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Sports in Brief

Published Sept. 15, 2017

WNBA

minnesota's Fowles named MVP

MINNEAPOLIS — It didn't take long for the tears to start rolling down Sylvia Fowles' cheeks, as unstoppable as the Minnesota Lynx center is in the post. Fowles was the runaway winner for the league's MVP award in voting results announced on Thursday, finishing with 35 of 40 first-place votes from a media panel. "I said I wasn't going to tear up, but it's just a proud moment," Fowles said two hours before the Lynx faced Washington in Game 2 of the WNBA semifinals.. "All your hard work over the last 10 years has finally paid off." Fowler, who led the Lynx to a league-best 27-7 record during the regular season, averaged 18.9 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 blocks in her 10th season. New York's Tina Charles finished second in the voting and received three first-place votes. Los Angeles Sparks star Candace Parker was third.

DOG RACING

Champion Irish greyhound tests positive for cocaine

One of Ireland's most successful canine athletes has been banned from racing indefinitely after three doping control tests found evidence of cocaine in his system, the BBC reported. Clonbrien Hero will have some of his prize money and titles withheld, including his winnings from July's Irish Laurels final at Cork, where he took home the top prize worth roughly $35,000. Clonbrien Hero's owner Kay Murphy and trainer Graham Holland denied giving the dog drugs and are blaming accidental ingestion. "You can pass traces of cocaine by handling money," Holland said. "When a dog wins a race, people are walking up to the dog and patting it on the head. If they have cocaine on their hands, they can pass that to the dog and it can come out in a urine sample."

TENNIS

Martinez calls Spanish Fed Cup firing 'disrespectful

Former Wimbledon champion Conchita Martinez called the Spanish Tennis Federation's decision to fire her as the Fed Cup and Davis Cup captain as unfair and disrespectful. She had been head of the Fed Cup team since 2013, and of the Davis Cup team since 2015. Spanish media said Martinez's contract ends in December. "After all my contributions and dedication to Spanish tennis, I don't think I deserved an ending like this, so disrespectful," Martinez said.

ET CETERA

NHL: Free agent forward David Pastrnak signed a six-year contract worth $40 million with the Bruins. Pastrnak had career highs with 34 goals, 70 points and a plus-11 last season. … The Wild agreed to terms with free-agent LW Marcus Foligno on a four-year, $11.5 million contract. Foligno was acquired June 30 in trade with the Sabres.

SOCCER: Crowd disorder marred Cologne's return to European competition after 25 years as thousands of the team's ticketless fans caused havoc in London and forced the Europa League game against Arsenal to be delayed for an hour. Arsenal won 3-1. About 20,000 Cologne fans came to London, after only 3,000 tickets were allocated to them.

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