Sylvia Fowles se­lected as MVP

Min­nesota Lynx cen­ter Sylvia Fowles has been named the WNBA’s Most Valu­able Player.

The league an­nounced the award Thurs­day be­fore the Lynx hosted Wash­ing­ton in Game 2 of their best-of-5 semi­fi­nal se­ries. Fowles re­ceived 35 of 40 first-place votes from a me­dia panel.

Fowles av­er­aged 18.9 points, 10.4 re­bounds and 2.0 blocks to lead the Lynx to a 27-7 record and the top seed in the play­offs. She also shot 65.5 per­cent from the field, lead­ing the WNBA in shoot­ing per­cent­age for the fifth time in her ca­reer.

New York’s Tina Charles fin­ished sec­ond in the vot­ing. Los An­ge­les Sparks star Can­dace Parker was third.

Ran­dolph gets com­mu­nity ser­vice af­ter LA ar­rest

Sacra­mento Kings for­ward Zach Ran­dolph has been sen­tenced to com­mu­nity ser­vice af­ter be­ing ar­rested for mar­i­juana pos­ses­sion and re­sist­ing ar­rest fol­low­ing an in­ci­dent last month at a Los An­ge­les hous­ing project.

Los An­ge­les city at­tor­ney’s of­fice spokesman Frank Matel­jan says Ran­dolph en­tered a no con­test plea Wed­nes­day.

He says Ran­dolph was sen­tenced to 150 hours of com­mu­nity ser­vice and may ask for the charges to be va­cated if he stays out of trou­ble for a year.

Miller off dis­abled list

As if the Cleve­land In­di­ans needed any help, they ex­pect to get All-Star re­liever An­drew Miller back fol­low­ing his sec­ond stint on the dis­abled list with knee ten­dini­tis.

Cleve­land pitching coach Mickey Call­away said the club hopes to have Miller pitch Thurs­day in a “low lever­age” sit­u­a­tion where he gets one out in an in­ning. From there, the In­di­ans will give Miller a few days off and then steadily in­crease his work­load to pre­pare him for the post­sea­son.

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