June 16, 2008 – The big news over the weekend was the Lakers win over the Celts – sending Kobe & Co. back to Boston down 3-2 in the Final series. But Friday night at the Staples Center was almost as exciting with the Los Angeles Sparks beating Connecticut in overtime, 98-93. For the second consecutive game, all five Sparks starters scored in double figures for Los Angeles. The next night, the Sparks ignited once again for a win over the Monarchs in Sacramento.
In other news:
Soccer: The U.S. Women open the 2008 Peace Queen Cup with 2-1 victory over Australia. Forward Natasha Kai scored in the first half and forward Abby Wambach added the winner 13 minutes from the end of the game. The Americans face Brazil next on June 17 at the Suwon Sports Complex.
Beach Volleyball: Reigning Olympic champions Misty May-Treanor and Kerri Walsh set a record for team gold-medal finishes on the SWATCH FIVB World Tour on Saturday as the U.S. beach volleyball tandem defeated Jia Tian and Jie Wang of China for the US$600,000 smart Grand Slam title in Berlin, Germany.
Waterpolo: The USA Women’s Senior National Team’s bid for a third straight FINA World League Super Final title was halted by Russia as Team USA lost 8-7 in the championship game.
Motocross: The third round of the Women’s Motocross World Championship saw Germany’s Steffi Laier take her second consecutive victory; once again it was a double moto win for the German, who topped the podium from Katherine Prumm and hometown rider Livia Lancelot. Laier moved up to fifth in the Championship.