Minnesota is headed back to a familiar place the WNBA Finals.
Maya Moore scored 27 points, Seimone Augustus had 22, and the Lynx beat the host Phoenix Mercury 72-65 on Sunday to advance with a sweep in the best-of-three WNBA Western Conference finals. It's the third straight season that Minnesota has reached the championship round.
"It's really fun, but it's still not the ultimate prize," said Moore, who is averaging 21.5 points in the playoffs. "We definitely appreciate where we are. We're going to enjoy it for a couple of days, but it's still the same focus, the same determination, I think even more so than Year One."
Minnesota will open the Finals on Sunday at home against Atlanta, which swept Indiana. Angel McCoughtry scored 27 points in the Dream's 67-53 victory over the Fever.
The NBA Finals could return to a 2-2-1-1-1 format. The league's Competition Committee voted unanimously to recommend the change from the current 2-3-2 system, and owners will vote on it next month at their meetings.
Forward Channing Frye said he will be back with the Phoenix Suns in training camp after sitting out last season with heart-related issues.
Coach Erik Spoelstra and the Miami Heat are "basically done" on a contract extension, a person familiar with the situation said.
Kenyan runs to record
Wilson Kipsang of Kenya did what he said he'd do, setting the world record in style in winning the 40th Berlin Marathon.
After suggesting he was in the form to challenge compatriot Patrick Makau's 2011 time set in Berlin, the 31-year-old Kipsang beat the record by 15 seconds to set a new world best of 2 hours, 3 minutes, 23 seconds.
"Looking at my marathon progress and career so far, I still think I have the potential to run faster. Anything under 2:03:23 would do," said Kipsang, who was just four seconds short of Makau's time in Frankfurt in 2011.
It was the eighth world record in Berlin in 15 years, strengthening its reputation as the world's fastest course.
Olympic flame fired up
The countdown to the 2014 Sochi Winter Games has officially begun with the lighting of the Olympic flame in Greece.
Thomas Bach, the newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee, watched as the sun's rays and a parabolic mirror were used to spark the flame at the Temple of Hera.
"The flame lit today by the Greek sun takes on the responsibility for a peaceful celebration here and now," Bach said. "The torches will carry it into the Olympic future."
Rui Costa of Portugal prevailed over a star-studded field to win a grueling road race at the cycling world championships in Florence, Italy, edging Joaquin Rodriguez of Spain in a two-man sprint finish.
Costa clocked 7:25:44 over the marathon-like 169-mile route to become the first Portuguese winner in the race's 86-year history.
Milos Raonic upset top-seeded Tomas Berdych 7-6 (4), 6-3 at the Thailand Open in Bangkok.
The Associated Press