ST. PAUL - Maya Moore scored 26 points to help the Minnesota Lynx beat the Phoenix Mercury 96-86 in Game 2 of their semifinal series Friday night at Xcel Energy Center. Lindsay Whalen scored 16 points for top-seeded Minnesota, which holds a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five series. Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and nine rebounds. Rebekkah Brunson had 13 points and 11 rebounds Diana Taurasi scored 31 points for eighth-seeded Phoenix. Penny Taylor had 16 points
• KANSAS CITY, Mo.—Raul Mondesi scored on Billy Burns' sacrifice fly in the 11th inning as the Kansas City Royals beat the Minnesota Twins 4-3 on Tuesday night. • Mondesi opened the inning by drawing a walk from Tommy Milone, the ninth Twins pitcher. He stole second and Jarrod Dyson advanced him to third on a bunt. • After Whit Merrifield and Eric Hosmer were walked intentionally, Burns delivered the game-winning sacrifice fly to center.
ATLANTA—Rory McIlroy checked off two more big boxes on his list of career achievements Sunday when he won the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup Playoffs. The native of Northern Ireland birdied the fourth extra hole to beat Ryan Moore and survive a three-man playoff at East Lake Golf Club. McIlroy hit a 328-yard drive on the par-4 16th hole, the fourth in the playoff, and landed his approach within 14 feet. He made the winning putt moments after Moore knocked in a par-saving putt.
LOUDON, N.H.—Kevin Harvick secured his advancement to the second round of the Chase for the Sprint Cup with his third win of the 2016 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season on Sunday in the Bad Boy Off Road 300 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. "I just want to thank all our sponsors and everyone at the shop who works on the Stewart-Haas Racing cars," Harvick said. Joe Gibbs Racing teammates Matt Kenseth and Kyle Busch took second and third-place honors, while Brad Keselowski and Kurt Busch rounded out the top-five.
Golf legend Arnold Palmer, whose style and everyman quality led to a worldwide legion of followers known as "Arnie's Army," died Sunday at age 87. He died at UPMC Presbyterian Hospital in Pittsburgh, where he had been since Thursday while undergoing heart tests, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. Palmer, a Latrobe, Pa., native who won seven major championships in his career—the Masters four times, the British Open twice, and the U.S. Open once—is most famous for bringing the elitist game to the masses with his dramatic flair and blue-collar background.
Bubba Watson is No. 7 in the World Golf Ranking, but he still is not on the 12-man United States team for the Ryder Cup, which will be played against Europe on Sept. 30-Oct. 2 at Hazeltine National in Chaska. There is only one spot left on the team, and there is speculation that Watson won't get it. "You hear (U.S. captain Davis Love III) talk about chemistry and how players are going to be in a team setting," said Euro stalwart Lee Westwood of England, speaking to the Daily Mail about Watson's absence.
MINNEAPOLIS—In the first regular season contest at U.S. Bank Stadium, Minnesota's new billion-dollar football venue, new Vikings quarterback Sam Bradford led the team to a 17-14 win over the Green Bay Packers. Bradford, acquired from the Eagles at the end of the preseason after Teddy Bridgewater was lost to a knee injury, threw for 286 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his first start for theVikings. His favorite target was Stefon Diggs, who had nine catches for 182 yards and a touchdown. Bradford completed 22 of 31 passes.
NEW YORK—The theme in recent weeks, especially for unheralded starting pitchers when they meet with New York Mets manager Terry Collins, is about opportunity. The meetings likely go something like "here is your opportunity to show us you can pitch at this level in the middle of a playoff race." Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo have heard the message and sometime before Sunday afternoon it was delivered to Gabriel Ynoa.
JOLIET, Ill.—Martin Truex Jr. recorded his third win of the season to kick off the 2016 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway, taking the victory in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 400. "We have more races to win," Truex said. "The more we can win, the better. What can I say? There are so many people who are responsible for this, and I'm glad I get to drive this 78 with Cole Pearn (crew chief) and everybody on this team." Joey Logano finished second, Chase Elliott was third, Ryan Blaney fourth and Brad Keselowski rounded out the top-five.
DETROIT—Jorge Polanco drove in a career-high four runs and Kyle Gibson pitched eight strong innings, carrying the Minnesota Twins to an 8-1 victory over the Detroit Tigers on Tuesday at Comerica Park. Polanco had a two-run homer and two-run single among his three hits. Gibson (6-9) posted his first victory in five starts by holding Detroit to one run on five hits while striking out four.