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.