Wednesday's Sports in Brief


RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Olympic swimmers Jack Conger and Gunnar Bentz were taken off their flight from Brazil to the U.S. by local authorities amid an investigation into a reported robbery targeting Ryan Lochte and his teammates.

A lawyer for the two athletes said they will not be allowed to leave Brazil until they provide testimony to investigators, who are still searching answers about how the swimmers got robbed Sunday morning along with Lochte.

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Conger and Bentz left the Rio de Janeiro airport for an unspecified location in Brazil and had yet to testify, attorney Sergio Viegas said. The swimmers did not speak to reporters upon leaving the airport and getting shuttled away in a black car waiting outside.

The action comes amid increasing tension between Brazilian authorities and the American swimmers over the ever-changing account of the robbery.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - It's no easy thing to push Usain Bolt, even in an Olympic warm-up race. Might be even tougher upstaging him.

That happened on a wild night in track that began with the Jamaican star wagging his finger at a brash up-and-comer who dared challenge him in the 200-meter semifinals. It kept going with another Jamaican, Elaine Thompson, completing the first 100-200 women's double since 1988. And it closed with an American sweep of the hurdles to put the cherry on top of a seven-medal day for the United States on the track.

Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali and Kristi Castlin finished 1-2-3 in the 100-meter hurdles to give the United States its first sweep in the event, its seventh in the history of Olympic track and the 23rd for U.S. women, regardless of sport, over the history of the Summer Games.

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) - The nail-biters ended for the U.S. Olympic men's basketball team. So did a golden era of international basketball.

Emphatically stopping a stretch of three straight close games, the Americans advanced to the semifinals by sprinting past Manu Ginobili and Argentina, 105-78.

In front of a chanting, flag-waving crowd of Argentines who came to throw a raucous farewell party for their Golden Generation, the Americans delivered their most complete performance in Rio.

Turning a slow start into an early ending with a 27-2 run in the first half, the Americans put away one old rival and set up a meeting with another. They will play Spain on Friday in a rematch of the last two gold-medal games. Australia meets Serbia in the other semifinal.


FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) - Long-time New York Jets fan Larry David made a cameo appearance at the team's training camp practice, and the creator of ''Seinfeld'' and ''Curb Your Enthusiasm'' got to meet his favorite cast of characters.

That included quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, whom David recently begged during a radio interview to shave his bushy beard. Well, Fitzpatrick actually has trimmed it since then and he was eager to see what David thought.

Fitzpatrick chatted with David, who also has said he thinks he could be an NFL offensive coordinator, and mentioned his appearance in 2012 on the FX sitcom ''The League,'' which was about a group of friends and their fantasy football league.

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Arizona Cardinals coach Bruce Arians was released from the hospital after an overnight stay and pronounced the stomach problem that sent him there ''no big deal.''

He planned to heed doctors' advice to take it easy, he said before the team held another joint practice with the San Diego Chargers. Arians left the practice after about a half hour.

The 63-year-old coach was taken to the hospital Tuesday night after complaining of stomach pain as the Cardinals prepared for a joint practice with the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium.

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) - Nancy Bidwill, wife of Arizona Cardinals owner William ''Bill'' Bidwill, has died after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 84.

Her son, Cardinals President Michael Bidwill, announced her passing in a statement, saying she died Wednesday morning surrounded by close family members. The Bidwills were married for nearly 56 years.

Eighty-five-year-old Bill Bidwill retains the title of owner but Michael has been in charge of daily operation of the franchise for several years. Michael became president of the club in 2007.

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. (AP) - Three Miami Dolphins and nearly two dozen other VIPs simultaneously smashed guitars in the end zone to christen Hard Rock Stadium as the new name for the team's home.

Wide receiver Jarvis Landry, defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh, safety Reshad Jones and rapper Pitbull were involved in the ceremonial smashing. It came at the end of a news conference to announce the naming-rights deal that is for nearly $250 million over 18 years.

The agreement will help pay for a nearly completed $500 million stadium renovation that includes a canopy over the stands and new scoreboards.


HOUSTON (AP) - Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner says monitoring social media has convinced him New York fans are ready to embrace a Baby Bombers team that includes young players mixed with veterans.

Speaking at a major league owners meeting, Steinbrenner says the last week before Alex Rodriguez's retirement ''was unfortunate at times'' and the departures of A-Rod and Carlos Beltran, who was traded, were necessary to clear a path for rookies Gary Sanchez, Aaron Judge and Tyler Austin.

He praised veteran catcher Brian McCann, who has lost some playing time to Sanchez, and said of McCann's future: ''We'll cross that bridge in the offseason when we come to it.''


BRISTOL, Tenn. (AP) - Ben Kennedy moved past NASCAR Truck season leader William Byron with 19 laps to go and held at Bristol Motor Speedway for his first series victory.

Kennedy, the son of International Speedway Corporation CEO Lesa France Kennedy and great-grandson of NASCAR founder Bill France Sr., became the first France family member to win a NASCAR national series race. He was making his 63rd career start.