Lynx open West finals with win over Mercury

Maya Moore scored 19 points and Rebekkah Brunson had a franchise playoff-record 19 rebounds to lead the Minnesota Lynx to a 67-60 victory over the Phoenix Mercury in the opener of the Western Conference finals Thursday night.

Seimone Augustus added 14 points for Minnesota, which trailed early but used a big second-quarter run to take over the game and led throughout the second half.

Dewanna Bonner led Phoenix with 21 points, including a pair of long-range 3-pointers in the final minute, cutting Minnesota’s lead to 64-60 with 38.5 seconds to play.

But Moore hit two free throws as the Lynx moved within a win of a trip to the WNBA finals.

Candice Dupree had a team-high 12 rebounds for Phoenix.

Game 2 in the best-of-three series is Sunday in Phoenix.

 Seattle Storm guard Jewell Loyd won the WNBA rookie of the year award.

Loyd was the No. 1 pick in the WNBA draft in April after forgoing her senior year at Notre Dame. She averaged 10.7 points and 3.5 rebounds for the Storm and is the 10th No. 1 pick to win the award.

The Seattle Storm won the WNBA draft lottery for the second consecutive year, and with it the right to pick UConn star Breanna Stewart.

NBA: Chris Bosh says he no longer needs to take blood-thinning medication, which means he can participate fully when training camp opens Tuesday.

Bosh missed the final 30 games last season after a blood clot was diagnosed on his left lung.

After a horrifying leg injury cost Paul George most of last season, the Indiana Pacers forward said he is feeling good, has gotten bigger and stronger, and is ready to show everyone that he is back.

Jason Richardson is retiring after a 13-year career in which he played for five teams and averaged more than 17 points per game.

The NBA is adding additional days to its finals schedule, putting two days in between every game where travel is necessary.


FIELD HOCKEY: Bailey Cutler scored in the 48th minute as St. Joseph’s (5-1) outlasted nonconference opponent Salem State (2-5) 1-0 at Salem, Massachusetts.

The Monks outshot the Vikings, 14-4.

Megan Baker stopped four shots for St. Joseph’s.

FOOTBALL: Florida State running back Mario Pender has been hospitalized since Tuesday because of a collapsed lung that he suffered during practice.

Starting running back Corey Clement will miss 4 to 6 weeks for No. 22 Wisconsin to have sports hernia surgery.


AHL: Individual game tickets for the Portland Pirates’ 2015-16 AHL season will go on sale Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the team office in Portland.

Season tickets, as well as four packs and opening weekend packs, will also be available at 94 Free Street.

The Pirates make their home debut as an affiliate of the Florida Panthers on Oct. 17 against the Hershey Bears.


FIFA: FIFA relented and handed over emails from suspended official Jerome Valcke, having blocked access even as Sepp Blatter pledged support for American and Swiss investigations of corruption.

Valcke’s FIFA and Google email accounts were used to discuss a proposed deal for black-market 2014 World Cup ticket sales, a FIFA-contracted ticket agent alleged last week.

– From staff and news services