Moore, Brunson lead Lynx to title sweep
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) — Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 Thursday night to win their second WNBA title in three years.
Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley had 18 for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-5 finals for the third time in four years.
The Dream cut the lead to three points early in the third quarter, but Moore came off a screen on the next possession and hit a 3-pointer to make it 45-39. She and Brunson combined for 19 of Minnesota's 26 points in the third.
Atlanta forward Angel McCoughtry, the WNBA's two-time defending scoring champion, finished with 13 points and shot just 28.5 percent in the finals.
Falcons sign wide receiver Brian Robiskie
FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Atlanta has signed wide receiver Brian Robiskie, son of Falcons WR coach Terry Robiskie.
The Falcons made the move Thursday, one day after losing the NFL's leading receiver, Julio Jones, to a season-ending foot fracture.
The scuffling Falcons (1-4) hope that the younger Robiskie — who practiced in 2011 under Atlanta offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter when he held that job in Jacksonville — can shore up the beleaguered receiving corps.
Although the 6-foot-4, 212-pound Robiskie has bounced around the NFL since Cleveland drafted him in the second round in 2009, Atlanta head coach Mike Smith and the staff hope his familiarity with coaches helps him get up to speed quickly.
Smith says, "I know that father and son always speak. I'm sure they kind of speak the same language."
Julia Potter wins US Women's Mid-Amateur
ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Julia Potter won the U.S. Women's Mid-Amateur on Thursday at Biltmore Forest, beating Margaret Shirley in 19 holes to become the USGA's first female left-handed champion.
The 25-year-old Potter, a recently reinstated amateur from Granger, Ind., is a former University of Missouri player who spent two years on the Symetra Tour and now works as a professional event coordinator.
Potter saved par on the 18th to remain tied, hitting to a foot from a greenside bunker. The 27-year-old Shirley, from Roswell, Ga., had a chance to win, but her 15-foot birdie try stopped short.
On the 19th, Shirley sent her approach into the creek fronting the green, and Potter lagged her putt to 6 inches for a conceded par and the victory.
The event is limited to players 25 and older.
Gordon takes pole at Charlotte Motor Speedway
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Jeff Gordon won the pole Thursday night for the NASCAR Sprint Cup race at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Gordon turned a lap at 194.308 mph to edge Kevin Harvick for his ninth pole at Charlotte, the second most in track history.
Greg Biffle qualified third for the Saturday night race, Jimmie Johnson was fourth, and Kasey Kahne — who held the lead for most of the night — was fifth.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. celebrated his 39th birthday by qualifying sixth for his 500th Sprint Cup start. Ryan Newman was seventh, followed by Juan Pablo Montoya, Kyle Busch and Kurt Busch.
Gordon enters the weekend fourth in the Chase standings, 32 points behind leader Matt Kenseth with six races left. Kenseth qualified 20th.
Kevin Harvick continues to prove skeptics wrong
CONCORD, N.C. (AP) — Kevin Harvick hasn't forgotten how little interest there was in him at the start of the season, when few expected much from him as he entered his final year with Richard Childress Racing.
He used two victories during SpeedWeeks at Daytona to prove this wasn't going to be a throwaway season, and added regular-season wins at Richmond and Charlotte to become championship eligible.
Now he's an actual threat to win his first Sprint Cup title.
A win last week at Kansas Speedway moved Harvick to third in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship standings. It has allowed Harvick to look back on that lonely day at Daytona, when most everybody had written him off as a non-factor in what was supposed to be a lame duck year.
Created: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:17:02 EST
Updated: Fri, 11 Oct 2013 04:17:02 EST