The WNBA admitted Friday that a late basket should not have counted after a livid Minnesota Lynx coach Cheryl Reeve criticized the officiating following her team's 77-76 loss to the Los Angeles Sparks in the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night
Sam Bradford's days in the City of Brotherly Love were numbered the moment the Philadelphia Eagles maneuvered their way to select Carson Wentz with the second overall pick of the 2016 draft
ST. PAUL, Minn. --Eric Staal signed with the Minnesota Wild in the offseason looking to prove he still had some gas in the tank. So far he looks like he's nowhere near empty. Staal scored his second goal of the game midway through the third period as the Wildstayed unbeaten at home, coming from behind for a 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on Thursday night. Goalie Devan Dubnyk's 31 saves, combined with earlier goals by Zac Dalpe and Staal helped improve the Wild to 3-1-0, as they swept a three-game homestand.
MINNEAPOLIS—Candace Parker and the Los Angeles Sparks finally have their elusive WNBA championship. Parker scored 28 points, including a go-ahead basket with 19.7 seconds remaining, as the Sparks won their first WNBA title since 2002. Their 77-76 win over Minnesota in the decisive Game 5 of the WNBA Finals dethroned the defending champion Lynx, who fell just short of their fourth championship in six years.
TORONTO—The Cleveland Indians tried somebody new Wednesday, but in the end, a couple of old reliables put them in the World Series after they defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-0 to win the American League Championship Series in five games. The newcomer was Ryan Merritt, who was making his postseason debut in his fifth appearance and second start in the major leagues. He pitched 4 1/3 scoreless innings. The familiar dependables were relievers Andrew Miller and Cody Allen, who took care of the final 3 2/3 innings.
• Yasmani Grandal and Justin Turner homered to back the masterful pitching of Rich Hill as the Los Angeles Dodgers blanked the Chicago Cubs 6-0 on Tuesday to take a 2-1 lead in the National League Championship Series. • Left-handed starter Hill used his sweeping curve ball to baffle Chicago for six scoreless innings as Los Angeles shut out the visiting Cubs for the second game in a row in the best-of-seven series.
There were clouds over the Kansas Speedway throughout the weekend. As the teams in NASCAR's Sprint Cup series gathered for the fifth race of the Chase, there were clouds in the sky and then the metaphorical type on the horizon. The sky-bound clouds cleared up by the time of Sunday's race, but that dark one known as Talladega Superspeedway never went away. Unless you were Kevin Harvick.
• TORONTO—Mike Napoli homered and hit an RBI double, the Cleveland bullpen was stellar from the first inning on, and the Indians defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 4-2 Monday night to take a three-games-to-none stranglehold in the American League Championship Series. • The Indians will aim for a sweep of the best-of-seven set on Tuesday at Rogers Centre. • Jason Kipnis also homered for Cleveland, while Michael Saunders homered for Toronto.
• LOS ANGELES—Maya Moore scored 31 points, including two game-clinching free throws with 4.1 seconds left, and the Minnesota Lynx staved off elimination in the WNBA Finals by beating the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday 85-79 in Game 4 at Staples Center. • The Lynx victory even the best-of-five series at two wins apiece. The deciding fifth game will be played in Minneapolis on Thursday.
LOS ANGELES—Candace Parker had 24 points and nine rebounds and Nneka Ogwumike added 21 points and nine rebounds as the Los Angeles Sparks beat the Minnesota Lynx 92-75 on Friday night in the WNBA Finals to take 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series. The Sparks can close out the championship series on Sunday night at Staples Center. Tipoff is at 9:30 p.m. cDT. The defending champion Lynx will try to force a deciding Game 5 in Minnesota on Oct. 20.