Sparks re­main win­less

Los Angeles Times - - THE DAY IN SPORTS -

Maya Moore scored 22 points and Sei­mone Au­gus­tus added 20 to lead the Min­nesota Lynx to a 67-52 vic­tory over the Sparks at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

The Lynx (4-1) came into the game with four play­ers av­er­ag­ing dou­ble fig­ures but Moore and Au­gus­tus car­ried the scor­ing load on this night, tak­ing over half of the shots for Min­nesota, which shot 52.6% over­all.

Trail­ing 28-23 at half­time, the Lynx outscored the Sparks 23-9 in the third quar­ter.

The Sparks (0-3), off to their worst start in four years, shot only 39.3%, in­clud­ing three of 18 three-point at­tempts. Jan­tel Laven­der had 12 points and 13 re­bounds for the Sparks with Mar­i­anna Tolo adding 10 points. Lead­ing scorer Alana Beard was out with a left-foot in­jury.

Dez Bryant was a no-show for the start of the Dal­las Cowboys manda­tory off-sea­son mini­camp.

The Kings will play the Ducks twice dur­ing the up­com­ing pre­sea­son, once at Honda Cen­ter on Sept. 25 and at Sta­ples Cen­ter on Sept. 29, ac­cord­ing to their sched­ule, re­leased Tues­day.

The Kings have a to­tal of six ex­hi­bi­tion games, start­ing at Bak­ers­field against Ari­zona on Sept. 21. Tick­ets for that game and the two con­tests at Sta­ples Cen­ter, as well as their tra­di­tional “Frozen Fury” stop at Las Ve­gas against Colorado on Oct. 3, are set to go on sale July 10.

— L isa Dill­man

Two days af­ter win­ning a grass­court ti­tle in Stuttgart, Ger­many, Rafael Nadal was knocked out in the first round of the Queen’s Club tour­na­ment in Lon­don when he fell, 6-3, 6-7 (6), 6-4, to Alexandr Dol­go­polov.

By con­trast, top-seeded Andy Mur­ray opened his bid to re­cap­ture the ti­tle he lost last year to Grigor Dim­itrov with a 6-4, 7-5 win over Tai­wanese qual­i­fier Lu Yen-Hsun, and French Open win­ner Stan Wawrinka be­gan his bid for a first grass-court ti­tle by de­feat­ing Nick Kyr­gios, 6-3, 6-4.

Ser­gio Aguero scored early in the sec­ond half to give Ar­gentina a 1-0 win over de­fend­ing cham­pion Uruguay in Ser­ena, Chile, in the Copa Amer­ica, mov­ing the fa­vorites into strong po­si­tion to ad­vance past the group stage of the South Amer­i­can tour­na­ment.

Aguero scored the win­ner with a div­ing header in the 56th minute, leav­ing Ar­gentina in first place of Group B along with Paraguay.

Play­ing in Antofa­gasta, Chile, Paraguay de­feated Ja­maica, 1-0. Paraguay scored its only goal af­ter a stun­ning er­ror by Ja­maica goal­keeper Duwayne Kerr, who came 25 yards off his line to head away a long ball from the Paraguay de­fense. In­stead, he headed it onto the knee of Paraguay’s Edgar Ben­itez and it rolled into the net in the 36th minute.

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