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Pro basketball

Taurasi, Mercury even WNBA Finals

Diana Taurasi rebounded from her Game 1 flop with 30 points to lead the Phoenix Mercury to a 98-70 victory over the Detroit Shock in Auburn Hills, Mich., yesterday, evening the best-of-five series at a game apiece. She added eight rebounds and three assists. The guard's inspired play helped offset the return of forward Cheryl Ford to Detroit's lineup. Game 3 is Tuesday night in Phoenix.

WNBA awards -- Chicago Sky guard Armintie Price was named Rookie of the Year, and Dan Hughes of the San Antonio Silver Stars was honored as the top coach.

Knicks -- Jury selection begins this week in the $10 million sexual harassment lawsuit against team president Isiah Thomas, who is accused of improper behavior involving a since-fired team executive.

Auto racing

Franchitti making jump to NASCAR

Dario Franchitti will become the latest open-wheel star to make the jump to NASCAR. A source close to the negotiations said Franchitti will sign with Chip Ganassi Racing to drive the No. 40 Dodge beginning in 2008. David Stremme, the current driver of the No. 40, has already been told he will not have the ride next year. Franchitti won the pole for today's IRL PEAK Antifreeze 300 in Joliet, Ill., with a fast lap of 214.646 mph.

Formula One -- Fernando Alonso clinched the pole in qualifying for today's Italian Grand Prix in Monza, Italy, with in 1 minute, 21.997 seconds - on the same day that Italian media reported that he submitted evidence relating to the Ferrari spy scandal to Formula One's governing body.

Horse racing

Tommie's Star wins Mister Diz Stakes

Tommie's Star bolted to the lead, and his advantage held up as he won by a diminishing nose in the $50,000 Mister Diz Stakes for Maryland-breds at Laurel Park. Tommie's Star carried jockey Travis Dunkelberger to victory in 1:01.09, establishing a new record for 5 1/2 furlongs on the turf course and paid $12.20. Hands On finished second with Whata Monster third, less than a length behind the winner. "We were just trying to hold on," Dunkelberger said. "I actually thought we lost but he was digging in at the end, giving me all he could."

Silmaril -- Bowie-based Silmaril prepped for next month's Maryland Million Distaff with an impressive last to first win in the $200,000 Grade III Endine Handicap at Delaware Park.

Et cetera

China wins more gymnastics gold

China won three of the five event finals at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, bringing its stash of gold to five - and there's still another day to go. Cheng Fei won her second straight title on vault, Chen Yibing repeated on still rings and Xiao Qin won a third gold medal on pommel horse. Nastia Liukin, meanwhile, was edged by teeny Ksenia Semenova of Russia on uneven bars. Alicia Sacramone won bronze on vault.

Golf -- Kurt Klebrowski birdied the 18th hole for 35-37-72, and Tim Osgood duplicated those numbers when he bogeyed the 18th hole two hours later to share the first-round lead in the 18th annual Fall Publinx championship of the Baltimore Municipal Golf Corporation at Mount Pleasant Golf Course.

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