WASHINGTON ROMPS PAST CHAMPS
WASHINGTON — Emma Meesseman scored 20 on 9-of-12 shooting, Tayler Hill added 17 points, five assists and four steals and Washington never trailed in an 87-63 victory over Minnesota on Sunday.
Tianna Hawkins had 11 points, including three 3-pointers, for the Mystics (8-8), who have won four of five. Meesseman scored 16 on 7-of-7 shooting.
Washington shot 62 percent (13-of-21) from the field and hit six 3-pointers to take a 33-13 at the end of the first, its high-scoring quarter this season.
"That's as good a combined offensive and defensive performance that we could have against a good team," Washington coach Mike Thibault said. "I don't know if we caught them on a little bit of a letdown after (losing to the Sparks on Friday) and everything else, but we'll take it."
Minnesota (13-2), No. 1 in the AP WNBA power poll, has lost two in a row after opening the season with a league-record 13 straight wins. The defending champion Lynx scored its fewest points this season.
Renee Montgomery had 15 points for Minnesota. Maya Moore finished with a season-low five on 2-of-9 shooting.
L.A. 80, CONNECTICUT 73: Nneka Ogwumike had 27 points on 11-of-16 shooting, and Candace Parker scored on back-to-back possessions late for the host Sparks (13-1).
PHOENIX 104, NEW YORK 97: Candace Dupree scored 26 and Diana Taurasi added 24, including three key free throws near the end of regulation, to help the visiting Mercury (6-9) rally and end the Liberty's six-game winning streak.
Favre slow to start speech
Brett Favre said he has yet to start working on his induction speech to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which is only 40 days away. The former Packers QB also hasn't publicly divulged who'll present him for enshrinement. "At some point, I have to start preparing a speech — which I am not good at doing," Favre told ESPN. "It's closing fast. As we get older, we find that time flies. That's the case here."
MOTORCYCLES: Jack Miller of Australia won his first MotoGP race, triumphing in treacherous conditions of a restarted race in Assen, Netherlands, after torrential rain forced the riders off the track after 14 laps.
NHL: The Vancouver Canucks are planning to buy out forward Chris Higgins but aren't expected to buy out winger Alex Burrows, according to prohockeytalk.com.