July 23, 2009|By From Sun staff and news services


Latta, McCoughtry lead Dream over Shock in OT

Ivory Latta scored 22 points, rookie Angel McCoughtry (St. Frances) had 20, and the visiting Atlanta Dream beat the defending champion Detroit Shock, 98-95, in overtime Wednesday. Michelle Snow had 16 points and 12 rebounds to help Atlanta (8-10) finish its five-game trip 2-3. Sancho Lyttle scored 14 points, and Chamique Holdsclaw had 13. Kara Braxton had 25 points and 12 rebounds for last-place Detroit (5-9), which went to overtime for the fourth time in six games. Rookie Shavonte Zellous scored 20 points, and Taj McWilliams had 15. Holdsclaw's three-pointer gave the Dream a 95-91 lead with 1:44 left in overtime, and after Braxton's basket, Deanna Nolan missed a go-ahead three-point attempt with 16 seconds left. Snow appeared to win the game with a hook shot at end of regulation. The shot was originally ruled good, but a video review showed it came just after the buzzer.

Liberty 77, Sky 70: : Sidney Spencer scored 12 of her 15 points in the fourth quarter to help New York rally past host Chicago. Shameka Christon added 14 points to help the Liberty (6-8) win its second straight and third in four games. Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and nine rebounds, and Jia Perkins and Erin Thorn added 14 points each for the Sky (8-9), which lost for the second time at home this season, and sixth in its past eight overall.

Sun 83, Monarchs 75: : Asjha Jones scored 12 of her season-high 28 points in the fourth quarter and host Connecticut beat Sacramento for its fourth straight victory. The Sun (9-6) overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime. Sandrine Gruda had 12 points and eight rebounds for the Sun, and Lindsay Whalen had 10 points, four rebounds and five assists. Nicole Powell led the Monarchs (3-14) with 18 points.


Midfielder Mikel signs 5-year deal to stay with Chelsea

Nigeria midfielder John Obi Mikel signed a new five-year contract with Chelsea through till 2014. Mikel, 22, agreed the deal Wednesday, one day after teammate Florent Malouda also signed a new contract. Mikel said: "It was easy to commit to because I am happy here, and when the opportunity came it was good to sign after speaking to the club." Mikel expects the team will have a bright future under new manager Carlo Ancelotti. "I think we have a good working relationship already," he said. Mikel moved to Chelsea in 2006 despite Manchester United's attempts to buy him.

Youth national championships: : Goals by Mike Gamble and Mike Greene powered the under-15 Baltimore Bays to a 2-1 victory over Spirit United from Pennsylvania on Wednesday in the opening round of the U.S. Youth National Soccer Championships in Lancaster, Mass. Malcolm Harris assisted on both goals for the Bays, who will face the Blast FC from Ohio today. In the under-19 bracket, the Bays played to a 0-0 draw with NASA Elite from Georgia, and will face the Pike Indy Burn from Indiana today.

Et cetera

Capitals to keep Stingrays as ECHL affiliate for 2009-10

The Capitals have renewed their affiliation agreement with the South Carolina Stingrays of the East Coast Hockey League for the 2009-10 season, Washington vice president and general manager George McPhee announced. "Seven Capitals prospects spent time with South Carolina in 2008-09, as the Stingrays finished 42-23-6 and were champions of the ECHL. Nine players who have played for South Carolina are under contract with Washington: Sean Collins, Stefan Della Rovere, Viktor Dovgan, Josh Godfrey, Andrew Gordon, Patrick McNeill, Michal Neuvirth, Steve Pinizzotto and Kyle Wilson. Of those, Collins, Gordon and Neuvirth have appeared with the Capitals.

Golf: : Pat Tallent, from Congressional Country Club, shot a closing 1-under-par 70, recovering from a triple-bogey 7 on the opening hole to collect five birdies, and won the 63rd Middle Atlantic Seniors championship with a 54-hole total of 213 at Fountain Head Country Club in Hagerstown. Ben Brundred, from Congressional CC, not out of the lead after the first two rounds (71-72), slipped to a final-round 74, and finished second at 217. ... Denny McCarthy of Burtonsville defeated Garrett Moss of Gilbert, Ariz., 3 and 1, in the opening round of match play in the 62nd U.S. Junior Amateur championship at Trump National GC in Bedminster, N.J. Even through 11 holes, McCarthy, the current Middle Atlantic Junior champion, won, 12 and 13, to set the stage for his victory.

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