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Phoenix Mercury ends its jinx against Minnesota Lynx

Diana Taurasi contributed 21 points and 11 assists as the Phoenix Mercury beat the host Minnesota Lynx 80-72 in a matchup of the two top teams in the WNBA Western Conference.


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Phoenix puts end to its Lynx jinx

Led by Diana Taurasi, the visiting Phoenix Mercury ended its losing streak against the defending champion Minnesota Lynx on Sunday.

Taurasi contributed 21 points and 11 assists and Candice Dupree added 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Mercury beat the Lynx 80-72 in a matchup of the two top teams in the Western Conference.

Phoenix (7-3) beat league-leading Minnesota (8-3) for the first time since 2011 — a streak spanning 10 regular-season and four playoff games.

“It’s nice to win here — they are the champs and they don’t lose at home,” Taurasi said. “But I was never really frustrated about it. When you’re the better team and you beat us, I mean ... that’s sports.”

Maya Moore scored 14 points for the Lynx, who lost at home for the first time this season.

In other games, Atlanta won 75-67 at Washington and host Connecticut beat New York 76-72. Atlanta and Connecticut each have four-game winning streaks.

NFL

Brent is released from jail

Josh Brent, former Dallas Cowboys nose tackle, was released from jail after his conviction for a drunken car crash that killed his friend and teammate, Jerry Brown, the Dallas County sheriff’s office said.

Brent, 26, was convicted in January of intoxication manslaughter for the December 2012 crash. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail and 10 years’ probation. It was not immediately clear whether he would be required to report to a rehab facility to complete his six-month sentence, which was expected to end in July.

Brent crashed his Mercedes sedan on a suburban Dallas highway on the way back from a nightclub. Brown was in the passenger seat. Tests showed Brent to have a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent, more than twice the legal limit for drivers in Texas.

At the trial, Brown’s mother, Stacey Jackson, testified she had forgiven Brent and said, “You can’t go on in life holding a grudge.”

Former RB Thomas dies at 41

Rodney Thomas, who played running back for the Houston Oilers, Tennessee Titans and Atlanta Falcons during a seven-year pro career, died Saturday in Groveton, Texas. He was 41.

The cause of death wasn’t known, said Terry Cartwright, owner of Groveton Funeral Home.

Thomas rushed for 1,973 yards in the NFL, 947 as a rookie for the Oilers in 1995.

R.C. Slocum, who coached Thomas at Texas A&M, said, “What a great young guy he was. He made the greatest impact on his teammates of all the guys I’ve ever coached.”

College baseball

TCU beats Texas Tech in CWS

Boomer White’s go-ahead single in the eighth inning helped Texas Christian edge Big 12 Conference rival Texas Tech 3-2 in a College World Series game in Omaha, Neb.

Previously unbeaten closer Jonny Drozd (7-1) of Texas Tech entered the game with a 2-1 lead after starter Chris Sadberry limited the Horned Frogs to three hits in seven innings.

“Of course, now we can go hindsight and go, ‘Why didn’t we leave him in, right?’ Had to listen to the dumb manager,” said Texas Tech coach Tim Tadlock, who noted Sadberry threw 102 pitches.

In another CWS game, Virginia beat Mississippi 2-1.

Tennis

Federer wins Gerry Weber Open

Roger Federer of Switzerland delivered a statement of intent for Wimbledon by winning the grass-court Gerry Weber Open in Halle, Germany, for the seventh time.

Federer, 32, defeated Alejandro Falla of Colombia 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in the final. It was the 14th title on grass and 79th overall for Federer.

Ivanovic gets her first grass title

Ana Ivanovic of Serbia captured her first grass-court title after almost a decade of trying, beating Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova of the Czech Republic 6-3, 6-2 at the Aegon Classic in Birmingham, England. Ivanovic, 26, has won three tournaments this year.

ELSEWHERE

• American cyclist Andrew Talansky of the Garmin-Sharp team won the eight-stage Criterium du Dauphine in France by edging Spaniard Alberto Contador of the Tinkoff-Saxo team.

Talansky, 25, was in tears after the victory.

“You put your whole life into something,” he said. “The sacrifices, the training, there are times you crash or you’re sick, you miss your family and it’s the moments like this that make you forget all that.”

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen, a winner of six Olympic gold medals in swimming, was moved from intensive care to a regular hospital room in Scottsdale, Ariz., nine days after severing her spinal cord in an all-terrain vehicle accident in the Show Low, Ariz., area.

Van Dyken, 41, is paralyzed and her family says it is unclear if she will remain that way.

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