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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve didn't hide her displeasure with stars Seimone Augustus and Lindsay Whalen after Game 1 of the WNBA Finals.

A day after losing to Indiana at home, Reeve said she has to do a better job of putting Whalen in position to succeed and also made it clear she has not been happy with how the physical point guard has had to adjust her game after not getting calls from the officials in the paint.

"It's been a season-long struggle for her to overcome," Reeve said Monday. "So she's changed her game because of it. And I think it's really important that Lindsay Whalen be Lindsay Whalen and I'm going to try to help her do that."

Whalen scored four and attempted three shots in the 75-69 loss to the Fever. Augustus scored nine on 3-of-11 shooting.

"Both Lindsay and Seimone have to help us more offensively," Reeve said after the game. "They didn't get the job done. Either one of them, and we need more from them."

Game 2 is tonight in Minneapolis (8, ESPN2).


Mexico to be without starter

Forward Giovani Dos Santos will miss Mexico's playoff game at the United States on Saturday, a match that determines which nation will represent its region at the 2017 Confederations Cup. Mexican interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti said Dos Santos is injured.

FIFA SCANDAL: A senior South American official was denied bail on health grounds in Switzerland as he fights extradition to the United Sates after being indicted in the FIFA bribery case. CONMEBOL vice president Rafael Esquivel of Venezuela, one of seven officials arrested in Zurich in May, is in a hospital in Switzerland.

PREMIER LEAGUE: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was charged by England's Football Association with accusing referees of being biased against his team, hours after he was given public backing by the club.


Indian Wells chief to lead WTA

Steve Simon will take over as CEO of the Women's Tennis Association, which is headquartered in St. Petersburg. Simon has run the tournament at Indian Wells since 2004. He replaces Stacey Allaster, who is stepping down.

CHINA OPEN: Eugenie Bouchard retired from her opening match against Andrea Petkovic in Beijing due to dizziness, her first match since falling at the U.S. Open last month and suffering a concussion.


Scott adapting to new putter

Adam Scott, who has three months left before the method used for his long putter is banned, used a conventional putter for a practice round at the Presidents Cup in Incheon, South Korea. Scott spent the past five weeks practicing with the new putter and a cross-handed grip that feels as comfortable as the long putter he had used the past four years.


CYCLING: Two-time Giro d'Italia winner Ivan Basso is retiring after recovering from cancer. Basso, 37, was expected to resume his career after being cleared following treatment.

FIGURE SKATING: Former world champion Carolina Kostner was cleared to compete next year after settling a dispute with the Italian Olympic Committee and World Anti-Doping Agency over whether she helped her former boyfriend cheat.

Times wires

Sports in brief 10/05/15 [Last modified: Monday, October 5, 2015 8:46pm]
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