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Minnesota ties WNBA Finals series

MINNEAPOLIS — Sylvia Fowles had game highs of 21 points and nine rebounds to lead host Minnesota to a 77-71 victory over Indiana in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday, tying the best-of-five series at a game apiece.

Fowles made 10 of 13 shots and Maya Moore added 19 points and Seimone Augustus scored 11 for the Lynx, the top seed in the Western Conference, which erased a 41-39 halftime deficit.

Minnesota seeks its third championship in the past five years.

Briann January scored 17 and Tamika Catchings had 11 points, nine rebounds and five assists for the Fever.

Game 3 is Friday night in Indianapolis.


Ecclestone: F1 sale is possible

Formula One commercial chief Bernie Ecclestone said the series could be sold this year and there are three interested buyers. Speaking to the Associated Press, the 84-year-old Ecclestone did not identify the potential new owners but said he wants to remain in his current role, running F1 on a day-to-day basis. F1's largest and controlling shareholder is currently investment fund CVC Capital Partners, whose co-chairman is Donald Mackenzie.


Presidents Cup stuck in middle

The battle at the Presidents Cup began even before the first match. U.S. captain Jay Haas doesn't understand why the number of matches was reduced from 34 to 30 for this year's event, which begins tonight (10, Golf Channel) meaning he has to sit eight players over three days of team matches. "You look at our lineup, and it's hard to sit guys," Haas said. He has another powerful squad at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea in Incheon, South Korea with his son, Bill, having the worst world ranking at No. 29. That's still higher than seven players on the International team. International captain Nick Price lobbied strongly this summer to make it 28 matches, just as it is at the Ryder Cup and the Solheim Cup.


Djokovic remains perfect in China

Novak Djokovic improved to 25-0 at the China Open, where he's a five-time champion, by beating Simone Bolelli 6-1, 6-1 in the first round in Beijing. Djokovic is also teaming with younger brother Djordje in doubles for the first time at an ATP Tour event.

Japan Open: French Open winner Stan Wawrinka secured his second-round spot by beating Radek Stepanek 7-5, 6-3 in Tokyo.

Et cetera

Olympics: Organizers at the 2016 Rio Summer Games, faced with the reality of a country deep in recession, are trimming costs to keep their budget balanced. Officials say they will cut back on volunteers, reduce staffing at dozens of test events and trim costs for the opening and closing ceremonies.

Soccer: German forward Lukas Podolski was ruled out of his country's final two European Championship qualifiers, Thursday at Ireland and Sunday against Georgia, with a left ankle injury.

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Sports in brief 10/06/15 [Last modified: Tuesday, October 6, 2015 10:33pm]
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