Lynx’s Whalen To Retire After 15 WNBA Seasons – Minnesota Lynx point guard Lindsay Whalen, a four-time WNBA champion, announced Monday she will retire at season’s end after 15 years in the league. “I would like to thank the WNBA, the Connecticut Sun, and the Minnesota Lynx for believing in me all of these years,” Whalen said in a statement, referencing the two franchises she played for. “I look forward to the next chapter in my basketball career and wish my Lynx coaches and teammates all of the best in the future.” Whalen, 36, already has her next job: She was named women’s basketball coach at her alma mater, Minnesota, in April. She led the Gophers to the 2004 Women’s Final Four, after which she was the No. 4 overall pick in the WNBA draft by the Sun. Whalen played six seasons for Connecticut, helping the Sun reach the 2004 and 2005 WNBA Finals. But the Hutchinson, Minnesota, native always had a wish to return home, and that happened for 2010 as the Sun traded her to the Lynx in order to get the No. 1 draft pick (Tina Charles) that year.
Chicago White Sox 7 – Cleveland Indians 9
Highlights: Carlos Carrasco struck out nine in seven innings, and the Cleveland Indians held off the Chicago White Sox for a 9-7 win. AL Central-leading Cleveland had a 9-1 lead heading into the bottom of the eighth, and almost blew it. Run-scoring singles by Tim Anderson and Kevan Smith trimmed the Indians’ lead to 9-5 in the ninth before manager Terry Francona replaced Dan Otero with Cody Allen. Adam Engel greeted the closer with a two-run triple before Allen struck out Nicky Delmonico and Yolmer Sanchez for his 23rd save in 26 chances. Carrasco (14-6) allowed one run and three hits. He retired his final 16 batters. Melky Cabrera hit a three-run homer against one of his former teams, helping the Indians take two of three in the series. Jason Kipnis and Yandy Diaz, who was called up to replace injured slugger Edwin Encarnacion, had three hits apiece. Engel finished with three hits and three RBI, including a solo drive in the eighth. He added another outstanding catch to his resume, robbing Yonder Alonso of a potential three-run homer with a leaping grab in center in the top half of the eighth.
Chicago Cubs 4 – Washington Nationals 3
Highlights: The celebration was under way by the time David Bote flung his helmet high into the air on his way home. Teammates were already jumping up and down, ready to mob him at the plate. The fans were in a frenzy, too. Nothing like a game-ending grand slam to get the festivities started. A pinch-hitting Bote smashed one against Ryan Madson with two outs in the ninth inning to lift the Chicago Cubs to a 4-3 victory over the Washington Nationals on Sunday night. Bote’s long drive to center field came after dominant starts by Washington’s Max Scherzer and Chicago’s Cole Hamels. Madson (2-5) entered with a 3-0 lead to start the ninth and quickly ran into trouble. He gave up an infield single to Jason Heyward with one out and hit Albert Almora with a pitch. Madson then retired Kyle Schwarber on a foul pop before hitting Contreras to load the bases. With a 2-2 count, Bote drove a knee-high fastball well beyond the center-field wall, setting off quite a scene. Teammates ripped off his jersey at the plate. He also had a cooler emptied on him as he gave an interview on the field while fans chanted “Bote! Bote!” Scherzer tossed three-hit ball over seven innings. The three-time Cy Young Award winner struck out 11 and walked one. But the Nationals managed just three hits — one off Hamels. He gave up one run in seven innings, struck out nine and walked one in his third start since Chicago acquired him from Texas. The only hit he allowed was Daniel Murphy’s single in the second to put runners on first and third. Mark Reynolds then drove in Ryan Zimmerman with a sacrifice fly. The Nationals did not get another hit until Trea Turner tripled against Brandon Kintzler, sparking a two-run ninth.
Chicago Sky 75 – Connecticut Sun 82
Highlights: Courtney Williams scored 22 points, Jonquel Jones added 17 points and a season-high 15 rebounds and the Connecticut Sun beat the Chicago Sky 82-75 on Sunday. Chiney Ogwumike had 13 points and a season-high 14 rebounds for the Sun (18-13). Connecticut had 21 offensive rebounds and a 51-33 edge on the glass overall. The Sun scored the last 14 points of the third quarter to pull away to a 62-46 lead. The Sky closed to 64-60 with a 14-2 run to start the fourth, but Connecticut extended it to 77-64 and led by at least seven the rest of the way. Alyssa Thomas scored 14 points, and Jasmine Thomas had 11 for Connecticut. Stefanie Dolson had 20 points, and Kahleah Copper scored 16 for the Sky (11-19). Courtney Vandersloot added 10 points, seven rebounds and seven assists.
