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MOORE'S STEAL, FREE THROW PUT MINNESOTA IN WNBA FINALS

PHOENIX — Maya Moore stole an inbounds pass with 2.0 seconds left, was fouled by Noelle Quinn and made a free throw to give Minnesota a 72-71 victory Sunday over Phoenix, sending the Lynx to the WNBA Finals with a two-game sweep in the Western Conference series. Moore scored a career playoff-high 40 to help Minnesota, the 2011 and 2013 champion, reach the title series for the fourth time in five seasons. With the score tied at 71, Moore stole a lob pass to Brittney Griner and was fouled by Quinn. Moore made the first three throw and the Lynx rebounded the miss. "You just keep playing until the last horn," Moore said. "I was just anticipating them passing the ball inside and just tried to get a deflection. Candice Dupree led the defending champion Mercury with 16 points.

EAST GOES 3: Tamika Catchings scored 16 of her 25 in the second half to rally host Indiana to a 70-64 win over New York and force a deciding Game 3 Tuesday of the East final series.

ALL-DEFENSIVE TEAM: Phoenix's Griner and Indiana's Catchings highlight the team selected by WNBA coaches. Joining them: Indiana's Briann January, Atlanta's Angel McCoughtry and Los Angeles' Nneka Ogwumike.

TENNIS

Tsonga beats countryman for title

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga beat fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon 7-6 (7-5), 1-6, 6-2 to win the Open de Moselle for a record third time in Metz, France.

Tsonga took 2 hours, 17 minutes to defeat Simon in a reversal of the result of the 2013 final. It was a 12th career title for Tsonga, who moved level with Simon and Richard Gasquet as the most titled Frenchmen in singles among active players. Simon also was seeking a third Moselle title.

ET CETERA

CYCLING: Lance Armstrong has settled a decadelong dispute with a promotions company that sought repayment of more than $10 million in bonuses it paid him during a career that was later exposed to be fueled by performance-enhancing drugs. SCA Promotions first pursued evidence of doping against Armstrong in 2005. Armstrong said settlement terms were private but apologized to SCA and its chief executive Bob Hamman for "any past misconduct on my part" in the dispute.

SOCCER: Crystal Palace rose to sixth place in the English Premier League after Yohan Cabaye converted a second-half penalty to earn a 1-0 win over host Watford. … Inter Milan, with five consecutive wins and atop Italy's Serie A, conceded three goals before the first 25 minutes were up en route to a 4-1 loss to visiting Fiorentina.

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Sports in brief 09/27/15 [Last modified: Sunday, September 27, 2015 10:01pm]
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