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fowles sends minnesota to WNBA title

MINNEAPOLIS — Sylvia Fowles had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx captured their third championship in five years with a 69-52 victory over the Indiana Fever in Game 5 of the WNBA Finals on Wednesday night.

Seimone Augustus added 16 points and Rebekkah Brunson had 14 rebounds for Minnesota, which also won titles in 2011 and 2013. Maya Moore scored just five on 1-for-8 shooting, but the Lynx forced 21 turnovers and held Indiana to 35.7 percent shooting in the league's first Game 5 since 2009.

Tamika Catchings had 18 points and 11 rebounds for the Fever, which was seeking its second championship.

At the final buzzer, a franchise-record 18,933 fans waved white towels while Prince watched from a suite.

"The way we grinded together, a lot of things happen throughout the season that people don't even know," said Augustus, in tears after the game. "We kept grinding and working despite everything that we've been through."


Mexico hires Colombia's Osorio

Colombian coach Juan Carlos Osorio took charge of Mexico's national team, becoming the 12th person to lead El Tri in the past nine years. Osorio, 53, replaces interim head coach Ricardo Ferretti, who had been in the job since Miguel Herrera was fired in July after he punched a reporter. Osorio was most recently coach of Brazilian club Sao Paulo FC.

MORE SOCCER: Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho was fined $77,000 for accusing referees of being biased against his team.


Bouchard sues USTA over fall

Canadian player Eugenie Bouchard filed a lawsuit against the United States Tennis Association, seeing seeks unspecified damages, after she slipped and fell in a locker room during the U.S. Open. Bouchard said her fall was caused by a "slippery, foreign and dangerous substance" on the floor. She said she suffered a severe head injury, which caused her to withdraw from the tournament. A USTA spokesman declined comment.

MORE TENNIS: Novak Djokovic extended his winning streak to 13 straight matches with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Martin Klizan in the second round of the Shanghai Masters. Rafael Nadal escaped with a 7-5, 6-7 (7-4), 7-6 (7-4) win over Ivo Karlovic. … Caroline Wozniacki was the only player among the top-five seeded women to reach the second round at the Generali Ladies, beating Mirjana Lucic-Baroni 3-6, 7-6 (7-3), 6-4 in Linz, Austria. Third-seeded Roberta Vinci lost to Aleksandra Krunic, top-seeded Lucie Safarova and No. 4 Andrea Petkovic lost Tuesday, and No. 5 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova withdrew due to illness.

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autos: NASCAR will use the lower-downforce rules package preferred by drivers next season. NASCAR tried different ideas while trying to improve racing, and drivers were overwhelmingly in favor of the package that reduced downforce and made the cars more difficult to drive.

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Sports in brief 10/14/15 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2015 10:52pm]
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