Sparks rally, hand Shock record 18th straight loss

Candace Parker scored 23 points and the Los Angeles Sparks (11-15) ran off 16 straight points to overcome a 15-point, second-half deficit and hand the Tulsa Shock (1-23) their WNBA-record 18th consecutive loss with a 73-67 victory on Sunday night in Tulsa, Okla.

Renee Montgomery had 21 points and seven assists, and the host Connecticut Sun (17-10) snapped a two-game losing streak with a 96-87 victory over the Atlanta Dream (13-13).

Katie Douglas scored 15 points and had five rebounds to lead the Indiana Fever (19-8) to an 83-51 win over the Washington Mystics (5-20) at Indianapolis.


JOHN J. KELLEY DIES: John J. Kelley, winner of the 1957 Boston Marathon and a two-time Olympic marathoner, died in Stonington, Conn.

Kelley died at his daughter’s home from a melanoma that spread to his lungs. He was 80.

Kelley was sometimes confused with 1935 and ’45 Boston Marathon champion John A. Kelley, a patriarch of the race who ran it each year until 1992 when he was 84. John J. Kelley was known as “Johnny the Younger.”

Like his namesake, Kelley ran the Boston Marathon almost every year through the 1980s. He finished second five times.


LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES: Patrick Zimmer tossed five shutout innings and Ben Askelson hit a two-out, two-run single for Billings, Montana in a 3-1 win over Lafayette, La., that kept the Northwest Region champs undefeated in South Williamsport, Pa.

Ian Leatherberry, added an insurance run in the sixth with a two-out, RBI double.

Yonny Hernandez hit two homers and three pitchers combined for a shutout to help Maracay, Venezuela, stay unbeaten with an 8-0 win over Langley, British Columbia.

In other games, Huntington Beach, Calif., beat LaGrange, Ky., 10-0, and Mexico beat Japan, 3-2.


WESTERN & SOUTHERN OPEN: Maria Sharapova overcame a first-set letdown, rallying to beat Jelena Jankovic 4-6, 7-6 (3), 6-3 in the finals at Mason, Ohio.

WINSTON-SALEM OPEN: James Blake defeated Mikhail Kukushkin 7-5, 6-1 in the opening round at Winston-Salem, N.C.

NEW HAVEN OPEN AT YALE: Francesca Schiavone needed only 79 minutes to beat Alexandra Dulgheru 6-1, 6-2, in the opening first-round match of the event formerly called the Pilot Pen.


BEECH RIDGE: Aaron Ricker of Tamworth N.H., won the NASCAR Pro Series race on Saturday night. Joe Doiron of Berwick was second and Dan McKeage of Gorham was third.

Bobby Nadeau of Hollis won the Sport Series, and Chris Warming of Hollis was the Wildcat winner. Ryan Phillips of Buxton won the Road Runner race.

ACT: Jeff Taylor of Farmington earned his second career ACT Late Model Tour win, taking the checkered flag Saturday night at Oxford Plains Speedway. He was behind Jeff White before White ran out of gas with eight laps to go.

— From staff and news services