Lynx guard Lindsay Whalen was named the WNBA's Western Conference Player of the Week on Tuesday. It's Whalen's third Player of the Week award with the Lynx and seventh of her career.

The former Gophers star started the week by scoring 16 points and making a game-high six assists in the Lynx's victory at Seattle on June 25. Whalen then led all scorers with 21 points in a June 27 win over Phoenix. It was Whalen's 28th 20-plus-point effort as a Lynx (52nd in her career) and the third time this year she's been Minnesota's top scorer.

The former Hutchinson High star shot 53.6 percent from the field during the week and made all six of her free-throw attempts.

Whalen, who has averaged 12.4 points and 5.2 assists per game in her 12-year career, is averaging 13.4 points and 4.1 assists this season.

... Tamika Catchings had 26 points and 10 rebounds to help Indiana beat Connecticut 92-84. ... Tina Charles had 26 points, 11 rebounds and five assists, and Candice Wiggins hit all five of her three-pointers, to lead New York to an 89-81 win over Chicago. ... Tulsa guard Skylar Diggins will miss at least four games because of a sprained knee.

auto racing

Daytona won't ban Confederate flag

Daytona International Speedway will not ban the Confederate flag from track property this weekend, but will offer the American flag to those who wish to fly it on property.

Daytona President Joie Chitwood said the speedway will offer an exchange program in which fans can trade a flag for the American flag. Daytona hosts NASCAR races on Saturday and Sunday nights this weekend.

"We are celebrating the American flag this weekend, it is our nation's birthday," Chitwood said. "We're going to have a flag exchange opportunity, so fans who would like to fly the American flag, we'll trade with you whatever flag you have, we want you to celebrate that flag this weekend. That's what is important.

"Going forward, we're really going to have to take a look at where that other [Confederate] flag goes because it doesn't have a place in our sport."


Sam back with Alouettes

After being away from the team for a couple of weeks, former Mizzou star Michael Sam is back with the CFL's Montreal Alouettes.

Sam practiced Monday after unexpectedly leaving the Alouettes earlier this month.TMZ is reporting that Sam, the first openly gay player to be drafted by an NFL team, and former Missouri swimmer Vito Cammisano have parted ways, six months after announcing their engagement. Sam has apparently deleted photos of Cammisano and himself on his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

Sam signed a two-year deal with the Alouettes in May before leaving the team June 12 for "personal reasons."

"I was always coming back," Sam said Monday. "I had to deal with personal matters when I was home. That's all taken care of, so now I'm back."

around the horn

Track and field: Slowed by an injured left leg, Usain Bolt withdrew from this month's Diamond League meetings in Paris and Lausanne, dealing a blow to his title defense preparations for the world championships in August.

College football: Maryland football coach Randy Edsall was rewarded with a three-year contract extension after guiding the Terrapins to consecutive winning seasons and back-to-back bowl bids. The extension begins in January 2017 and is worth up to $7.5 million, though only $500,000 is guaranteed. Edsall also receives an increase of $71,000 in each of the final two seasons of his original contract.

... Florida State freshman quarterback De'Andre Johnson was charged with misdemeanor battery.

Soccer: Lionel Messi helped set up five goals as Argentina trounced Paraguay 6-1 in the Copa America semifinals, setting up a final against host Chile. ... U.S. midfielder Brad Davis will miss the Gold Cup because of a knee injury.