Dream holds on for win
Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Sancho Lyttle had 16 points and 11 rebounds as the Atlanta Dream held on for an 81-79 victory over the host San Antonio Stars on Thursday night.
Tiffany Hayes added 15 points and Erika de Souza 14 points for Atlanta (10-4), which never trailed in winning for the seventh time in eight games. The Dream has the league’s best record.
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Becky Hammon’s three-pointer capped a 10-0 run that pulled San Antonio (7-8) within 77-74 with 57.2 seconds remaining.
After McCoughtry made two free throws and Celine Dumerc added another, San Antonio forward Shameka Christon hit a three-pointer with 2.3 seconds remaining to cut the lead to 80-79, but the Stars were unable to complete the rally.
California athletic director Sandy Barbour will step down from her position effective July 15.
A person in the athletic department with knowledge of the decision said Barbour and chancellor Nicholas Dirks determined it was time for a “change in leadership.” The San Jose Mercury News first reported the move.
The person said a prominent alum and former student athlete will be named interim athletic director. A news conference to announce the changes is scheduled for Friday.
Barbour came to Cal from Notre Dame in 2004 and had plenty of bright spots in her tenure, winning nearly two dozen national titles as the program excelled in Olympic and other nonrevenue sports. Barbour also oversaw the construction of a new football facility and a major renovation of Memorial Stadium and made strong hires to bring in Mike Montgomery as men’s basketball coach in 2008 and Lindsay Gottlieb as women’s basketball coach in 2011.
But there were also plenty of setbacks, most notably struggles on the football field, poor academic showings by football and men’s basketball players and financial troubles that almost led to the elimination of four programs, including baseball.
Salary cap going up
After a year of record revenues, the NHL salary cap is going up again.
The exact figure for the 2014-15 season hasn’t been set yet, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said after a meeting of the league’s board of governors. But he hoped it would be worked out with the players union in time for the start of the draft Friday in Philadelphia.
The final number is expected to be in the high $60 millions or low $70 millions. That gives general managers a guideline as they head into the draft and the free-agent shopping season that begins Tuesday.
The first round of the draft is Friday night, and rounds 2-7 are Saturday.
Stoops getting a raise
Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops’ salary will jump to $5.25 million for the upcoming season. The new figure was approved by the school’s Board of Regents. The total is up from about $5 million last season.
Stoops’ base salary will remain $325,000. He receives $700,000 for staying at Oklahoma. His income from private funds will increase from $3,725,000 to $4,025,000.
Oklahoma went 11-2 last season to take Stoops’ career record to 160-39.
Washington signs Rice Jr.
Washington signed Jerry Rice Jr., son of the Hall of Fame receiver. Rice is an undrafted free agent out of UNLV. Rice is 5 feet 10 and 185 pounds. He previously played at UCLA before transferring to UNLV.
James Stewart was provisionally suspended by the governing body of Supercross for a failed drug test, but will be allowed to finish the outdoor season.
Stewart tested positive for a banned substance after a Supercross race in Seattle on April 12, which he said was from an amphetamine prescribed by a doctor for a long-term medical condition.
Kyle Busch made it 5 for 5 this season in the Camping World Truck Series, holding off Kyle Busch Motorsports teammate Darrell Wallace Jr. at Kentucky Speedway in Sparta.
Busch has six straight series victories dating to last season and 40 overall. The Sprint Cup driver led the final 55 laps in the 150-lap race. He also won at the 1.5-mile track in 2011.
• Alysia Montano, who is 34 weeks pregnant, ran the 800 meters at the U.S. Track and Field Championships in Sacramento, Calif. The five-time national champion finished in 2 minutes, 32.13 seconds — nearly 35 seconds slower than her personal best of 1:57.34 in 2010 in Monaco.
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