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RIO DE JANEIRO " Putting aside the disconcerting lime-like waters at the aquatics center, the focus of the Rio Games turned toward the emerald green fairways of the Olympic Golf Course on Thursday. By Arnie Stapleton. SENT: 688 words.

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OLY--ATH-DOPING-KENYA

RIO DE JANEIRO " A second Kenyan track and field official was expelled from the Olympics on Thursday for posing as an athlete and giving a doping sample in the athlete's name, Kenya's team leader said. By Gerald Imray and Mutwiri Mutuota. SENT: 583 words, photos.

OLY--SAI-SICK SAILOR

RIO DE JANEIRO " A Belgian woman who won a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympics has become sick after racing on polluted Guanabara Bay, the first sailor to fall ill from the waters that were subject to great scrutiny leading to the Rio Games.

By Bernie Wilson. SENT: 791 words, photos.

CRI--ENGLAND-PAKISTAN

LONDON " A superb century from Moeen Ali helped England to reach 328 all out on the first day of the fourth and final test against Pakistan on Thursday. SENT: 465 words, photos.

OLYMPICS:

OLY--GYM-WOMEN'S ALL-AROUND

RIO DE JANEIRO " Forget the pressure. Forget the hype. Simone Biles is immune to all of it. Dynamic on vault. Effortless on beam. Jaw-dropping on floor. Brilliant all over. And now, finally, an Olympic champion. By Will Graves. SENT: 508 words, photos.

OLY--GLF-GOLF

RIO DE JANEIRO " On a day of firsts for Olympic golf, Marcus Fraser of Australia had the one that mattered " the first-round lead. By Doug Ferguson. SENT: 814 words, photos.

OLY--BOX-CUTTING CONCERNS

RIO DE JANEIRO " Olympic boxing is bloody again. Men are fighting without headgear for the first time in 36 years, making the sport debatably safer and undoubtedly more attractive to fans. But the most tangible consequence is gore. By Greg Beacham. SENT: 882 words, photos.

OLY--SOC-WOMEN'S QUARTERFINALS

BRASILIA, Brazil " The top-ranked team in the world will likely be the undercard in women's Olympic soccer on Friday.

The United States, the three-time defending champions, will take on Sweden in Brasilia. But the late game in Belo Horizonte between Australia and host Brazil may be the more intriguing match. By Anne M. Peterson. SENT: 536 words, photos.

OLY--TEN-NADAL'S LONG DAY

RIO DE JANEIRO " What was shaping up as a very long day of Olympic tennis for Rafael Nadal began shortly after 11 a.m., when he played the first point of what would become a victory that put him in the singles quarterfinals. By Howard Fendrich. SENT: 819 words, photos

OLY--CYC-TRACK CYCLING

RIO DE JANEIRO " Britain won the first gold medal of the Olympic track cycling program on Thursday, rallying past New Zealand in the final of the men's team sprint by the slimmest of margins. By Dave Skretta. SENT: 586 words, photos.

SOCCER:

SOC--VILLARREAL-COACH OUT

VILLARREAL, Spain " Villarreal hired Fran Escriba as its coach after parting ways with Marcelino Garcia on Thursday, less than week before it hosts a Champions League playoff first-leg match against Monaco. SENT: 247 words.

SOC--LEICESTER RANIERI

LEICESTER, England " Leicester manager Claudio Ranieri believes it will be "impossible" for his team to retain the English Premier League title, saying Thursday it's more likely that "ET comes to Piccadilly Circus." SENT: 270 words.

SOC--RUSSIA-CHERCHESOV

MOSCOW (AP) Stanislav Cherchesov is the new coach of Russia ahead of its home World Cup in 2018, after a disastrous performance in the European Championship ended predecessor Leonid Slutsky's tenure. SENT: 320 words.

OLY--VOLUNTEERS

RIO DE JANEIRO " The International Olympic Committee calls its president and executives "volunteers." They receive no salary but do collect substantial cash handouts: a $250,000-annual allowance for "volunteer" president, Thomas Bach, and $900 per diems for executives on IOC business. By Rob Harris. SENT: 611 words, photos.

GOLF:

GLF--JOHN DEERE CLASSIC

SILVIS, Ill. Zach Johnson made himself right at home in the John Deere Classic again. SENT: 720 words.

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CRI--WEST INDIES-INDIA

GROS ISLET, St. Lucia " Heavy rain washed out the third day of the third test between West Indies and India without a ball being bowled on Thursday. SENT: 113 words, photos.

BASEBALL

BBA-YANKEES-RODRIGUEZ

BOSTON Alex Rodriguez has been turned down in his request to play the field for his final game with the New York Yankees. SENT: 200 words.

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