Catchings, Fever too much for Lynx

Tamika Catchings tied the WNBA record with nine steals and scored 23 points in the Indiana Fever's 73-63 victory over the Minnesota Lynx on Friday night.

Catchings, the league scoring leader, tied the record set by Phoenix's Michelle Brogan in 1998.

Coquese Washington matched her career high with 12 points to held Indiana (11-13) climb within a half-game of fourth-place Miami in the Eastern Conference.

Tamara Moore had 19 points for Minnesota (7-17), which has lost nine straight road games. Svetlana Abrosimova added 11 points and 11 rebounds for the Lynx.

The Fever used a 10-2 run to take a 66-57 lead with 2:22 to play. Nikki McCray scored four points and blocked a shot during the surge.


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The Golden State Warriors named Eric Musselman head coach, the team's eighth coach since 1994. Musselman, 37, was an assistant with Atlanta the past two seasons. He becomes the NBA's youngest coach. Musselman agreed to a three-year contract worth about $4.5 million.


After a brief discussion of revenue sharing, baseball's labor talks broke until next week. While the sides met for five hours Thursday and management negotiators expressed optimism, Friday's session lasted for just an hour. The sides say they are available for meetings every day next week, when union head Donald Fehr hopes to pretty much conclude his tour of the 30 teams.


American Lance Armstrong finished 24th in the 18th stage of the Tour de France, 11 minutes, 42 seconds behind winner Thor Hushovd. The Texan maintained his 5:06 overall lead over Joseba Beloki the 18th stage and is a virtual lock to win his fourth straight Tour de France.


Defensive end Josh Shaw agreed to a four-year contract worth more than $1.44 million with the San Francisco 49ers on Friday.



J.P. Hayes shot a course-record 10-under-par 61 on Friday for a share of the second-round lead with Fred Funk in the John Deere Classic. Hayes broke the TPC of Deere Run record of 62 shared by Kirk Triplett, David Frost and Pat Bates…

; Kelli Kuehne birdied the first three holes en route to a 6-under 65 and a two-stroke lead after the second round of the LPGA Big Apple Classic. Chris Johnson matched the 65 to move into second at 6-under 136.…

; Bob Gilder shot a 6-under 66 to take a one-stroke lead over five players, including two-time defending champion Larry Nelson, in the FleetBoston Classic.…

; Germany's Tobias Dier followed his European tour-record tying 10-under 60 with a 67 to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Dutch Open.…

; Tom Watson had the only bogey-free round of the Senior British Open, shooting a 2-under 69 to move within five strokes of leader Noboru Sugai of Japan.


The Los Angeles Kings agreed to terms with forward Eric Belanger on a two-year contract.…


; The New York Islanders agreed to terms on a two-year contract with defenseman Eric Cairns.


Venus Williams overcame a feisty effort by Anna Kournikova, winning 6-3, 6-4 to join Lindsay Davenport, Kim Clijsters and Lisa Raymond in the semifinals of the Bank of the West Classic.…

; Defending champion Andre Agassi outlasted fifth-seeded Gustavo Kuerten 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-4 in the quarterfinals of the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

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