OUTLAWS HEADED TO 7TH TITLE GAME IN FRANCHISE HISTORY
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.