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WNBA: Mercury top Sparks to snap 4-game losing streak

Skylar Diggins-Smith scored 21 points as the visiting Phoenix Mercury ended a four-game losing streak by defeating the Los Angeles Sparks 80-66 on Friday night. Brianna Turner added 15 points, Britney Griner had 14 and Megan Walker 10 as the Mercury (6-7) improved to 4-5 without star Diana Taurasi, who is expected to return from […]

  • NBA: Behind Terance Mann’s 39, Clippers oust Jazz in Game 6

    Terance Mann scored a career-high 39 points and the Los Angeles Clippers stormed back for a 131-119 win over the visiting Utah Jazz to clinch a 4-2 series victory Friday and advance to the Western Conference finals for the first time in franchise history. The fourth-seeded Clippers, who trailed by 25 points in the third […]

  • NBA: Sixers come from behind, force Game 7 vs. Hawks

    Joel Embiid scored 22 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Philadelphia 76ers rallied for a 104-99 win over the host Atlanta Hawks to stave off elimination in Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals on Friday night. The teams will meet in a winner-take-all Game 7 on Sunday night in Philadelphia. Seth Curry and […]

  • WNBA: Sparks rookie Jasmine Walker has successful ACL surgery

    Los Angeles Sparks rookie Jasmine Walker underwent successful surgery to repair a torn ACL in her right knee, the team said Friday. She is expected to make a full recovery. The 23-year-old forward suffered a season-ending non-contact injury on May 21 during a 97-69 loss to the Las Vegas Aces. It was just her second […]

  • WNBA: Sky seeking fifth straight win against visiting Sun

    Since Candace Parker’s return to the court after an eight-game absence with a sprained ankle, the Chicago Sky have made it clear that it is one of the WNBA’s most dangerous teams. A four-game winning streak with her in the lineup is all the proof they need. Chicago can make it five straight Saturday when […]

  • WNBA: Lynx G Aerial Powers out 8-10 weeks after thumb surgery

    Minnesota Lynx guard Aerial Powers will be sidelined 8-10 weeks following thumb surgery on Friday morning. Dr. Sanjeev Kakar at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., repaired a torn ulnar collateral ligament in her right thumb. Powers, 27, was injured during Minnesota’s 80-64 victory against the Los Angeles Sparks on June 12. She is averaging […]

  • NCAAB: Former UConn strength coach sues school over COVID-19 protocols

    Sal Alosi, a former strength coach for the UConn men’s basketball program, has sued over the school’s COVID-19 protocols. Alosi claims he was let go for refusing coach Dan Hurley’s demands to violate NCAA and school COVID-19 guidelines. A hearing to determine possible dismissal of the case was held Thursday, with no immediate ruling provided. […]

  • NBA: Nets PG Kyrie Irving (ankle) ruled out for Game 7

    The Brooklyn Nets will be without star point guard Kyrie Irving for Saturday night’s Game 7 showdown against the visiting Milwaukee Bucks. Head coach Steve Nash confirmed Friday that Irving will miss his third straight game in the Eastern Conference second-round series with a sprained right ankle. Nash said Irving “still has some miles to […]

  • NBA: Reports: Bradley Beal, Devin Booker commit to Team USA

    Washington Wizards guard Bradley Beal and Phoenix Suns guard Devin Booker have committed to join the 12-man Team USA roster for the Tokyo Olympics, multiple outlets reported Friday. The Athletic reported that Beal will join previously committed players Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum […]

  • WNBA: Lynx chasing sweep of two-game road set vs. Wings

    The Minnesota Lynx, coming off one of their best defensive performances of the season, will look for a two-wins-in-three-days sweep of the Dallas Wings when they meet again on Saturday in Arlington, Texas. The Lynx (5-6) defeated Dallas 85-73 on Thursday in the first game of the set behind a stifling defensive effort over the […]

