Digest: Taurasi's 20 second-half points lead Mercury to 93-77 rout of Mystics

Diana Taurasi scored 20 of her 28 points after the half to lead the host Phoenix Mercury (1-4) to a 93-77 win over the Washington Mystics (2-4). Stephanie Dolson scored 14 points, Emma Meesseman had 12, Tayler Hill added 11 and Bria Hartley 10 for Washington. Taurasi scored 10 points during a 23-7 run that erased a 10-point deficit and propelled the Mercury to a 69-66 lead at the end of the third quarter.

Phoenix, which avoided its first 0-5 start in franchise history, set season highs for points, field goals made (33) and field goal percentage (53.2).


Candice Dupree had 16 points, DeWanna Bonner added 14 with a season-high 12 rebounds — her first double-double of the season — and Brittney Griner scored 13 to help the Mercury to their first win of the season.

Men's college lacrosse: Salisbury men's lacrosse senior Thomas Cirillo was honored as Division III Outstanding Midfielder and senior Preston Dabbs (St. Mary's Ryken) received Outstanding Player and Short-Stick Specialist awards from the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association, the organization announced Sunday. Brown, which fell 15-14 in overtime Saturday against Maryland in an NCAA Division I semifinal in Philadelphia, had two seniors receive awards: Dylan Molloy was named Outstanding Attackman and Jack Kelly Outstanding Goalkeeper. Duke senior Myles Jones was selected Outstanding Midfielder and Notre Dame senior Matt Landis Outstanding Defender.


Women's soccer: Despite signing a contract with local organizers, the U.S. Soccer Federation has abandoned plans for the U.S. national team to play their final Olympic tuneup at RFK Stadium in Washington, sources familiar with the situation said this weekend. The federation apparently became uneasy about attendance for a match that, because of the TV slots offered, would have had to start at 9 p.m. on July 22 or 11 a.m. on July 24. Local officials declined to comment on the match's status and the USSF did not respond to questions. The USSF never announced that the game would take place at RFK, — final details, including the opponent, were still up in the air — but it did say the women's team would indeed play somewhere that weekend before heading to Brazil. RFK was the front-runner for several weeks, leading to the recent agreement. However, the USSF maintained the right to change plans if issues arose regarding TV and the starting time. The team will open Olympic training camp in early July and play South Africa on July 9 at Soldier Field in Chicago.

Steven Goff, The Washington Post

Men's college track and field: Coppin State senior Shane Green placed 11th in the triple jump at the NCAA East regional Saturday with a personal-record 15.85 meters to advance to the NCAA championships June 8-11 in Eugene, Ore. … Salisbury senior Luke Campbell won titles in the 110-meter and 400-meter hurdles at the NCAA Division III championships in Waverly, Iowa, on Saturday to set the Division III record for the most combined championships between indoor and outdoor seasons with 11. The Sea Gulls' 4x400-meter relay team also earned All-America honors as junior Jerel Madison and sophomores Zach Schmelz and Eric Halton finished in 3 minutes, 17.90 seconds to place eighth.

Women's college track and field: Maryland senior Chioma Onyekwere finished 11th in the shot put (16.26 meters) and sophomore Alexandra Lucki placed 12th in the 1,500-meter run (4 minutes, 20.90 seconds) at the NCAA East regionals Saturday night in Jacksonville, Fla., to qualify for the NCAA championships. Junior Micha Powell qualified in the 400-meter Friday with a career-best finish of 51.97 seconds for fourth place.

Women's gymnastics: Two athletes from Hill's Gymnastics in Gaithersburg, Maggie Musselman of Crownsville and Madeleine Johnston of Boyds, will compete at the Secret U.S. Classic on Saturday in Hartford, Conn. Musselman will be in the senior division and Johnston in the junior division.

Pimlico Race Course: Jockey Victor Carrasco rode three consecutive winners during Sunday's program with Shan Dian Kia ($4.80) in the second race, Blue Chips Only ($4.80) in the third and Sultry Encounter ($7.60) in the fourth. Trainer Rodney Jenkins saddled Sultry Encounter and Thornton ($13.40) in the ninth, both owned by Hillwood Stable.

—There will be a 20-cent Rainbow 6 carryover of $923.99 today for today's nine-race Memorial Day program. First race post time is 1:10 p.m.