Cal alum Kristine Anigwe, Brittney Griner and four other players were ejected after a fight broke out midway through the fourth quarter of Dallas’ 80-77 win over Phoenix on Saturday night in the WNBA.
With 6:23 left in the final period, Phoenix’s Griner and Dallas’ Anigwe got tangled up in the lane and a scuffle ensued. The Grinder, the Mercury’s 6-foot-8 center had to be restrained by an official at midcourt where she was still trying to get at Dallas players.
After about a 10-minute review, the officials ejected Griner, Diana Taurasi and Briann January from Phoenix. Taurasi was inactive for the game, but was tossed for leaving the bench area. Anigwe, Kayla Thornton and Kaela Davis were ejected for Dallas.
“Today I went on the court to make sure my teammate didn’t get jumped,” Taurasi said. “She got punched in the face and then someone ran on her back and threw punches at her face. I would do that 100 times out of 100 times.”
Griner didn’t comment after the game.
Phoenix was leading 71-68 at that point. But Dallas came back and the win snapped an 18-game road losing streak dating to July 12, 2018.
• In the night’s other game, Erica Wheeler had 19 points and seven assists and the host Indiana Fever beat Atlanta 87-82 to hand the Dream their ninth consecutive loss.
Tennis: Teenager Bianca Andreescu advanced to the Rogers Cup title match in Toronto with a 6-4, 7-6 (5) victory over Sofia Kenin on Saturday, becoming the first Canadian in 50 years to make the women’s final.
Andreescu, from Mississauga, Ontario, will face Serena Williams on Sunday. Williams beat Czech qualifier Marie Bouzkova 1-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the other semifinal.
• In the men’s Rogers Cup in Montreal, top-seeded defending champion Rafael Nadal advanced to the final when Gael Monfils withdrew before their semifinal with a sore left ankle. Nadal will face eighth-seeded Daniil Medvedev, a 6-1, 7-6 (6) winner over sixth-seeded Karen Khachanov in the all-Russian first semifinal.
Motor sports: Team Penske’s Austin Cindric raced to his second straight NASCAR Xfinity Series victory, holding off Joe Gibbs Racing’s Christopher Bell at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington. Cindric, 20, won for the first time in the series last week on the road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Protest: Olympic fencing medalist Race Imboden took a knee in protest during his team’s foil medal ceremony at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru.
The American knelt during the national anthem at the medal ceremony Friday to protest racial and social injustice. He won a bronze medal in the individual men’s foil event and then took gold in the team competition with San Francisco’s Gerek Meinhardt, also an Olympic medal winner, and Nick Itkin.
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