Thunder loses Ibaka
Oklahoma City defensive specialist Serge Ibaka is expected to miss the rest of the NBA playoffs because of a left calf injury.
The 6-foot-10 forward had an MRI on Friday, a day after the Thunder eliminated the Los Angeles Clippers and advanced to the Western Conference finals against the Spurs. Game 1 is Monday night in San Antonio. Thunder general manager Sam Presti called it a Grade 2 strain of the plantaris, which takes time to heal and strengthen because of a high re-injury rate.
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Colts’ Mathis suspended
NFL sacks champion Robert Mathis admits he made a mistake late last season. Now it’s going to cost him — four games and four paychecks.
The Colts’ career sacks leader was suspended by the NFL after violating the league’s ban on performance-enhancing substances. What exactly Mathis tested positive for remains a mystery but the linebacker said in a statement he was seeking fertility assistance. He acknowledged that he and his wife are expecting a baby.
Former NFL star Darren Sharper won’t face a rape charge in Miami-Dade after prosecutors concluded they could not prove the case.
The former Pro Bowl safety still faces sexual battery charges in Los Angeles and Arizona, and there are police probes under way in New Orleans and Las Vegas.
A Mecklenburg County Sheriff’s spokeswoman said Carolina Panthers defensive end Greg Hardy has turned over 10 guns to police as part of a court order. The spokeswoman said all the guns surrendered were legal under North Carolina statutes.
Moore scores 34 points
Reigning finals MVP Maya Moore scored 34 points and had nine rebounds as the defending champion Minnesota Lynx beat the host Washington Mystics 89-77.
In other games, Cappie Pondexter scored 17 points to help the New York Liberty rout the host Connecticut Sun 75-54; Erika de Souza had 23 points and 11 rebounds in the host Atlanta Dream’s 79-75 victory over the San Antonio Stars; and Elena Delle Donne had 23 points as the host Chicago Sky beat the Indiana Fever 74-71.
Bowyer wins Sprint race
Clint Bowyer, a usual Chase for the Sprint Cup championship participant, had to earn a spot into the $1 million Sprint All-Star Race. So it wasn’t a surprise when he won the Sprint Showdown to earn an automatic transfer into the main event.
The upset went to Josh Wise, the stunning winner of the fan vote. Powered by the online community at Reddit and fans who support him through the digital currency Dogecoin, Wise beat out favorite Danica Patrick to earn his first berth in the All-Star race Saturday.
Nadal defeats Murray
Rafael Nadal of Spain stormed back from a surprisingly poor opening set to edge Andy Murray of Britain 1-6, 6-3, 7-5 and secure a spot in the Italian Open semifinals in Rome. American Serena Williams cruised past Zhang Shuai of China 6-1, 6-3 to stay on course in her title defense.
Jill Ellis has been named the U.S. national team coach in the run-up to the women’s World Cup next summer in Canada and beyond. Ellis, 47, has been the interim coach since Tom Sermanni was surprisingly dismissed in early April after an exhibition victory against China.
Michael Phelps, for the first time since his supposed farewell at the 2012 London Olympics, was on top of the podium. He cruised to victory in the 100-meter butterfly (52.13 seconds) at the Charlotte (N.C.) Grand Prix, while longtime rival Ryan Lochte watched from the VIP area, a brace on his injured left knee.
• Lionel Messi is about to get a big raise, with reports indicating the Barcelona forward will make about $34 million per year. The Argentina international has agreed to a new contract with Barcelona.
• Premier League winner Manchester City and French champion Paris Saint-Germain were fined $82 million by UEFA and ordered to limit their Champions League squads to 21 players for breaching the body’s financial fair-play rules.
• Former Georgia football coach Jim Donnan was acquitted in Athens of a long list of charges related to an investment fraud scheme, looking relieved as he put his head in his hands and then hugged teary family members in the courtroom.
• Kyle Busch continued his dominance at Charlotte Motor Speedway in the NASCAR Truck Series, winning for the fourth time in the past five years.
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