The WNBA settled its final playoff pairing and some other matters Sunday, the final day of the regular season.
Washington became the No. 4 seed in the Eastern Conference when it lost 73-71 at home to Atlanta. The Mystics (18-16) will open the postseason in New York on Friday night; they won three of four from the Liberty during the regular season.
Elsewhere, Chicago's Elena Delle Donne finished the season as the league's scoring leader after adding 28 points in an 86-75 loss at Connecticut. Delle Donne averaged 23.4 points per game. She also became the sixth player in league history to make over 200 free throws in a season with 207, and she led the league in free-throw shooting, making 95 percent. Chicago's Courtney Vandersloot led the league in assists at 5.8 per game.
The Lynx's Maya Moore finished second in scoring, averaging 20.6 points per game.
Chicago (21-13), the No. 2 seed in the Eastern Conference, will open the first round of the playoffs at home Thursday night against third seed Indiana.The Sky continues to monitor Cappie Pondexter, who missed her fifth consecutive game because of a concussion.
Tulsa beat Phoenix 91-87 on Sunday in the Shock's final regular-season home game in Tulsa before the franchise moves to Dallas next year. Tulsa's fans will have at least one more chance to watch the team play. The Shock (18-16) will play the Mercury in a home playoff game Saturday. This is the franchise's first postseason berth and first winning season since it moved from Detroit before the 2010 season. Tulsa's Courtney Paris led the league in rebounding at 9.3 per game.
Britain/Ireland wins Walker Cup
Britain and Ireland regained the Walker Cup with the team's highest points total on Sunday, beating the United States 16.5 to 9.5 at Royal Lytham and St Annes in England.
Leading 7-5 after the first day of the biennial amateur event, Britain and Ireland again won the morning foursomes 3-1 to lead 10-6.
That left the hosts needing just 3.5 points from the 10 afternoon singles, and Britain and Ireland clinched victory with six matches still out on the course.
"We fought hard and lost with grace and dignity, that's what sport is all about," United States captain John "Spider" Miller said.
England's Jimmy Mullen won all four of his matches, and Ireland's Cormac Sharvin won all three of his. Beau Hossler got the most points for the U.S., winning three of his four matches.
AROUND THE HORN
International basketball: Jonas Maciulis sank a late three-pointer and made two free throws to give Lithuania an 85-81 victory over Georgia in the round of 16 at the European basketball championship in Lille, France. The Czech Republic, Italy and Serbia also reached the quarterfinals.
Golf: Thomas Pieters of Belgium won his second European Tour title, two weeks after his first, by shooting a 5-under 65 to win the KLM Open by one shot in Zandvoort, Netherlands.
Beach volleyball: April Ross became the first female player in AVP tour history to win titles with three partners in the same season, teaming with Lauren Fendrick to take the Kingston AVP Championships at Huntington Beach, Calif. They beat former Gophers player Nicole Branagh and Jenny Kropp 21-19, 23-21 in the final. Ross also won this season with Kerri Walsh Jennings and Jennifer Fopma.
Cycling: Fabio Aru of Italy rode safely in an uneventful final stage and won the Spanish Vuelta for his first Grand Tour title. He had taken the lead Saturday.
Road racing: American Jenny Simpson won her fourth Fifth Avenue Mile in New York, and Nick Willis of New Zealand took the men's race for the third time. Simpson finished in 4 minutes, 29 seconds and Willis in 3:54.8.