Monarchs rally over Liberty

NEW YORK -- Ticha Penicheiro scored nine of her 18 points in the fourth quarter to rally the Sacramento Monarchs to a 70-63 victory over the New York Liberty on Sunday.

Nicole Powell had 13 points, Kara Lawson and Adrian Williams-Strong had 11 each and Rebekkah Brunson added 10 for Sacramento (3-4). Williams-Strong also had nine rebounds.

Lisa Willis scored 11 points, Cathrine Kraayeveld had 10, and Tiffany Jackson added 10 points and nine rebounds for the Liberty (3-4), who had won two straight overall and three in a row at home. New York shot 35 percent from the field, including just 6-for-21 on 3-pointers.

• SUN 87, MYSTICS 79 -- In Uncasville, Conn., Asjha Jones scored 16 points, and Connecticut (7-1) opened the second half with a 19-0 run en route to its fourth straight victory and a half-game lead over Detroit atop the Eastern Conference.

Monique Currie scored a career-high 28 points to lead the Mystics (2-6), who rallied from a 24-point deficit to pull within eight in the fourth quarter.

• LYNX 90, SILVER STARS 78 -- In Minneapolis, rookie Charde Houston scored 11 of her 15 points in the second half to help Minnesota hold off San Antonio.

Houston scored seven consecutive points in a nearly 7-minute second-half stretch while her teammates went cold, keeping the Lynx ahead throughout before a 20-5 run midway through the fourth quarter put San Antonio away.

• NBA -- Dwyane Wade still believes his knee will be ready for the Beijing Olympics.

The Miami Heat guard, who missed the final 21 games of last season because of chronic soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, said that he's been playing 5-on-5 games for about a week with "no problems."

Wade is spending much of his offseason rehabilitating in Chicago, with eyes on both getting a spot on the Beijing-bound team -- USA Basketball will finalize its Olympic roster later this month -- and ensuring that he's fully healthy when the Heat open training camp in late September.

• SWIMMING -- Double Olympic champion Kosuke Kitajima of Japan set a world record in the men's 200 meter breaststroke.

Wearing Speedo's LZR Racer, Kitajima finished in 2 minutes, 07.51 seconds at the Japan Open, taking almost a second off the previous mark set by American Brendan Hansen in 2006.

It is the 38th world record set by a swimmer using Speedo's LZR Racer swimsuit since it was introduced in February.

• SOFTBALL -- Stacey Nuveman homered and Jennie Finch threw a one-hit shutout as the United States beat China 7-0 in an exhibition game stopped after five innings because of the run rule.

Nuveman gave the U.S. a 4-0 lead with a three-run shot to left-center field in the second inning, and the Americans tacked on three more runs in the fourth inning off Chinese starter Li Qi.

Finch, who picked up wins in relief after Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott struggled in games the previous days, was dominant from the start. She struck out five and lost her perfect game on a ground single to left field by Li Chun Xia with two outs in the fifth.