The Sports Xchange
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Lynx are firing on all cylinders as the WNBA's All-Star break approaches. Minnesota's two All-Star Game starters, Maya Moore and Sylvia Fowles, were a combined 19-for-26 from the field as the Lynx routed the Dallas Wings 100-74 on Wednesday afternoon, July 19, at Xcel Energy Arena in St. Paul. Minnesota (16-2), which hit the century mark for the second time this year, shot 56.7 percent from the field and held the Wings (10-12) to just 34.7 percent. The Lynx had a 41-28 advantage in rebounding.
NEW YORK — All NBA teams will have four uniform options to choose from starting next season, when the league is going away from traditional home and road appearance. As part of a fresh partnership with Nike as its uniform provider, the NBA completely overhauled the look and feel of its jersey combinations. Every team will choose a home uniform — it will not necessarily follow traditional lines of design or be white in color — and the visiting team can opt to wear one of its four designs provided that uniform selection doesn't blend with the home team.
ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Lynx struggled for the first 26 minutes. But then they got rolling. The Lynx (15-2), facing a depleted Phoenix team, used a big third-quarter run to take control as they beat the Mercury 81-66 on Sunday at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul. The Mercury (11-8) were without center Brittney Griner, the league's leading scorer who is out three to four weeks with knee and ankle injuries, and guard Diana Taurasi, who stayed home in Phoenix to rest. It was the sixth game in 12 days for the Mercury.
LOUDON, N.H. — Denny Hamlin claimed his first Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series win of 2017 and the first win of the year for Joe Gibbs Racing Sunday with his victory in the Overton's 301 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. It was Hamlin's third win at NHMS. Kyle Larson closed on Hamlin in the closing laps but was unable to catch him. Martin Truex Jr. finished third, Matt Kenseth was fourth, and Kevin Harvick rounded out the top five.
HOUSTON—It has become commonplace to assess Mike Fiers' performances based on the number of home runs he allows in an outing, even in those instances where he pitches exceptionally well through the dingers. Appearances like Sunday.
HOUSTON — Eddie Rosario turned a fortuitous bounce into a two-run double and the Minnesota Twins squeezed out a 4-2 win over the Houston Astros on Saturday night at Minute Maid Park. With the bases loaded and no outs in the sixth inning, Rosario bounced a chopper off the extended glove of Astros left-hander Tony Sipp. The deflected ball squirted past second baseman Jose Altuve, who was sliding in position to field the grounder. Miguel Sano and Max Kepler scored as the ball trickled past Altuve and into shallow right field.
RODEZ, France — Chris Froome reclaimed the overall lead on the Tour de France after he left Italian Fabio Aru trailing in a punchy finish of the 14th stage, a 181.5-km ride from Blagnac on Saturday. The defending champion came in seventh, one second behind stage winner Michael Matthews of Australia as Aru, who started the day with the yellow jersey on his shoulders, lost 25 seconds to the Briton in the final effort, a 600-meter climb at an average gradient of 9.6 percent.
HOUSTON — Brian McCann and Marwin Gonzalez slugged home runs as the Houston Astros produced another offensive showcase in their 10-5 win over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night at Minute Maid Park. McCann capped an eight-run second inning and Gonzalez drove his 17th homer to straightaway center field as the Astros (61-29) added two runs in the third to extend to a nine-run lead. The Twins (45-44) pushed back against Astros right-hander Charlie Morton (7-3) but got no closer than having the tying run on deck with two outs in the sixth inning.
Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott is expected to respond next week to a report from the NFL on the league investigation into a 2016 domestic violence accusation for which he could face a one- or two-game suspension. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the possibility of suspension Friday, July 14, although the NFL denied it made a decision on a course of disciplinary action. Schefter said the sense around the Cowboys was a "short" suspension would be levied.
Seven-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer continued his dominance on Friday, July 14, and advanced to his 11th final at the All England Club.