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Minnesota Within One Win of Another WNBA Championship

Minnesota Lynx forward Janel McCarville (4) grabs a rebound against Atlanta Dream forward Aneika Henry during Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minnesota Lynx forward Janel McCarville (4) grabs a rebound against Atlanta Dream forward Aneika Henry during Game 2 of the WNBA basketball finals, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs)

Minneapolis — Seimone Augustus scored 20 points and Lindsay Whalen had 14 points and five assists to push the Minnesota Lynx to the brink of their second title in three seasons with an 88-63 victory over the Atlanta Dream in Game 2 of the WNBA Finals on Tuesday night.

Rebekkah Brunson had 12 points and 10 rebounds and Maya Moore chipped in 14 points and eight boards for the Lynx, who lead the best-of-five series 2-0.

Angel McCoughtry scored 15 points for the Dream, but she made just 5 of 18 shots and was in foul trouble for most of the night.

Game 3 is on Thursday night in Georgia.

NFL Football

Jets QB Has Surgery

New York — Quarterback Mark Sanchez underwent season-ending surgery on his injured right shoulder, possibly also signaling the end of his New York Jets career.

The surgery on the torn labrum was performed by Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday, the team announced on Twitter and its official site. Sanchez, who hasn’t played since being injured in the third preseason game, said in a statement that he was advised by Andrews and other doctors to have surgery.

Colts RB Out for Season

Indianapolis — Colts running back Ahmad Bradshaw will miss the rest of this season after opting for neck surgery.

Bradshaw was injured in Week 3 against San Francisco, but it’s unclear when he was injured. He took a big hit on the opening series, continued to play, then was hurt again later when he ran into a linemen. Team trainers appeared to check his left shoulder on the sideline, but Bradshaw returned again and finished the game 19 carries for 95 yards, both season highs, and one touchdown.

3 Make Cut for
2018 Super Bowl

Washington — New Orleans and Indianapolis, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018.

Those three cities were selected from a pool of six at the owners’ meetings Tuesday. Should Lucas Oil Stadium get the game, it would be the first cold-weather stadium to host two Super Bowls.

“It proves that Indianapolis is really a unique city, being a medium-sized market in a colder market, without 80 degrees and beaches,” Colts owner Jim Irsay said.

Minneapolis last hosted the title game in January 1992. A $975 million stadium is going to be built in downtown Minneapolis, with the projected opening coming in 2016.

The 2018 Super Bowl will be awarded next May. The next four Super Bowls are in New Jersey, Arizona, San Francisco and Houston.

NFL to Play 3 in London

Washington — The NFL will play three regular-season games at London’s Wembley Stadium next year, hosted by the Jaguars, Falcons and Raiders.

The league announced Tuesday at its fall meetings that it was expanding its international series. It will be the most games the league has played abroad in one year. This season, Minnesota beat Pittsburgh 34-27 in September, and Jacksonville will host San Francisco on Oct. 27 as part of it a four-year commitment to move a home game to Wembley.

Dates and opponents for the games will be announced when the schedule is compiled next year.

Cowboys Cut Safety

Irving, Texas — Safety Will Allen has been released by the Dallas Cowboys.

Allen, a 10-season veteran, started the first two games this year before being replaced as the starter by rookie J.J. Wilcox.

Baseball

Bowa Returns to Phillies

Philadelphia — Linked together in one of the worst trades in franchise history, Larry Bowa and Ryne Sandberg now will be working in the same dugout trying to restore the Philadelphia Phillies’ winning ways.

Bowa, a former Phillies manager and shortstop, returned to the team Tuesday to serve as bench coach under Sandberg. The two infielders were traded to the Chicago Cubs in 1981 for shortstop Ivan DeJesus. Sandberg, a throw-in at the time, went on to become a Hall of Fame second baseman.

High Schools

Kentucky Bans Postgame Handshakes

Lexington, Ky. — Kentucky’s athletic sanctioning body has ordered high schools not to conduct postgame handshakes in all sports following more than two dozen physical confrontations the past three years.

Tuesday’s directive from Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett, posted on its web site, didn’t mention specific fights or conflicts, but said several fall sports have had postgame incidents. The organization said it’s “disappointing” to take such action but that it became necessary because of occurrences statewide and nationally.

KHSAA has also instructed game officials to immediately leave facilities after contests or risk being penalized.

Teams can choose to ignore the order. Schools that can conduct handshakes must supervise the activity and report any incidents to KHSAA.

Member schools or coaches that engage in unsportsmanlike behavior will be fined and penalized.