Candace Parker had a blast in her All-Star debut. Parker scored a record 23 points to lead the West to a 102-98 win over the East on Saturday at Uncasville, Conn., and earn MVP honors.
The Sparks star was voted a starter for the 2011 game, but she couldn't play because of a knee injury. This time, she put on a show.
After a quiet first half, Parker helped rally the West after the break. With her team trailing by 11 early in the third quarter, Parker scored seven straight points.
Then, after Sparks teammate Kristi Toliver hit back-to-back three-point shots to the tie score, Ivory Latta hit her own three-pointers to give the East an 81-74 advantage heading into the final period.
Parker, who finished with 11 rebounds, and Toliver wouldn't let the West lose for the fourth time in the past five All-Star games. Parker broke Swin Cash's All-Star game record of 22 points with a layup midway through the fourth quarter.
Toliver finished with 21 points. Epiphanny Prince and Latta scored 15 points each to lead the East.
The Indiana Pacers bolstered their front-line depth with the acquisition of
The Pacers sent forward Gerald Green, center
Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the
Scola, who has averaged 14.2 points and 7.5 rebounds in his career, joins a team that figures to contend in the Eastern Conference after he toiled for a season with a Suns squad that compiled the worst record in the Western Conference and second-worst in the franchise's history.
Charlotte shooting guard
Mahan gives up
Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor, and
Mahan was 13 under after two rounds when he got a call before he was scheduled to tee off Saturday at Oakville, Ontario, saying his wife, Kandi, had gone into labor. The American rushed to the airport for a flight to Texas.
Snedeker had a nine-under 63 at Glen Abbey to take the lead after the rain-delayed third round. He won the
Sweden's David Lingmerth was a stroke back after a 65, and
Germany's Bernhard Langer took three-shot lead in the Senior British Open, mastering Royal Birkdale at Southport, England, with superb links play for a four-under 66. Langer, the 2010 winner at Carnoustie, had a nine-under 201 total.
South Africa's David Frost was second after a 68. American Mark Wiebe, tied for the second round lead with Langer, had a 70 to drop four strokes back.
Gabriella Then of Upland won the U.S. Junior Championship, beating Lakareber Abe of Angleton, Texas, 2 and 1, in the 36-hole final at Sycamore Hills in Fort Wayne, Ind. The 17-year-old Then will attend USC in the fall.
Scottie Scheffler of Dallas won the U.S. Junior Amateur at Truckee, Calif., beating Davis Riley of Hattiesburg, Miss., 3 and 2, in the 36-hole final at Martis Camp Club.
Isner to face Anderson in Atlanta Open final
Top-seeded John Isner and second-seeded Kevin Anderson set up what Atlanta Open officials believe could be the tallest final in ATP Tour history.
The 6-foot-10 Isner beat Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (5), and the 6-8 Anderson topped American Ryan Harrison, 6-3, 7-6 (3).
Mike Smith rode the Todd Pletcher-trained Palace Malice, who ran 11/8 miles in 1:47.37 and finished a length in front of Will Take Charge.
Demetrious Johnson used an armbar on John Moraga late in the fifth round and successfully defended his