Thursday, September 22
Taurasi, Mercury advance in WNBA playoffs to face Liberty
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Diana Taurasi scored 20 points, DeWanna Bonner had 11 of her 18 points in the fourth quarter and the Phoenix Mercury beat the Indiana Fever 89-78 on Wednesday night in a single-elimination game of the WNBA playoffs.
Tamika Catchings, who played in her final game, and the entire Indiana team knelt with their arms intertwined during the national anthem. Two members of the Mercury, Kelsey Bone and Mistie Bass, also took a knee.
Briann January made a reverse layup with 2:39 remaining to pull Indiana to 77-72 and she drew an offensive foul on Taurasi on the other end. Erlana Larkins had a putback on Indiana's next possession to cap a 10-1 run to make it 77-74.
But Phoenix answered with a 6-1 run — on free throws by Taurasi, Penny Taylor and Bonner — for an 83-75 lead.
Brittney Griner added 18 points, nine rebounds and three blocks for Phoenix, which will play at New York on Saturday.
Luck sits out with sore right shoulder, but expects to play
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Three days after taking 16 hits, Andrew Luck missed Wednesday's practice with a sore throwing shoulder.
Luck said it was just sore, downplaying the obvious concern his absence will raise among fans. He said he hopes to return to practice Thursday and plans to play Sunday as the Colts try to avoid their first 0-3 start in five years, when San Diego comes to town.
"It was a physical game, like any football game, so the coaches and training staff thought it was best if I didn't go out on the field," he told reporters, acknowledging he didn't practice at all Wednesday.
Colts lose Donte Moncrief for 4-6 weeks with shoulder injury
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indianapolis Colts receiver Donte Moncrief is expected to miss four to six weeks with a fractured left shoulder blade .
Moncrief was injured during the first half of Sunday's loss at Denver and did not return.
With Moncrief out, receivers T.Y. Hilton and Phillip Dorsett will be asked to do more. Hilton has been to two straight Pro Bowls, while Dorsett was Indy's first-round draft pick in 2015.
The only other receivers on Indy's roster — Quan Bray, Chester Rogers and Devin Smith — have combined for eight catches in the NFL. Smith, who was signed Wednesday, had seven receptions with Dallas from 2014-15.
Joey Bosa practices in pads for 1st time with Chargers
SAN DIEGO (AP) — Joey Bosa has practiced in pads for the first time with the San Diego Chargers, although he was limited in his work Wednesday.
Now the big question — when will the first-round draft pick make his NFL debut?
Bosa, who missed all of training camp due to a contract dispute, wouldn't venture a guess, saying only that he's day-to-day.
The former Ohio State star hasn't played since the Fiesta Bowl, when he was ejected in the first quarter for targeting after leading with his helmet on a hit to Notre Dame quarterback DeShone Kizer.
The Chargers (1-1) play at Indianapolis (0-2) on Sunday.
Indiana's Hartman injures left knee during non-contact drill
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) — Indiana forward Collin Hartman injured his left during a non-contact workout.
Coach Tom Crean said Wednesday that the injury was still being evaluated.
Hartman, a 6-foot-7 senior from Indianapolis, has played a key role for the Hoosiers each of the past two seasons, especially on defense.
Last season, he started 24 times in 35 appearances and averaged 5.0 points and 3.1 rebounds on a team that reached the Sweet 16. As a sophomore, Hartman started 12 of 32 games and shot 50 percent from the field and 47.5 percent from 3-point range as he averaged 4.8 points and 3.1 rebounds.
Hartman tore the ACL in his right knee after his freshman season, in 2013-14, but returned to the court at the start of his sophomore year.