Washington forward Elena Delle Donne was selected the 2019 WNBA MVP in a near-unanimous vote.
Delle Donne received 41 of 43 first-place votes after leading Washington to a league-best 26-8 record. She is the first player in WNBA history to win MVP honors with two different teams after doing so in 2015 with Chicago.
The Mystics went 26-5 with Delle Donne in the starting lineup. Delle Donne averaged 19.5 points, 8.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists and shot a league-high 97.4% from the free throw line.
Delle Donne became the first player in WNBA history to shoot over 50% from the field, over 40% on three-pointers and over 90% from the free throw line.
She's not done. Delle Donne scored 14 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in Washington's 103-91 home victory Thursday over Las Vegas in Game 2 of their semifinal playoff series, giving the Mystics a 2-0 lead.
Emma Meesseman tied a career high with 30 points in her second consecutive exceptional playoff performance for the Mystics. She scored 27 points in Game 1.
Game 3 is Sunday in Las Vegas.
Sun takes 2-0 series lead
Jonquel Jones scored 27 points and Courtney Williams 25 to help host Connecticut rout Los Angeles 94-68 and take a 2-0 lead in a WNBA semifinal series. The Sun led by one at halftime before Williams blew the game open, scoring 13 points in the third quarter. Then the Sun opened with 10 of the first 12 fourth-quarter points.
North Dakotan Hoge leads
Five rounds in, it's looking like a good PGA Tour season for Tom Hoge. Hoge shot an 8-under 64 and led after the first round of the Sanderson Farms Championship in Jackson, Miss.
That continued his success from the season opener, when he finished runner-up at the Greenbrier. Hoge, a 30-year-old from Fargo, N.D., who won the Minnesota State Amateur in 2009 and 2010, is winless in 134 starts on the PGA Tour.
It gets ugly for McIlroy
Rory McIlroy, the world's second-ranked player, shot a 42 on the back nine and finished at 4-over 76 at the BMW PGA Championship in Virginia Water, England. Matt Wallace leads after a 65.
Around the horn
NHL: Ottawa defenseman Thomas Chabot agreed to an eight-year, $64 million contract extension. Chabot, 22, had 14 goals and 55 points in his first full NHL season. … Buffalo defenseman Brandon Montour will miss the rest of training camp because of a hand injury, and it's uncertain he'll be ready for the start of the season in two weeks.
NBA: Detroit signed 38-year-old swingman Joe Johnson, a 17-year veteran who didn't play last season but was recently named MVP of the BIG3 3-on-3 league.
Sailing: U.S. Sailing parted ways with Malcolm Page, chief of Olympic sailing, less than a year before the Tokyo Games. The move came two months after the American team had no podium finishes in two major regattas at the venue for the 2020 Games.
Tennis: Camila Giorgi dropped just three games in upsetting third-seeded Sloane Stephens 6-0, 6-3 in the second round of the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Osaka, Japan.
Bobsledding: Kaillie Humphries, two-time Olympic gold medalist for Canada in bobsled, competed as a guest of the U.S. in USA Bobsled's national push championships in Lake Placid, N.Y. Humphries, who didn't compete last season after claiming she was the subject of abuse by a coach, has asked Canada to release her so she can race for the U.S.
Amateur golf: Lukas Michel of Australia beat Joseph Deraney 2-and-1 in the 36-hole final in Parker, Colo., and became the first international winner in the 39-year history of the U.S. Mid-Amateur. Ina Kim-Schaad won the women's title in Flagstaff, Ariz., defeating Talia Campbell 3-and-2.