- Phoenix Mercury 69 – Minnesota Lynx 105
- San Antonio Stars 55 – Los Angeles Sparks 75
Wings’ Johnson Suspended 1 Game For Punch – Dallas Wings forward Glory Johnson has been suspended for one game for throwing a punch at Atlanta Dream guard Matee Ajavon. Johnson made a fist and took a swing at Ajavon as the two tangled with Ajavon trying to defend Johnson late in the fourth quarter of the Wings’ 90-86 win at home on Saturday. The play happened away from the ball, but officials immediately stopped the game as Ajavon staggered away from Johnson, who led all scorers with 23 points. Johnson will serve her suspension Wednesday against Connecticut.
Fever Lose January (knee) For Rest of Season – Indiana Fever guard Briann January will miss the final two weeks of the WNBA season because of a knee injury.The nine-year veteran has torn cartilage in her right knee. She is averaging 9.5 points and 3.9 assists in 25 games this season. January played on the Fever’s 2012 championship team and helped Indiana reach the WNBA Finals in 2009 and 2015. Indiana has now lost three guards this year to season-ending injuries. Shenise Johnson and Tiffany Mitchell are the others.
All-Star, Lynx F Pierson to Retire After Season – Minnesota Lynx forward Plenette Pierson is retiring after the season. The two-time WNBA champion entered the league in 2003 and won titles with Detroit in 2006 and 2008. She has played for six different teams and earned the league’s sixth woman of the year honor in 2007.
Chicago Cubs 6 – Toronto Blue Jays 5
Highlights: Alex Avila felt for Raffy Lopez. It was quite a day for catchers. Avila capped Chicago’s three-run 10th inning with a two-run single, and the Cubs swept the Toronto Blue Jays with a wild 6-5 victory on Sunday. With two outs and the bases loaded, Avila lined a base hit into right field against Roberto Osuna (3-4). Ben Zobrist scored easily and Javier Baez slid in safely just ahead of the tag attempt by Lopez. The improbable rally also included two batters reaching on swing-and-miss strikeouts and a wild pitch that scored Kyle Schwarber, all with Lopez behind the plate. The 29-year-old backstop also got beat up by a couple other balls in the inning. Toronto grabbed the lead with two runs in the top of the inning on Kevin Pillar‘s RBI single off Koji Uehara, and Norichika Aoki‘s bases-loaded loaded walk against Justin Wilson (4-4). Osuna, however, was handed his eighth blown save of the year.
Chicago White Sox 3 – Texas Rangers 2
Highlights: Miguel Gonzalez and Juan Minaya pitched out of trouble just well enough on Sunday. Gonzalez escaped early trouble to finish six scoreless innings and Minaya recorded the final out after giving up a two-run homer, leading the Chicago White Sox over the Texas Rangers 3-2. Gonzalez (7-10) pitched out of one-out, bases-loaded jams in both the second and third innings. Gonzalez tied his season high with six strikeouts, and gave up four walks and four hits, all singles. He’s 2-0 in his last three starts, allowing two runs in 20 innings. Minaya recorded his second save, both in the last three games, despite giving up Rougned Odor‘s 27th homer with two outs in the ninth.
Highlights: Breanna Stewart had 19 points, nine rebounds and six assists, Jewell Loyd and Alysha Clark scored 17 points apiece and the Seattle Storm never trailed in a 103-66 victory over the Chicago Sky on Sunday night. Crystal Langhorne and Sami Whitcomb each added 10 points for Seattle (14-16). The Storm have won four in a row and are tied with Dallas for the eighth and final playoff spot, 2 1/2 games in front of the Sky. Stefanie Dolson led Chicago (11-18) with 10 points. The Sky made just 3 of 16 (18.8 percent) from 3-point range and committed 16 turnovers. Seattle hit 12 3-pointers, shot 52.6 percent from the field and had franchise-record 34 assists on 41 made field goals. Every player on the Storm roster made at least one field goal.
- Minnesota Lynx 61 – New York Liberty 70
- Phoenix Mercury 66 – Connecticut Sun 94
- Washington Mystics 87 – Indiana Fever 82
- Seattle Storm 103 – Chicago Sky 66 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Atlanta Dream 86 – Dallas Wings 90
Highlights: Glory Johnson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and the Dallas Wings beat the Atlanta Dream 90-86 on Saturday night. Skylar Diggins-Smith added 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Theresa Plaisance had 12 points and 10 rebounds to help Dallas (14-16) end a two-game losing streak. Atlanta (10-20) has dropped nine straight. Tiffany Hayes made a pair of free throws with six left for Atlanta, and Allisha Gray iced it by making one of two free throws with five seconds left. Hayes led the Dream with 22 points.
Chicago Cubs 7 – Toronto Blue Jays 4
Highlights: Jake Arrieta pitched into the seventh inning and allowed a run, Javier Baez homered and drove in three runs, and Chicago beat the Toronto Blue Jays 7-4 on Friday in a rare interleague matchup. Arrieta (13-8) allowed one run and six hits in 6 1/3 innings to win his third straight start. Ryan Goins had a two-run single and Kevin Pillar added an RBI double to highlight a three-run eighth for the Blue Jays. Miguel Montero, who began the season with the Cubs, went 2 for 4 with a run scored against his former team. Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ (6-9) allowed five runs and nine hits in five innings to snap a three-game winning streak.
Chicago White Sox 4 – Texas Rangers 3
Highlights: Nicky Delmonico already had one homer when his eighth-inning liner in a tie game eluded leaping Texas right fielder Nomar Mazara and bounced near the top of the wall. Delmonico’s inside-the-park home run was his second go-ahead homer of the game, helping the White Sox stop a five-game losing streak with a 4-3 victory over the Rangers on Friday night. With no other Texas fielder anywhere near the ball in right and Mazara on the ground clutching his left knee, second baseman Rougned Odor sprinted to retrieve it. But Delmonico beat the throw with a head-first slide despite appearing to slow as he reached third base. Texas’ four-game winning streak ended, although the defending AL West champs remained 1 1/2 games back in the race for the second wild card.
Highlights: Nneka Ogwumike scored 32 points and Candace Parker added 29 in the Los Angeles Sparks’ 115-106 double-overtime victory over the Chicago Sky on Friday night. Ogwumike added 10 rebounds, and Parker had 12. Chelsea Gray had 20 points and 10 assists, and Odyssey Sims added 15 points and 10 assists. Allie Quigley made four 3-pointers, setting the Sky’s season record with 69, in scoring 26 points. Courtney Vandersloot added 22 points and 12 assists, and Dolson had 18 points and 10 rebounds.
- New York Liberty 82 – Connecticut Sun 70
- Phoenix Mercury 89 – Washington Mystics 79
- Indiana Fever 52 – Minnesota Lynx 111
- Los Angeles Sparks 115 – Chicago Sky 106 (See Chicago Sports News)
- San Antonio Stars 78 – Seattle Storm 79