DULUTH, Ga. – Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 on Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.
Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-five finals for the third time in four years.
The Dream cut the lead to three points early in the third quarter, but Moore came off a screen on the next possession and hit a three-pointer to make it 45-39. She and Brunson combined for 19 of Minnesota’s 26 points in the third.
Franchitti out of Houston hospital
Three-time Indianapolis 500 winner Dario Franchitti was released from a Houston hospital Thursday, four days after fracturing his spine and breaking his right ankle in an IndyCar Series crash. Franchitti was headed back to Indianapolis for further evaluation and will eventually have a second surgery on his ankle.
Pacers defeated in Philippines
In Manila, Philippines, James Harden scored 21 points to lead Houston to a 116-96 win over the Indiana in the first NBA preseason game in the Philippines. Paul George led the Pacers with 17 points. The teams will play again Sunday in Taiwan, the ancestral home of Rockets guard Jeremy Lin.
Charlotte center Brendan Haywood will miss at least 12 weeks with a stress fracture in his left foot. Magic Johnson won’t return to ESPN as an NBA studio analyst. He cited his busy schedule.
Detroit guard Rodney Stuckey broke a bone in his right thumb after catching it in a car door Wednesday and will have surgery today.
No. 8 Louisville downs Rutgers
In Louisville, Ky., Louisville intercepted passes on back-to-back drives in the fourth quarter, the last to set up Teddy Bridgewater’s 3-yard touchdown pass that clinched the No. 8-ranked Cardinals’ 24-10 victory over Rutgers.
Around the links
In San Martin, Calif., Jeff Overton shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-shot lead over Brian Harman at the Frys.com Open.
In Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, South Korea’s Ilhee Lee shot a 7-under 64 to take a one-stroke lead over American Brittany Lang after the first round of the LPGA Malaysia.
In Vilamoura, Portugal, Alviro Quiros, playing on his home course, was one of seven players to shot a 6-under 65 to share the lead at the Portugal Masters. Nine other players shot 66 at Oceanico Victoria Golf Course.
Teen asks LPGA to waive age limit
Amateur sensation Lydia Ko is turning pro and has asked the LPGA Tour to waive its age limit. The 16-year-old from New Zealand already is a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour.
League event at Bell’s in New Haven
Two Fort Wayne-based roller skating teams will take part in a Great Lakes Speed League event at 6 a.m. Sunday at Bell’s Skating Rink in New Haven. Bell’s Speed Club and Team Roller Dome will be among 14 teams participating in both quad and inline events.
Security tight for Chicago Marathon
Bomb-sniffing dogs, surveillance cameras and undercover officers will help make Sunday’s Chicago Marathon the most monitored race in the city’s history.
Federer loses at Shanghai tourney
Roger Federer fell to Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the third round of the Shanghai Masters. Federer, the 17-time Grand Slam champion, was playing in his first tournament since losing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open.