DELLE DONNE LEADS SKY TO WIN: Rookie Elena Delle Donne had 23 points and five rebounds and the Sky scored the game's first 12 points and went on to beat the Connecticut Sun 83-70 on Friday.
Swin Cash had 19 points and eight rebounds for the Sky (10-4) and Sylvia Fowles had 14 points and eight rebounds. Epiphanny Prince added 11 points and six assists and Courtney Vandersloot had seven assists and four steals for Chicago, which has won six of seven.
Connecticut missed its first 10 shots and Chicago grabbed the early lead. The Sky led 50-35 at the half and cruised to the win.
ELS, MICKELSON UPSTAGED AT SCOTTISH OPEN: Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson endured frustrating second rounds at the Scottish Open as the tournament's headline acts were upstaged by some lesser-knowns on Friday.
Chris Doak, ranked No. 341, was the surprise leader at the halfway point of his home event after a second straight 66 left him on 12-under 132, while Matthew Southgate (64) was in a tie for second place with Ross Fisher (65), Peter Uihlein (66) and JB Hansen (65) a stroke back.
Mickelson, another four-time major winner, was tied for third after a first-round 66 but dropped after a 70.
JOHNSON KEEPS SHARE OF DEERE CLASSIC LEAD: Zach Johnson has evolved into one of the most consistent players the John Deere Classic has ever seen.
Johnson put together another steady round Friday, maintaining a share of the lead despite standout efforts from rookie Patrick Reed and Lucas Glover.
Johnson, the defending champion, shot a 5-under 66 to join Reed and Glover atop the leaderboard at 12-under 130 following second-round play.
MATTHEW LEADS AT MANULIFE FINANCIAL CLASSIC: Catriona Matthew shot a 64 Friday to take a three-stroke lead after the second round of the Manulife Financial LPGA Classic.
Matthew's 15-under 127 at the tournament's midway point blew away her previous career-best 36-hole mark on tour by five strokes. American Angela Stanford shot a 67 and was second, while Inbee Park, who is looking to win her fourth straight LPGA Tour event, had a 67 and was tied with three other players at 10-under.
FRANCHITTI WINS POLE FOR TORONTO INDYCAR RACE: Dario Franchitti, fresh off his first podium finish of the year, carried that momentum into Toronto with a pole-winning run for the first of two races at Exhibition Place.
The four-time IndyCar Series champion was flawless in three rounds of Friday qualifying to coast to the top starting spot at Toronto, 1.75-mile street track where Franchitti has three career victories. It's his fifth pole at Toronto and third on the season.
But his Target Chip Ganassi Racing team had to hustle all afternoon to repair damage to his No. 10 Honda incurred during a crashed in morning practice.
MONSTER TRUCKS INVADE ILLIANA: Illiana Motor Speedway will host a Monster Truck Throwdown, featuring eight of the best Monster trucks in competition, today. There will also be an FMX motorcycle freestyle contest.
Gates will open at 4 p.m., with a pit party at 5 and racing at 7. Cost is $20 for adults, $10 for children 9 and under. Parking is free.
For details, call (219) 322-5311, or go to www.illianaspeedway.com.
VALPO SCRIMMAGE TODAY: Valparaiso will host Morton, Munster and Wheeler in a controlled scrimmage from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Cost is $5 for one person, $10 for a family. Gates open at 10:30 a.m.
HEBRON HOSTING FAN FEST: Hebron will hold its inaugural fan fest fundraiser July 27 at the high school field. The all-day event will feature a 50-inning game involving varsity and JV players, a futures game for Hebron Middle School players, a father-son wiffle ball game, an alumni game and a home run derby. Admission is $5 per family or a case of Gatorade/water. The home run derby and alumni game cost $10 and $20, respectively. The concession stand will be open all day. All proceeds go to the baseball program. Alumni are asked to confirm their participation with coach John Steinhilber at (219) 608-0334 or coach Sean Riley at (219) 306-9150.
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Former Bears linebacker Otis Wilson will be among a panel of experts at a concussion awareness event. The event is from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. today at the South Holland Community Center, 501 E. 170th St., South Holland. For details, call (708) 331-2940.