BRIEFS Leslie first to dunk in women's pro game

Five years had passed since Lisa Leslie last tried to dunk in a WNBA game. She had waited long enough.

The 6-foot-5 center, who missed a jam in the inaugural WNBA game in 1997, slammed home a one-hander Tuesday night to become the first woman to dunk in a professional game.

"I thought today would be a great time to try," Leslie said. "There has been a lot of talk and pressure around it. I finally had the opportunity."

Leslie received an outlet pass from Latasha Byears, took two dribbles and dunked with 4:44 left in the half of the Los Angeles Sparks' 82-73 loss to the Miami Sol.

She smiled broadly and spread her arms wide as she raced back down the court, greeted by brief hugs from teammates. During the next stop in play, the team gathered on the court for more hugs and a quick celebration.



Cliff Floyd was traded for the second time in three weeks, with the Montreal Expos sending the power-hitting outfielder to Boston for minor league pitchers Seung Song and Sun-Woo Kim and a player to be named.…

; Left-hander Ricardo Rincon was acquired by the Oakland Athletics for minor league infielder Marshall McDougall. Rincon, 32, had been the Cleveland Indians' primary lefty reliever since they got him in a trade with Pittsburgh for Brian Giles after the 1998 season.…

; Another day at the bargaining table produced only slight progress for baseball players and owners, who still appear headed toward the sport's ninth work stoppage since 1972. Negotiators for the sides met twice, for a total of about 31⁄2; hours. The primary topic of the first session was revenue sharing, with owners wanting a large increase in the amount of locally generated money that is shared by all teams.

Pro tennis

Pete Sampras beat Wayne Ferreira 7-6 (6), 5-7, 6-4 to advance to the second round of the Toronto Masters. Also, Andy Roddick, the 12th seed, defeated Dominik Hrbaty, Nicolas Lapentti beat Gaston Gaudio, second-seeded Marat Safin breezed past Juan Ignacio Chela, and Andrei Pavel advanced when three-time French Open champion Gustavo Kuerten was forced to quit in the second set because of a recurring hip injury.…

; Second-seeded Jennifer Capriati needed only 53 minutes to beat Ashley Harkleroad 6-0, 6-3 in an Acura Classic second-round match in Carlsbad, Calif. In the other matches, sixth-seeded Jelena Dokic defeated Gala Leon Garcia, eighth-seeded Elena Dementieva defeated Paola Suarez, No. 9 Anastasia Myskina defeated Francesca Schiavone, No. 12 Anna Smashnova defeated Marissa Irvin, No. 14 Chanda Rubin defeated Amanda Coetzer, and Anna Kournikova defeated Alexandra Stevenson.…

; Pro football


A painter working at the Detroit Lions' new stadium fell 150 feet to his death when his hydraulic lift tipped over. Gjon Gojcaj, 42, fell into the first tier of seats at Ford Field, cousin Jason Gojcaj said.

Auto racing

A race car driver suffered a heart attack before he was killed when his car slammed into a wall of tires during a weekend race. An autopsy showed that Robert Kasik, 56, of Roscoe, Ill., was stricken before the accident Sunday at the end of a long straightaway at Road America, track officials said.


Andre Miller was traded to one of his hometown's two NBA teams, dealt by the Cleveland Cavaliers along with guard Bryant Stith to the Los Angeles Clippers for forwards Darius Miles and Harold Jamison.…

; Baron Davis is sticking with the Hornets after all, signing a contract that will bring him to New Orleans for the next seven years. The one year left in Davis' previous deal.


The third-place finisher in the Tour de France insisted he used no banned substances during the race and the drugs found on his wife were medications for his mother-in-law.

What To Read Next
Caitlin and Jason Keck’s two-year term on the American Farm Bureau Federation committee begins next month.
The Minnesota Public Utilities Commission met on Jan. 5, 2023, to consider the application for Summit Carbon Solutions.
Qualified Minnesota farmers will receive dollar-for-dollar matching money to purchase farmland.
Wanda Patsche, new Farm Camp director, has farmed with her husband near I-90 in southern Minnesota since the 1970s and shares her passion for farming on her blog.