Langhorne's 27 points not enough for Mystics
Crystal Langhorne (Maryland) scored a game-high 27 points, but the host Washington Mystics lost to the Phoenix Mercury, 101-97, on Thursday at Verizon Center. Langhorne shot 12-for-13 from the field for Washington, which dropped its fourth straight game. Monique Currie and Matee Ajavon each scored 17 points in the setback. Phoenix's Diana Taurasi had 26 points, and Candice Dupree added 16 points and 11 rebounds. DeWanna Bonner sank eight of her 10 free throws in the last 23.6 seconds to keep the Mercury in front. She tallied 22 points in all, vaulting Phoenix to its third straight win and sixth in seven games. Dupree totaled 16 points and 11 boards, while Brittney Griner and Charde Houston added 11 points apiece in the victory. The Mystics held a 77-73 lead after Ajavon's 3-pointer ended the third quarter, but the Mercury jumped in front to grab a one-point lead 31/2 minutes into the fourth on a triple from Bonner. Washington's Kia Vaughn broke an 89-89 tie with 1:28 left with a short jumper, but the Mercury went in front for good with a jumper and two free throws from Taurasi. Ajavon hit a 3-pointer with 11.9 seconds left to pull the Mystics within 97-96, but Bonner iced the contest with free throws.
Men's basketball: Mitchellville's James Robinson finished with four rebounds, three assists and two points as Team USA defeated Ivory Coast, 88-29, in its first game of the FIBA U19 World Championship in Prague. Ivory Coast's 29 points were the fewest allowed by a USA under-19 team in the history of the FIBA event, which started in 1979 and has included 83 games involving the U.S. team. The United States outscored Ivory Coast 34-10 over the game's first 10 minutes. Next up today (2:15 p.m.) for the U.S. team is China (1-0), which surprised Russia (0-1), 71-69, on Thursday. Team USA closes out preliminary round Group D play Saturday against Russia (2:15 p.m.).
—From Sun staff and news services
Capitals: Washington will play two exhibition contests in non-NHL cities, opening up its preseason schedule with a game against the Winnipeg Jets in Belleville, Ontario, on Sept. 14 and then visiting 1st Mariner Arena for the Baltimore Hockey Classic on Sept. 17. The Capitals will play three exhibition contests at Verizon Center, against the Chicago Blackhawks (Sept. 20, 7p.m.), Nashville Predators (Sept. 25, 7 p.m.) and Philadelphia Flyers (Sept. 27, 7 p.m.), and make trips to Philadelphia (Sept. 16, 7 p.m.), Boston (Sept. 23, 7 p.m.) and Chicago (Sept. 28, time TBA).
—Katie Carrera, The Washington Post