Jonquel Jones had 19 points and 15 rebounds, Shekinna Stricklen made two free throws with 11 seconds left for a four-point lead and the Connecticut Sun beat the Phoenix Mercury 93-92.
UCLA-Notre Dame set series.
UCLA will play Notre Dame in a home-and-home men’s basketball series starting in December 2018.
The Bruins will host the Fighting Irish on Dec. 8, 2018, in the schools’ first meeting since December 2009. They will travel to South Bend, Ind., in December 2019.
UCLA is 28-20 all-time against Notre Dame in a series that began during the 1952-53 season.
Jeanie Buss’ sister sets up stable.
CALIF.» The sister of Los Angeles DEL MAR, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss set up her own horse racing operation under the name Purple Rein Stable.
Janie Buss will have her horses trained by Doug O’Neill, who won the 2012 Kentucky Derby with I’ll Have Another.
Last week, O’Neill claimed a 3year-old colt named True Valor for $50,000 on behalf of Buss, while her stable claimed 2-year-old filly Mis Viola for $32,000.
• The Los Angeles Lakers signed guard Vander Blue, the G League’s MVP last season.
Bolt coasts; Farah gets gold.
LONDON» With the same aura, bravado and even the lackluster start, Usain Bolt stuck to tradition in his farewell championships.
The Jamaican great revved up the crowd at the Olympic Stadium, then coasted to victory in his first-round heat in the 100-meter dash.
In a rare occurrence, though, Bolt was upstaged in the noise department when local great Mo Farah recovered from a stumble with 300 meters to go and won gold in the 10,000 meters — his 10th straight global long-distance title going back to 2011.
U.S. beats Japan, takes 2nd place.
CALIF.» Although Australia CARSON, wrapped up the inaugural Tournament of Nations title before the U.S. women’s national team stepped on the soccer field late Thursday night, Megan Rapinoe and her teammates still finished strong.
Rapinoe scored in the 12th minute, and the Americans beat Japan 3-0 in the final match of the four-team round robin event.
Mallory Pugh and Alex Morgan scored in the second half as the U.S. entertained a crowd of 23,161 that didn’t seem to mind finishing second in this friendly tournament.
Australia rendered the Americans’ final result irrelevant to the standings by routing Brazil 6-1 in the early game at StubHub Center south of downtown Los Angeles. The U.S. needed Australia to lose to have a chance to make up a three-goal aggregate deficit.
Colorado men’s basketball associate head coach Jean Prioleau is leaving to become the head coach at San Jose State. He was with the Buffs for seven seasons. … CU’s women’s soccer team is ranked 25th nationally in the preseason poll.