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WNBA

Lynx rally at home to even the WNBA finals at 1-all

MINNEAPOLIS – Seimone Augustus scored 23 of her 27 points in the second half to help the Minnesota Lynx surge past the Indiana Fever 83-71 on Wednesday night to even the WNBA finals at one game apiece.

Maya Moore pitched in 23 points, and the defending champion Lynx forced the Fever into 24 turnovers, 15 after halftime.

Tamika Catchings led the way as usual with 27 points and eight rebounds, but the Fever’s defense faded after a dominant start.

MVP leads All-WNBA roster; Catchings one behind Leslie

NEW YORK – Connecticut’s Tina Charles was the leading vote-getter for the All-WNBA team, and Indiana’s Tamika Catchings earned her seventh first-team selection.

Catchings, a first-team pick for the fourth consecutive season, tied Seattle’s Lauren Jackson and Phoenix’s Diana Taurasi for second place on the career list with seven selections to the first team. Former Los Angeles star Lisa Leslie is the leader with eight.

Charles, who won her first MVP award, received 196 points Wednesday from a national panel of writers and broadcasters. Joining Charles and Catchings on the first team were the Sparks’ Candace Parker, New York’s Cappie Pondexter and Minnesota’s Seimone Augustus.

NHL

Fehr fears owners’ offer isn’t enough for the players’ union

TORONTO – NHL players’ union head Donald Fehr said management’s latest proposal would cost his members more than $1.6 billion over six years.

In a letter to players and agents, Fehr said the proposal owners made this week in what they said was an attempt to preserve a full 82-game schedule was an improvement over previous management offers but “represents very large, immediate and continuing concessions by players to owners.”

Amid their third lockout since 1994, owners gave the union Tuesday what the league called a “proposal to save an 82-game season.” The NHL said it hoped a deal would be reached by Oct. 25 and the season would start by Nov. 2, three weeks behind schedule. The sides again will meet today.

Auto Racing

Sprint Cup’s Kansas Speedway tire-test cut short by rain

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – Rain Wednesday delayed and cut short NASCAR’s first full testing session at Kansas Speedway since the track was repaved.

The drivers were limited to half of the planned 4-hour session. The 1.5-mile tri-oval, which opened in 2001, was torn up, repaved and reconfigured after the May race. The track now features variable banking of up to 20 degrees.

The testing passed uneventfully after the 2½-hour delay, unlike a tire-testing session Aug. 29 in which Dale Earnhardt Jr. hit the wall and suffered a concussion when a tire blew. That, combined with another concussion at Talladega, sidelined Earnhardt for last week at Charlotte and again this week at Kansas.

Golf

A busy-bee Tiger keeps on swinging into the new year

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Tiger Woods plans to start his season in the Abu Dhabi Championship on the European Tour circuit for the second consecutive year.

The tournament said Wednesday Woods and Rory McIlroy have committed to play Abu Dhabi, which will be Jan. 17-20.

Woods hasn’t been this busy on the golf course in seven years, a season that will wrap up in California with his annual World Challenge. Woods said his health allowed him to play 24 times this year – his most since 2005.

On Wednesday, Woods announced the 18-man field for the World Challenge, to be played the week after Thanksgiving at Sherwood Country Club. The field will feature 13 players from the Ryder Cup – all but Phil Mickelson from the United States and Graeme McDowell and Ian Poulter from Europe.

Associated Press