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    Chelsea Gray scored 20 points to lead the Las Vegas Aces to their first WNBA title in a 78-71 road win over the Connecticut Sun in Game 4. Gray went 9 of 13 from the floor, and was named MVP after averaging 18 points over the run. The Aces improved to 4-0 in this year’s playoffs with two days rest. Riquna Williams added 17 points Kelsey Plum added 16 points for the Aces, Jackie Young had 13 and league MVP A’ja Wilson added 11 points to go with 14 rebounds. It’s the first major pro sports title for a team from Las Vegas.

      Alyssa Thomas had the first triple-double in WNBA Finals history to help the Connecticut Sun stave off elimination by beating the Las Vegas Aces 105-76 in Game 3. Thomas had 16 points, 15 rebounds and 11 assists for the Sun, who have now won all four of their elimination games in these playoffs, topping Dallas on the road in the first round and beating Chicago in Games 4 and 5 to close out that series. Game 4 of this best-of-five series is Sunday in Connecticut. Jackie Young scored 22 points and A’ja Wilson added 19 for the Aces.

        A’ja Wilson had 26 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Las Vegas Aces to an 85-71 victory over the Connecticut Sun in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals. The Aces are now one victory away from the franchise’s first championship with Game 3 on Thursday in Connecticut. Las Vegas was swept in the 2008 Finals when the team was still in San Antonio. The Aces were also swept in 2020. Chelsea Gray added 21 for the Aces while Kelsey Plum rebounded from an awful Game 1 to score 20 points. Courtney Williams scored 18 points to lead Connecticut.

          Atlanta Dream guard Aari McDonald is returning to Arizona to work under women's basketball coach Adia Barnes. The school announced that McDonald will serve as director of recruiting operations while continuing to fulfill her WNBA commitments. She will oversee all recruiting logistics, assist with on-campus visits, manage recruit information and social media content at Arizona. McDonald was one of the best players in Arizona history after transferring from Washington as a sophomore. She was an All-American and the Pac-12 player of the year in 2020-21, leading the Wildcats to the national championship game, which they lost to Stanford.

          A trip to East Lansing, Michigan, to face Michigan State will be a high-powered start to the Northern Arizona men's basketball team's 2022-23 schedule, which was announced by the team last week. Michigan State will be one of three Power Five teams on the Lumberjacks' schedule this upcoming s…

          Sue Bird has called time on her career after her Seattle Storm side failed to advance in the WNBA Finals. The Aces held off the Storm 97-92 in Game 4 in the best-of-five semi-final series to progress to the final. Bird announced in June that the current WNBA season would be her last. She fin…

          The Labor Day game between the New York Mets and Pittsburgh Pirates has been postponed due to rain. The teams will play a split doubleheader Wednesday. The first game will be played at 12:35 p.m., and the second game is set for 6:35 p.m. The unexpected day off gives the NL East-leading Mets a chance to take a breath following consecutive losses to Washington over the weekend. It meant Atlanta trimmed New York’s lead to just one game with a month to go in the season.

          Paris Saint-Germain has defended its use of chartered flights rather than more ecological trains after an executive for France’s high-speed rail network called out the club for flying its players on a short-haul to Nantes this past weekend. The director of the French rail company’s TGV-Intercity service noted that the network’s high-speed trains can travel the roughly 380 kilometers (240 miles) from Paris to the western city in just under two hours. He retweeted video of PSG players aboard a short-haul flight for an away match on Saturday night. In response, PSG said there weren’t late-night TGV trains it could have taken back to Paris after the Ligue 1 match. The polemic comes amid an energy-saving drive in France.

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