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.
KEY GOAL: Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei is now free to focus on taking her fourth doubles title of the year with Barbora Strycova; they are due to face Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya Taiwanese No. 1 Hsieh Su-wei on Monday returned to the court for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic shut down the WTA Tour, falling to a 6-3, 6-1 defeat to US Open quarter-finalist Elise Mertens, who made a solid transition from the hard courts in New York to the clay at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. “I’m not sure how well I adapted, to be honest,” Mertens told the WTA Web site. “I just feel like I might still be struggling a little. It was also [Hsieh’s] first match of the week, so that was a bit of an
‘GREAT EVENING‘: In the women’s singles in Rome, Simona Halep and Karolina Pliskova advanced, while Rafael Nadal swept into the quarters in the men’s singles Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Friday had to dig deep to advance to the semi-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia in Rome. The top seeds, who did not drop a game in their opening match on the clay courts at the Foro Italico, battled to a 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over sixth seeds Veronika Kudermetova and Katerina Siniakova in 1 hour, 39 minutes. The reigning Wimbledon champions saved nine of 11 break points and converted three of eight, winning 56 percent of points on their second serve and sending down two aces
‘FUN TIME’: Denver’s Nikola Jokic said that his team would not accept that anyone else is better than them and the opposition need to play much better than they do Just about everyone had LA versus LA written in for the NBA’s Western Conference finals, but the resilient Denver Nuggets have crashed the party. Behind Jamal Murray and Nikola Jokic, the Nuggets advanced to the conference finals for the first time since 2009 to face LeBron James and the Los Angeles Lakers. Game 1 is scheduled to be played tomorrow. This was no ordinary road. The Nuggets fell behind 3-1 in their first-round series against the Utah Jazz before bouncing back with three straight victories. Then they went down 3-1 to the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round before winning in Game 7
‘GREAT COMPETITOR’: Former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza was tested by American teenager Coco Gauff, before the Spaniard advanced in three sets Taiwan’s Hsieh Su-wei and Barbora Strycova of the Czech Republic on Thursday cruised into the quarter-finals of the women’s doubles at the Internazionali BNL d’Italia by handing their Japanese opponents a rare “double bagel,” a feat matched by US Open losing finalist Victoria Azarenka in the women’s singles. Top seeds Hsieh and Strycova took just 49 minutes to see off the challenge of Japanese duo Nao Hibino and Makoto Ninomiya 6-0, 6-0 on the clay courts at the Foro Italico in Rome. The Taiwanese-Czech duo saved both break points they faced and converted six of 14, winning 62 percent of their first