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Sue Bird’s big 4th quarter leads Seattle Storm past Phoenix Mercury 94-84

Sue Bird scored 14 of her 22 points in the fourth quarter, and the Seattle Storm advanced to the WNBA finals for the third time in franchise history rallying for a 94-84 win over the Phoenix Mercury in Game 5. Playing with a broken nose suffered in Game 4 and wearing a protective mask, Bird struggled with her shot for the first three quarters, but got hot in the fourth.

Washington Mystics earn 1st trip to WNBA Finals, beating Atlanta Dream 86-81

The Washington Mystics overcame a quiet night from Elena Delle Donne to earn a trip to the WNBA Finals for the first time in franchise history, holding off the Atlanta Dream 86-81 in the decisive fifth game of their semifinal series. The Dream led 71-69 with just under 7 minutes remaining but suddenly went cold at the worst time of the season. Washington seized the lead with a 9-0 run and will meet either Seattle or Phoenix in the Finals.

Seattle Storm forced to fifth game by Brittney Griner, Mercury

Brittney Griner scored with 14.1 seconds to play then prevented Breanna Stewart from getting a shot off before the buzzer as the Phoenix Mercury rallied from a 17-point deficit to beat the Seattle Storm 86-84 on Sunday and force a deciding Game 5 of their WNBA semifinal series.

Sue Bird, Breanna Stewart push Seattle Storm past Phoenix Mercury 91-87 in overtime

Sue Bird scored 19 points, including the go-ahead basket with 1:03 left in overtime and two clinching free throws with 2.1 seconds left, to help the Seattle Storm recover from blowing a 17-point fourth quarter lead and beat the Phoenix Mercury 91-87 in the second game of the WNBA semifinals. Seattle now has a 2-0 lead in the best-of-5 series, having won Sunday’s first game by an identical score.

Old friends Diana Taurasi, Sue Bird meet as Storm faces Mercury

Considering their long history together in the WNBA, Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi and Seattle’s Sue Bird have rarely clashed in the postseason. Eight total games across more than 14 seasons of both being in the league, seems a low number of times for two of the game’s great stars to meet in the postseason. The UConn alums will add at least three more meetings to the list when the Storm and Mercury meet in the best-of-5 semifinal series beginning on Sunday in Seattle.

Dream face Mystics with coach of year but missing Angel McCoughtry

The Atlanta Dream are back in the WNBA playoffs, guided by coach of the year Nicki Collen but missing the face of the franchise. When the Dream face the Washington Mystics in a best-of-five semifinal series that begins Sunday in Atlanta, they’ll be without star Angel McCoughtry. She went down late in the season with a knee injury. The Mystics are led by Elena Delle Donne, who will be looking to deal the Dream another playoff disappointment.

WNBA finals on line

The season-long rivalry between the Minnesota Lynx and Phoenix Mercury comes down to one final game. The teams meet tonight ( 7 p.m., NBA-TV) with the winner earning a berth in the WNBA Finals. Minnesota rallied to beat the Mercury 82-77 on Sunday to force a Game 3 of the Western Conference finals. The series shifts to Phoenix, where the Mercury are 16-1 this season and winners of 15 in a row. Still, the Game 2 triumph left the Lynx optimistic. “We’re very hungry and we’re in a good position now,” Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus said. “At this point everything is laid out on the table.” Associated Press

Sky win OT thriller, force third game

WNBA: Sylvia Fowles scored 27 points and the Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 86-84 in two overtimes to even the best-of-3 Eastern Conference finals Monday. Former Gonzaga standout Courtney Vandersloot had 18 points and Allie Quigley added 16 for the fourth-seeded Sky, who rallied from 14 points down to earn their first home playoff victory. Both of Chicago’s victories in the first round against Atlanta came on the road.

Lynx star speaks out against MN marriage amendment

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seimone Augustus has always preferred to stay out of the public eye even as her basketball career has taken her to the heights of an Olympic gold medal and a WNBA championship. With her adopted home state of Minnesota considering a constitutional amendment that would ban gay marriage, the Lynx star is now becoming a vocal proponent of equal rights for gays.

Bird guides Storm past Lynx to even series

SEATTLE – Sue Bird scored 22 points, including two 3-pointers in the second overtime, and the Seattle Storm beat the Minnesota Lynx 86-79 on Sunday night to force a deciding third game in the Western Conference semifinal series. Tanisha Wright had 18 points for the Storm, including a tying 3 with 23.9 seconds left in the first overtime. Camille Little added 12 points and Tina Thompson had 10.

Vick’s hand bruised, but not broken

Football: Michael Vick’s injured right hand is bruised, not broken as originally thought. Eagles coach Andy Reid said a CT scan Monday showed the star quarterback bruised his hand in Philadelphia’s 29-16 loss to the New York Giants on Sunday. Reid said X-rays taken during the game showed Vick may have a fracture.