Lynx ends Mercury’s 16-game win streak
MINNEAPOLIS — Maya Moore scored 20 points to power the Minnesota Lynx past Phoenix 75-67 on Thursday night, snapping the Mercury’s franchise-record 16-game win streak.
Former LSU standout Seimone Augustus added 19 points for Minnesota (21-6), which won its eighth straight.
Brittney Griner scored 18 points for the Mercury (22-4), who lost for the first time since June 12.
Phoenix came in leading the league at nearly 50 percent shooting from the field, but was just 37 percent (25 for 68) against the Lynx — led by Diana Taurasi’s 5-for-21 effort.
The teams have clinched the top two spots in the West and home-court advantage in the first round. Phoenix, which won the first two matchups, had its lead for the top seed cut to 11/2 games. The Lynx visit the Mercury on Aug. 9.
Lorio to be head coach for Loyola golf teams
Loyola Director of Athletics and Wellness Brett Simpson announced the hiring of Jeff Lorio as head coach of the men’s and women’s golf teams Thursday.
Lorio served as the assistant golf coach for the 2013-14 season.
Tennis star Wozniacki to run NYC Marathon
NEW YORK — Caroline Wozniacki always feels confident she can outrun her opponent on the tennis court.
The former No. 1 player figures that with a bit more training, she can cover 26.2 miles.
Wozniacki plans to play a full tournament schedule this fall while fitting in time to train for the New York City Marathon. She typically runs for 30-40 minutes a day as part of workouts for tennis and hopes that one longer session per week of an hour or more can get her through the Nov. 2 race.
“Tennis helped me just get through the tough times,” Wozniacki said Thursday. “Now I’m just feeling happy and I wanted to do something good for others. I think that this had nothing really to do with my personal life. It was something I was passionate about.”
Johnson beats Karlovic, advances to quarters
WASHINGTON — Steve Johnson knocked off another seeded player in the Citi Open, beating ninth-seeded Ivo Karlovic 3-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (7) on Thursday to advance to the quarterfinals.
Johnson, the American ranked 68th, topped fifth-seeded John Isner in three sets Wednesday. Johnson will face seventh-ranked and second-seeded Milos Raonic, the Canadian who beat Lleyton Hewitt 7-6 (1), 7-6 (3).
Seventh-seeded Kevin Anderson also advanced, beating Malek Jaziri 6-3, 6-4.
In women’s second-round play, second-seeded Ekaterina Makarova beat Lauren Davis 6-2, 6-4; fifth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova topped Hiroko Kuwata 6-3, 6-3; sixth-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova beat Kirsten Flipkens 6-4, 7-5; and Vania King routed Christina McHale 6-1, 6-3.
Ivanovic beats qualifier at Bank of the West
STANFORD, Calif. — Ana Ivanovic advanced to her first Bank of the West quarterfinal, beating qualifier Carol Zhao 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday.
The 11th-ranked Serb, looking for her fourth title of the year, will face top-ranked Serena Williams on Friday.
Zhao, a sophomore All-American at Stanford, appeared in her second WTA Tour event and gained her first career win at the level Tuesday when Yanina Wickmeyer retired because of a viral infection.
Compiled from a news release and The Associated Press
In other matches, third-seeded Angelique Kerber beat Coco Vandeweghe, 7-6(4), 0-6, 6-2, and Garbine Muguruza topped Daniela Hantuchova, 6-4, 6-4.