Maya Moore scored 23 points, Rebekkah Brunson had 15 points and 12 rebounds, and the Minnesota Lynx beat the Atlanta Dream 86-77 Thursday night in Duluth, Ga., to win their second WNBA title in three years.
Tiffany Hayes finished with 20 points and Alex Bentley 18 in reserve roles for Atlanta, which was swept in the best-of-five Finals for the third time in four years.
Moore was playing at the Gwinnett Arena for the first time since leading nearby Collins Hill High School to the last of three consecutive state titles in 2007, and she had strong support from the suburban Atlanta crowd.
Moore, the WNBA Rookie of the Year three years ago, was a big reason the Lynx won their first championship in 2011.
This time, she was named the Finals MVP as Minnesota became the second team to go unbeaten in seven playoff games and win a championship, joining the 2010 Seattle Storm.
Lindsay Whalen scored 15 points and Seimone Augustus 14 for the Lynx, who improved to 14-6 on the road this year.
Georgetown women's coach Keith Brown has resigned after an investigation into unprofessional conduct and inappropriate language as alleged by some of his players.
Federer loses early again
Roger Federer's chances of qualifying for the ATP Tour Finals took a hit when he lost in three sets to Gael Monfils at the Shanghai Masters, the latest early-round loss for the 17-time Grand Slam champion.
Monfils beat the former top-ranked Federer 6-4, 6-7 (5), 6-3 in the third round.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic and top-ranked Rafael Nadal moved into the quarterfinals with straight-set wins. Djokovic beat Italy's Fabio Fognini 6-3, 6-3, and Nadal rallied from 5-2 down in the second-set tiebreaker to down Argentina's Carlos Berlocq 6-1, 7-6 (5).
Federer, who has slipped to No. 7 in the rankings, was playing for the first time since losing in the fourth round of the U.S. Open. He needed a strong showing in Shanghai to secure a berth in the elite season-ending ATP Tour Finals in London a tournament he has played in every year since 2002.
Federer is seventh in the standings, with only a slight lead over several other players vying to get into the eight-man field in London. He plans to play in Basel and Paris in hopes of making it into the Nov. 4-11 tournament.
Federer fell to a player ranked outside the top 40 for the fourth time in his last six matches.
Man sentenced for taping
A USC assistant equipment manager has been sentenced to 36 months probation after he secretly recorded female staff members inside a Galen Center locker room.
Erik Perea, 35, was arrested in August after a female athletic department staff member discovered a micro video recorder attached to a trash can in the women's locker room.
USC released a statement saying Perea was fired and no athletes were recorded.
World Cup tickets hot
FIFA, the world governing body of soccer, said fans have applied for more than 6 million tickets for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, nearly double the total available.
The first phase of ticket allocation ended Thursday. Because of the high demand, soccer's governing body will hold a random draw to allocate the tickets. The second phase will be Nov. 5-28, with tickets available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Brazilians made 70 percent of the requests, followed by Americans, Argentines and Germans.
FIFA said it received applications from 203 countries. The most popular requests were the opener in Sao Paulo on June 12, the final in Rio de Janeiro on July 13 and all of Brazil's matches.
The Associated Press