WNBA players fouled for kiss
Diana Taurasi and Seimone Augustus became the first WNBA players to receive double technical fouls after kissing during a basketball playoff contest on Thursday. Phoenix Mercury’s Taurasi, who is one of the most-penalized players in the league, showed her softer side on Thursday, when she kissed Minnesota Lynx player Augustus after the pair got tangled up in the opening game of the WNBA Western Conference finals. The two league all-stars, who have been playing against each other for years and were teammates on the US women’s national team, appeared to be exchanging some heated words. However, before officials could separate Taurasi and Augustus, Taurasi planted a kiss on her opponent. “As far as me and Diana and the tango dance that we had, I always say she just wanted some of my deliciousness,” Augustus said after her team’s 85-62 win. “I was just trying to make sweet love,” Taurasi said.
London calling for NFL
Two winless NFL teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and Minnesota Vikings, will meet today at Wembley Stadium in the first of two regular-season football games in London. The Steelers only departed on Thursday for the contest, leaving little time to adjust to the time change before facing the Vikings and star running back Adrian Peterson. “I think it’s good to get away,” Steelers safety Ryan Clark said. “I don’t think it will be a distraction in a bad way. I think it will be a distraction in a good way because it gets us away from every day hearing what’s going on with us.” Games in London have been so successful in the past six years that the NFL began a plan this year to play twice a year in England and is considering a possible third game in Britain starting next season. The Steelers have not started 0-4 since 1968 and only once in the current format has a team started with four losses and rallied to reach the playoffs. Pittsburgh have an expert on the London game experience in Zoltan Mesko, who was with New England when the Patriots routed St Louis 45-7 in last year’s game at Wembley.
Mahoric wins U-23 title
Slovenian Matej Mohoric continued his steady climb up the cycling hierarchy when he claimed the men’s under-23 crown at the world road race cycling championships in Italy on Friday. Mohoric, who won the junior title last year, is still only 18 years old, but held off the field to finish solo after 173.2km of racing. South African Louis Meintjes came in a few seconds behind, with Norwegian Sondre Enger finishing ahead of Caleb Ewan. Earlier, Denmark’s Amalie Dideriksen won the junior women’s title, capping a long breakaway with victory ahead of Russian Anastasiia Iakovenko and Ukranian Olena Demydova.
McIlroy starts company
Rory McIlroy has set up his own company to run his business interests after terminating his contract with Dublin-based Horizon Sports Management, the golfer said on Friday. Both McIlroy and Horizon have called in lawyers to try to settle details of an acrimonious split that comes only two years after they began working together. The dispute follows a frustrating season in which the 24-year-old from Northern Ireland has struggled for form after switching to clubs supplied by Nike in one of the biggest sponsorship deals in sport. His new management company, Rory McIlroy Incorporated, will be headed by Donal Casey, an actuary who was already an adviser to the golfer.