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Digest: Angel McCoughtry, Atlanta Dream hold off Connecticut Sun

From staff and wire reports

WNBA: Angel McCoughtry tied her career high with four 3s and finished with 26 points, and Sancho Lyttle scored 17 and grabbed 14 rebounds to help the Atlanta Dream hold off the Connecticut Sun 67-63 Sunday in Uncasville, Connecticut.

Elizabeth Williams, acquired from the Sun in February, added 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocked shots for the Dream (11-9).

McCoughtry hit a 3 to give Atlanta a 64-61 lead with 2:03 left, then had two blocked shots down the stretch. After Alex Bentley’s layup pulled Connecticut within one, Lyttle’s offensive rebound and putback with 20 seconds remaining sealed it.

Atlanta, ranked ninth in the AP WNBA power poll, led by as many as 15 points, but scored just 10 points in the third quarter. Chiney Ogwumike’s layup with 5:35 to play gave the Sun their first lead, 59-58.

The Dream outrebounded Connecticut 41-24, 14-5 on the offensive glass.

Alyssa Thomas led the 11th-ranked Sun with 19 points. Ogwumike added 11 points, three steals and three blocks.

Parker lifts Sparks: Candace Parker hit four 3-pointers and finished with 26 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists to help the host Los Angeles Sparks beat the Washington Mystics 93-82.

Nneka Ogwumike had 22 points and Jantel Lavender added 20 on 9-of-11 shooting for the Sparks (18-1). Los Angeles, ranked No. 1 in the AP WNBA power poll, has won seven straight and needs two wins to tie the 1998 Houston Comets for the best start in WNBA history.

Lavender scored eight points during a 20-8 spurt that gave the Sparks a 76-64 lead with seven minutes and Parker scored nine in a row to make it 88-71 with 3:41 left.

The Sparks shot 62.5 percent (10 of 16) in the fourth quarter.

Emma Meesseman had 24 points, seven rebounds, six assists and three steals for the fourth-ranked Mystics (9-11). Kahleah Copper added a career-high 13 points.

Washington has lost three straight.

Sky edge Mercury: Elena Delle Donne scored 19 points, including a late 3-pointer, and Imani Boyette had her second double-double of the season to help the Chicago Sky beat the Phoenix Mercury 100-95 in Rosemont, Illinois.

Boyette had 12 points and a career-high 13 rebounds. Allie Quigley added 21 points, Courtney Vandersloot had 12 points, seven assists and three steals, and Jamierra Faulkner scored 11 with seven assists for Chicago (8-11).

Diana Taurasi scored six-straight points – including a four-point play – to cap a 12-0 run that gave the Mercury a 93-90 lead with 1:32 to play. Delle Donne hit a jumper and Boyette made a layup to put the Sky up by one. After Candice Dupree put Phoenix back in front, Delle Donne’s 3-pointer with 26 seconds remaining gave Chicago the lead for good.

Diana Taurasi led Phoenix (8-13), ranked fifth in the AP WNBA power poll, with 26 points. DeWanna Bonner added 20 points and four steals.

It was the highest scoring output of the season for the sixth-ranked Sky.

Zahui B. leads Liberty over Stars: Amanda Zahui B. scored 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting and the New York Liberty never trailed in their 75-65 win over the visiting San Antonio Stars.

Sugar Rodgers added 11 points, while Shavonte Zellous and Tina Charles scored 10 apiece for the Liberty (15-6), who have won three in a row and 11 of their last 12. Carolyn Swords tied her career high with 11 rebounds. Zahui B. scored eight points during a 16-7 spurt that gave New York its biggest lead, 71-58, with 3:25 remaining.

Timbers tie Red Bulls

Soccer: Jake Gleeson had four saves, including a deflection in stoppage time, to help the Portland Timbers hold on for a 0-0 tie with the New York Red Bulls on Sunday night in Harrison, New Jersey, and extend their unbeaten streak to seven games.

It was Gleeson’s second consecutive shutout.

Early in injury time, New York’s Bradley Wright-Phillips dropped a pass at the top of the box to Felipe Martins who blasted a right footer, but Gleeson got just enough to roll the ball over the crossbar and preserve the clean sheet.

The Red Bulls (7-9-3) had chances, particularly in the second half, that were either thwarted by Gleeson or simply missed. Gleeson stopped a header by Sacha Kljestan in the 43rd minute, Mike Grella’s left-footed volley sailed high in the 57th and Gleeson had a sliding save on a point-blank shot by Felipe about 20 minutes later.

Portland (6-6-7), which hasn’t lost since May 15, is winless on the road this season.

Sporting KC extend winning streak: Jimmy Medranda scored his first-career MLS goal and Sporting Kansas City extended its unbeaten streak to five games with a 3-1 win over New York City FC in Kansas City, Kansas.

Medranda blasted a left-footer, from well outside the box, past Josh Saunders into the back of the net to give Sporting (8-8-4) a 2-1 lead in the 16th minute.

Benny Feilhaber’s tap-in goal, off the back of Saunders, opened the scoring in the eighth.

Frank Lampard tied it in the 14th minute, rolling a right-footer – off the feed from Ronald Matarrita – just inside the near post.

Feilhaber flicked the ball into the area and Ike Opara outdueled defender Frederic Brillant at the top of the 6-yard box to slip the ball into the net in the 51st.

Feilhaber has three goals and two assists in the last four matches.

NWSL field draws criticism: A National Women’s Soccer League match between the Western New York Flash and Seattle Reign was played Saturday on an unusually narrow field, drawing criticism from some players on the U.S. women’s national team.

With the Flash’s regular field hosting a music festival, the match was moved to Frontier Field in Rochester, New York, the home of a minor league baseball team. The Flash said the field measured 100 yards by 58 yards, which meets International Football Association Board minimum standards. But NWSL standards call for a width of 70 yards.

National team midfielder Carli Lloyd called the field “shocking and embarrassing” on Twitter. Alex Morgan and Megan Rapinoe also weighed in, calling it unacceptable.

NWSL Commissioner Jeff Plush said in a statement that the league signed off on the move, but admitted it was the wrong decision in retrospect.

France tops Canada

Men’s Basketball:France has earned the final basketball spot in the Olympics, beating Canada 83-74 in the championship game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Manila, Philippines.

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs scored 26 points for the French, who pulled away in the fourth quarter after the game was close most of the way. Fellow guard Nando de Colo, the Euroleague MVP, added 22 points.

France fell just short of qualifying last summer when it lost to Spain in the EuroBasket semifinals, but it made the most of its final chance and joins Serbia and Croatia, who won the other two Olympic Qualifying Tournaments on Saturday.

A draw will determine where those three teams are placed in the Rio field.

The other nine teams in the 12-team field are: the U.S., Brazil, Spain, Lithuania, Argentina, Venezuela, China, Australia and Nigeria.

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