Having to walk further from home to get to a tobacco shop increases the odds that smokers will quit, according a large study in Finland. Researchers found that every 500-meter (about one third of a mile) increase in distance to the nearest tobacco shop increased an individual's odds of quitting by 20 percent to 60 percent.
MINNEAPOLIS—Kansas City Royals outfielder Paulo Orlando stepped to the plate in his first at-bat on Sunday and thought he was in trouble. After four hits and an 11-4 win over the Minnesota Twins, Orlando can breathe a bit easier. Orlando tied a career high, finishing a double short of the cycle, joining Lorenzo Cain in the four-hit club on Sunday as Kansas City took the rubber match of a three-game series at Target Field.
As Justin Rose was basking in the glory of becoming the first Olympic champion in 112 years, Ryan Moore collected $864,000 more than the Briton for winning the John Deere Classic on the PGA Tour on Sunday. Moore claimed his fifth tour title by two strokes over fellow American Ben Martin in a low-key affair in Silvis, Illinois, where he received polite applause from the gallery after tapping in from two feet at the last.
BATON ROUGE, La.—Emergency crews in Louisiana have rescued more than 7,000 people stranded by historic flooding that has killed at least three and submerged whole communities, Gov. John Bel Edwards said Sunday, as parts of the U.S. Gulf Coast braced for more rain and rising waters. Residents have been pulled out of flooded homes, swamped cars and threatened medical facilities in cities and towns across the southern part of the state, said Edwards, who has called for federal emergency relief funds.
MILWAUKEE (Reuters) - Protesters fired gunshots, hurled bricks and set a gas station on fire in the U.S. mid-western city of Milwaukee on Saturday night, hours after a patrol officer shot and killed an armed suspect who took flight after a traffic stop, authorities said.
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—U.S. goalkeeper Hope Solo called Sweden "a bunch of cowards" after they knocked the United States out of the Olympic women's soccer tournament on penalties on Friday. "I think we showed a lot of heart," Solo told Sports Illustrated after the Europeans moved into the semi-final 4-3 on penalties. "We came back from a goal down. I'm very proud of this team.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Australian journeyman Marcus Fraser held on to his lead on the second day of the Olympic golf tournament on Friday with an 18th-hole birdie that preserved a one-stroke lead over Belgian Thomas Pieters. Fraser, who plays on the European tour, nearly surrendered his lead with a bogey at the 16th, but drained a short putt for birdie at 18 to card a two-under-par 69 and remain atop the leaderboard with a halfway total of 10-under 132.
MINNEAPOLIS—The Houston Astros put on an offensive clinic in a split doubleheader against the Minnesota Twins, capping the day with a 10-2 victory at Target Field. George Springer had three hits, including a two-run homer, and Chris Devenski pitched five shutout innings to lead Houston in the nightcap. Houston won both ends of the doubleheader, compiling a season-high 19 hits in a 15-7 victory in the opener.
RIO DE JANEIRO—Kohei Uchimura left it late - very, very late - before a heart-stopping final horizontal bar routine lifted him into the pantheon of greats as he became the first gymnast in 44 years to win back-to-back Olympic all around titles on Wednesday. In the end, all it took was a razor-thin 0.099 of a point to separate triumph and disaster. A day after the American women romped to the team title by more than eight points, Uchimura, Oleg Verniaiev and Britain's Max Whitlock provided the kind of edge-of-the-seat drama that tore everyone's nerves to shreds.