WNBA’s Wings Fire Coach After Spat With CEO – Dallas Wings head coach Fred Williams was relieved of his duties Sunday after a postgame altercation with team president and CEO Greg Bibb. It occurred after the Wings lost 93-80 at Washington, their eighth consecutive defeat. “I just really put my heart and soul into this organization,” Williams told espnW.com by phone late Sunday night. “We’ve struggled lately but played hard and are still in the playoff picture. “But there was a little altercation after the game. It’s just one of those things that happened. I can only wish the Dallas Wings the best going forward. I wish I could have taken them to the end and seen where the journey ends up.” Williams did not go into the specifics of the altercation with Bibb that preceded his being let go. But Williams stressed that he did not want to leave the team. Former WNBA player Taj McWilliams-Franklin, a Dallas assistant, will take over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season. “Following today’s game, I made the decision to change direction in regards to our head-coaching position,” Bibb said in a statement released by the Wings. “I felt this move was necessary. The season has not met our expectations.”
- Chicago Sky 75 – Connecticut Sun 82
- Atlanta Dream 86 – New York Liberty 77
- Dallas Wings 80 – Washington Mystics 93
- Los Angeles Sparks 78 – Phoenix Mercury 86
- Seattle Storm 81 – Minnesota Lynx 72
- Dallas Wings 82 – Atlanta Dream 92
- Indiana Fever 74 – Las Vegas Aces 92
Chicago Cubs 3 – Washington Nationals 2
Highlights: Anthony Rizzo walked with the bases loaded in the seventh inning after Jason Heyward broke up a no-hitter with a two-run single in the sixth, and the Chicago Cubs beat the Washington Nationals 3-2 on Friday. The Cubs won even though they didn’t get a hit against Nationals starter Jeremy Hellickson. Heyward finally broke through against Sammy Solis (1-2) with two outs in the sixth. But just as big was Rizzo walking three times. He sparked the tying rally with one in a 13-pitch at-bat before forcing in the go-ahead run with another in the seventh. Manager Joe Maddon got ejected, but the Cubs pulled out the victory. The Cubs thought they had runners on second and third after Kyle Schwarber led off with a single and third baseman Anthony Rendon’s throw sailed down the right-field line. Instead, he got called for interference, leading to Maddon’s second ejection this season. Hellickson retired 17 in a row after issuing a leadoff walk to Rizzo in the first. But things took a wild turn with two out in the sixth. He walked Rizzo on 13 pitches and both Javier Baez and Ben Zobrist on four to load the bases. Heyward took two balls from Solis before lining a tying two-run single past second baseman Daniel Murphy. Kyle Hendricks gave up two runs and eight hits in six innings for Chicago, and five relievers combined to hold the Nationals scoreless the rest of the way. Steve Cishek (3-1) struck out the final two batters in the seventh. Carl Edwards Jr. got three outs in the eighth after former Washington pitcher Brandon Kintzler walked the first two batters. Contreras picked Juan Soto off first from his knees before Mark Reynolds flied out and Murphy grounded out, and Pedro Strop worked the ninth for his ninth save in 12 chances.
Chicago White Sox 1 – Cleveland Indians 0
Highlights: After striking out three times, Daniel Palka finally connected when it counted. Palka led off the ninth inning with a home run, Carlos Rodon matched a career high by throwing eight innings of scoreless four-hit ball and the Chicago White Sox beat the Cleveland Indians 1-0 on Friday night. Palka launched a 1-2 pitch from Neil Ramirez (0-2) six rows up into the left field seats for his 18th homer to end Chicago’s three-game losing streak. His game-ending shot came on a high fastball after Palka was called out on strikes twice and fanned once. Jace Fry (1-2), the White Sox’s third reliever, got the last two outs for his first major league victory. Rodon and Cleveland rookie Shane Bieber tossed crisp scoreless ball deep into the game. Each was relieved after 106 pitches. Rodon was sharp for a sixth straight start and has a 1.27 ERA in the span. The left-hander struck out five and walked two — both in the first and the only time Rodon allowed two baserunners in an inning — before being replaced by Xavier Cedeno to start the ninth.
Chicago Sky 97 – Connecticut Sun 86
Highlights: Courtney Vandersloot scored 20 points and handed out 15 of Chicago’s WNBA record-tying 35 assists to help the Sky beat the Connecticut Sun 97-86 on Friday night. Chicago (11-19), which tied the record set by the Minnesota Lynx last season, called a timeout with 15.5 seconds remaining and a nine-point lead to draw up a potential record-breaking play. Sun coach Curt Miller was visibly upset could be heard on the sideline calling the timeout “bush league”. The teams play again on Sunday in Connecticut. Allie Quigley added 17 points, Stefanie Dolson scored 16 and Diamond DeShields had 12 points, seven rebounds and six assists for the Sky. Rookie Gabby Williams scored 11 points and Kahleah Copper 10. Chiney Ogwumike had 18 points to lead Connecticut (17-13), which had its five-game win streak snapped.
- Connecticut Sun 86 – Chicago Sky 97 (See Chicago Sports News)
- Indiana Fever 74 – Phoenix Mercury 94