Thursday, July 30
Johnson, January lead Indiana Fever past New York 84-72
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Shenise Johnson scored 19 points to lead a balanced offense and the Indiana Fever ended the New York Liberty's five-game winning streak with a 84-72 victory Wednesday night.
Briann January had all 12 of her points in the second half to go with a season-high eight assists for the Fever (10-8).
Indiana started a 17-2 run late in the third quarter and led 74-59 at 6:13 of the fourth quarter when Maggie Lucas hit a 3-pointer.
Epiphanny Prince, who had 17 points, scored six as the Liberty (12-6) came right back with 10 straight but they only had three points in the last four minutes. Tina Charles led New York with 18 points.
The Fever, without Layshia Clarendon, who is day-to-day with a sore back, had a 32-27 rebounding advantage against the best rebounding team in the league.
NASCAR penalizes Premium Motorsports for unattached weight
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — NASCAR has penalized Premium Motorsports because an unattached weight fell off the car during practice last weekend at Indianapolis.
The P3 penalty against the team Timmy Hill drove for last weekend was issued Wednesday.
Crew chief Scott Eggleston was fined $25,000. He and car chief Kevin Eagle were also suspended for this weekend's Sprint Cup race at Pocono and placed on probation through Dec. 31.
Team owner Mike Curb was penalized 15 championship car owner points.
Hill has driven the car for the last two Sprint Cup races. He replaced Josh Wise, who left the team after the race at Kentucky three weeks ago.
Toledo, Bowling Green are top division picks in MAC
DETROIT (AP) — For the last five years, the Mid-American Conference West has belonged to the Huskies of Northern Illinois.
A sixth straight title isn't going to be easy.
The conference released its preseason poll Wednesday and Northern Illinois is picked to finish third, behind Toledo and Western Michigan.
Toledo received 11 of the 24 first-place voters, with Western Michigan getting eight to Northern Illinois' four. Central Michigan picked up the final first-place vote.
In the East, Bowling Green is a favorite to reach its third straight conference championship game. The Falcons got 18 first-place votes, ahead of three for UMass, two for Akron and one for Ohio.
Redskins, LB Kerrigan agree to multi-year contract extension
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Linebacker Ryan Kerrigan has agreed to a multi-year contract extension with the Washington Redskins on the eve of training camp.
The team announced the deal Wednesday, a day before the first practice of camp.
Kerrigan, a first-round draft pick out of Purdue in 2011, has started all 64 games in his four-year career with Washington, totaling 38 sacks, 15 forced fumbles and two interceptions — both returned for touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 260-pound Kerrigan ranked second in the NFC last season with a career-high 13.5 sacks for the Redskins, who went 4-12 and finished last in their division for the sixth time in seven years.