  • WNBA: Fever face Mystics looking to end losing skid

    Mired in a nine-game losing streak, the Indiana Fever will look to end the skid on Saturday when they visit the one team they defeated this season: the Washington Mystics. In a May 23 game at home, Indiana’s Kelsey Mitchell had a team-high 18 points as part of a balanced attack in an 89-77 victory […]

  • NBA: Report: Wizards star Bradley Beal commits to Team USA

    Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal has committed to play for Team USA at the Tokyo Olympics, The Athletic reported Friday. The roster is a work in progress, but The Athletic said Beal will join previously committed players Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, Draymond Green of the Golden State Warriors and Jayson Tatum of […]

  • NBA: Dirk Nowitzki joins Mavericks as special adviser

    Dirk Nowitzki will serve as a special adviser to the Dallas Mavericks, the team announced Friday. Per the Mavericks, Nowitzki will assist with the hiring of both a general manager and head coach and consult on other front office decisions. The move comes two days after owner Mark Cuban fired president of basketball operations/general manager […]

  • NBA: Hobbled Nets look to finish off Bucks in Game 7

    When the Brooklyn Nets waltzed to a 39-point victory in Game 2 to take a two-games-to-none lead, it seemed plausible to think a short Eastern Conference semifinal playoff series with the Milwaukee Bucks was unfolding. Enter a far more determined Bucks team that has taken advantage of its opportunities and displayed more consistent performances to […]

  • NBA: Celtics trade Kemba Walker to Thunder for Al Horford, Moses Brown

    The Celtics are sending guard Kemba Walker and their 2021 first-round draft pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Brad Stevens’ first move in charge of Boston’s front office. The Celtics also will trade a second-round pick in 2025 as part of the package for veteran center Al Horford, young 7-footer Moses Brown and a […]

  • WNBA: Aces sweep season series with rout of Liberty

    Kelsey Plum scored 18 points and A’ja Wilson added 17 as the Las Vegas Aces continued their dominance over the New York Liberty with a 103-76 home victory Thursday. Chelsea Gray had 15 points for Las Vegas, while Liz Cambage had 13 points and nine rebounds as the Aces won their fifth consecutive game. Three […]

  • NBA: Clippers rule out Kawhi Leonard (knee) for Game 6

    Clippers forward Kawhi Leonard will sit out again Friday when Los Angeles attempts to eliminate the visiting Utah Jazz in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals. Leonard sprained his right knee in Clippers’ Game 4 home win on Monday, then sat out Game 5 at Salt Lake City on Wednesday while his teammates earned […]

  • WNBA: Lynx beat Wings for first road victory of season

    Kayla McBride poured in a season-high 22 points and Sylvia Fowles added a double-double as the visiting Minnesota Lynx defeated the Dallas Wings 85-73 on Thursday in Arlington, Texas. It was Minnesota’s first road win in four tries this season. The two teams square off again on Saturday in Dallas. Minnesota (5-6) ran away with […]

  • WNBA: Sky take over in 3rd quarter, knock off Sun

    Behind a dominant second half, the Chicago Sky rolled to their fourth consecutive win and handed the Connecticut Sun their first Commissioner’s Cup loss Thursday, 81-75, in Chicago. The Sky (6-7) trailed much of the first half and went into halftime down five points, but took control with a 28-19 third quarter. Chicago extended its […]

  • WNBA: Short-handed Mystics pull out win over Dream

    The short-handed Washington Mystics, who had only seven available players, rallied Thursday to beat the visiting Atlanta Dream 96-93 behind 32 points from Ariel Atkins and 25 by Theresa Plaisance. Aari McDonald’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer fell off the mark for Atlanta (5-7). Preceding McDonald’s shot, the Dream’s Crystal Bradford was assessed a technical […]

  • WNBA: Storm dump Fever for record-tying 14th straight road win

    Breanna Stewart scored 21 points and grabbed 15 rebounds, and the Seattle Storm posted a 79-69 victory over the Indiana Fever on Thursday night in Indianapolis to match the longest road winning streak in league history at 14 games. The streak dates back to last season, and includes playoff games. The mark was set originally […]

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