OUTLAWS HEADED TO 7TH TI­TLE GAME IN FRAN­CHISE HIS­TORY

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The Den­ver Outlaws clinched a berth in the Ma­jor League Lacrosse cham­pi­onship game for the sev­enth time in fran­chise his­tory with a 15-8 vic­tory over the Rochester Rat­tlers on Sat­ur­day at the Uni­ver­sity of Den­ver’s Pe­ter Bar­ton Sta­dium.

The de­fend­ing cham­pion Outlaws will play the Ohio Ma­chine in the ti­tle game next Sat­ur­day in Frisco, Texas.

Den­ver will ap­pear in the ti­tle game for the third time in four years un­der coach B.J. O’hara. Den­ver de­feated Ohio 19-18 in last year’s cham­pi­onship game.

“When you start the sea­son, the ul­ti­mate goal is to win the cham­pi­onship,” O’hara said. “We got our­selves there with a great group of vet­er­ans, guys who have been there. We’ve got a great group of rook­ies who will be mak­ing their first trip. Hope­fully we can put it all to­gether into a win­ning for­mula.”

No other team has ap­peared in more MLL cham­pi­onship games than the Outlaws, who have made it to the fi­nal in seven of their 12 sea­sons.

The Outlaws also won the cham­pi­onship game in 2014.

NHL mourn­ing Mur­ray. Bryan Mur­ray, a long­time NHL coach and gen­eral man­ager who helped turn around the Wash­ing­ton Cap­i­tals and guided the Ot­tawa Sen­a­tors to the Stan­ley Cup Fi­nal, died at age 74.

He was di­ag­nosed in 2014 with colon can­cer that he was told was in­cur­able, and be­came an ad­vo­cate for aware­ness and early de­tec­tion. He worked that sea­son and an­other as gen­eral man­ager of the Sen­a­tors, who an­nounced his death Sat­ur­day.

Red Wings de­cry use of their logo. The Detroit Red Wings said they “ve­he­mently dis­agree” with the use of their logo by far-right ex­trem­ists at a white na­tion­al­ists rally in Charlottesville, Va., that turned vi­o­lent and led to at least three deaths. At least one group was seen car­ry­ing plac­ards with the Red Wings’ logo, draw­ing an an­gry re­sponse from the NHL team.

There is a Michi­gan-based white na­tion­al­ists group called the Detroit Right Wings that uses a logo nearly iden­ti­cal to that of the Red Wings.

It wasn’t known whether that group was in Charlottesville on Sat­ur­day.

Fed­erer reaches Rogers Cup fi­nal. MON­TREAL» Roger Fed­erer con­tin­ued his long­est win­ning streak in five years by reach­ing the Rogers Cup cham­pi­onship match.

The sec­ond-seeded Fed­erer used a 6-3, 7-6 (5) vic­tory over un­seeded Robin Haase of the Nether­lands to reach his sixth fi­nal of the year and win his 16th con­sec­u­tive match.

The Swiss star had con­sid­er­ing skip­ping the event, which would have been dis­as­trous for the pro­mot­ers with world No. 1 Andy Mur­ray as well as No­vak Djokovic and Stan Wawrinka al­ready out with in­juries. But Fed­erer de­cided to play and now has a chance to add to a tally that in­cludes Aus­tralian Open and Wim­ble­don ti­tles this year.

• Caro­line Woz­ni­acki cruised into the women’s Rogers Cup fi­nal with a 6-2, 6-3 sweep of Sloane Stephens.

Two dou­ble-dou­bles pro­pel Sun.

CONN.» Alyssa Thomas

UNCASVILLE, had 21 points and a ca­reer-high 13 re­bounds and Jon­quel Jones added 19 points, 16 boards and five blocked shots, help­ing the WNBA’S Con­necti­cut Sun beat the Dal­las Wings 96-88.

• Italy is a pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tion for women’s bas­ket­ball teams this sum­mer. Nearly a dozen col­lege pro­grams are spend­ing time in Italy this month, in­clud­ing Uconn, Texas, Michi­gan, Florida State and Duke.

Foot­note. A law­suit is seek­ing to halt a $64 mil­lion makeover of St. Louis’ Scot­trade Cen­ter, ar­gu­ing that the pub­licly funded project is un­con­sti­tu­tional. The Scot­trade Cen­ter is home to the NHL’S Blues, and the city owns the arena through a pub­licpri­vate part­ner­ship signed in 1992.

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