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Liberty finally beats Chicago Sky

Tina Charles had a season-high 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Candice Wiggins hit all five of her three-pointers to lead the visiting Liberty to their first win over the Chicago Sky in three seasons, 89-81. Wiggins finished with 15 points as the Liberty bench outscored Chicago's reserves 34-7, ending a 10-game losing streak to the Sky that dated back to Aug. 21, 2012. Elena Delle Donne, who leads the league at 29 points a game, finished with 26 but was only 8 of 20 from the field.

COLLEGESSt. John's names Oliva interim athletic director

St. John's general counsel Joseph Oliva was appointed interim athletic director yesterday by university president Conrado Gempesaw. For the past two years, Oliva had oversight responsibility for the department of athletics, and he played a key role in the hiring of basketball coach Chris Mullin in April. "I am most appreciative of Joe's willingness to assume this interim leadership role as the university continues its search for a permanent athletic director," Gempesaw said in a statement.

Former athletic director Chris Monasch, who wanted to extend the contract of Steve Lavin rather than hire Hall of Famer Mullin, resigned in May. Former Sacramento Kings general manager Pete D'Alessandro, a St. John's grad with ties to Mullin, was believed to be the leading AD candidate but accepted a front-office position with the Denver Nuggets. Oliva, who also played a role in St. John's transition to the new Big East Conference, the league's partnership with Fox Sports and St. John's partnership with Under Armour apparel, has the experience to manage the athletic department's transition, as the hiring of Mullin and top recruiters Barry Rohrssen and Matt Abdelmassih shows. "This is an exciting time for St. John's athletics and our university as a whole," Oliva said in the statement.


Chicago trades Saad to Columbus

The Chicago Blackhawks traded forward Brandon Saad to the Columbus Blue Jackets in a seven-player deal. The 22-year-old Saad set career highs with 23 goals and 29 assists in 82 games this past season. The rugged winger then helped the Blackhawks to their third Stanley Cup title in six seasons. Saad was eligible for restricted free agency, and Chicago is trying to manage its salary cap with twin extensions for captain Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane kicking in for next season . . . The San Jose Sharks found their starting goaltender for next season, acquiring Martin Jones in a trade from the Boston Bruins. The Sharks sent a 2016 first-round pick and unsigned forward prospect Sean Kuraly to the Bruins for Jones, four days after he had been dealt from Los Angeles to Boston.-- APGOLF

LIers in contention at club pro championship

Ben Polland, an assistant pro at the Deepdale Golf Club in Manhasset, is tied for the lead going into the final round of the PGA Professional National Championship at the Philadelphia Cricket Club. Polland, the leader after two rounds, shot a 3-over-par 73 and is tied with another Met Section pro, Grant Sturgeon of the Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck. Matt Dobyns, head pro at the Fresh Meadow Club in Manhasset, was in third place after a 68 . . . Cameron Young of Scarborough, New York, an incoming freshman at Wake Forest, shot 5-under-par 66 in the final round for a five-stroke victory in the Metropolitan Golf Association's 60th Ike Championship at Friar's Head in Riverhead.

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