Ex-Zag Olynyk scores 25 for Boston in summer debut
Former Gonzaga standout Kelly Olynyk made an impressive debut for the Boston Celtics in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Sunday in Florida.
Olynyk, a 7-footer who was the 13th player drafted this year, scored 25 points on 9-for-12 shooting from the field in Boston’s 95-88 loss to the Orlando Magic. The Canadian, who already has signed with the Celtics, also had seven rebounds.
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Olynyk was an Associated Press first-team All-American as a junior last season, when he averaged 17.6 points and 7.3 rebounds and shot 64.7 percent from the field for the Zags.
Meanwhile, Brooklyn lost 76-67 to the Detroit Pistons and first-year Nets coach Jason Kidd got a technical foul with 2:23 left. “I learned quickly where the coaching box is,” said Kidd, 40, who retired from playing for the New York Knicks in June.
Dixon wins IndyCar event
Scott Dixon snapped a 13-race winless streak in the IndyCar Series when he took the Pocono IndyCar 400 in Long Pond, Pa.
It was the first major open-wheel racing event at the track since 1989.
Dixon led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Chip Ganassi Racing team, as Charlie Kimball was second and Dario Franchitti was third.
Entering the race, Dixon had led one lap this season. He led the last 27 laps at Pocono for his 30th career victory and first since August in Lexington, Ohio.
“It has been a tough year,” Dixon said. “We’ve had some great races and we’ve had a lot of bad ones. That’s motor racing, man.”
Vettel triumphs in F1 race
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel, the three-time defending Formula One champion, won the German Grand Prix in Nuerburgring.
The German took the checkered flag a second ahead of Lotus driver Kimi Raikkonen, who is being mentioned as Vettel’s possible future teammate.
Gray takes Funny Car title
Johnny Gray won his fourth Funny Car title of the season at the Summit Racing Equipment NHRA Nationals in Norwalk, Ohio.
Khalid alBalooshi (Top Fuel), Mike Edwards (Pro Stock) and Matt Smith (Pro Stock Motorcycle) won their categories.
Minnesota routs Phoenix
Maya Moore scored 14 of her 23 points in the third quarter and the host Minnesota Lynx earned their 10th straight victory over Phoenix, beating the Mercury 91-59.
The victory came at a price, as Western Conference-leading Minnesota (8-3) lost guard-forward Seimone Augustus to a left-ankle injury in the second quarter. She did not return.
Candice Dupree scored 12 points for Phoenix (8-5), which had its season-best winning streak snapped at five games.
In another league game, rookie Elena Delle Donne scored 20 points to help visiting Chicago beat New York 93-64.
Wright to marry Durant
Minnesota guard-forward Monica Wright confirmed her engagement to NBA superstar Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder. Wright and ex-Sonic Durant are each 24 years old.
Kiwis collect an easy point
With the Golden Gate Bridge looming to his right, Emirates Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker hit the starting line and immediately got his 72-foot catamaran speeding across the tops of the waves on hydrofoils.
The America’s Cup challenger trials were under way on San Francisco Bay and the Kiwis were clearly in control.
At one point, the men from Down Under hit 42.8 knots in their high-performance cat, or slightly more than 49 mph.
Of course, it helped that there was no opponent.
Emirates Team New Zealand sailed alone around the course to collect the first point of the regatta. Its scheduled opponent, Italy’s Luna Rossa, boycotted, saying it won’t race until an international jury hears protests regarding rules changes made after Andrew Simpson of Artemis Racing was killed in a capsize May 9.
While the Kiwis put on a show for spectators lining the shore, it was hardly what organizers had in mind after software tycoon Larry Ellison reclaimed the America’s Cup for the United States more than three years ago.
• Midnight Aria, a 16-1 shot, led all the way to win the $947,012 Queen’s Plate, Canada’s most famous horse race.
Midnight Aria, trained by Nicholas Gonzalez and ridden by Jesse Campbell, ran 1¼ miles in 2 minutes, 4.72 seconds on the synthetic Polytrack at Woodbine in Toronto.
The colt beat 17-10 favorite Up With the Birds by a half-length and paid $35.20 to win in the race for 3-year-olds foaled in Canada.
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