Erlana Larkins had 16 points and 15 rebounds and the Indiana Fever stunned defending champion Minnesota with a 76-70 victory in Game 1 of the Finals Sunday night in Minneapolis. Tamika Catchings added 20 points for the Fever, who played without leading scorer Katie Douglas because of a sprained left ankle. Seimone Augustus scored 23 points and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Lynx, who are looking to become the league’s first repeat champion in 10 years. Game 2 in the best-of-five series is Wednesday night in Minneapolis.
Djokovic edges Murray in Shanghai
Novak Djokovic saved five match points in the second set before outlasting two-time defending champion Andy Murray, 5-7, 7-6 (13-11), 6-3, to win the Shanghai Masters. In another entertaining matchup between the two US Open finalists, Djokovic seemed headed for defeat when Murray was serving for the match at 5-4 in the second set. But the second-ranked Serb saved one match point in that game before breaking back for 5-5. He then saved four more in a tense tiebreaker and carried his momentum into the deciding set, breaking the Briton twice to earn his fifth title of the year. It was Murray’s first loss in Shanghai in 13 matches. Murray, who beat Djokovic in five sets at Flushing Meadows for his first Grand Slam title, saved two match points in the final game, but sent a backhand long on the third . . . Top-ranked Victoria Azarenka won her sixth WTA title of the season, beating Julia Goerges, 6-3, 6-4, at the Generali Ladies in Linz, Austria. Azarenka has won 13 straight matches without dropping a set since losing the US Open final last month. She pulled out before her quarterfinal at Tokyo two weeks ago due to dizziness, then won in Beijing last week to begin her streak . . . Heather Watson became the first British woman in 24 years to win a WTA title by beating Chang Kai-chen of Taiwan in the Japan Open in Osaka. Watson outlasted Chang, 7-5, 5-7, 7-6 (7-4), in 3 hours 11 minutes to end the long drought for her country — just three weeks after Laura Robson became the first British woman in 22 years to even reach a WTA final.
Steelers rookie Ta’amu is arrested
Steelers rookie nose tackle Almeda Ta’amu was arrested after authorities allege that he fled police and crashed into parked cars while driving drunk in Pittsburgh. According to court documents, 22-year-old Ta'amu was taken to Allegheny County Jail on numerous charges including felony fleeing police, aggravated assault, and aggravated assault by vehicle. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette says authorities allege in a criminal complaint that Ta'amu was driving a sport utility vehicle going the wrong way on Pittsburgh’s South Side at about 2:30 a.m. Sunday. Police said the 6-foot-3-inch, 348-pound player fled officers, crashed into four parked cars, injuring a woman, and tried to flee on foot before he was restrained. Steelers general manager Kevin Colbert said officials are ‘‘disappointed’’ but will await more information before commenting.
Vettel makes it three straight in F1
Red Bull driver Sebastian Vettel won the Korean Grand Prix in Yeongam to move ahead of Ferrari’s Fernando Alonso in the Formula One championship standings by 6 points with four races remaining — erasing what looked like a commanding lead for the Spaniard just three weeks ago. Vettel started second on the grid behind Mark Webber, but overtook his teammate on the first turn and never relinquished the lead, finishing 8.2 seconds ahead of Webber. Alonso was third, 13.9 seconds off the pace. Vettel, who won the previous two races — in Singapore and Japan — now looks to be the favorite for a third straight championship title — something only achieved by Juan-Manuel Fangio and Michael Schumacher . . . NBC Sports Group signed a four-year deal with Formula One for the exclusive US media rights to the global motorsports series. The deal that begins next season will air four races on NBC. The remaining 16 races will be on NBC Sports Network.
Silva makes quick work of Bonnar
Anderson Silva stopped Stephan Bonnar with a knee to the body with 20 seconds left in the first round Saturday night, winning his 17th consecutive fight in front of his home fans at UFC 153 in Rio De Janeiro . . . Real Madrid left back Marcelo broke his right foot in training with Brazil and will be sidelined until January . . . Joshua Tree won the $1.5 million Pattison Canadian International at Woodbine in Toronto, becoming only the third thoroughbred to win the race twice. The Irish-bred Joshua Tree also gave jockey Frankie Dettori his record-tying third victory in the race . . . Zach Hervato had a pair of goals to lead Robert Morris (1-1-0) to a 4-0 men’s hockey victory over Quinnipiac (2-1-0).