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The Journal Gazette

Sunday, September 03, 2017 1:00 am

Briefs

Fever's season ends with loss, no playoffs

Staff, news services

INDIANAPOLIS – Kayla McBride had 28 points, 11 rebounds and six assists to lead the San Antonio Stars to a 75-71 win over the Indiana Fever on Saturday night in a season-ending game for the two worst teams in the WNBA.

The Fever had made the playoffs 12 straight seasons.

After trailing 32-28 at the half, the Stars erased a nine-point deficit in the third quarter and ended a four-game losing streak.

San Antonio (8-26) swept three games from the Fever (9-25), who end the season with eight-straight losses, and finished with a 2-15 record on the road with both wins coming at Indiana.

Candice Dupree had 19 points and 13 rebounds for Indiana, with Natalie Achonwa adding 18.

Auto racing

Torrence captures drag shootout

In Clermont, Steve Torrence won the Top Fuel NHRA Traxxas Nitro Shootout at the Chevrolet Performance U.S. Nationals at Lucas Oil Raceway. Torrence ran a 3.673-second pass at 329.50 mph to beat Tony Schumacher in the specialty event final and win $100,000.

Football

Jags: No interest in Kaepernick

Tom Coughlin says the Jacksonville Jaguars weren't interested in signing free agent quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Asked for reasons, Coughlin said, “I'm not explaining it.” Kaepernick remains unsigned after opting out of his contract with the San Francisco 49ers. Many of Kaepernick's supporters believe the NFL is punishing him for refusing to stand during the anthem in an effort to protest police brutality.

Valpo falls in Montana opener

In Missoula, Montana, Kentucky transfer Reese Phillips threw three of his four second-half touchdown passes in a span of six offensive plays to lead Montana to a 45-23 win over Valparaiso in the season-opener for both teams. The Crusaders had 450 yards on offense.

Briles letter of support emerges

A letter of support written by Baylor's general counsel for Art Briles has emerged days after the former Bears coach was briefly hired as an assistant by a CFL team. The club, facing public pressure, quickly backtracked from that decision. The letter dated May 23 was addressed to Briles and not directly to the Hamilton Tiger-Cats or any other potential employer. Briles was fired by Baylor last year after a sexual assault scandal.

Golf

Ex-Buckeye leads Web.com event

In Columbus, Ohio, former Ohio State player Ryan Armour shot a 6-under 65 to take the third-round lead in the Web.com Tour Finals-opening Nationwide Children's Hospital Championship. Armour had a 12-under 201 total on Ohio State's Scarlet Course for a one-stroke lead over Keith Mitchell, who shot 70.

Soccer

Spain wins 3-0, ending Italy's run

In Madrid, Spain ended Italy's 11-year unbeaten run in qualifiers with a 3-0 win and moved closer to securing a World Cup spot. The Italians hadn't lost a qualifier – World Cup or European Championship – in 56 games, since September 2006.

Volleyball

IPFW women fall

In Muncie, the IPFW women lost their final match of the Ball State Tournament to the host Cardinals 3-0, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22. Nicole Rightnowar led the Mastodons with 11 kills and 14 digs. Katie Crowe added eight kills, while Elizabeth Fuerst had seven. Madison Jaqua picked up 24 assists.