• Sims’ 30 leads Tulsa past Fever and into playoffs, 76-70

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Odyssey Sims scored 30 points, converting six free throws in the final 19 seconds, and the Tulsa Shock held off Indiana 76-70 on Sunday to secure the franchise’s first playoff berth since 2009.

  • Benson adds $522M to Saints-Pelicans ownership swap

    NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The owner of New Orleans’ national football and basketball teams has added $522 million in promissory notes to his former heirs’ trust funds to try to get back the trusts’ nonvoting shares in the Saints and Pelicans.

  • Tennessee freshman defensive lineman Kyle Phillips takes part in NCAA college football practice Saturday, Aug. 22, 2015, in Knoxville, Tenn. Throughout the preseason, Phillips has garnered perhaps as much praise as any member of the Vols' heralded freshman class. (Jessica Tezak/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

    Phillips standing out in heralded Tennessee freshman class

    KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Tennessee defensive end Kyle Phillips is quite familiar with Nashville’s Nissan Stadium, the site of the 25th-ranked Volunteers’ season opener.

  • FILE -- In this May 27, 2014 file photo, Mary Saylor, left, sells a $5 raffle ticket to Erica and Jerry Oie prior to the Texas Rangers-Minnesota Twins baseball game, in Minneapolis. As hight-stakes charity raffles gain popularity at sports venues across the nation, California clubs and a leading raffle vendor are lobbying state lawmakers to authorize 50-50 raffles in California.  Critics call it an unfair exemption that favors franchise owners over food banks, PTAs and churches. (AP Photo/Jim Mone,file)

    Pro teams push California to offer high-stakes raffles

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The pitch is for charity, but the call could favor California’s professional sports teams.

  • Langhorne leads Seattle Storm past San Antonio Stars, 83-69

    SEATTLE (AP) — Crystal Langhorne had 22 points and 10 rebounds for her first double-double of the season and the Seattle Storm beat the San Antonio Stars 83-69 on Friday night.

  • Tiffany Hayes scores career-high 28, Dream beat Fever 90-84

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Tiffany Hayes scored 10 of her career-high 28 points in the fourth quarter to help the Atlanta Dream beat the Indiana Fever 90-84 on Friday night.

  • Latta leads Washington Mystics to 71-63 win over Mercury

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Ivory Latta scored 24 points and the Washington Mystics shut down the Phoenix Mercury late in a 71-63 victory Friday night.

  • Prince, Charles lead New York to 81-68 win over Minnesota

    NEW YORK (AP) — Epiphanny Prince scored 22 points and the New York Liberty clinched their first playoff berth in three seasons with an 81-68 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.

  • Milton-Jones breaks WNBA record for games played

    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Atlanta forward DeLisha Milton-Jones broke the WNBA record for games played when she entered the Dream’s game against Indiana early in the second quarter Friday night.

  • Phoenix Mercury coach Sandy Brondello reacts during the first half of a WNBA basketball game against the Connecticut Sun, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, in Uncasville, Conn. (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)

    Mitchell hits 3-pointer at buzzer, Mercury rally past Sun

    UNCASVILLE, Conn. (AP) — Leilani Mitchell hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Phoenix Mercury an 81-80 victory over Connecticut on Thursday night, extending the Sun’s losing streak to six games.