FOWLES RETURNS, LEADS SKY OVER LIBERTY: Sylvia Fowles had 15 points and 13 rebounds to power the East-leading Sky to an 80-69 victory Saturday over the New York Liberty.
Fowles missed Chicago's 75-55 victory over the Liberty on Thursday with a sprained right ankle and was questionable for Saturday. She played 27 minutes and helped the Sky to their fifth straight victory and fourth in a row over New York with her seventh double-double.
Rookie Elena Delle Donne, the leading vote-getter for the All-Star game, scored a career-low seven points. But Chicago had five players in double digits, led by Tamera Young's 17, and increased its lead over idle Atlanta to one game for first place in the East as it chases its first postseason berth.
FIRE UPENDS D.C. UNITED: Chris Rolfe scored twice; Joel Lindpere netted his first goal of the season and added two assists, and the Fire beat D.C. United 4-1 on Saturday.
The victory, which snapped a two-match losing streak, moved the Fire (7-9-3) into seventh place in the Eastern Conference. Chicago is 4-2-0 in its past six matches.
RAILCATS' SKID REACHES FIVE GAMES: Starter Will Krout (2-5) surrendered nine earned runs on 13 hits in four innings as the visiting RailCats dropped their fifth consecutive game, losing to Sioux Falls 9-3 Saturday night.
Ryan Babineau went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for the RailCats, while Zac Mitchell was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
The RailCats close out their four-game series with the Canaries at 1:05 p.m. today (Lakeshore-FM, 89.1).
COWBOYS OWNER SAYS GARRETT NOT COACHING FOR JOB: Jerry Jones opened his 25th training camp as owner of the Dallas Cowboys sounding as if coach Jason Garrett would be around for 25 more.
The first vote of confidence came even before someone could ask Saturday in the annual "State of the Cowboys" address that Jones gives on the eve of camp.
The words got stronger when the questions started. Jones said it was a "mistake" to consider this a make-or-break year for Garrett, who missed the playoffs with 8-8 records in each of his two full seasons.
Sharing a concert-like stage with Garrett near the practice fields at a hotel complex, Jones said "I look to the future with Jason."
RECARI, CREAMER SHARE LEAD THROUGH 54 AT MARATHON: Spain's Beatriz Recari birdied the two closing par 5s to catch Paula Creamer atop the leaderboard through 54 holes Saturday in the Marathon Classic.
Recari, a two-time winner on the LPGA Tour, matched Creamer's 4-under 67. Both are at 12-under 201.
Creamer, who won in 2008 when the tournament was known as the Jamie Farr Toledo Classic, led by as many as two shots before Recari's late surge at Highland Meadows.
Rising American teen Lexi Thompson had a 67 and, along with Jacqui Concolino and Japan's Chie Arimura, was three shots back. Concolino, whose career-best tie for 11th came at the event last year, had a 69. Arimura three-putted the final hole for bogey and a 68.
THOMPSON, SUMMERHAYS LEAD AT SANDERSON FARMS: Nicholas Thompson and Daniel Summerhays are tied for the lead going into the final round of the Sanderson Farms Championship.
Summerhays waited out a rain delay of 1 hour, 17 minutes before making his final 19-foot putt for birdie, finishing with a 3 under 69 on Saturday at Annandale Golf Club. He also led last week going into the final round of the John Deere Classic before finishing fourth.
Thompson bogeyed his first hole in the third round, but was nearly flawless after that with a 65 to reach 17 under. Thompson is trying for his first PGA Tour win and would join sister Lexi as only the third brother-sister combo to win on the LPGA and PGA Tours.
EXTRA MILE OFFERS PANIC PREP: Extra Mile Fitness Company is offering a Popcorn Panic 5-Mile training program in preparation for the race.
The program begins at 7 a.m. Monday at Extra Mile, 1330 E. Lincolnway, Valparaiso.
Cost for the eight-week program is $50. The fee includes race registration and entry fee, an Extra Mile tech T-shirt, certified coaching, weekly workout emails, video gait analysis and two group runs each week.
The group runs will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and 7 a.m. on Sundays.
For details, go to www.extramileco.com, or call (219) 286-3606.
Around the horn
Oklahoma State sophomore Jordan Niebrugge won the U.S. Amateur Public Links at Laurel Hill, beating California junior Michael Kim 1 up in the 36-hole final. The winner traditionally receives a spot in the Masters, if still an amateur. ... New York Giants safety Will Hillhas been suspended for four games by the NFL for violating the league's substance of abuse policy, his second drug suspension in two years. ... Two NBA championship rings that Kobe Bryant gave to his parents each sold for more than $100,000 at an auction that supported one of his charities.