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Sports news briefs — July 6

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Boris Diaw staying with San Antonio

• Boris Diaw says he’s staying with the Spurs. The versatile forward tweeted Sunday evening that he is staying in San Antonio “for a few more years.” Diaw did not reveal the specifics of his new contract with the Spurs, but Yahoo Sports first reported it is a three-year deal worth $22 million. Diaw was an invaluable contributor to the Spurs’ championship run last season. He averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists last season and gave the Spurs a strong defender as well. The 32-year-old became a free agent this summer and cannot officially sign the new contract until Thursday.

• Diana Taurasi scored a season-high 32 points, including a season-best seven 3-pointers, and the Phoenix Mercury beat the host Los Angeles Sparks 94-89 for their seventh straight victory, tying a franchise record. Penny Taylor hit a go-ahead 3-pointer with 1:18 to play, giving the Mercury a 90-89 lead. They got the ball back on a turnover by Kristi Toliver. Taurasi hit a 3-pointer while being closely guarded with 8 seconds left for a 93-89 lead, ensuring the Mercury’s longest winning streak since August 2006 and the longest in the WNBA this season. Taylor added 17 points and Candice Dupree and Brittney Griner had 15 points each for Phoenix (13-3).

• Tina Charles scored a career-high 32 points to lead New York past Maya Moore and Minnesota. Charles also had 10 rebounds to help New York improve to 7-11. Moore finished with 25 points to lead the Lynx (13-6).

Horse racing

Harness racing hall inducts latest class

• Champion breeder Bill Weaver and driver David Miller were inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame along with broodmare Hattie, 2007 Horse of the Year Donato Hanover and 1991 Horse of the Year Precious Bunny. Carol Cramer and John Pawlak also became members of the Communicators Corner, and the horses Green Speed and Windsongs Legacy were inducted as Immortals of the Hall of Fame.

• Filly Lexie Lou won the $1 million Queen’s Plate at Woodbine, beating Ami’s Holiday by 1½ lengths in the first leg of the Canadian Triple Crown. The Woodbine Oaks winner, ridden by Patrick Husbands, ran 1¼ miles in 2:03.94 on the polytrack to give trainer Mark Casse his first Plate victory. Lexie Lou paid $8.20, $4.50 and $3.30, Ami’s Holiday returned $9.70 and $5.80, and Asserting Bear paid $6 to show in the 15-horse field.

• Wonder Gal romped to a 14½-length victory in the $125,000 Lynbrook Stakes for New York bred 2-year-old fillies at Belmont Park. Bet down to 4-5 for her debut, Wonder Gal was the early trailer in the five-horse field. She launched a bid with a strong inside run on the turn before surging past rivals. Taylor Rice was aboard for trainer Leah Gyarmati as Wonder Gal ran the six furlongs in 1:11.14 on the fast track. She paid $3.60, $2.60 and $2.10.

beach volleyball

Walsh Jennings ties women’s win record

• Three-time Olympic champion Kerri Walsh Jennings tied the women’s record for beach volleyball tournament victories in the United States with 69, teaming with April Ross to win the AVP Milwaukee Open. Walsh Jennings and Ross beat Brooke Sweat and Laurent Fendrick 15-21, 21-16, 15-13 in the final. Walsh Jennings tied retired former partner Misty May-Treanor for the record. Walsh Jennings also extended her overall record with her 118th career victory. Walsh Jennings and Ross have three AVP Tour victories and eight worldwide titles since September.

• In the men’s final, Tri Bourne and John Hyden beat Phil Dalhausser and Sean Rosenthal 21-15, 21-18.

— From wire reports


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