Nneka’s team wins in first matchup of Ogwumike sisters
Nneka Ogwumike collected 24 points and seven rebounds and the Los Angeles Sparks used a big third quarter to rout the host Connecticut Sun 90-64 on Sunday.
Jantel Lavender had 19 points and seven rebounds for the Sparks, who outscored the Sun 30-10 in the third quarter.
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Rookie Chiney Ogwumike — Nneka’s sister — had 18 points and six rebounds for Connecticut, which has lost seven of its past eight.
Nneka, 24, and Chiney, 22, played against each other as pros for the first time. Both went to Stanford. Nneka was the first player drafted in 2012 and Chiney was the No. 1 selection this year.
The sisters exchanged a pregame hug and often guarded each other.
“I think there were more emotions before tip-off, when I realized, ‘Oh, I’m actually going to play against Chiney,’ ” Nneka said. “It really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. We’re both aggressive and competitive and I thought it was a good matchup.”
In other league games, Candice Dupree scored 19 points as host Phoenix extended its franchise-record winning streak to 10 by routing San Antonio 90-61 and Angel McCoughtry scored 33 points as Atlanta beat visiting Chicago 81-79.
Hewitt breaks through at last
Australian Lleyton Hewitt, playing in his third straight Hall of Fame Tennis Championships final, won the grass-court event in Newport, R.I., for the first time.
Hewitt, seeded third, beat second-seeded Ivo Karlovic of Croatia 6-3, 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-3). The 33-year-old won his 30th career ATP title.
“Obviously, relief to have finally won here,” Hewitt said. “It’s an important tournament, not a Grand Slam by no means, but the last three years I’ve come here and put myself on the line and come awfully close the last two years. It was nice to get rewarded today.”
Top-seeded Halep triumphs
Top-seeded Simona Halep of Romania overpowered second-seeded Roberta Vinci of Italy to win the Bucharest Open final 6-1, 6-3 in her home country.
Halep, 22, has won eight WTA tournaments.
Vinci, 31, has a 2-4 record in matches against Halep.
Thorpe on TV: ‘I’m not straight’
Australian Ian Thorpe, a five-time Olympic gold medalist, for the first time publicly confirmed he is gay, ending years of speculation about his sexual orientation.
Thorpe, who had long denied he was gay, told British talk-show host Michael Parkinson in an interview broadcast Sunday on Australia’s Channel 10: “I’m not straight. And this is only something that very recently — we’re talking in the past two weeks — I’ve been comfortable telling the closest people around me exactly that.”
In his 2012 autobiography, “This Is Me,” Thorpe wrote, “For the record, I am not gay and all of my sexual experiences have been straight.”
Thorpe, 31, said being asked about his sexuality by journalists when he was a teenager forced him to adopt a defensive attitude toward the issue. He said he was too young to know whether he was gay or straight, and said he responded he was straight to avoid teasing from classmates.
Thorpe, who retired from the pool in 2012, said he wishes he had come out sooner.
“I’m comfortable saying I’m a gay man,” he said.
Phelps gets 2nd in 100 freestyle
American Michael Phelps, a winner of 18 Olympic gold medals who is making a comeback, lost to Yannick Agnel in the 100-meter freestyle at the Bulldog Grand Slam meet in Athens, Ga.
Agnel, who won two gold medals for France at the 2012 London Olympics and trains with Phelps at North Baltimore Aquatic Club, won with a time of 49.37. Phelps was second in 49.42.
American Allison Schmitt, who won three golds at the London Games, took the women’s 100 free in 54.64
Baltimore’s Smith is arrested
Baltimore Ravens cornerback Jimmy Smith became the fifth player on the team to be arrested during the offseason after he received a criminal citation for failing to follow an officer’s orders in Towson, Md.
The incident occurred after Baltimore County police were called to a Towson restaurant because a woman reportedly had passed out in the bathroom.
Police arrived and found the woman vomiting into a sink. Police say Smith was with her and refused to obey an officer’s repeated orders to leave the bathroom.
Smith, 25, was cited at a police precinct in Towson and released.
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