Swoopes leads West over East in WNBA All-Star Game
UNCASVILLE, Conn. — Sheryl Swoopes made sure the West stayed a perfect 6-0 in the highest scoring All-Star Game in WNBA history Saturday.
Swoopes, the game’s MVP, scored 15 points to lead the West to a 122-99 shootout win over the East. It was the West’s largest margin of victory, and the most points the East has scored.
With 11 Olympians in the game, the high score was a given, but it was the impromptu slam-dunk contest in the closing seconds that brought the sellout crowd of 9,168 to their feet at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Detroit’s Deanna Nolan, a 6-foot guard, made a couple runs at a dunk, soaring to the basket from a wide-open lane and narrowly missing both shots.
It took 6-5 Lisa Leslie, the first woman to dunk in the league, to finally nail it down. The Los Angeles center’s one-handed slam with 17 seconds remaining were the final points of the game.
It was Swoopes’ fifth All-Star game and the Houston Comets star was out to show she still has what it takes.
“I wanted to represent not just for the old players but for the experienced players,” Swoopes said.
Minnesota’s Katie Smith added 16 points, hitting 4-of-6 3-pointers and Los Angeles’ Chamique Holdsclaw added 14 for the West. Sacramento’s Yolanda Griffith had a team-high 14 rebounds.
Nolan led the East with 20 points. Indiana’s Tamika Catchings and New York’s Becky Hammon finished with 18 points apiece.
McKeesport’s Swin Cash had two points for the East squad.
The Memphis Grizzlies agreed to terms with first-round draft pick Hakim Warrick yesterday. Warrick, the 19th pick overall in the draft, signed a two-year deal with team options for the third and fourth years. The 6-foot-9 forward played four seasons at Syracuse, averaging 15.4 points and 7.6 rebounds per game. Last season as a senior, Warrick averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds and was the Big East Conference Player of the Year and Big East Tournament MVP.
Devin Crosby, an Aliquippa native, was named associate athletic director at St. Louis University. Crosby, who has served as assistant athletics director for marketing and promotions at Houston since 2002, will assume his new duties on Aug. 2. Crosby, a graduate of Slippery Rock and East Stroudsburg universities, also has worked in the athletics department at Holy Cross. St. Louis joins the Atlantic 10 Conference next season after a long run as a member of Conference USA.
Florida State learned yesterday that quarterback Wyatt Sexton, a starter in seven games last year, will miss the entire 2005 season. After weeks of uncertainty, Sexton’s status was resolved when the team revealed he was being treated for Lyme Disease. The illness, transmitted by a bite from a deer tick, will require several months of antibiotic therapy. “Wyatt has active Lyme Disease that has resulted in neuropsychiatric and cardiovascular deficits,” said Dr. S. Chandra Swami in a statement yesterday released by FSU. Swami is a renowned specialist located in Hermitage, where Sexton traveled Thursday for a consultation. That means either Drew Weatherford or Xavier Lee, both redshirt freshmen, will become a first-time starter in the season-opening showdown Sept. 5 against Miami.
Blackhawk senior outfielder Adam Liberatore (6-2, 195) has signed with Division I Tennessee Tech.
Effectual beat Joint Effort by 21/2 lengths yesterday in the $112,600 Grade 3 Debutante Stakes for 2-year-old fillies at Churchill Downs. Effectual, ridden by Robby Albarado, ran 51/2 furlongs in 1:03.95 and paid $8.60, $4.20 and $3. Albarado also rode four other winners yesterday. Joint Effort returned $4 and $2.80, and Swept Gold paid $2.80 to show.
The U.S. scored twice in the second half to defeat Canada 2-0 yesterday to clinch a spot in the quarterfinals of soccer’s Gold Cup tournament. The U.S. took a 1-0 lead on an own goal by Canada’s Atiba Hutchinson in the 49th minute, and Landon Donovan scored in the 90th as the Americans won their second straight game at the regional championship for the North and Central American and Caribbean confederation. Costa Rica also clinched a berth in the quarterfinals with a 3-1 win over Cuba in today’s first game in Seattle. Both the U.S. and Costa Rica have six points with one group game remaining, while Cuba and Canada have none. The top two teams from each of the three groups in the 12-team tournament, along with the two best third-place teams, advance to the quarterfinals. The Americans opened the scoring four minutes into the second half when John O’Brien sent a pass into the Canada penalty area that Hutchinson headed into the net as he attempted to clear. Donovan then clinched the victory in second-half stoppage time with a diving header off a pass from DeMarcus Beasley. It was Donovan’s third goal of the tournament and 25th all-time for the U.S. team. In the opening game, substitute Randall Brenes scored twice in the second half to lead Costa Rica past Cuba. Brenes opened the scoring on a header in the 60th minute, but Cuba’s Maykel Galindo tied the game with a score 13 minutes later.
Second-seeded Vince Spadea advanced to the final at the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, beating No. 7 seed Paul Goldstein, 7-6 (6), 6-2 yesterday. Spadea will face defending champion Greg Rusedski of England today. The third-seeded Rusedski defeated Wesley Moodie, 7-6 (2), 6-4, to advance to his third Newport final. He also won the title in 1993.