Tulsa crushes Storm to end six-game skid
WNBA: The Tulsa Shock found a way to end their six-game losing streak without rookie star Skylar Diggins.
Riquna Williams scored a game-high 26 points for the visiting Shock in a 86-59 win over the Seattle Storm on Wednesday.
Diggins, the third overall pick in the draft, was out with an ankle injury.
Rookie Angel Goodrich stepped into the starting lineup in place of Diggins and scored a season-high 14 points for the Shock (4-13).
Camille Little led the Storm with 11 points. Tina Thompson, with 10 points, was the only other player in double figures for Seattle (6-9).
Three of Tulsa’s four wins this season have come against the Storm.
“We just seem to do really well against them,” Shock coach Gary Kloppenburg said. “We really came out with a lot of energy, and when your shots are falling, it really energizes your defense.”
Bucs sign Tynes after Barth injured
NFL: Tampa Bay Buccaneers kicker Connor Barth will miss the upcoming season with a torn Achilles tendon and the team has signed two-time Super Bowl winner Lawrence Tynes as his replacement.
The Bucs announced that Barth was injured last week in his hometown of Wilmington, N.C., and underwent successful surgery on Monday. Tynes is a ninth-year pro who spent the past six seasons with the New York Giants, helping them win NFL titles in 2007 and 2011.
• Lions release Best: The Detroit Lions have released running back Jahvid Best, a first-round draft pick from 2010 who hasn’t played since October 2011 because of concussion problems.
Best accounted for 1,000-plus yards and six touchdowns as a rookie, but he was limited to six games during the 2011 season after what he said was the third concussion of his football career.
Detroit signed Reggie Bush in the offseason to help boost its inconsistent running game.
• Cowboys cut quarterback: The Dallas Cowboys have waived quarterback Dalton Williams and offensive tackle J.B. Shugarts, creating more roster space four days before their first training camp practice.
The move on Williams, a rookie free agent from Akron, leaves Dallas with three quarterbacks in Tony Romo, Kyle Orton and Nick Stephens.
Shugarts is a second-year player out of Ohio State.
• Miami CEO leaves for Padres: The Miami Dolphins say team CEO Mike Dee is leaving to become president and CEO of the San Diego Padres, where he began his career as a sports executive.
Dee was with the Padres from 1995 through 2002, ending his first stint there as their executive vice president of business affairs. From there, he worked as an executive with the Boston Red Sox before coming to the Dolphins.
Dee says he “could not turn down this incredible opportunity to return to my roots.”
Lakers bring back Farmar from Turkey
NBA: The Los Angeles Lakers have signed free agent guard Jordan Farmar, who returns to the team that drafted him in 2006 and that he helped win back-to-back NBA titles.
Farmar played last season in Turkey, where he averaged 13.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 3.9 assists for Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the Euroleague.
Farmer spent his first four NBA seasons with the Lakers, averaging 6.9 points and 2.1 assists during 301 career games. He was part of their 2009 and 2010 NBA title teams. He was taken as the 26th overall pick out of UCLA.
• Bucks sign free agents: The Milwaukee Bucks have signed free agents Carlos Delfino and Zaza Puchulia.
Delfino returns to the Bucks after spending last season with the Houston Rockets, where he averaged 10.6 points in 67 games.
Puchulia spent the 2004-05 season in Milwaukee. He played the past eight seasons with Atlanta.
• Raptors buy out Camby’s contract: The Toronto Raptors have agreed to buy out center Marcus Camby’s contract and place him on waivers.
Camby, acquired as part of the trade that sent Andrea Bargnani to the New York Knicks, was owed $7.5 million over the final two years of his contract.
Columbus forward has shoulder surgery
NHL: Columbus Blue Jackets forward Nathan Horton has undergone surgery to repair a shoulder injury suffered during the Stanley Cup finals.
Horton signed a seven-year, $37.1-million contract with the Blue Jackets on July 5. He had 13 goals and nine assists in 43 games with the Boston Bruins before picking up seven goals and 12 assists in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
• Nashville signs Clune: The Nashville Predators have signed forward Rich Clune to a two-year, $1.7 million contract, extending his deal through the 2015-16 season.
Clune, 26, had nine points in 47 games this season and ranked fourth in the NHL with 113 penalty minutes.
Formula One leader charged with bribery
Auto racing: Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone has been charged by German prosecutors with bribery in connection with the sale of a stake in the global racing series.
Ecclestone has been under investigation since a German banker was convicted of taking an illegal payment from him worth $44 million.
• Andretti group will race zero-emission cars: Andretti Autosport has signed on to compete in the environmentally friendly FIA Formula E championship next season.
Formula E will feature zero-emission cars racing in 10 cities around the world.
The car batteries will last up to 25 minutes at a time, so drivers will have to switch cars during the race while their batteries recharge.
Federer uses bigger racket in victory
Tennis: Roger Federer rallied to beat Daniel Brands 3-6, 6-3, 6-2 Wednesday at the German Championships in his first match since his second-round loss at Wimbledon.
Using a bigger racket for the first time, Federer served three aces in the opening game at Hamburg, Germany, but still lost his serve and ultimately the set to the German. The former No. 1 broke once in the second set and twice in the decider to reach the third round.