RIO DE JANEIRO—Maya DiRado of the United States won the women's 200 meters backstroke on Friday, reeling in Hungary's Katinka Hosszu in the closing meters to deny her a fourth gold medal of the Rio Olympics. Canada's Hilary Caldwell won bronze. Hosszu had led from the start, reacting fastest from the block, but DiRado shadowed her the whole way. The Hungarian led the American by 0.57 seconds at 100 meters and by 0.48 at the final turn, but DiRado fought back and the two were neck-and-neck as they entered the final 25 meters.
CINCINNATI—Undrafted rookie running back C.J. Ham scored on a 10-yard run late in the third quarter and the Minnesota Vikings held on to beat the Cincinnati Bengals, 17-16, on Friday night in the pre-season opener for both teams. Ham, an Augustana product, finished with team highs of 12 carries and 35 yards for the Vikings.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Katie Ledecky of the United States destroyed the field in the 800 metres freestyle on Friday, breaking her own world record to complete a rare Olympic swimming treble. Ledecky led from the start and inexorably stretched out the gap over her opponents to finish in eight minutes, 4.79 seconds, beating her previous mark of 8:06.68 set in Austin, Texas, in January. Britain's Jazz Carlin won her second silver medal in 8:16.17, and Boglarka Kapas of Hungary took the bronze.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Anthony Ervin of the United States reclaimed the mantle of fastest man in the water on Friday by taking the Olympic 50 meters freestyle gold medal 16 years after he first won it, and by the slimmest of margins. "I kind of laughed. It's almost absurd I was able to do it again," said Ervin of his immediate reaction to seeing his name with the number one against it. France's Florent Manaudou, the defending champion, finished second and just 0.01 seconds behind the 35-year-old veteran, who won in 21.40 seconds in a splash and dash down the pool.
WASHINGTON—U.S. retail sales were unexpectedly flat in July as Americans cut back on purchases of clothing and other goods, pointing to a moderation in consumer spending that could temper expectations of an acceleration in economic growth in the third quarter. The Commerce Department said on Friday, Aug. 12, that the unchanged reading last month followed an upwardly revised 0.8 percent increase in June. Retail sales in June were previously reported to have increased 0.6 percent.
ORLANDO, Fla.—Republican Donald Trump tried to brush off the latest furor to envelop his struggling White House campaign on Friday, Aug. 12, saying he was just being sarcastic when he called President Barack Obama and Democratic rival Hillary Clinton the founders of Islamic State. Trump used the unfounded description on Wednesday night and all day on Thursday during campaign appearances in Florida. In an interview on Thursday with radio talk show host Hugh Hewitt, Trump said he meant what he said.
HAVANA—Cuba is awash with official tributes to former leader Fidel Castro ahead of his 90th birthday on Saturday, Aug. 13, even as its people and leadership have begun to look beyond the legacy of the Communist-ruled state's founding figure. Dotted around Havana, flags read "Gracias, Fidel" and billboards cite his best-known phrases, while state media churns out stories about the man who toppled a U.S.-backed dictator in 1959 and went on to rule Cuba for nearly half a century.
NEW YORK/HOUSTON—It may seem odd that the opening of one pipeline crossing through four U.S. Midwest states could upend the movement of oil throughout the country, but the Dakota Access line may do just that. At the moment, crude oil moving out of North Dakota's prolific Bakken shale to "refinery row" in the U.S. Gulf must travel a circuitous route through the Rocky Mountains or the Midwest and into Oklahoma, before heading south to the Gulf of Mexico.
JetBlue Airways Corp. said 22 passengers and two crew members were injured when its flight from Boston to Sacramento, Cali. ran into heavy turbulence on Thursday. Flight 0429 landed safely...
RIO DE JANEIRO -- As Simone Biles stood locked in a tight embrace with her team mate Aly Raisman, waiting for her final score to come up on the big...