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Sports Digest: Wilson named AP WNBA player of the year

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Sports activities Digest: Wilson named AP WNBA participant of the yr

A’ja Wilson, middle, of the Las Vegas Aces, led the crew to an 18-4 document and the highest seed within the upcoming WNBA playoffs. She was named AP Participant of the Yr on Tuesday. Mike Carlson/Related Press

A’ja Wilson has been the cornerstone of the Las Vegas franchise since she was drafted and took her recreation to a different degree this season, incomes her The Related Press WNBA participant of the yr honors. The previous No. 1 total choose three years in the past led the Aces to an 18-4 document through the shortened season and the highest seed within the WNBA playoffs that start Tuesday in Bradenton, Florida.

“She is aware of who she is, she is aware of the place she’s going,” stated Las Vegas Coach Invoice Laimbeer. “She is aware of that she’s in cost, and he or she’s accountable for our crew. She has taken this upon her shoulders.”

The 6-foot-4 Wilson, who turned 24 final month, averaged 20.5 factors, 8.5 rebounds and two blocks this yr for the Aces and views herself as a extra all-around participant now.

“I really feel like I’m a extra full participant now then once I first acquired into the league,” Wilson stated in a web-based interview. “Even once I might not be taking pictures the ball nicely, I can discover different methods to assist my crew win.”

TENNIS

ITALIAN OPEN: Novak Djokovic’s first match since being defaulted from the U.S. Open will come towards native wild-card entry Salvatore Caruso within the second spherical of the Italian Open.

The 87th-ranked Caruso defeated American qualifier Tennys Sandgren 3-6, 6-3, 7-6 (4) Tuesday within the opening spherical on the empty Foro Italico, the place followers are being saved away due to the coronavirus pandemic. Caruso saved a match level late within the third set earlier than closing it out after practically three hours on a steamy 32 diploma Celsius (90 diploma F) day.

The highest-ranked Djokovic, who had a first-round bye, stated Monday that he realized “a big lesson” after he was thrown out of the match in New York for unintentionally hitting a line choose within the throat with a ball.

Djokovic beat Caruso in straight units of their solely profession assembly within the third spherical of final yr’s French Open.

In different matches on Rome’s purple clay, U.S. Open quarterfinalists Andrey Rublev and Denis Shapovalov each received in straight units.

AUTO RACING

NASCAR: Daniel Suarez, who landed a experience two weeks earlier than the season-opening Daytona 500, is not going to return to Gaunt Brothers Racing next season and is seeking a new team for the third time in three years.

Gaunt Brothers stated Tuesday it was a mutual determination for the Mexican driver to depart the crew. Suarez will end the yr within the No. 96 Toyota Camry.

“I’m extraordinarily grateful to my whole Toyota household for the whole lot they’ve achieved for me, particularly this yr,” Suarez stated. “I’ll at all times be grateful to them for having my again.”

Suarez has struggled with Gaunt Brothers, which is in its first full season of Cup competitors. The crew failed to make the Daytona 500 and Suarez is ranked thirty first within the standings.

CYCLING

TOUR de FRANCE: German rider Lennard Kamna received the primary Alpine stage of the Tour de France on Tuesday after pulling away from a gaggle of breakaway riders on his strategy to the ski resort of Villard-de-Lans.

The 24-year-old Kamna, who rides for the Bora-hansgrohe crew, made his decisive transfer on the penultimate ascent to drop former race chief Julian Alaphilippe, Richard Carapaz and Sebastien Reichenbach, three rivals with a powerful pedigree.

The favorites for the general title, together with yellow jersey Primoz Roglic, rode within the peloton some quarter-hour behind Kamna, who was not a menace within the common classification.

Kamna was a part of a gaggle of 15 riders who broke away from the peloton early within the 164-kilometer (102-mile) trek.

Amongst them, Frenchman Quentin Pacher additionally tried a solo escape however his effort was brief lived as he was simply caught after which dropped by Alaphilippe, Carapaz, Reichenbach and Kamna. Carapaz, the Giro d’Italia champion, made Alaphilippe and Reichenbach crack with a few biting assaults however couldn’t reply when Kamna countered earlier than the summit.


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