Lynx take WNBA title
The Minnesota Lynx took the WNBA championship on Friday, winning 73-67 to complete a three-game sweep of the Atlanta Dream. Seimone Augustus had 16 points and Maya Moore, returning to her Atlanta home, had 15 to lead a balanced scoring attack as the Lynx won their first WNBA title. Angel McCoughtry led Atlanta with 22 points. Erika de Souza, who had 11, was the only other scorer in double figures for Atlanta, who have been swept in the finals series two years in a row, having lost to Seattle last season.
Neymar goal saves Brazil
Neymar rescued 2014 World Cup hosts Brazil in a tougher-than-expected friendly with Costa Rica scoring the only goal against the run of play in a 1-0 win on Friday. The 19-year-old forward scored his eighth goal in 14 matches for Brazil from close range, converting substitute Daniel Alves’ cross in the 60th minute. Neymar also hit the crossbar with a shot from outside the box in 72th minute, just before being replaced by Hulk. “It was a very difficult game. Costa Rica are no fools, but our national team knew how to handle the pressure and were able to win,” Neymar told reporters at San Jose’s Estadio Nacional. Manchester United defender Fabio made his debut for Brazil playing at right back, but left the field 10 minutes after the break due to an injury and was replaced by Alves.
Cameroon save best for last
Cameroon reserved their best Africa Cup of Nations qualifying performance for last as they came from behind twice to triumph 3-2 in the Democratic Republic of the Congo on Friday. The Group E clash at the 80,000-seat Martyrs’ Stadium in Kinshasa was all about pride, as Senegal had already taken an unassailable lead in a pool completed by Mauritius and runners-up Cameroon were out of contention to be among the best two and secure a tournament place. Dioko Kaluyituka put the home team ahead after 12 minutes, record four-time African Footballer of the Year Samuel Eto’o equalized soon after and Deo Kanda revived hope of a DR Congo victory with a goal five minutes before halftime. Cameroon scored twice within five minutes to clinch their third group win after home-and-away successes against Mauritius. Matthew Andongcho leveled on 75 minutes and Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting from German club Mainz snatched the winner.
Bangalore power past NSW
David Warner’s second unbeaten hundred in a row went in vain as Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli made short work of a steep 204-run target to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to the Champions League Twenty20 final against New South Wales on Friday. Gayle (41-ball 92) and Kohli (49-ball 84) blasted 141 runs for the second wicket, as Bangalore chased down the target with nine balls and six wickets to spare. Gayle smashed eight huge sixes and the same number of fours to set the platform for Kohli, who hit three sixes and 10 boundaries, to see the side through at their home ground of M. Chinnaswamy Stadium. Bangalore lost three quick wickets after the departure of Gayle, who fell leg before to Pat Cummins, but Kohli kept his cool to guide his team to the final. Warner had an unbeaten knock of 123 off 68 balls to power his side past the 200-run mark after they were put in to bat first.
The NBA said was re-evaluating its training program in China following allegations of abuse of young players by local staff and harassment of foreign staffers at a facility in Xinjiang. The comments come after a report by ESPN that quoted unnamed American coaches as saying that Chinese coaches hit young players. One American coach who worked at a camp in Xinjiang complained of harassment by local police, the sports network said. “The allegations in the ESPN article are disturbing,” NBA deputy commissioner Mark Tatum said in an e-mail statement on Thursday. “We ended our involvement with the basketball academy in Xinjiang in June
Taiwan Steel on Sunday grabbed three points with a narrow 1-0 win against Hang Yuan FC, to move into the No. 2 spot on the Taiwan Football Premier League (TFPL) log, while Taipower FC beat NTUS 2-0 to maintain first place. Taking advantage early in the match of opposition defenders who had not yet settled down, Taiwan Steel’s attacking trio of Wu Chun-ching, Marc Fenelus from the Turks and Caicos Islands, and Benchy Astama from Haiti pushed forward with good passes. After only one minute of play, Fenelus dribbled from the right flank, feeding a short pass inside the penalty area to
LEAVING IT LATE: Rakuten added late runs last night to add to wins on Wednesday against the Brothers and the Lions on Friday that went down to the last batter The Rakuten Monkeys rallied to post three late runs for another close win, prevailing 5-3 over the Uni-President Lions yesterday as Taiwan’s second-half CPBL season got started with lower scoring output, but exciting finishes. It was Rakuten’s third win in a row. In two games this week, they seized victory in dramatic fashion with their last at-bat and have drawn level with the CTBC Brothers on top of the table after yesterday’s results, 0.5 games in front of the Fubon Guardians and 1.5 games ahead of the Lions. It was tied at 1-1 early, with Rakuten hosting the Lions at the Taoyuan Intenational
STAYING COOL: Hamilton said that his ‘heart nearly stopped’ when he noticed the puncture, but he kept going to beat Alain Prost’s total of six home wins in France Lewis Hamilton said he feared he might not make it home when a last lap puncture almost derailed his charge to a record seventh British Grand Prix victory on Sunday. “I didn’t think I would make it round the last two corners,” the world champion said. The front left tire of his Mercedes had delaminated and deflated on his final lap, leaving the six-time world champion to nurse his vehicle to the finish as second-placed Max Verstappen hunted him down. “I just can’t believe it,” Hamilton said. “It was heart-stopping. I backed off and stayed chilled and was so glad it happened on