Ogwumike traded by Sun, reunited with sister in LA

The Ogwumike sisters are back on the same team for the first time since they played together at Stanford.

The Connecticut Sun traded Chiney Ogwumike to Los Angeles for the Sparks’ 2020 WNBA first-round pick on Saturday.

The move reunites Ogwumike with her sister, Nneka, who plays for the Sparks.

“I am absolutely thrilled to be playing with my sister,” Chiney Ogwumike said. “Basketball has always been a family thing for me.”

After helped the Cardinal to three Final Fours in her four years (2010-2014), Chiney Ogwumike was the No. 1 pick by the Sun in and she has been one of the most popular players in the franchise’s history. Last season she was an All-Star and averaged 14.4 points and 7.3 rebounds.

Nneka, who at 28 is a year older than her sister, played in the Final Four all four years at Stanford (2008-2012). She was the first overall pick in the 2012 WNBA draft, leading the Sparks to a title in 2016, when she was the league’s MVP.

“It’s been a long time coming, but I’m glad we can pick up where we left off,” Nneka Ogwumike said. “Playing with my sis was always a dream, so I’m excited to pursue another championship dream with her on the court, by my side.”


Messi goal clinches title for Barcelona

Lionel Messi scored in the 62nd minute to help Barcelona clinch the Liga title by beating Levante 1-0 at Camp Nou, cementing its status as Spain’s dominant club this decade.

Messi’s league-leading 34th goal was his 46th in all competitions this season.

• In MLS play, Daniel Vega had four saves for his second shutout of the season as the Earthquakes (2-5-2) played to a scoreless draw at FC Dallas (5-2-2).

Golf: Jon Rahm and Ryan Palmer shared the lead with Scott Stallings and Trey Mullinax at 23-under-par 193 as the PGA Tour’s Zurich Classic near New Orleans got back on schedule.

Rahm and Palmer played 30 holes Saturday in the event delayed by rain for more than seven hours Thursday, finishing off a 7-under 65 in the alternate-shot second round and shooting 64 in best-ball play in the third. Stallings and Mullinax played 27 holes, shooting 70-62.

• Minjee Lee overcame a triple bogey to shoot a 4-under 67 and take a one-shot lead over Nanna Koerstz Madsen heading into the final round of the LPGA Tour’s Hugel-Air Premia LA Open.

• Tom Pernice Jr. and Scott Hoch stretched their lead to three strokes in a PGA Tour Champions’ event in Ridgedale, Mo., shooting a 6-under 48 on a par-3 course while playing modified alternate shot in one nine and best ball in the other.

• Erik Van Rooyen posted a 5-under 68 to take a one-shot lead over Jorge Campillo after the third round of the European Tour’s Trophee Hassan II in Rabat, Morocco.

Motor sports: Austin Dillon will start on the pole at Talladega Superspeedway in Alabama for Sunday’s NASCAR Cup Series race, posting the highest speed in qualifying at 192.544 mph for his second pole of the year.

• Tyler Reddick held off Gray Gaulding in a two-lap shootout to win the NASCAR Xfinity Series race at Talladega for his first victory of the year.

• Valtteri Bottas qualified in pole position for the Azerbaijan Grand Prix in Baku, nipping teammate and championship leader Lewis Hamilton by 0.059 seconds.

Tennis: Dominic Thiem defeated Rafael Nadal 6-4, 6-4 in the Barcelona Open, becoming the first player other than Novak Djokovic to defeat the Spaniard on clay four times. Thiem will try to win his second title of the year Sunday in a final against Daniil Medvedev, who beat fourth-seeded Kei Nishikori 6-4, 3-6, 7-5.

• Top-ranked Naomi Osaka withdrew from the Porsche Grand Prix semifinals because of an abdominal injury. Her opponent, No. 8 seed Anett Kontaveit, received a walkover into Sunday’s final against Petra Kvitova, who beat Kiki Bertens 7-6 (3), 3-6, 6-1.

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