Shock’s Williams scores a league-record 51 points
Riquna Williams scored a league-record 51 points to lead the Tulsa Shock to a 98-65 victory over host San Antonio on Sunday.
Williams, a second-year guard who played college ball at Miami, surpassed the previous mark of 47 points shared by Lauren Jackson of the Storm (in 2007) and Diana Taurasi of Phoenix (2006).
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“It’s amazing, I’m still speechless,” said the 5-foot-5 Williams, who entered the game averaging 14.4 points.
Williams made 17 of 28 shots, including a jumper with 57.9 seconds left that gave her 49 points.
“We didn’t show heart, we didn’t show pride,” Silver Stars guard Shenise Johnson said. “We didn’t represent what was on the front of our jerseys. Honestly, we’re all embarrassed.”
In other league games, Taurasi scored 25 points to lead Phoenix to a 79-71 victory over host Atlanta and Chicago won 93-79 at Washington.
Oracle finally wins a race
After a rough week of unprecedented penalties and three straight losses, defending America’s Cup champion Oracle Team USA finally had something to smile about following a high-speed romp around San Francisco Bay.
Oracle Team USA’s 72-foot catamaran beat challenger Emirates Team New Zealand by eight seconds in Race 4.
It was the first victory of the regatta for Oracle, as Team New Zealand won Race 3 earlier in the day. Owned by software billionaire Larry Ellison of Oracle Corp., Oracle Team USA was docked two points by an international jury in the biggest cheating scandal in the regatta’s 162-year history. That meant Oracle started the competition at minus-2.
Oracle needs to win 10 more races to keep the trophy. Team New Zealand can take the Cup by winning six more races.
NASCAR investigates spin
With one snap of the steering wheel, driver Clint Bowyer changed the outcome of a race and maybe the championship at NASCAR’s top level, too.
Accidental or intentional, his spin in the closing laps Saturday night at Richmond International Raceway in Virginia set in motion a chain of events that has shrouded the start of the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup Championship and raised questions about the potential for a race team to manipulate pivotal moments of a race.
NASCAR officials are reviewing evidence to determine if Michael Waltrip Racing deliberately altered the Federated Auto Parts 400 — potentially costing both Ryan Newman and Jeff Gordon spots in the Chase — to benefit MWR driver Martin Truex Jr.
Bowyer’s spin with seven laps left came while Newman was leading and brought out the caution that led to a series of events that cost Newman a chance at winning the race and earning a berth in the 12-driver Chase field. He was competing with Truex for the final spot.
An ESPN replay that included communication between Bowyer and his team implied the spin was deliberate. Bowyer was shown the video after the race and denied he spun intentionally.
Vettel prevails in Italian GP
Sebastian Vettel’s rivals have all but conceded the Formula One title after the German posted his sixth victory of the season in the Italian Grand Prix in Monza.
• Esteban Toledo of Mexico won the Montreal Championship in Sainte-Julie, Quebec, for his second victory of the season on golf’s 50-and-older Champions Tour, chipping in for a birdie to beat Kenny Perry on the third extra hole.
Toledo, 50, closed with a 3-under-par 69 and was 5 under after three rounds of regulation play. He earned $240,000.
Kirk Triplett (71), a graduate of Pullman High School, tied for ninth place at 1 under. Rick Fehr (74) of Seattle tied for 74th at 13 over.
• In amateur golf, the United States beat Britain and Ireland 17-9 to win the Walker Cup at National Golf Links of America in Southampton, N.Y.
• New York won 4-1 at Houston and shares the lead in Major League Soccer’s Eastern Conference with Sporting Kansas City, which was idle, and Montreal, which won 4-2 at New England.
New York, Kansas City and Montreal each has 45 points; Montreal has played two fewer matches.
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