Shock tops Silver Stars for 3rd title in six years
The Detroit Shock won its third WNBA title in six seasons yesterday, beating the visiting San Antonio Silver Stars, 76-60, in Game 3. Detroit swept the league's best regular-season team, winning the clincher at Eastern Michigan University's Convocation Center, a 9,000-plus-seat venue forced upon them because of a scheduling conflict. Katie Smith, who scored a team-high 18 points and hit a key three-pointer during a decisive fourth-quarter run, was named the Finals' Most Valuable Player. Leading 49-45 after three quarters, the Shock went on a 13-2 run, capped by Smith's high-arching three-pointer that made it 62-47. She won the league championship less than two months after she and her U.S. teammates took Olympic gold in Beijing. Detroit became the second team in league history to win a third title. Only the Houston Comets, who won the first four (1997-2000), have more. Los Angeles (2001, 2002) is the only other team with more than one. A year earlier, the Shock let the 2007 title slip away, losing it at The Palace to the Phoenix Mercury.
Wade Redden had a goal and an assist for the New York Rangers, who rallied to beat the Tampa Bay Lightning, 2-1, in Prague, Czech Republic, sweeping their two-game, season-opening series in Europe. Redden, a defenseman who signed a six-year, $39 million free-agent deal with the Rangers during the summer, tied it with a power-play goal 3:47 into the second period when he blasted a shot past goalie Olie Kolzig off a pass from Markus Naslund. Scott Gomez scored into an empty net 12:12 into the second period after Rangers wing Aaron Voros deflected a shot by Redden.
Senators 3, Penguins 1: : Dany Heatley scored two goals and Daniel Alfredsson had two assists for Ottawa, which beat Pittsburgh to split an NHL opening-weekend series in Stockholm, Sweden. Alex Goligoski spoiled Senators goalie Alex Auld's shutout bid with a power-play goal two seconds before the final buzzer.
Rookie Johnson beats Allenby for 1st PGA title
Rookie Dustin Johnson won the PGA Turning Stone Resort Championship, shooting a 3-under-par 69 to beat Robert Allenby by one shot in Verona, N.Y. Johnson won his first tour title by making an 8-foot birdie putt on the final hole to edge the veteran Australian, who was seeking his fifth victory and first since 2001. Allenby's 12-foot putt for birdie to tie stopped inches short of the hole. Johnson won $1.08 million to jump from 128th on the money list into the top 100.
LPGA Samsung World Championship: : Paula Creamer held off a large pack to win by a stroke over Song-Hee Kim in Half Moon Bay, Calif. Playing near her hometown of Pleasanton, Creamer, 22, closed with a bogey-free 3-under 69 for a 9-under 279 total. Creamer earned her fourth title of the year, going the final 37 holes without a bogey. On No. 18, Creamer holed a 5-foot par putt that rolled around the right lip of the cup and in to avoid a playoff with Kim (68).
Simpson jurors: We didn't trust witnesses
Jurors who convicted O.J. Simpson of armed robbery and kidnapping said that they did not trust witness testimony and instead relied on recordings and other documented evidence to convict the former football star. It might have been a waste for prosecutors to give plea deals to several Simpson co-defendants in exchange for their testimony because the jury did not rely on it, foreman Paul Connelly said. Seven members of the 12-person jury agreed to the extraordinary news conference two nights after the verdict was announced in Las Vegas because they said they were being hounded by reporters. They answered questions for an hour in the same courtroom where Simpson, 61, and Clarence "C.J." Stewart were convicted of robbing two memorabilia dealers at gunpoint in a hotel room. Earlier in the day, Simpson attorney Yale Galanter said he will continue to pursue a request for Simpson to be released on bond pending appeal. Simpson will be held at Clark County (Nev.) Detention Center until his Dec. 5 sentencing.
Tennis: : New world No. 1 Jelena Jankovic won her second title in two weeks, beating Nadia Petrova of Russia, 6-4, 6-3, in the final of the WTA Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart, Germany. Jankovic, who won the China Open the previous week, was assured of taking the top spot today from Serena Williams regardless of the outcome of the final after the American lost her opening match in Stuttgart.
Horse racing: : Curlin galloped two miles on Santa Anita Park's synthetic track in Arcadia, Calif., in what could lead to a possible showdown with Kentucky Derby and Preakness winner Big Brown in the Breeders' Cup Classic on Oct. 25. Curlin is expected to have his first official workout with his trainer over the track at a half mile today. Owner Jess Jackson has yet to commit Curlin to run in the $5 million Classic pending how the reigning Horse of the Year handles the surface.
Lacrosse:: US Lacrosse will hold an educational coaching clinic, free for Baltimore City coaches, from 9 a.m. to noon tomorrow at Johns Hopkins' Homewood Field. Anyone interested in coaching inner-city programs and local youth or high school teams will learn the basics and brush up on the rules before the spring season begins. High school and college coaches will also go over positive coaching techniques and practice preparation.