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.
Pacers get Scola in trade with Suns
The Indiana Pacers bolstered their front-line depth with the acquisition of Luis Scola from the Phoenix Suns.
The Pacers sent forward Gerald Green, center Miles Plumlee and a lottery-protected first-round draft pick to the rebuilding Suns.
Scola, a 6-foot-9 forward from Argentina, played his first five NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets before coming to Phoenix a year ago when the Suns submitted the winning bid under the league’s amnesty rule. He appeared in all 82 games for the Suns, averaging 12.8 points and 6.6 rebounds. It was the fifth time in his career that he’s played in all games.
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 Gerald Henderson and the Bobcats agreed to a three-year, $18-million contract, said a person familiar with the situation.
The Denver Nuggets re-signed backup center Timofey Mozgov to a three-year, $14-million contract.
Mahan gives up Canadian Open lead when wife goes into labor
Hunter Mahan gave up the lead in the Canadian Open when his wife went into labor, and Brandt Snedeker grabbed the top spot a few hours later.
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 Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in February for his fifth PGA Tour victory.
Sweden’s David Lingmerth was a stroke back after a 65, and Matt Kuchar and Jason Bohn were 12 under. Kuchar had a 64, and Bohn shot 66.
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).
Belmont Stakes winner Palace Malice pressed front-running Moreno from the outset, then took command in the stretch to win the $600,000 Jim Dandy Stakes on Saturday at Saratoga Race Course in New York.
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 UFC flyweight championship with a submission victory in Seattle.
In the co-main event, Canada’s Rory MacDonald took a unanimous decision over Jake Ellenberger in a welterweight.