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Sports Briefs: Sept. 27


Fever finally turn back Shock, reach first WNBA Finals

The Indiana Fever advanced to the WNBA Finals for the first time, beating the defending champion Detroit Shock 72-67 on Saturday night in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference finals.

The Fever, who had been eliminated by the Shock in this round the last three seasons, open the finals on Tuesday against Phoenix or Los Angeles.

The Fever and their Conseco Fieldhouse crowd, listed at 18,165 after Pacers President Larry Bird bought the entire balcony and gave the tickets away, roared at the finish.

Tammy Sutton-Brown led the Fever with 17 points. Katie Douglas scored 14, and Ebony Hoffman and Tamika Catchings added 10 apiece. Catchings also had eight rebounds, five assists and three steals. The Fever made their last 16 free throws, all in the fourth quarter.

Alexis Hornbuckle trimmed Detroit's deficit to 68-67 with a layup with 19 seconds left. She fouled Hoffman on the ensuing inbounds pass, and Hoffman swished both free throws for another three-point margin.

Deanna Nolan missed a three-pointer, and the ball went to the Fever after it was tipped out of bounds. Nolan fouled Douglas on the inbounds pass, and she swished both free throws for the final margin with 8.5 seconds left.


Ochoa, Gustafson share lead

Top-ranked Lorena Ochoa birdied five of her last seven holes for a 7-under 65 on Saturday for a share of the lead with Sophie Gustafson after the third round of the CVS/pharmacy LPGA Challenge at Danville, Calif.

Ochoa, winless in 10 starts since taking the Corona Championship in her native Mexico in late April, was four shots back after 10 holes, then used her strong finish — including a 16-foot birdie putt on the 18th hole — to match Gustafson at 16-under 200.

Gustafson, winless since 2003, had a 66.

Angela Stanford and Sun Young Yoo were six strokes back at 10 under after 69s.

Tom Pernice Jr. moved into position to become the 15th player to win his Champions Tour debut, shooting his second bogey-free 5-under 67 on Saturday to take a one-shot lead in the SAS Championship at Cary, N.C. "If you're playing good, it doesn't matter what tour you're on," said Pernice, a two-time winner on the PGA Tour. He is trying to become the third player this year to win in his debut, following Tom Lehman and Michael Allen. Dan Forsman and first-round co-leaders Denis Watson and Russ Cochran were tied for second at Prestonwood Country Club.

■ Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Graeme McDowell beat Soren Hansen and Soren Kjeldsen 2 and 1 in the foursomes to help Britain and Ireland take a 12½ -5½ lead over Continental Europe in the Vivendi Trophy in Saint-Nom-la-Breteche, France. Ten singles matches are set for Sunday.

UK sports

Soccer men face UNC-Asheville

After notching its first road win of the season Wednesday night in Cincinnati, the University of Kentucky men's soccer team returns home to host UNC-Asheville (3-4-1) at 2 p.m. Sunday at the UK Soccer Complex. Kentucky (6-1-0, 0-1-0 Conference USA) has lost only once in the last 16 games, in the conference opener against Marshall.

UK golf tourney washed out

The second round of UK's Bettie Lou Evans Fall invitational was canceled Saturday because of inclement weather. The third and final round is scheduled to proceed as scheduled on Sunday at the University Club's Big Blue Course. Florida State is leading the 15-team field after shooting a 10-over-par 298 in Friday's first round.


Winless streak ends at 111 games

The New Jersey City women's soccer team ended a 111-game conference winless streak, getting three goals from Julia Caseres in a 5-1 win over Rutgers-Newark. Saturday's victory was NJCU's first in the New Jersey Athletic Conference since a 3-2 win over Montclair State on Oct. 6, 1994. NJCU (7-4 overall, 1-2 NJAC) did manage a 1-1 tie in 1995, but had since lost 103 straight games in the Division III conference.

U.S. men lose at U20 World Cup

Germany defeated the United States 3-0 at the under-20 World Cup in Suez, Egypt. Dani Schahin put Germany ahead in the 30th, sending American keeper Brian Perk the wrong way with a penalty kick. Florian Jungwirth added the second two minutes later, firing the ball past Perk from the edge of the area. Manuel Schaeffler also scored for Germany.

The last word

Padres second baseman David Eckstein on the G-20 economic summit in Pittsburgh:

"Some of the guys thought it was the new Gatorade."