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Mystics’ Elena Delle Donne has herniated disk in back

Washington Mystics star Elena Delle Donne has a herniated disk in her back. The league’s MVP is undergoing treatment and the team said it would update her status Saturday. The …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 1, 2019, 7:18 p.m.

Jonquel Jones helps Sun even series as Elena Delle Donne exits for Mystics

Jonquel Jones scored 32 points and grabbed 18 rebounds, and the Connecticut Sun took advantage of Elena Delle Donne’s early injury exit to defeat the Washington Mystics 99-87 in Game …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 9:43 a.m.

Spokane native Jon White knows his odds at Santa Anita Park

Five decades ago, right about this time of year, there was a boy, Lewis and Clark High School, class of 1973, who took his studies so seriously that, twice a …


Dawn Staley quickly gets back to work at South Carolina

Dawn Staley didn’t get to spend much time savoring her U.S. team’s run to the FIBA AmeriCup championship. Less than two days later, the national coach was back barking orders …


Jenna Fryer: Wild weekend at home pumps new life into NASCAR

Chase Elliott crashed head-on into a wall and still recovered to win a pivotal race. That wasn’t even the most exciting thing to happen in NASCAR last week. The series …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 30, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

California to let college athletes make money, defying NCAA

California will let college athletes hire agents and make money from endorsements, defying the NCAA and setting up a likely legal challenge that could reshape U.S. amateur sports.


Elena Delle Donne leads Washington Mystics to Game 1 win in WNBA Finals

Elena Delle Donne scored two big baskets for Washington after Connecticut had cut its deficit to four in the fourth quarter and the Mystics held off the Sun 95-86 ihn …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 10:35 a.m.

Connecticut Sun relish role of underdog in WNBA Finals

Connecticut Sun players toil largely in the shadow of the WNBA’s bigger names. Washington, the Sun’s opponent in the finals that begin Sunday, features one of the biggest stars in …


Mystics hope to win first WNBA title

After getting swept in the WNBA Finals last year, the Washington Mystics are back and ready to win the franchise’s first title.


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 25, 2019, 2:39 p.m.

Roush replacing Ricky Stenhouse Jr. with Chris Buescher in 2020

Roush Fenway Racing made a surprise driver change Wednesday, saying Chris Buescher will replace veteran Ricky Stenhouse Jr. next season.


Mystics, Sun to meet in WNBA Finals; series begins Sunday

A year after getting swept in the WNBA Finals, Elena Delle Donne and the Washington Mystics are back. The Mystics will face the Connecticut Sun as the top two teams …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 24, 2019, 8:33 p.m.

Mystics top Aces 94-90, advance to WNBA Finals

Elena Delle Donne scored 25 points, and the Washington Mystics earned a return trip to the WNBA Finals, outlasting the Las Vegas Aces 94-90 to close out their semifinal series …


Christopher Bell promoted to Cup Series in Leavine Family Racing seat

Christopher Bell has been promoted to NASCAR’s top series and will drive for Leavine Family Racing in 2020.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 21, 2019, 9:57 p.m.

Martin Truex Jr. wins again at Richmond; Gibbs’s Erik Jones disqualified

Martin Truex Jr. passed Kyle Busch with 25 laps to go and won his second consecutive NASCAR Cup Series playoff race Saturday night.


Kirk Triplett, Ken Duke tied for lead in PGA Tour Champions

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Ken Duke has played 313 times on the PGA Tour, 159 times on the Korn Ferry and this is his 16th start on the PGA Tour …


Sebastian Munoz shoots 63, leads Sanderson Farms by 1 shot

Sebastian Munoz made a 15-foot birdie putt on the 17th hole to take the lead and saved par with a 7-foot putt at the end of his third round Saturday …


Mystics’ versatile forward Elena Delle Donne named WNBA MVP

Mystics forward Elena Delle Donne has been named 2019 WNBA MVP in a near-unanimous vote. Delle Donne received 41 of 43 first-place votes after leading Washington to a league-best 26-8 …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 18, 2019, 1:38 p.m.

Lynx boss Cheryl Reeve chosen WNBA Executive of the Year

Minnesota Lynx general manager and coach Cheryl Reeve has been chosen WNBA basketball executive of the year after steering the team to a ninth straight appearance in the playoffs despite …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:44 p.m.

New York wins WNBA lottery, gets No. 1 pick in 2020 draft

One of the original WNBA teams, the New York Liberty won the WNBA draft lottery Tuesday. The Liberty had the best odds of getting the No. 1 pick with a …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 17, 2019, 4:19 p.m.

After exceeding expectations in 2019, can the Seattle Storm make another title run next year?

Officially, Seattle’s season ended Sunday when the No. 6 seed Storm lost 92-69 at No. 3 Los Angeles in the quarterfinals.


Kyle Busch criticism highlights NASCAR’s financial disparity

The massive divide between NASCAR’s heavyweights and the underdog teams just scraping by received renewed attention following Kyle Busch’s damning assessment of how backmarkers raced in the playoff opener over …


Clint Bowyer speeds to surprise pole in Las Vegas

Clint Bowyer has won just the third pole of his Cup career in time to open NASCAR’s playoffs.


Triple Crown winner Justify had positive test; trainer blames contaminated food

Hall of Fame trainer Bob Baffert denied giving 2018 Triple Crown winning horse Justify a banned substance that caused a positive test prior to last year’s Kentucky Derby and blamed …


Robbie Shelton shoots 8-under 62, leads at Greenbrier by 2

Scott Harrington enjoyed his long-awaited debut as a PGA Tour member. In his 17th year as a professional, the 38-year-old rookie shot a 6-under 64 on Thursday, leaving him two …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 11, 2019, 10:15 p.m.

Jordin Canada, Jewell Loyd lead Seattle Storm past Minnesota, into second round of WNBA playoffs

Jordin Canada scored a career-high 26 points and the defending WNBA champion Seattle Storm beat the seventh-seeded Minnesota Lynx 84-74 Wednesday night in a first-round, winner-take-all playoff game in Everett.


USC athletic director Lynn Swann abruptly resigns

LOS ANGELES – Southern California athletic director Lynn Swann resigned Monday after three tumultuous years on the job at his alma mater. New USC President Carol Folt announced the decision …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 9, 2019, 7:44 p.m.

North Idaho native Travis Fulton carves out cool career in golf industry

Travis Fulton’s affiliation with golf didn’t end after the 1995 Idaho State Class B Tournament. It was just beginning.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 8, 2019, 10:01 p.m.

Jewell Loyd, Natasha Howard help Storm beat Wings 78-64, clinch No. 6 seed

Natasha Howard and Jewell Loyd combined to score 30 of their 38 points in the first half and the Seattle Storm beat the Dallas Wings 78-64 on Sunday, helping them …


Kyle Busch holds off Allgaier to win Xfinity race at Indy

INDIANAPOLIS – Kyle Busch needed a little help to return to victory lane Saturday. First, he inherited the lead when the leaders crashed with eight laps to go. Then, on …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:35 p.m.

Los Angeles Sparks dominate Seattle Storm 102-68, take No. 3 seed

Candace Parker scored 20 points, Nneka Ogwumike added 14 points and 10 rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks wrapped up the No. 3 seed with a 102-68 victory over the …