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INDIANAPOLIS — Maya Moore made a 3-pointer at the buzzer from the top of the key to give Minnesota an 80-77 victory Friday over Indiana in Game 3 of the WNBA Finals.

Moore, who finished with 24 points, took the inbounds pass with 1.7 seconds left, moved to her right to elude a defender and swished the winner. The referees reviewed the play for a few minutes before declaring the basket good and leaving the Fever crowd stunned.

Minnesota leads the best-of-five series 2-1.

Game 4 is Sunday with Minnesota trying to win its third title in five years. Indiana is trying to become the first No. 3 seed to win a title.

HAWK ACQUITTED: The Hawks' Thabo Sefolosha was acquitted in a case stemming from a police fracas outside a New York nightclub. A Manhattan jury found the 31-year-old Swiss guard-forward not guilty of misdemeanor obstructing government administration, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest. Sefolosha, who suffered a fractured right leg in the April 8 struggle with police, was accused of repeatedly disobeying the orders of officers telling him to leave the area around the club where another NBA player, Chris Copeland, had been stabbed. He testified that he moved at the behest of a vulgar and confrontational officer and was trying to give a beggar a $20 bill when he was grabbed by officers and taken to the ground. Sefolosha had surgery on his leg and isn't fully healed. He said he continues to rehab and isn't sure he'll be ready to play when the season starts Oct. 27.

MORE NBA: Jazz forward Trevor Booker was suspended one game without pay for striking Lakers center Roy Hibbert with an open hand to the head during Tuesday's preseason game.


Spaniards, Swiss advance in Euro

Spain will defend its European Championship title next year, while Switzerland will return to the tournament for the first time since co-hosting it in 2008. Spain secured its Euro 2016 spot by easily beating visiting Luxembourg 4-0. Host Switzerland routed San Marino 7-0 to clinch its tourney berth. Also, already qualified England beat visiting Estonia 2-0. Russia took a big step toward qualifying with a 2-1 win at Moldova.


TENNIS: Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 27 matches at the China Open in Beijing with a 6-2, 6-2 win over John Isner to secure a place in the semifinals. Djokovic faces fourth-seeded David Ferrer, who beat Lu Yen-hsun and join fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal in the last four. No. 3 seed Nadal reached his first hardcourt semifinal of the year by outlasting Jack Sock 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Up next for Nadal is Italy's Fabio Fognini.

RUGBY: New Zealand pulled away in the last half-hour for a 47-9 win over Tonga in Newcastle, England, and advance to the World Cup quarterfinals. The result also put Argentina in the quarterfinals. Tonga only trailed 14-6 before momentum swung when All Blacks wing Nehe Milner-Skudder crossed in the 53rd minute for the first of his two tries. New Zealand faces either France or Ireland in the quarters.

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Sports in brief 10/09/15 [Last modified: Friday, October 9, 2015 11:12pm]
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