Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: WNBA Admits Officials Missed Crucial Call

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Digest: WNBA Admits Officials Missed Crucial Call

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WNBA admits officials missed a crucial call

For the second time in a week during the WNBA Finals, the league acknowledged a late officiating mistake.

The WNBA said the officials missed a shot clock violation in the deciding Game 5 on Thursday night in which the Los Angeles Sparks beat the defending champion Minnesota Lynx 77-76.

"After reviewing postgame video, we have determined that Nneka Ogwumike's shot with 1:14 remaining in regulation time should not have counted due to a shot-clock violation, and that the referees improperly failed to review the play under the instant replay rules," Renee Brown, WNBA chief of basketball operations and player relations, said in a statement Friday.

Ogwumike's jumper with 3.1 seconds left, off the rebound of her blocked shot, won it for the Sparks.

The league earlier this week admitted a mistake after officials missed a backcourt violation that benefited Minnesota late in Game 4 on Sunday. The Lynx scored on that possession for a four-point lead with 12.5 seconds left and won 85-79.

Minnesota coach Cheryl Reeve was angry in her postgame news conference Thursday night about both missed calls, saying the league needed to do more than just apologize and "send a memo."

Thomas leads by 2 strokes * Defending champion Justin Thomas shot a 6-under 66 on Friday to take a two-stroke lead halfway through the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, staying within striking distance of his own tournament record at TPC Kuala Lumpur.

Thomas shared the first-round lead with fellow Americans Keegan Bradley and Derek Fathauer at 64, and followed up with a bogey-free round to get to 14 under. Thomas finished at 26-under 262 last year for his first PGA Tour title.

Asian Tour leader Anirban Lahiri of India was second after a 66. He closed with a double bogey for the second straight day. …

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