Friday, July 22
Fever top Liberty 82-70 behind strong effort from Kizer
NEW YORK (AP) — Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 21 points and Marissa Coleman scored 11 of her 14 points during a decisive run to help the Indiana Fever beat the New York Liberty 82-70 on Thursday in the final game for both teams before the Olympic break.
With the game tied at 58 near the end of the third quarter, Coleman hit a 3-pointer to start the 15-2 burst. She had 11 of the team's 15 points during the spurt, including three 3-pointers and a tough fall-away jumper. Her last 3-pointer made it 73-60 with 6:10 left in the game.
The Fever (12-12) wouldn't let New York couldn't get closer than nine the rest of the way.
Tina Charles had 25 points and 13 rebounds for New York (18-8).
The Fever and the Liberty were both fined by the league on Wednesday for wearing plain black warm up shirts in the wake of recent shootings by and against police officers. While the shirts had the Adidas brand — the official outfitter of the league — WNBA rules state that uniforms may not be altered in any way.
Indiana Pacers sign veteran PG Aaron Brooks
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Pacers have signed veteran point guard Aaron Brooks to a one-year deal.
The Pacers announced the signing on Thursday. Brooks is entering his ninth season in the league, having previously played for Houston, Phoenix, Sacramento, Denver and Chicago. He has averaged 10.7 points and 3.2 assists in his career and gives the Pacers another experienced ball-handler behind Jeff Teague, who was acquired in a trade with the Hawks earlier this summer.
The 31-year-old averaged 7.1 points in 16.1 minutes per game for the Bulls last season.
Pacers President Larry Bird says Brooks will give new coach Nate McMillan another scorer off the bench who can create off the dribble and hit 3-pointers. Brooks is a 37 percent shooter from 3 in his career.
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ACC, ESPN extend deal to 2036 that includes new ACC Network
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford says the league has extended its media deal with ESPN through the 2035 to 2036 season, which includes the eventual launch of an ACC TV channel.
Speaking at his annual forum during the ACC Kickoff media days, Swofford said Thursday the ACC Network is scheduled to launch in August 2019. There will also be the creation of a digital channel that will be online next month.
Swofford says the league will move to a 20-game league schedule in men's basketball by 2019, part of an effort to air more than 1,300 events annually through those outlets.
The deal also includes a grant-of-rights provision allowing the ACC to retain control of media rights for any school that leaves the conference through the length of the TV deal.
Indianapolis shuts out Charlotte 1-0 in Indy
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Trevor Williams allowed just three hits over eight innings, leading the Indianapolis Indians over the Charlotte Knights in a 1-0 win Thursday.
Williams (6-4) picked up the win after he struck out five.
The game's only run was scored in the fifth inning when Jose Osuna hit a solo home run.
Chris Volstad (6-9) went eight innings, allowing one run and one hit to take the tough loss in the International League game. He also struck out three and walked two. Kyle Lobstein retired the side in order for his first save of the season.
The Knights were blanked for the 10th time this season, while the Indians' staff recorded their 14th shutout of the year.
Indianapolis improved to 3-1 against Charlotte this season.