- - Monday, July 18, 2011


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.


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.


Ex-Toledo player pleads guilty in bribery probe

DETROIT — A former University of Toledo running back pleaded guilty Monday to working with a Detroit gambler accused of placing bets on football and basketball games, the third ex-Rocket to be convicted in a point-shaving probe.

Harvey “Scooter” McDougle Jr. of Cleveland, now 26, said he accepted more than $5,000 from Ghazi “Gary” Manni for information about the Rockets in 2004-05. McDougle pleaded guilty to conspiracy to influence sports through bribery.


Armstrong wants hearing on feds’ ties to media

NEW YORK — Lance Armstrong’s attorneys say illegal government leaks of grand jury information have sullied the cyclist’s reputation and have asked a court to order federal agents to discuss their contacts with the media.

In a 20-page notice of alleged violations filed Friday in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles, lawyers for the seven-time Tour de France winner cited more than a dozen articles in many media outlets from May 2010 through last month about an ongoing grand jury investigation into whether Armstrong used performance-enhancing drugs in violation of U.S. law.


D.C acquires midfielder da Luz from New York

D.C. United acquired second-year midfielder Austin da Luz from the New York Red Bulls on Monday, completing a deal that saw United send an international roster spot to New York for future considerations Saturday.

Da Luz, 23, was selected by New York out of Wake Forest in the first round of the 2010 MLS SuperDraft. After not seeing league action his rookie year, da Luz notched one goal and one assist in seven games with New York this season.

“We are excited to be adding a quality left-sided midfielder to our team,” United general manager Dave Kasper said. “Austin is a very smart, technical player who is just coming into his own as a professional.”

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