Sparks are 0- 4 af­ter home loss

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Alex Bent­ley had a sea­son- high 21 points, and Chelsea Gray scored all 11 of her points in the fi­nal 14: 24 to help the Con­necti­cut Sun beat the Sparks, 76- 68, at Sta­ples Cen­ter.

Kelsey Bone added 14 points and Camille Lit­tle had 13 for Con­necti­cut ( 6- 1), which has won six straight and snapped a six- game skid, dat­ing to Aug. 3, 2011, against the Sparks.

The Sparks ( 0- 4), who have been with­out Can­dace Parker, Kristi To­liver and Nneka Og­wu­mike all sea­son — and lead­ing scorer Alana Beard for the last two games — are off to their worst start in fran­chise history. Jan­tel Laven­der had 15 points and 10 re­bounds and Te­meka John­son had 15 points and 10 as­sists for the Sparks.

Nico Ros­berg showed his cham­pi­onship po­ten­tial by over­tak­ing pole- sit­ter Lewis Hamil­ton on the f irst turn and go­ing on to win the Aus­trian Grand Prix in Spiel­berg.

The Ger­man driver, run­ner- up to his Mercedes team­mate in last year’s For­mula One cham­pi­onship, took an ag­gres­sive in­side line to shoot past Hamil­ton head­ing into the first turn in an event­ful race fea­tur­ing a heavy crash be­tween Kimi Raikko­nen and Fer­nando Alonso and sev­eral more re­tire­ments.

Ros­berg’s third win this sea­son took his ca­reer tally to 11 and cut Hamil­ton’s over­all lead to 10 points.

Erik Jones took the lead from Ryan Blaney with 11 laps re­main­ing and held on to win the NASCAR Xfinity Se­ries At­tiCat 300 at Chicagoland Speed­way in Joliet, Ill.

Matt Ha­gan won the funny car f inal in the NHRA Thun­der Val­ley Na­tion­als for his f irst vic­tory on his home track in Bristol, Tenn.

Ha­gan beat Don Schu­macher Rac­ing team­mate Ron Capps for his fourth win of the sea­son and 18th of his ca­reer.

Richie Cramp­ton beat Larry Dixon in top fuel, and Erica En­ders beat Chris McGaha in pro stock.

In soc­cer, play­ing with­out sus­pended star Ney­mar, Brazil de­feated Venezuela, 2- 1, in San­ti­ago, Chile, in its f inal group game to reach the Copa Amer­ica quar­ter­fi­nals. ... Peru and Colom­bia tied, 0- 0, in Te­muco, Chile, as both teams reached the quar­ter­fi­nals.

Rances Barthelemy beat An­to­nio DeMarco by unan­i­mous de­ci­sion in a su­per- light­weight box­ing match in Las Ve­gas.

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