In Brief

BASKETBALL

UConn’s Moore chosen
No. 1 in WNBA draft

Maya Moore’s WNBA career will begin in Minnesota.

The Connecticut star was drafted first overall Monday by the Lynx. She helped UConn win a record 90 straight games over the past two seasons and led the school to two national championships.

The four-time All-American averaged 22.8 points this season and 19.6 during her career. She was the only collegian to play on the U.S. women’s national team that won the gold medal at the world championship in October.

Moore is the second straight UConn player selected with the No. 1 pick. Tina Charles went to the Connecticut Sun last season and was the league’s rookie of the year.

Former Centennial High School and North Carolina standout Italee Lucas was taken by Tulsa with the ninth pick in the second round (21st overall).

MISCELLANEOUS

Masters’ final round
nets strong ratings

The final round of the Masters, capped by Charl Schwartzel’s victory march of four straight birdies, drew its second-highest preliminary television rating in 10 years.

The finish Sunday didn’t match last year’s rating, when Tiger Woods returned from a five-month layoff after revelations of infidelity and finished fourth. But with Woods surging into contention amid a crowded leaderboard, the coverage drew the best rating other than 2010 for the past decade.

CBS said the average overnight rating was 10.4 with a 22 share, up 18 percent from 2009. Last year was a 12.0/25.

Also: UNLV’s Brandon Bayardi was named Mountain West Conference baseball player of the week.

Bayardi helped the Rebels win three of four games against Sacred Heart, going 7-for-12 with nine RBIs, including a pair of three-run homers.

The Minnesota Wild fired coach Todd Richards after the team missed the playoffs in each of his two seasons and for a third straight season overall. The team’s playoff fate, and perhaps that of Richards, was sealed by an eight-game losing streak in March.

Olympic gold medalist Carl Lewis said he’ll run again — for New Jersey Senate.

The 49-year-old Willingboro, N.J., native, a longtime track and field superstar for the United States, announced his bid in Mount Holly, N.J.

Caster Semenya will compete at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League meet on June 4, her manager said. Jukka Harkonen said the 800-meter world champion will return to track’s top circuit in Eugene, Ore., and is also hoping to run at the Bislett Games in Oslo, Norway, five days later.

American sports tycoon Stan Kroenke officially secured a controlling stake that clears the way for him to become the majority owner of English Premier League soccer club Arsenal.

Kroenke owns the NFL’s St. Louis Rams, the NBA’s Denver Nuggets and the NHL’s Colorado Avalanche. His stake in Arsenal will rise from about 30 percent to nearly 63 percent.

Police said the home of soccer star Lionel Messi’s brother was sprayed with bullets in Argentina. No injuries were reported.

Police said at least six bullets were fired from a small-caliber weapon at Matias Messi’s home in Rosario, about 200 miles from Buenos Aires.

A former consultant for the University of Kansas will spend nearly four years in prison for his role in a more than $2 million ticket scalping conspiracy that lasted five years and damaged the school’s athletic department.

U.S. District Judge Wesley Brown rejected a defense plea for leniency in Wichita, Kan., as he sentenced Thomas Blubaugh to the 46-month prison term sought by prosecutors.

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