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L.A. WINS WNBA TITLE IN THRILLER

MINNEAPOLIS — Nneka Ogwumike's short jumper with 3.1 seconds left gave the Los Angeles Sparks a 77-76 victory over the defending champion Minnesota Lynx for their first title in 14 years in the deciding game of the WNBA Finals on Thursday night.

The league MVP joined her teammates in celebration as a stunned crowd slowly filed out. Candace Parker had 28 points and 12 rebounds to earn MVP honors of the Finals. It was Parker's first WNBA title.

Maya Moore's jumper with 15 seconds left gave the Lynx a 76-75 lead, setting up the thrilling finish.

NBA: 76ers F Elton Brand announced his retirement after 17 seasons. Brand, 37, was the first overall pick out of Duke in the 1999 draft and a two-time All-Star.

GOLF

Thomas opens strong

Justin Thomas began his title defense with 8-under 64 at the CIMB Classic in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and is tied with Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer for the first-round lead in the PGA Tour event.

LPGA: Minjee Lee shot 7-under 65 for a two-stroke lead in the Blue Bay LPGA in Hainan, China.

PGA EUROPE: Marc Warren shot 8-under 63 to take the Portugal Masters lead in Vilamoura.

SOCCER

U.S. could host final

The Champions League final could be contested outside Europe for the first time, new UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said. Ceferin said he will revive an open bidding process for the right to host the climax to the European club season and was open to the match being held in New York.

ET CETERA

SKIING: Two-time Olympic champion and overall World Cup points record holder Tina Maze, 33, of Slovenia said she will quit the sport after competing in a World Cup giant slalom in Maribor on Jan. 7.

TENNIS: Rafael Nadal is cutting short his 2016 season so he can fully recover from a left wrist injury.

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