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'RAVING FAN' TO LEAGUE BOSS

Lisa Borders has been a fan of the WNBA ever since she helped bring a team to Atlanta as the city's vice mayor. Now she's the league's president. The WNBA announced the move Wednesday, three months after Laurel J. Richie stepped down. "I have been more than a fan. I led the effort to bring this team to Atlanta," said Borders, who describes herself as a "raving fan." "I've been a season ticket holder ever since. I sit in the Hollywood seats, usually have lost my voice by the end of the game." Borders said she was approached about the job by NBA commissioner Adam Silver at a Duke board of trustees meeting in December. Both are graduates of the school and are on the board. He asked if she would be interested in the job. She had a simple question: "Are you committed to the league?" He said that he was "1,000 percent committed and I'm in it to win it," Borders recalled. "It's great now, but we can take it and make it even better." She has spent the past few years as a chairwoman of the Coca-Cola Foundation.

AUTOS

Report: Vickers likely sub for Stewart

Brian Vickers is expected to replace injured driver Tony Stewart for the NASCAR season opener at Daytona International Speedway, the Associated Press reported. Stewart-Haas Racing has scheduled a Friday news conference to discuss its plans for the No. 14 Chevrolet. The team is awaiting word from NASCAR on whether Vickers is medically cleared to race, the AP reported. He ran two races last season before suffering a recurrence of blood clots and can't compete when being treated for the clots because the blood thinners increase his risk of serious internal bleeding if he crashes. Stewart is sidelined for the start of his final NASCAR season with a fractured vertebra. Vickers is only expected to run at Daytona, which opens Friday ahead of the Feb. 21 season-opening Daytona 500. SHR is looking at all of its options for beyond Daytona. Stewart is expected to race at some point this year.

OBITUARY: Lennie Pond, the 1973 NASCAR Winston Cup rookie of the year and 1978 Talladega 500 winner, died of complications from cancer in Richmond, Va. He was 75.

SOCCER

Owners halt price hike as fans' protest works

Liverpool's owners apologized to fans and reversed planned rises in ticket prices, insisting they were not "greedy." The climb-down came after more than 10,000 Liverpool fans staged a walkout at Anfield during Saturday's match against Sunderland. Their campaign reached the House of Commons as British Prime Minister David Cameron intervened, calling the rapidly escalating cost of watching English Premier League games a "problem." Within hours, Liverpool's owners backed down and accepted the supporters' concerns in an open letter to fans. "It has been a tumultuous week," said John Henry, Tom Werner and Mike Gordon, who also own MLB's Red Sox. The anger was set off by some ticket prices for next season being hiked to $112 in Anfield. As a result, Liverpool fans chose to leave their seats in the 77th minute of Saturday's game.

ET CETERA

GOLF: Caddies lost their class-action lawsuit against the PGA Tour when a federal judge in California ruled they signed a contract with the tour that requires them to wear bibs as part of their uniform and cannot claim that corporate sponsorship on the bibs makes them human billboards. The suit was dismissed with prejudice, which typically means it cannot be refiled. The lawsuit began with 81 caddies and had grown to 168.

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Sports in brief 02/10/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, February 10, 2016 9:56pm]
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