison, who won the United States’ first judo medal with a gold in 2012, used an armlock submission to win the second.
U.S. Wins 4th Straight in Women’s Field Hockey, Setting Up Showdown With Britain
Katie Bam scored two goals, giving her five in two games, as the Americans beat India, 3-0, and stayed tied atop their group at the Olympics.
As Golf Returns to Olympics, Players Savor the Moment
Adilson da Silva of Brazil, who hit the first tee shot at the Olympics since 1904, joined others in reflecting on what the day meant to them and their sport.
Sports Briefing: Avalanche Coach Resigns Without Warning
Patrick Roy stepped down as the Colorado Avalanche’s coach and vice president for hockey operations, citing disagreements with the organization.
Yankees 4, Red Sox 2: Yankees Beat a Rival, but Alex Rodriguez Goes Hitless in His Fenway Finale
Rodriguez went 0 for 4 with an R.B.I. at the site of his first major league game. He will be released by the Yankees after Friday’s home game.
Katie Ledecky … and Everyone Else
In a sport where races often are settled by tenths of a second, Ledecky won the 400 freestyle by a huge margin, with an even bigger one expected Friday in the 800.
Vikings’ Mike Zimmer Is Nostalgic on Return to Cincinnati
Zimmer made a name for himself as the Bengals’ defensive coordinator. The teams play a preseason game on Friday.
Ryan Fitzpatrick Looks Sharp in Jets’ Preseason Opener
Fitzpatrick, who re-signed with the Jets in July, avoided the usual sloppiness of preseason openers with a scoring drive.
On Baseball: Alex Rodriguez Remains a Lightning Rod Until the Very End
After a career of dazzling highs and confounding lows, Rodriguez will play his final game as a Yankee on Friday.
Fiji Wins Its First Medal: a Gold in Rugby
Fiji beat Britain in the final to win its first medal since it started coming to the Olympics in 1956.
Sports of The Times: Simone Biles Calms Her Mother, Then Sends Crowd Into Frenzy
A Biles was nervous on Thursday, but it was Nellie, not Simone, who capped 13 years of work, joy, frustration and pressure by winning the gold medal in the all-around.
A Stunning Leap, and a Quiet Trot
Simone Biles flew high and far in the women’s individual all-around to earn the gold medal. Outside, dressage competitors guided their horses to perform complex gaits.
Michael Phelps’s 13th Individual Gold Breaks an Ancient Record
Phelps surpassed Leonidas of Rhodes, who won 12 gold medals in the ancient Olympics.
U.S. Women Will Encounter Former Coach in Soccer Quarterfinal
Two key figures, Sweden Coach Pia Sundhage and United States goalkeeper Hope Solo, will try to keep their teams from being knocked out of the Olympic tournament.
North Korean Gymnast’s Selfie Goes Viral, but Her Bio Is Sparse
Little about Hong Un-jong has been shared outside North Korea despite her Olympic gold in vault in 2008 and her hero status at home.
Japan Exults as Kohei Uchimura, Gymnast Called ‘the King,’ Expands His Empire
With the next Summer Games scheduled in Tokyo in 2020, the pressure on Mr. Uchimura to keep his gymnastics magic going will be huge.
In NBC Gymnastics Booth, the Voices of Experience
Four members of the 2008 Olympic team, including the former all-around champion, are part of the network’s coverage in Rio.
Hanif Mohammad, Pakistani Cricket’s Little Master, Dies at 81
Mohammad’s technique was founded on durability, and his approach reached its peak in 1958 in a 16-hour turn at the crease, the longest innings in Test cricket’s history.
Simone Biles Soars, Lifting Another Country With Her
Her dual citizenship and family ties let Belize, 4,000 miles from the Rio Games, bask in her golden glow.
Sporting: My Gymnastics Feminism
How the balance beam taught me how to fail at perfection.
Bill Dooley, 3-Time A.C.C. Football Coach of the Year, Dies at 82
Dooley won 162 games in the Atlantic Coast Conference at North Carolina, Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Diamondbacks 9, Mets 0: Lowly Diamondbacks Blank Mets to Complete Three-Game Sweep
The Mets fell to .500 for the first time since April 20, at a time when they cannot afford to lose any ground in the National League playoff race.
Beyond Olympic Glow, a Vicious Drug War Rages in Rio
In Rio de Janeiro’s sprawling slums, gang fights and police raids provide a stark contrast to the excitement of the Olympic Games happening just across the city.
It’s Official: Simone Biles Is the World’s Best Gymnast
Biles joins Mary Lou Retton, Carly Patterson, Nastia Liukin and Gabby Douglas as American all-around gold medalists.
Badminton Patron and His Grandson Seek an Elusive Medal for the U.S.
Don Chew, who has tried to fill the gaps in funding for U.S. badminton players, has aided Phillip Chew’s development into a threat for the country’s first Olympic medal in the sport.
Rio 2016: Rio Olympics Today: Simone Biles, and Phelps vs. Lochte
The women’s gymnastics all-around and a showdown between Michael Phelps and Ryan Lochte are today’s highlights.
At Rio Olympics, the National Anthem Sounds … Sad?