Froome extends lead in Spanish Vuelta

Colombian rider Miguel Angel Lopez won the mountainous 15th stage of the Spanish Vuelta Sunday while Tour de France winner Chris Froome tacked a few seconds onto his overall lead.

A late surge by Froome over the final meters of the punishing ride and a final special-category ascent allowed him to increase the gap over Vincenzo Nibali from 55 seconds to 1:01.


WNBA: Maya Moore scored 26 points and Renee Montgomery added 18 to help Minnesota secure the top seed in the playoffs with an 86-72 victory over Washington in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Tina Charles had 18 points and 18 rebounds to help New York clinch the third seed in the playoffs with an 82-81 win over the Dallas Wings in Arlington, Texas and extend the Liberty’s winning streak to 10 games.

Breanna Stewart scored 29 points, making two free throws with 15.6 seconds left for a three-point lead, and the Seattle Storm beat the Chicago Sky 85-80 in Rosemont, Illinois.

 Brittney Griner scored 30 points and the host Phoenix Mercury closed the regular season with an 84-70 victory over the Atlanta Dream on Sunday to secure the fifth seed in the playoffs.

 Nneka Ogwumike scored 21 points, Candace Parker had a double-double and the Los Angeles Sparks closed the regular season with an 81-70 win over Connecticut in Los Angeles.


WORLD CUP QUALIFYING: Tiny Luxembourg held France to a shocking 0-0 draw in World Cup qualifying in Group A.

The point keeps France on top, one point ahead of Sweden, which earlier beat Belarus 4-0 in Borisov. The Netherlands got third by beating Bulgaria 3-1 in Amsterdam, keeping alive faint Dutch hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year.

 Romelu Lukaku was on target to give Belgium a 2-1 win over Greece and a place in the World Cup.

The victory leaves the Belgians on top with an unassailable eight-point lead in Group H over second-place Bosnia and Herzegovina. That makes Belgium the first European team confirmed for the World Cup besides host nation Russia.

 Switzerland extended its perfect record in World Cup qualifying by defeating Latvia 3-0 for its eighth straight victory, while Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal edged Hungary 1-0 to stay close at the top of Group B.


NHL: The Arizona Coyotes signed restricted free-agent right wing Anthony Duclair to a one-year, $1.2 million contract.