- - Monday, July 18, 2011

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL

Mystics rally from 24 down, beat L.A. in OT

LOS ANGELES — Matee Ajavon scored 27 points, and the Washington Mystics overcame a 24-point deficit, completing the largest second-half comeback in WNBA history, with an 89-85 victory over the Los Angeles Sparks on Sunday night.

The Mystics (3-10) trailed by as many as 24 points in the first half and were down by 14 heading into the fourth quarter before surging back. Washington scored the first five points of overtime to go ahead 82-77 on Marissa Coleman’s layup.


“The whole time, we were confident we could come back,” Ajavon said. “And our coach is confident in us, and we have faith as well. We just fought the whole way through.”

Detroit owned the previous record, coming back from a 21-point deficit on two occasions. The Shock achieved the feat against Indiana on June 9, 2004 and versus Chicago on Sept. 12, 2009.

Crystal Langhorne finished with 24 points and 14 rebounds, and Coleman added 10 and nine boards for Washington, which snapped a five-game losing streak.

Washington was one point shy of matching the all-time WNBA comeback, set by Detroit against Los Angeles on June 26, 2005.

BASEBALL

Ryan hospitalized for tests on heart

ARLINGTON, Texas — Texas Rangers President Nolan Ryan is in a Houston hospital undergoing tests on his heart.

Ryan, 64, is “resting comfortably and reports he is feeling better,” the team said. He is expected to be released from the hospital in a few days.

Ryan had a double-bypass operation in 2000 and has a family history of heart disease. A Hall of Famer, Ryan has the record for most no-hitters (seven) and strikeouts (5,714). He’s been running the Rangers since 2008.

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