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

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:46 p.m.

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

UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 4, 2018, 9:42 p.m.

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.

Kerry Perry quits as president of scandal-hit USA Gymnastics

USA Gymnastics turned to an outsider when it tasked Kerry Perry to steer the embattled organization through the fallout of the Larry Nassar scandal. Yet too often during her nine months on the job – a brief tenure that ended Tuesday when Perry resigned amid pressure from the United States Olympic Committee – it was Perry’s voice that was missing.

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.

Georgia Hall takes 2-shot lead in Portland Classic

PORTLAND, Ore. – Georgia Hall pulled away from Minjee Lee late in the third round Saturday to take a two-stroke lead in the Cambia Portland Classic. The Women’s British Open winner four weeks ago for her first LPGA Tour title, Hall shot a 3-under 69. She birdied the par-3 16th and par-4 17th and made a 6-foot par save on the par-4 18th at tree-lined Columbia Edgewater.

Joe Durant eagles 18th to take lead in Calgary

Joe Durant eagled the par-5 18th for a 7-under 63 and a one-stroke lead over Miguel Angel Jimenez on Saturday in the PGA Tour Champion’s Shaw Charity Classic.

Webb Simpson’s late eagle gives him lead at TPC Boston

From just over 70 feet away off the green on the par-5 18th, Simpson rolled in the eagle putt for an 8-under 63 to take a one-shot lead Saturday at the halfway point of the Dell Technologies Championship.

Mercury beat Storm 86-66, cutting WNBA semis deficit to 2-1

DeWanna Bonner had 27 points and 11 rebounds, and the Phoenix Mercury scored the first 14 points of the fourth quarter to beat the Seattle Storm 86-66 in the WNBA semifinals. The Mercury had fallen into big holes and rallied in the fourth quarter, only to come up short the first two games of the series. Phoenix pulled within 2-1 in the series.

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

UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 28, 2018, 10:36 p.m.

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.

Justin Allgaier takes Xfinity race at Road America

UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 25, 2018, 5:01 p.m.

Justin Allgaier won the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Road America, pulling away over the final five laps to pick up his second victory in three weeks. Allgaier held a 5.4-second advantage over second-place Matt Tifft to take a tense, caution-filled race filled with lots of bumps, scrapes and spin-outs around the 14-turn course.

Breanna Stewart is AP WNBA Player of the Year; Nicki Collen coach of year

Breanna Stewart has taken her game to a new level this year to lead Seattle to the top spot in the league. Her efforts earned her Associated Press WNBA Player of the Year honors on Tuesday. The award was chosen by the 14-member media panel that votes for the weekly poll.