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LONDON (AP) -- Might be time to get Gabby Douglas a new nickname. Olympic champ might work. Known as "The Flying Squirrel," Douglas won the women's all-around title Thursday night, becoming the third straight American to win gymnastics' biggest prize. It's her second gold medal of the London Games, coming two nights after she and her "Fierce Five" teammates gave the United States its first Olympic title since 1996. Douglas rocked the O2 Arena with her electric floor routine, flashing a dazzling smile and lots of pizzazz. She finished with a score of 62.232, about three-tenths ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia, runner-up at last year's world championships. Komova's floor routine was impressive, as well, and she stood at the center of the arena staring intently at the scoreboard. When the final standings flashed, her head dropped and she hurried to the sidelines, tears falling.

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Nats ride Gonzalez, bats to 8-5 victory over the Rockies

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Nats ride Gonzalez, bats to 8-5 victory over the Rockies

Postgame analysis of the Nats' 8-5 win over the Colorado Rockies on Friday night at Nationals Park.

How it happened: The Nationals have quickly gotten the sour taste of their recent four-game skid out of their mouths.

Thanks to a resurgent offense and a quality start by Gio Gonzalez, Washington got back on track with Friday’s 8-2 win over the Rockies, the Nats’ second win in as many days.

True to form, the power-laden lineup didn’t take long to strike. Jayson Werth launched a solo home run, his second in as many days and his 18th of the season, to put Washington up 1-0 in the first inning, and scored again in the third on an RBI groundout by Daniel Murphy.

With the game tied 2-2 in the fourth inning, the Nats wouldn’t create breathing room until the middle innings. The Nats took a lead they wouldn’t surrender when they scored two runs on a Jose Lobaton fielder’s choice in the fourth inning, followed by a Murphy solo home run in the fifth to make it 4-2.

From there, the game was blown open in the seventh inning thanks to a four-spot that was highlighted by an RBI double by Werth and a two-run triple by Bryce Harper that nearly left the ballpark.

The Rockies closed the gap to 8-5 on a Nick Hundley three-run home run in the ninth off Shawn Kelley, so Dusty Baker turned to Mark Melancon to notch the final out and secure the victory.  

What it means: The Nats have won back to back games and have raised their record to 75-53. Pending the result of the Miami Marlins game, Washington could be up nine games in the NL East by the end of the night.

Gonzalez notches win No. 100: The lefty starter wasn’t dominant by any means, but he did what Baker wanted him to do: keep his pitch count down and avoid the big inning. Gonzalez allowed two earned runs on four hits over six innings and 85 pitches, and limited the damage every time the Rockies were threatening. He could have easily gone deeper in the game, but Baker opted to pinch hit for him when the Nats had two on and two out in the bottom of the sixth. Regardless, the performance was good enough to earn Gonzalez the 100th victory of his career. 

Murphy’s milestone: With his 25th home run of the season, a fifth-inning solo shot, Murphy notched his 500th career RBI. It’s a remarkable achievement considering that he currently has 98 RBI on the season, which means roughly a fifth of the runs he’s driven in have come in 2016.

Bryce back? Don’t look now, but Harper is looking very much like the reigning NL MVP these days. He added two more extra-base hits Friday night, including his first triple of the season, and is now hitting an even .400 since his return from a neck injury. His season average has suddenly risen to .254, and with the way he’s going, could get to .260 by the end of the weekend.

Up next: The middle game of this three-game set will take place Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. as the Nats send A.J. Cole (0-1, 5.14 ERA) to oppose Jorge De La Rosa (8-7, 5.07 ERA).

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Gallardo doesn't make it through 2 as Orioles lose 14-4

Gallardo doesn't make it through 2 as Orioles lose 14-4

NEW YORK—Yovani Gallardo allowed eight runs in the shortest start of his career. Adam Jones was no longer on the field by the time Gallardo departed with one out in the second inning. 

It was an all-around ugly night for the Orioles in the Bronx. 

Since the last time the Orioles were here, on July 21, the Yankees have made major changes to their team, and their new look guys overwhelmed the Orioles 14-4 before 38,423 at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. 

Jones left the game in the second inning with a strained left hamstring. 

Gallardo (4-6) has won just one of his last 11 starts, and this one was lost early when Mark Teixeira hit a two-run home run in the first inning, and six runs scored in the second. 

At one point, nine consecutive New York hitters reached. 

Gallardo got the first out of the second, and then allowed a single to Chase Headley and walked Aaron Judge. Ronald Torreyes’ fly ball to center was dropped by Nolan Reimold, playing in place of Jones. 

Brett Gardner singled to drive in two. Jacoby Ellsbury followed with an RBI single, and Gary Sanchez doubled for two more. After Vance Worley replaced Gallardo, Teixeira’s single gave New York (66-61) an 8-1 lead. 

Gallardo worked just 1 1/3 innings, allowing eight runs, seven earned on six hits. 

Worley allowed two-run home runs to Chase Headley in the fourth and Sanchez in the fifth. 

Sanchez, the hot rookie catcher who assumed the job from Brian McCann at the trading deadline, has reeled off 10 home runs in 22 career games. He’s the first Yankees rookie to hit 10 homers in a month. 

Manny Machado hit his 30th home run in the first off Luis Cessa (4-0). That home run gave the Orioles (70-58) three 30 home run hitters for the first time in team history. 

Machado added his 31st home run in the sixth, a two-run home run to cut New York’s lead to 12-3. 

Cessa allowed three runs on five hits in six innings. 

Mike Wright allowed two runs in the seventh on a run-scoring double by Torreyes and an RBI single by Gardner. 

Jonathan Schoop’s RBI single in the ninth gave the Orioles their fourth run.

NOTES: The 10-run margin of defeat equaled the largest of the season. The Orioles have allowed 10 or more runs in three of their past eight games. …  Dylan Bundy (7-4, 3.33) faces Chad Green (2-3, 3.66) on Saturday afternoon at 1:05 p.m. 

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Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

Kirk Cousins recovers from sloppy first quarter, throws three TD's against Bills

FEDEX FIELD - Kirk Cousins' night is likely over and the Redskins quarterback experienced a tale of two quarters. He struggled early, but recovered well, going 12 of 23 for 188 yards and three touchdowns to go with one interception. 

One week after a surprise healthy scratch against the Jets, Cousins looked rusty early in the game against Buffalo. The Redskins first drive ended when Cousins threw a ball late to the outside and the result was an interception. In fact, in the first quarter, Cousins completed just three of nine passes for 17 yards to go with the pick.

In the second quarter, Cousins and the 'Skins offense started clicking. The Redskins QB connected on a deep ball to DeSean Jackson, who made a few nifty moves to add yards after the catch. A few plays later, Cousins found Ryan Grant and the receiver also made a nice move, veering in towards the goal post from the sideline, en route to the end zone.

On their next possession, Cousins and the Redskins offense did not look great, but the Bills defense handed the Skins opportunity after opportunity with repeated penalties. Eventually, Cousins made them pay, hooking up on a 20-yard touchdown to tight end Jordan Reed.

After a late fumble recovery by Greg Toler, Cousins got one more possession with less than two minutes in the second quarter. Despite a few more penalties marring the pace of the game, Cousins found Pierre Garçon in the corner of the end zone for a TD with 31 seconds left in the half. 

Not a bad night for Kirk - three TDs in one quarter, thrown to three different receivers. At the half, the Redskins lead the Bills 21-6.

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